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Al QaedaHeather HurlburtLibyaSomaliaMonday, October 7, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted In NPR On Recent Raids In Somalia And Libya

U.S. Captures Al-Qaida Leader After Raids In Libya And Somalia By L. Carol Ritche October 6, 2013 | National Public Radio via OPB   U.S. forces carried out two commando raids on terror suspects in Northern Africa Saturday. In Libya, an al-Qaida leader indicted in the United States for the 1998 attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa was captured in a daytime military raid. U.S. special forces captured the militant, known as Abu Anas al Libi, near Tripoli. And in Somalia, a Navy SEAL team aborted what was reportedly a fierce firefight to capture a leader of the militant group al-Shabab, which claimed credit for the bloody attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The SEAL team failed to capture Shabab leader, and it is unclear… Read More ›

InterventionSomaliaThursday, October 3, 2013

Paul Eaton Interviewed In Stars And Stripes On Legacy Of US Intervention In Somalia

Fallout from Somalia still haunts US Policy 20 Years Later By Paul Alexander October 3, 2013 | Stars and Stripes   Editor’s note: Stars and Stripes Pacific News Editor Paul Alexander was the first Associated Press reporter into Somalia after “Black Hawk Down.” On the 20th anniversary of that infamous battle, he looks at the lessons learned — and forgotten. U.S. and U.N. officials had high hopes for the cauldron of famine, venom and easy death that Somalia had become by late 1992. First, a U.S.-led multinational military coalition went in to provide security and ensure food relief was getting to the starving. Early success in that United Nations humanitarian mission created a chance to take peacekeeping to a new level, to peacemaking and nation-building. A… Read More ›

government shutdownWednesday, October 2, 2013

Paul Eaton Quoted By AFP On Government Shutdown

US military braces for full effect of shutdown By: AFP Staff October 2, 2013 | Agence France-Presse via Inquirer News   WASHINGTON – The US government shutdown had no drastic effect on the military Tuesday but if it remains in place everything from ship repairs to combat training will be disrupted, officials say. With about half the Pentagon’s 800,000 civilian employees placed on unpaid leave, defense officials said the military will soon face a headache trying to make do with less civilian manpower under the shutdown. “There’s going to be an impact, but it will take some time to feel the effect,” said a senior military officer. The furloughs mean that “real work doesn’t get done,” said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.… Read More ›

government shutdownHeather HurlburtWednesday, October 2, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Interviewed In Salon on Government Shutdown

Shut down the military, too!: Why exempting it is absurdly unfair By David Dayen October 2, 2013 | Salon   Yesterday, House Republicans came up with a novel idea to fund only the parts of the government that people would notice – things like the Veterans Administration and national parks – in an attempt to point the latest in a series of fingers at the opposition for their cruelty in ignoring important priorities. Democrats thundered back that such piecemeal efforts are “not serious” and “no way to fund a government.” But that is exactly how one part of the government was funded just before the September 30 deadline. Without fanfare on Monday night, President Obama signed the “Pay Our Military Act,” ensuring paychecks throughout the government shutdown for all… Read More ›

government shutdownTuesday, October 1, 2013

Paul Eaton Quoted In National Defense Magazine On Government Shutdown

HASC Leader: Government Shutdown Bad for Defense, But ‘Some Pain’ Is OK By Sandra I. Erwin October 1, 2013 | National Defense Magazine   As major portions of the federal government officially shut down Tuesday, defense officials and national security experts are sounding alarms about political dysfunction causing irreversible damage to U.S. credibility as a military power. The government shut down Oct. 1 after Congress failed to come to an agreement to fund operations. “How big of a deal is this” for national security? asked Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Thornberry, a defense hawk who generally supports military spending, said the armed services and defense industry have to understand that they are just sacrificial pawns in Washington’s partisan… Read More ›

Monday, September 30, 2013

Disregard For International Law Cannot Be Tolerated | Harry Lee Anstead and Mark Schlakman

By: Harry Lee Anstead And Mark Schlakman September 30, 2013 | The Gainesville Sun The diplomatic initiative which recently averted, at least temporarily, a limited U.S. military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for use of chemical weapons near Damascus on Aug. 21 that reportedly killed approximately 1,400 people, many of them children, evoked a range of reaction across the domestic political spectrum and within the international community. That attack constituted a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention that prohibits their use and production, and provides for their elimination and subsequent oversight. Apart from Syria, every country recognized by the United Nations except Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea and South Sudan has ratified this treaty. While elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile,… Read More ›

IranMonday, September 30, 2013

Paul Eaton Included In Expert Poll In The National Journal On Iran

Security Insiders: Iranian President Rouhani’s Outreach to U.S. Is Genuine By Sara Sorcher September 30, 2013 | National Journal   A strong majority of National Journal’s National Security Insiders say Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent outreach to the U.S. and his claim that he has sufficient political latitude to negotiate on the country’s nuclear program are genuine. Insiders, polled during the United Nations General Assembly last week when Rouhani stressed his intention to convince the West his country has no interest in a nuclear weapon, had faith in the newly elected Iranian leader’s charm offensive. “The indications over the past several weeks that a new course is being set in Tehran are so numerous that it is undeniable that a genuine and significant change has… Read More ›

Barack ObamaHeather HurlburtHillary ClintonJohn KerryFriday, September 27, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted In AFP On The Secretary of State

Ubiquitous Kerry casts shadow on Clinton record By AFP Staff September 27, 2013 | Agence France-Presse   Washington (AFP) – In rolling the dice on Iran, Syria and Middle East peace, President Barack Obama has made Secretary of State John Kerry the chief executor of his foreign policy legacy — a role denied to Hillary Clinton. Intriguing comparisons between Obama’s first and second term top diplomats broadened Thursday, when Kerry took charge of nuclear talks with Iran. He already had a heavy load, marshaling peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and thrashing out a deal with Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. Should his long odds bets pay off, Kerry, 69, could be remembered as one of the great modern secretaries of state. If not,… Read More ›

diplomacyHeather HurlburtIranFriday, September 27, 2013

Heather Hurlburt Quoted In The Times And Democrat On Recent Iran Developments

U.S., Iran show signs of needed break in dispute By T&D Staff September 27, 2013 | The Times and Democrat   THE ISSUE: Iran nuclear program; OUR OPINION: New leader opens door to progress in negotiations that are preferable to military action Amid the continuing uncertainty over how the United States will proceed with regard to Syria and its use of chemical weapons in the nation’s civil war, the United States and Iran, a principal ally of the Assad government in Syria, appear to be making at least some progress toward actually talking seriously to one another for the first time in decades. The National Security Network reports that key changes have come with the new Iranian leader, President Rouhani. In light of previous Iranian behavior, his acknowledging… Read More ›

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