American Foreign Policy

President Obama to British Prime Minister Cameron: U.S. Values a Strong U.K. in the E.U.

January 17, 2013

“Cameron, who has faced calls from some in his own party for a referendum on whether Britain should exit the EU, postponed on Thursday a much-anticipated speech on Britain’s future role in the EU because of the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant.”

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U.S. General: Iran Strengthened its Cyberterrorism Capabilities Since Stuxnet

January 17, 2013

“Western analysts say Iran has launched increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks in a growing confrontation with its adversaries, including the United States, Israel and Gulf Arabs, at a time of rising pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.”

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Defense Secretary Panetta: U.S. Will Take “All Necessary Steps” to Deal with Algeria Crisis

January 17, 2013

“Panetta described the hostage taking at the gas complex at In Amenas as a “terrorist act” undertaken by terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda.”

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United Nations Security Council Diplomats: France Deployed Ground Troops to Mali Earlier Than Previously Reported

January 17, 2013

“The French troops had been sent in as spotters to help French bombers find their targets, the diplomats said, but after the Malian forces alongside them faced an intense militant onslaught, the French troops suddenly found themselves engaged in skirmishes on Friday.”

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Tunisian Authorities Arrest Terrorist Group and Seize Weapons

January 17, 2013

“The arms included Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, a security source said. A statement by the Ministry of Interior said they were discovered in the southern town of Medenin, without giving further details.”

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FBI Director Robert Mueller Visits Libya as the Benghazi Attack Investigation Continues

January 17, 2013

“Mueller met with several senior Libyan officials, including Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, the justice minister and the intelligence chief, a Libyan government source said, adding that the meetings were secret.”

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NATO Officer: Top Military Planners Weren’t Consulted On U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

January 17, 2013

“The fact that top planners have not been asked for input suggests the so-called “zero option” might not be being looked at seriously by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.”

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Former Libyan Leader Gaddafi’s Son Saif al-Islam Makes First Court Appearance

January 17, 2013

“The son of the former Libyan leader was in court in the western town of Zintan, where he is being held by former rebels, to face charges related to a visit by an International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer last year.”

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Iranian Ship Flees From Detention in Sri Lanka Waters

January 17, 2013

“The West has accused IRISL, Iran’s biggest cargo carrier, of transporting weapons, a charge it denies.”

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Russia Criticizes America’s $50,000 Fine for Refusing to Surrender Books Stolen During World War II

January 17, 2013

“The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday called the ruling “an absolutely unlawful and provocative decision” and threatened a tough response if U.S authorities try to seize Russian property in an attempt to get the fine.”

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European Union Foreign Ministers Approve Military Training Mission to Assist in Mali

January 17, 2013

“No combat role is envisioned for the EU training mission.”

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U.S. and Japan Review Defense Cooperation Guidelines Amid Tension With China

January 17, 2013

“The revision is due because of drastic changes in the security environment over the past 15 years including China’s maritime expansion and North Korea’s missile development, the Japanese government has said.”

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Report: Algerian Military Took Action After Approximately 50 Hostages Escaped

January 17, 2013

“The hostage rescue operation at an Algerian gas facility is over, ASP news agency reported, citing Algerian military sources.”

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Report: At Least 11 Militants Killed in the Algerian Hostage Crisis

January 17, 2013

“At least 11 Islamist militants including their leader were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant to rescue dozens of hostages, an Algerian security source said.”

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Algerian Media: Algerian Hostage Situation Is Officially Over

January 17, 2013

“Algeria’s state news agency APS said on Thursday that the military operation to free hostages at a remote desert gas facility had ended, quoting an unnamed official source who gave no further details.”

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