Tara Hofbauer

Tara Hofbauer previously was an intern with Lawfare. She is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in Legal Studies and History.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

NATO ambassadors met in Brussels today to discuss Turkey’s security situation: In response to a series of terror attacks within its borders, Turkey “has begun firing against... Islamic State positions in Syria, as well as... Kurdish militants in Iraq.” Following the meeting, NATO condemned the terror attacks against Turkey. The alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg affirmed that NATO stands with Ankara.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The Defense Department announced today that a U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq has killed Ali Awni al Harzi, a “person of interest” in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Harzi worked “closely” with Islamic State militants and had previously been questioned by the FBI regarding his role in the Benghazi assault.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Last week, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strike killed al Qaeda’s second in command, Nasir al-Wuhayshi. The militant organization released a video yesterday, confirming al-Wuhayshi’s death. According to the Wall Street Journal, this loss represents “the biggest blow to the terrorist organization since Osama bin Laden was gunned down in a 2011 U.S. commando raid in Pakistan.”

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

According to the Pentagon, Iraqi security forces have demonstrated progress in their efforts to maintain control of the oil refinery outside the northern Iraqi city of Baiji. The Wall Street Journal reports that Iraqi troops and Shia militias have fought through an Islamic State defensive line and successfully established a supply route to the besieged refinery, which is the country’s largest.