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News Roundup and Notes: May 29, 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 Pentagon is seeking to “fine tune” the U.S. strategy in Iraq to defeat the Islamic State, with a focus on how best to train and equip Sunni tribal forces, who may prove critical in reversing the gains made by the militant group, defense officials said yesterday.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 28, 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 Nusra Front is not using Syria “as a launching pad to attack the U.S. or Europe,” the rebel group’s leader, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, said in an interview with Al Jazeera.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 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 Islamic State targeted military convoys in Iraq’s Fallujah earlier today in a series of suicide attacks, killing at least 55 people, reports Al Jazeera.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 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

ISIS has sent more fighters into Ramadi as Iraqi troops and Shi’ite militias prepared to retake the fallen city.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 22, 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. airstrikes “likely led to the deaths of two non-combatant children,” the U.S. Central Command acknowledged yesterday, following the investigation into the airstrikes targeting the Khorasan group last November.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 21, 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

ISIS militants are in full control of Palmyra, following the group’s advancement into the ancient Syrian city yesterday, according to activists and a monitoring group.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 20, 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 troops defeated an overnight Islamic State attack near the city of Ramadi. [Reuters]  ISIS militants are seeking to strengthen their hold on Ramadi, as Shia militias are regrouping around the city for an expected counteroffensive, reports Al Jazeera.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 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.

IRAQ and SYRIA

The Islamic State’s Ramadi offensive. The militant group took advantage of a sandstorm in order to gain an important military advantage during the early stages of its offensive on Ramadi; the sandstorm delayed U.S.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 18, 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 Iraqi city of Ramadi fell into the complete control of the Islamic State on Sunday, a significant setback to the U.S.-backed efforts to stymie the spread of the Islamist group.…   continue »

News Roundup and Notes: May 15, 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

ISIS has released an audio recording purportedly from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader; if confirmed it would be the first message from him in months.…   continue »