Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Scott Harman
Monday, January 7, 2019, 11:16 AM

National security adviser John Bolton said the United States will not withdraw troops from Syria until the Islamic State is defeated and Turkey provides assurances it will not strike Kurdish fighters, contradicting President Trump’s announcement last month of a rapid withdrawal, reports the Washington Post.

Two American citizens, Warren Christopher Clark and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, who were fighting for the Islamic State in Syria were reportedly captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces, says the New York Times.

President Trump confirmed the killing of Jamal al-Badawi, a Yemeni al-Qaeda operative accused of leading the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, in a tweet on Sunday, details the Wall Street Journal

President Trump restated Sunday that he is considering declaring a national emergency in order to secure funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, reports Slate.

Germany's cybersecurity authority was aware of cyber-attacks targeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other political figures for weeks before informing police on Thursday, says the BBC.

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Seamus Hughes and Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens discussed Warren Christopher Clark’s history and how he joined the Islamic State and came to be captured by Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday.

Sara Bjerg Moller assessed what the deployment of a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland could mean for Eastern Europe and the United States.

Jen Patja Howell shared the latest episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Mary McCord and Jason Blazakis discuss criminalizing domestic terrorism with Benjamin Wittes.

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