Tag Archives: syria

IHS Markit: Global Militant Attacks Up 25% From 2015 to 2016

A new report from IHS Markit says militant attacks worldwide rose from 18,987 in 2015 to 24,202 in 2016 with Syria and Iraq accounting for 45 percent of those attacks. IHS Markit said Tuesday the Islamic State organization constituted approximately 18 percent of the global militant attacks and accounted for …

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Former Congressman Mike Pompeo Assumes CIA Leadership

Mike Pompeo, former Kansas congressman, was sworn in as CIA director Monday after the Senate voted 66-32 in favor of his confirmation, The Washington Post reported Monday. Greg Miller writes Pompeo assumed leadership of the intelligence agency as the U.S. works to help address security challenges worldwide. Pompeo said during his nomination hearing that he would …

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US to Deploy 200 Troops for Counter-IS Efforts in Syria

The U.S. government will deploy approximately 200 additional troops to Syria in support of coalition efforts to remove the Islamic State militant group from the IS’ hub in Raqqa, DoD News reported Saturday. Shannon Collins writes Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain that the additional forces will include special operations …

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White House Releases Report on Legal Frameworks for US Military’s Use of Force

The White House has issued a document that describes legal and policy frameworks which guide the U.S. military’s use of force and related national security measures such as detention, transfer and interrogation. National security departments and agencies prepared the report in accordance with a presidential memorandum that also directs the National Security Council to review …

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Iraqi Gov’t Recovers Fallujah from Islamic State Control, Coalition Forces Continue Manbij Operations

Iraqi troops have recovered control over the city of Fallujah from control of the Islamic State militant organization through the country’s security forces and the multinational coalition, DoD News reported Monday. Cheryl Pellerin writes U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman, told reporters the coalition will continue to provide strikes, intelligence, advice and assistance to …

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