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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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Daniel Rubinstein Named to US Envoy Post in Syria

Daniel Rubinstein has been appointed to serve as the White House‘s lead representative in Syria as Ambassador Robert Ford prepares to retire from the position he had held since 2011, Reuters reported Monday.  Lesley Wroughton and Bill Trott write that Rubinstein will travel to Syria later this month to consult …

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Chuck Hagel: US On Board With Middle East Partners

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought to reassure Persian Gulf region allies during his recent Bahrain visit that the U.S. is committed to security in the Middle East, Reuters reported Friday. David Alexander writes Middle East leaders have expressed concern about U.S. response to the civil war in Syria and the …

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Pentagon Calls Off Russian Helicopter Buy

The Defense Department has cancelled plans to buy 15 Russian Mi-17 helicopters from state-owned enterprise Rosoboronexport , Reuters reported Wednesday. Warren Strobel writes the scuttled deal followed bipartisan criticism after reports surfaced that the Russian manufacturer also deals in arms exports to Syria. According to Reuters, the $345 million in cancelled …

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OPCW to Oversee the Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has sent its experts to Syria to oversee the destruction of the country’s chemical weapons production and mixing equipment by Nov. 1, Reuters reported Sunday. Oliver Holmes writes that OPCW experts, supported by the UN, are expected to complete the entire elimination …

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John Kerry Seeks ‘Urgent’ Peace Talks on Syria

State Secretary John Kerry has urged the international community to convene a peace conference on a new Syria at the earliest possible time, Reuters reported Monday. Lesley Wroughton writes Kerry made the call following a meeting with United Nations special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in London this week. “We believe that …

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Report: Syria’s Top Rebel Commander to Visit US Next Week

Syria’s top rebel commander will visit the U.S. next week to request expedited arms shipments, Reuters reports Thursday. Susan Cornwell and Louis Charbonneau write that Syrian Supreme Military Council General Salim Idriss will visit the New York operations of the United Nations. Mariam Jalabi, UN Security Council diplomat and Syrian …

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