American Foreign Policy

France: Mali Needs Aid to Rebuild the Northern Part of the Country and Prevent the Return of Militants

March 19, 2013

“Donors need to pour aid into Mali over the next six months to rebuild its strife-hit north and stop defeated militants taking advantage of the chaos to return, France’s development minister said on Tuesday.”

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) Endorses No-Fly Zone Over Syria

March 19, 2013

“Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

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Bombings Kill At Least 65 People on the 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Ira

March 19, 2013

“The nearly 20 attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, demonstrated in stark terms how dangerously divided Iraq remains more than a year after American troops withdrew. More than 240 people were reported wounded.”

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls For U.S. Troops On The Ground in Syria To Secure Chemical Weapons

March 19, 2013

“”Absolutely, you’ve got to get on the ground. There is no substitute for securing these weapons… I don’t care what it takes. We need partners in the region.”"

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U.S. Defense Contractor in Hawaii Arrested For Leaking Classified Information to Chinese Woman

March 18, 2013

“A U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii has been arrested on charges of passing national defense secrets, including classified information about nuclear weapons, to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, authorities said on Monday.”

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Syrian Opposition Coalition Elects Ghassan Hitto as Interim Prime Minister

March 18, 2013

“Syria’s opposition coalition early Tuesday elected a little-known American-educated IT manager and Islamic activist to head an interim government to administer the areas seized by rebel forces from the forces of President Bashar Assad.”

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Venezuela to Create Foreign Exchange Mechanism Allowing Citizens Another Channel to Buy U.S. Dollars

March 18, 2013

“He didn’t provide specific details, but people familiar with central bank deliberations last week said the government will allow dollars to be bought at rates much weaker than the fixed rate.”

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Pentagon: U.S. B-52 Fighter Jets Conducted Simulated Nuclear Bombing Raids on North Korea During Military Exercises

March 18, 2013

“Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters that B-52 bombers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, conducted a training mission over South Korea March 8 during war games known as Exercise Foal Eagle.”

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FBI Arrests Bo Jiang, a Chinese Scientist Working For a NASA Contractor, While Attempting to Flee to China

March 18, 2013

“He made Jiang’s name public for the first time last week during a subcommittee hearing where he also charged that Jiang had taken “voluminous sensitive” NASA documents back to China on a trip in 2012.”

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Hacker Guccifer Releases Memos Sent to Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi and Libya

March 18, 2013

“In a series of weekend e-mail blasts, the hacker known as “Guccifer” disseminated four recent memos to Clinton from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime confidant of the former Secretary of State.”

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German Defense Minister Visits Mali Ahead of German Training Program in Mali Next Month

March 18, 2013

“De Maiziere met with Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore on Monday in the capital, Bamako, as well as French General Francois Lecointre, who is commanding the French military mission in Mali.”

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Algerian Newspaper Report: French-Led Troops Using Internationally-Banned Weapons in Mali

March 18, 2013

“The statement said French-led soldiers employ weapons containing depleted uranium with high explosive power to bomb the caves in Adrar des Ifoghas Mountains in northern Mali. “

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Western Officials Fear That Mali Will Turn Into a Hotbed For Terrorism Following France’s Withdrawal

March 17, 2013

“Western and African officials are increasingly concerned that the African soldiers who will be relied on to continue the campaign against militants linked to Al Qaeda there do not have the training or equipment for the job.”

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Fifth French Soldier Killed in Mali

March 17, 2013

“A fifth French soldier was killed in the nine-week-old military campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali, the French government said on Sunday.”

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Report: Israel to Ask President Obama to Approve U.S. Air Strikes on Syria if There is Evidence of Missile Transfers to Hezbollah

March 17, 2013

“Israel will use President Obama’s visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syria if there is evidence that Syrian missiles are to be handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to prevent the transfer.”

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