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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.

Podcast

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).

Middle East Ticker

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.

Omphalos

Middle East Ticker: Assad Regime Destroys Last Hospitals in Aleppo, Tunisia Confronts Its Past, and Another Truce in Yemen Fails

The Assad regime’s latest offensive is pushing deeper into Aleppo, Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission helps the country comes to terms with its past, and Saudi Arabia can’t convince its partners in Yemen to restart the peace process.

Omphalos

Middle East Ticker: Mosul Offensive Begins, U.S. Fires on Targets in Yemen, and What Intervention in Syria Will Look Like

Iraqi forces start the long-awaited fight to take the Islamic State’s last major city in the country, the United States gets caught in the escalation of the Saudi intervention in Yemen, the Obama administration considers next steps in Syria, and Libya’s U.N.-backed government gets forced out.

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