American Foreign Policy

Syrian Rebels Capture Country’s Largest Hydroelectric Dam

February 11, 2013

“Rebels led by the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jabhat al-Nusra now control much of the water flow in the country’s north and east, eliciting warnings from experts that any mistake in managing the dam may drown wide areas in Syria and Iraq.”

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Bureau of Investigative Journalism: U.S. Has Deployed At Least 363 Predator Drones in Pakistan Since 2004

February 8, 2013

“A study conducted in September 2012 by two American universities, Stanford Law School and New York University, said that the US drone strikes killed far more people that Washington had acknowledged.”

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Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi Condemns Iranian Weapons Shipments to Islamists in Yemen

February 8, 2013

“Government official Abdel-Rashid Abdel Hafez said Mr Mansour Hadi had contacted his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to demand Tehran stop smuggling in weapons.”

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U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Endroses Arming the Syrian Rebels For the First Time Publicly

February 8, 2013

“In testimony to Congress, Leon Panetta said he still supported the supply of weapons to rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Inspector General’s Report: Some U.S. Diplomatic Posts Violating Security Standards

February 8, 2013

“The recommendations said embassies and missions abroad should be required to certify every year that they have sought official exemptions if they cannot comply with security rules.”

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Leaders at Islamic Summit Urge Dialogue Between Syrian Government and Opposition Coalition Leaders

February 8, 2013

“Like previous diplomatic initiatives on Syria, opposition chief Mouaz al-Khatib’s call for talks made less than a week ago appeared doomed to failure.”

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United Kingdom Exit Strategy Plans: Over 40% of Britain’s Military Equipment Will Remain in Afghanistan

February 8, 2013

“The plans – which are still to be finalized – have raised fears high-tech material could end up in the hands of the Taliban.”

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Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei Rejects U.S. Vice President Biden’s Offer of Direct Talks

February 7, 2013

“Khamenei made his comments just days after Biden said the United States was prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership. “That offer stands but it must be real and tangible,” Biden said in Munich on Saturday.”

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United Nations Report: Cost of Corruption Rises Sharply in Afghanistan

February 7, 2013

“It said the amount rose in 2012 to $3.9bn, twice the country’s domestic revenue and that 50% of Afghans were paying bribes compared to 58% in 2009.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: Budget Uncertainty Is The “Greatest Security Risk We Are Facing As A Nation”

February 7, 2013

“The responsibility of dealing with this crisis rests with the leadership of the nation. I know that the members of this committee share the deep concerns I have raised about sequestration, and I urge you to do the responsible thing and avoid weakening our national defense.”

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Despite U.S. Objections, Iraq Kurds Push Forward With Construction of an Oil Export Pipeline to Turkey

February 7, 2013

“Baghdad says it alone has the authority to control exports of the world’s fourth largest oil reserves, while the Kurds say their right to do so is enshrined in Iraq’s federal constitution, drawn up following the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.”

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French Troops Still Attempting to Secure Northern Town of Gao in Mali

February 7, 2013

“French troops are now searcing out al-Qaeda-linked rebels who may be mixing among the population of the town, after new clashes raised questions about the military’s hold over the north.”

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Testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Defense Secretary Panetta Outlined the Administration’s Response to Benghazi

February 7, 2013

“Soon after the initial reports about the attack on Benghazi, General Dempsey and I met with President Obama and he ordered all available DoD assets to respond to the attack in Libya and to protect U.S. personnel and interests in the region.”

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): Civilian Drone Casualties in the “Single Digits” Every Year

February 7, 2013

“The chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), made the claim in her opening remarks at the Senate’s confirmation hearing for CIA Director nominee John Brennan.”

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NATO Helicopter Crashes in Eastern Afghanistan; No Fatalities

February 7, 2013

“Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed the helicopter was shot down by the group’s fighters in the Tagab district of Kapisa province.”

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