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Putin ‘Seducing’ Iraq’s Tribes

December 21, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris, Michael Weiss | The Daily Beast
‘Russia is serious in fighting terrorism,’ one sheikh tells The Daily Beast, ‘unlike the U.S.’
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Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever

December 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?
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As he departs Paris, Obama defends his Islamic State strategy in Syria

December 1, 2015
Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson, Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post
President Obama laid out his case once again for his Syria strategy built around a combination of military air power to degrade the Islamic State and diplomatic pressure to push out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Obama to Hollande: Stay the course against Russia

November 23, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
U.S. officials fear Putin is hoping more aggressive action against ISIL in Syria will forestall an extension of economic sanctions over Crimea.
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With Islamic State as a common enemy, can Russia and the West cooperate on Syria?

November 17, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to cooperate with the French military, as both countries bombed targets in Syria. What are the prospects of Russia cooperating to help end the Syrian civil war? Gwen Ifill gets reactions from former Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas and Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins University.
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U.S. Spies Root for an ISIS-Russia War

November 10, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris | The Daily Beast
Six U.S. intelligence and military officials tell The Daily Beast that they hope an apparent ISIS attack on Metrojet Flight 9268 would force Putin to finally take the gloves off.
Vladamir Putin
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U.S. drawing a line against Putin in Europe

November 2, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Often criticized for being naïve and complacent about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions, the Obama administration and its European allies are intensifying their planning and training for a potential conflict on NATO’s eastern flank, hoping to send the strongest possible message about Russian aggression.
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Obama Sends Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria

October 31, 2015
Peter Baker, Helene Cooper | The New York Times
President Obama announced on Friday that he had ordered several dozen Special Operations troops into Syria for the first open-ended mission by United States ground forces in that country, deepening American involvement in a war he has tried to avoid for more than four years.
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Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort

October 26, 2015
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.
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