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Daily News Roundup

The Early Edition: May 31, 2016

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

Syria peace talks. Chief Syrian opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush resigned from the UN-backed peace talks on Sunday, citing the international community’s failure to progress toward ending the conflict in Syria, and ongoing hostilities on the part of the regime.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 27, 2016

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

US special operations forces in Syria. The Defense Department has confirmed that photos taken by an AFP photographer in a village 40 miles from Raqqa show American commandos assisting Kurdish YPG forces during their offensive against ISIS north of the militant group’s de facto capital.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 26, 2016

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

Islamic State is facing military assaults on two of its strongholds: Raqqa, Syria and Fallujah, Iraq. The two offensives hope to capitalize on losses suffered by the group in recent months.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 25, 2016

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.

AFGHANISTAN

Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada has been appointed as the Taliban’s new chief, following a meeting of leaders in the Pakistani city of Quetta.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 24, 2016

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.

AFGHANISTAN

The death of the Taliban’s leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike on Saturday was approved because he was planning new attacks on US targets in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, Pentagon spokesperson Navy Capt.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 23, 2016

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.

AFGHANISTAN

Leader of the Taliban, Mullah Makhtar Mansour was killed by a US airstrike in a remote area of Pakistan on Saturday morning, President Obama has confirmed.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 20, 2016

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 security forces have reclaimed the town of Rutbah from Islamic State. The town is located in the desert west of Baghdad, on key transit routes to Jordan and Syria, and has an “outsized strategic value,” according to Col.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 19, 2016

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

Syrian government forces seized the strategic town of Deir al-Asafir from insurgents today; forces loyal to the Assad regime captured the town southeast of Damascus with the assistance of allies including Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 18, 2016

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

Syria peace talks. Following meetings yesterday in Vienna, the International Syria Support Group committed to using airdrops to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians.…   continue »

The Early Edition: May 17, 2016

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

Syria peace talks. Negotiations aimed at stabilizing the fragile ceasefire agreement and resuming peace talks began today in Vienna; Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov co-chairing a meeting of the International Syria Support Group.…   continue »