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U.S. Deploys More Troops to Syria, Trump Loosens Rules for Counterterrorism Operations, and Turkey Feuds with Europe ahead of Referendum

The United States is preparing for the Raqqa offensive and what will come after, U.S. troops have a green light to take more risks in Yemen and Somalia, and Erdogan is rallying his base with a diplomatic spat with Germany and the Netherlands.

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The United States Escalates in Yemen, the U.S.-backed Rebels in Syria Cut Raqqa’s Lifeline, and the Saudis Try a Charm Offensive

The United States might be losing allies in Yemen by fighting one war instead of the other, U.S.-backed rebels in Syria are advancing on the Islamic State but under fire from frenemies near Manbij, and the Saudis try a new tactic against Iran’s influence.

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U.S. Sanctions Iran after Missile Test, U.S. Escalating Fight in Yemen, and Israel Clears One Settlement But Promises More

Iran conducts missile tests and gets slapped with new sanctions, the United States is looking at options for escalation in Yemen, and Israel evacuates the Amona settlement in the West Bank.

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Episode 2 of the National Security Law Podcast: Immigration Constraints, Ground Ops in Yemen...

Still no music, but Steve Vladeck and I have posted Episode 2 of our new National Security Law Podcast, “If You Thought That Last Executive Order Was Controversial…”

In it, we discuss President Trump’s new Executive Order on immigration, last weekend’s use of military force in Yemen, and . . . our predictions for the Super Bowl and President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court (we recorded yesterday afternoon; Steve's predictions are better than mine, it turns out).

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International Fallout from Trump’s Immigration and Refugee Order, U.S. Raid Targets AQAP in Yemen, Greece-Turkey Tensions Escalate over Coup Extradition

The blowback to Trump’s executive order is starting, U.S. commandos raid a remote al-Qaeda outpost in Yemen, and the Turkish government is angry that Greece will not extradite runaway soldiers accused of involvement in the attempted coup.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Has the U.S. Quietly Ramped Up the Air Campaign Against AQAP in Yemen?

CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016.  The list includes three strikes from February and March that were not previously acknowledged, interestingly, and there is no guarantee that there are not others of that kind still awaiting public disclosure.

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