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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch, the Obama administration’s nominee for Attorney General, begin today. Lynch, who would replace the oft-maligned Eric Holder, will try to distinguish herself from Holder while echoing his support for President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The New York Times has more. Early Wednesday, an Israeli military vehicle was hit . . .
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

Reuters informs us that the U.S. has closed its embassy in Yemen to the public, amid turmoil in that country following the resignation of pro-Western President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Yesterday, a CIA drone strike in Yemen killed three al-Qaeda militants. The New York Times calls this recent attack “a signal that the United States will . . .
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Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:47 AM

President Obama arrived in India over the weekend. Al Jazeera explains that the president’s visit is a landmark and unprecedented one, as it is the first time a sitting president has visiting India twice. Reuters tells us that it didn’t take long for President Obama to make headway in in India: on Sunday, the president . . .
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Friday, January 23, 2015 at 1:33 PM

King Abdullah, the leader of Saudi Arabia, has died at 90, the New York Times reports. He assumed power in 1995 when his predecessor suffered a stroke, and then ascended to the throne in 2005. World leaders have eulogized the king as a careful reformer who maintained his country’s stability throughout the Arab Spring. His . . .
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Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:10 PM

The main terminal of the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has been captured by rebels, the Los Angeles Times tells us. The airport has seen fierce fighting in the past several months and has taken on symbolic significance in the battle between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military. The BBC adds that although Ukrainian forces . . .
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Last night, President Barack Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address.Throughout the speech, the Associated Press notes, the president returned to the theme of “turning the page,” both in domestic and foreign policy. In doing so, he touched on a number of issues of interest to Lawfare readers. Below, we have included relevant . . .
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Today, the Islamic State released another video. This clip, which has not yet been independently verified, shows two Japanese hostages kneeling in orange jumpsuits. Standing between them is a militant dressed in all black, who, speaking in English, demands that Tokyo pay $200 million within the next 72 hours in order to secure the captives’ . . .
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Monday, January 19, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Newspapers around the world lead off with new articles on NSA and GCHQ spying techniques today. David Sanger and Martin Fackler report that the NSA breached North Korean networks before the Sony attack. In 2010, the agency drilled into the Chinese networks that connect the DPRK to the rest of the world, selected connections in . . .
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Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Raids across Europe rooted out dozens of suspected Islamic extremists yesterday and today, ABC reports. The Guardian reveals that Belgian counter-terrorist units conducted an operation against suspected jihadists in the east of that country Thursday evening. In a firefight, authorities killed two gunmen and wounded another. The Associated Press notes that after the raid, Belgian . . .
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Yesterday, the U.S. released five Yemeni inmates from Guantanamo Bay. Oman, which shares a border with Yemen, has accepted four of the five detainees, while the fifth man has been resettled in Estonia. Following this transfer, 122 prisoners remain at GTMO. The New York Times remarks, “The release of the five men continues the brisk . . .
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 1:58 PM

The New York Times reports that, in a new video and printed statement, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has formally claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, calling them revenge for the newspaper’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Both the video and the statement also assert that Anwar al-Awlaki was involved in arranging . . .
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

While French police continue to search for accomplices in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, the Guardian describes the details emerging about the gunmen and their associates. The plot has thickened, especially in its meaning for the future of counterterrorism. Video has surfaced of Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who attacked the Kosher grocery, declaring his allegiance to . . .
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Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:42 AM

More developments on the situation in France: 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday, and were joined by another 3 million people around the globe, in response to the Charlie Hebdo killings. The Washington Post described the scene in Paris: French President François Hollande led the crowd, joined by German German Chancellor Angela Merkel, . . .
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Friday, January 9, 2015 at 1:45 PM

The Paris attacks continue to lead the news. France24 has live updates.  In the meantime, here’s what we know: Simultaneously-staged operations by French security personnel have left the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen dead, along with a man who took several hostages in a kosher grocery store this morning. Per the Associated Press, the grocery store hostage-taker also appears to have . . .
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Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM

French police have converged on a small town to the northeast of Paris in recent hours as part of the ongoing manhunt in search of two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, suspected of being the gunmen who killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. Reuters reports that two dozen anti-terrorism officers are . . .
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4:11 PM

Daybreak greeted us with heartbreaking news of a devastating terrorist attack at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Gunmen killed 12 people, including four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists and its editor. Two police officers who responded to the scene were also murdered. At the time of writing, the three gunmen remain . . .
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Last week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the outgoing chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), sent a letter to the White House outlining reforms she plans to initiate to “make sure that the United States never again engages in… torture.” Wells shared the letter here at Lawfare. McClatchy notes both the letter and . . .
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Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:01 AM

A U.S. drone strike killed between six and nine suspected militants in northwest Pakistan yesterday. Reuters has the story. The Daily Beast reveals, after obtaining an internal U.S. Air Force service memo, that the military does not have enough manpower to operate its drone fleet and fulfill the demands of the Pentagon. Calls for the number . . .
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Friday, January 2, 2015 at 2:13 PM

The Palestinian mission to the United Nations delivered documents needed in order to join the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and more than a dozen other international treaties. The Palestinians will become party to the court on the first day of the month that follows a 60-day waiting period after handing over the . . .
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Yesterday, the Pentagon released five Guantanamo detainees to Kazakhstan. The men—three Yemenis and two Tunisians—had been approved for repatriation in 2009; none of them had been charged with a crime during their stay at Guantanamo. According to Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald, this transfer brings the total population of Guantanamo prisoners to 127. Following . . .
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