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News Roundup and Notes: February 27, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

The U.S.-led coalition carried out five airstrikes on Thursday targeting ISIS in northeastern Syria, where the group has abducted more than 250 Christians, a U.S.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 26, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and partner nations conducted nine airstrikes targeting ISIS in Syria, and separately carried out six airstrikes against the militant group in Iraq on Feb.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 25, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

The ban on U.S. troops engaging in “enduring offensive ground combat operations” against ISIS would not preclude troops from assisting Iraqi soldiers in an “overnight deal” or a “rescue operation,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in relation to the language used in the president’s proposed AUMF.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 24, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

The administration has “the ingredients of the strategy” to defeat the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said after his meeting in Kuwait yesterday.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 23, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

Lawmakers will need to confront the challenging task of how the U.S. should counter terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as Congress returns to Washington this week.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 19, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON VIOLENT EXTREMISM

President Obama has decried any suggestion that the US is at war with Islam, saying instead that the country is warring against those who have perverted Islam during the first of two speeches at this week’s White House summit on countering violent extremism.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 18, 2015

IRAQ and SYRIA

Scores have been killed during fighting in and around Aleppo. At least 70 pro-government fighters and over 80 insurgents have been killed following the launch of a government offensive there, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 17, 2015

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

IRAQ and SYRIA

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the BBC that his forces are preparing an offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, and that the northern city would be liberated within a few months.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: February 13, 2015

IRAQ and SYRIA

US airstrikes have reportedly killed at least 20 Islamic State fighters in Syria on the Iraq border. [Reuters’ Tom Perry]

Shiite militias in Iraq represent “the only alternative” to the Islamic State on the ground. Though, as Yaroslav Trofimov writes, “With their Iranian backing and sectarian agenda, they have committed plenty of atrocities of their own—and are a reason why many Sunnis embraced Islamic State’s cause in the first place.” [Wall Street Journal]

Anonymous “is trying to dismantle the vast social media operation” that helps the Islamic State recruit new members.…   continue »