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U.S. and Russia Agree to Ceasefire in Syria, Iraq Winds Down Fighting in Mosul, Turkish Opposition Rallies against Erdogan, and Britain Will Continue Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration has backed Russia’s latest plan for Syria, Iraq turns to rebuilding and reconciliation, Erdogan faces new opposition a year after the coup attempt, and Saudi Arabia will continue to receive British weapons after High Court decision.

 

Middle East Ticker

Iraq Declares Victory in Mosul, U.S. Will Leave Assad to Russia, Qatar’s Deadline to Meet Saudi Demands Nears, and Saudi Arabia’s New Prince Cracks Down

The Islamic State is on its last legs in Iraq, Tillerson tells the U.N. the United States won’t push for Assad’s ouster, Qatar could face more sanctions from the Gulf, and Mohammad bin Salman cements his authority.

2001 AUMF

Repealing the 2001 AUMF? A Surprise Vote by the House Appropriations Committee

A pretty remarkable development in today's House Appropriations markup on the Defense Appopriations bill.  For many years, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has been putting forward amendments intended to repeal or sunset the 2001 AUMF.  They normally do not go anywhere.  This morning she moved one that would terminate the 2001 AUMF in 240 days, and lo-and-behold the majority went along with it.  It passed with only Kay Granger (R-TX) opposing.  

 

War Powers

War Powers and the Su-22 Episode: Third-Party Defense of Coalition Partners

Early Sunday evening, a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 that had just completed a bombing run targeting US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Raqqa region.  The episode raises important questions under the U.N. Charter (see Adil Ahmad Haque’s analysis here).  But what about U.S. domestic law?  

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