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Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM

ISIS militants are surrounding Ramadi and are in control of many of the city’s districts. McClatchy reports that Iraq has deployed elite troops in an effort to stop the militant group’s advance, but the city, the capital of Anbar province, remains besieged. However, an Iraqi official said that the troops have succeeded in opening up . . .
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Yesterday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi criticized Saudi intervention in Yemen. The Wall Street Journal reports that, in remarks that laid bare growing divisions between U.S. allies in the Middle East, Prime Minister Abadi said that “there is no logic to the operation at all in the first place.” The Prime Minister went on to . . .
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:37 PM

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed a top official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Monday, the terrorist group tweeted yesterday. The New York Times writes that Ibrahim al-Rubeish, a top ideologue and spokesman for the group who was previously held at Guantanamo, was reportedly killed in a strike near Al Mukalla. . . .
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Breaking news this morning out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and ranking Democrat Benjamin Cardin of Maryland have reached a compromise on a bill that will give Congress a vote on any final deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program. According to the New York Times, the compromise will . . .
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Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:58 AM

The Associated Press reports two U.S. drones killed two leaders of al-Qaeda’s South Asia branch earlier this year in Pakistan. The attack reportedly took place on January 5th, and has been confirmed by an al-Qaeda spokesperson in an audio message. Al-Qaeda’s presence in South Asia is relatively limited, so the attack represents a “major blow” . . .
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Friday, April 10, 2015 at 2:16 PM

The Saudi-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen carried out its most intense series of strikes last night, Agence France-Presse reports. The strikes reportedly hit Houthi-held areas around the southern port city of Aden and the predominantly Sunni city of Ataq, which rebels captured yesterday. The Associated Press provides a useful run-down of the . . .
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Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of all 30 counts charged in connection with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The New York Times reports that the verdict shifts the trial into its final phase, in which jurors will decide whether Tsarnaev should face the death penalty or life in prison. Houthi rebels have captured a . . .
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 2:32 PM

An Afghan soldier opened fire at a government compound in Jalalabad earlier today, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding at least two others, the Associated Press reports. It’s the second fatality suffered by the NATO mission in Afghanistan this year. Details are still scarce. In Yemen, Saudi-led airstrikes continued, hitting the Al-Anad airbase and other . . .
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 12:53 PM

President Obama has begun stumping for the recently negotiated Iran nuclear deal. On Saturday, he gave an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman. Meanwhile, yesterday, he spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep. Their discussion touched on enriched uranium, international sanctions, and Israeli concerns, before concluding with a question on Cuba. Vox explains how . . .
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Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

A story that broke on Thursday became all the more horrific as details poured in over the weekend: Somali militants associated with the Shabab slaughtered 147 students at Garissa Univeristy College in Eastern Kenya on Thursday, the worst terrorist attack the country has seen since 1998. The Times reports that the militant Islamic group claimed responsibility for . . .
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Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Yesterday, President Obama announced a preliminary agreement with Iran that would significantly scale back Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The details of the interim agreement, nicely summarized over at the Washington Post, still need to be finalized and translated into writing and signed by all the relevant parties by June 30, 2015. Nevertheless, the Obama administration sees this step . . .
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Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Al-Qaeda militants seized al Mukallah prison in southeastern Yemen this morning, and in doing so, freed a number of inmates. Reports conflict as to how many prisoners escaped. BBC News reports 150; CNN says 270; and Agence France-Presse puts the figure at over 300. Apparently, senior al-Qaeda operate Khalid Batarfi was among those who escaped. . . .
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Last night’s deadline for a political agreement on Iran’s nuclear program came and went with no news of a deal. Talks, however, continue. The Hill reports that, according to a State Department spokeswoman, U.S. negotiators felt they had made enough progress in the days leading up to the deadline to merit extending the talks. While . . .
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 1:40 PM

In advance of tonight’s midnight deadline, nuclear negotiators in Switzerland have been working hard and working late. Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated, “We are working late into the night and obviously into tomorrow.” The Washington Post has the tick-tock on diplomats “scurry[ing] to reach” a settlement. Still, even if Iran and the . . .
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Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Shots were fired this morning at Fort Meade after two people in a vehicle attempted to ram a gate leading to the National Security Agency. The Washington Post reports that one person was killed and at least one other injured. According to police officials, the situation is now under control. Information on the episode is . . .
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Friday, March 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM

A Saudi-led coalition continued its bombing campaign in Yemen on Friday, targeting Houthi forces and installations for the second straight day. The Associated Press reports that the strikes hit at least six provinces, but were focused on Sadaa, the northern province home to the Houthis, and military facilities around the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. These . . .
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Saudi Arabia launched a slew of airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen late last night, targeting locations throughout the country, including Dailami air base and the capital’s international airport. The New York Times reports that 100 Saudi jets flew sorties, while the country has reportedly also deployed 150,000 soldiers and naval units. However, at the . . .
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:29 PM

The forever war just got a little bit longer. Yesterday, President Obama announced that he will slow the rate of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal explains that, while President Obama had previously planned to have just 5,600 troops in the country by the end of 2015, his new plan will . . .
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in Washington today to meet with President Obama and American military and diplomatic leaders. The New York Times examines the White House’s relationship with both the Afghan leader and his predecessor. According to War on the Rocks, “Ghani is in many ways the anti-Karzai. As someone who was educated in . . .
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Monday, March 23, 2015 at 9:40 AM

American troops are evacuating Yemen. The AP reports that the evacuation came as Al Qaeda militants seized the southern city of al-Houta, near the American al-Annad air base, where around 100 American soldiers were stationed. The New York Times describes the evacuation as the “latest blow in the Obama administration’s counterterrorism campaign.” The Wall Street . . .
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