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House Bill Would Authorize Military Force Against Terrorism

House lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would authorize the U.S. president to use military force against the Islamic State militant group, Taliban, al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations for five years. The proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force legislation aims to update previous AUMFs that Congress enacted in …

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Motherboard: NSA’s Iraq War Documents Detail Surveillance Expansion in Counterterrorism Efforts

Internal National Security Agency documents on the Iraq war have revealed that former NSA director Michael Hayden called for cooperation within the agency to support surveillance efforts as part of an “intelligence-driven” initiative against terrorism, Motherboard reported Tuesday. Jason Koebler writes a 2008 Freedom of Information Act request led to the publication of …

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Ashton Carter, Saudi Counterpart Discuss Security Matters at Pentagon Meeting

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday at the Pentagon to discuss military and security issues, DoD News reported Thursday. Terri Moon Cronk writes the bilateral meeting covered events in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s defense capability modernization effort and the fight against al-Qaeda and Islamic …

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State Dept’s New Center Seeks to Counter Violent Extremism Via Social Media Campaigns

The State Department has launched a new center staffed by public and private sector professionals who aim to counter disinformation from ISIS, al-Qaeda and other extremist groups through the use of computer-mediated tools. The Global Engagement Center will collaborate with government organizations to create thematic campaigns across social media as well as coordinate counterterrorism messaging efforts aimed at …

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Keith Alexander: Pentagon Needs New Framework to Counter Cyber, Terrorist Threats

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Keith Alexander has told Senate Armed Services Committee members he believes the Defense Department should adopt new strategies to protect the U.S. against acts of terrorism and cyber crime. The former National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leader told lawmakers committee in written testimony Tuesday that continued activity of terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and …

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John Allen: Coalition Fighting Islamic State Must Consider Physical, Info, Financial Spheres

Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State group, has outlined the coalition’s focus on establishing clarity across several so-called “lines of effort” to defeat IS. In an interview posted Wednesday on the State Department website, the retired U.S. Marine Corps general told Elise Labott of CNN about the …

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US, Afghanistan Agree on Post-2014 Military Support

U.S. and Afghan officials have reached an agreement that establishes a U.S. presence in Afghanistan beyond this year and calls on nearly 10,000 U.S. soldiers to remain in Afghanistan for military support, USA Today reported Tuesday. Jim Michaels writes that the deal was signed a day after current Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office. …

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President Obama to Send 300 Military Advisers to Iraq

President Barack Obama has pledged to send as many as 300 special forces to assist Iraq’s military in its efforts to stop al-Qaeda-linked insurgent activity, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The President also reiterated that U.S. combat troops will not return to Iraq and that U.S. will hold back on …

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