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Blackwater founder Erik Prince proposes privatizing Afghanistan war

August 9, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump has held off so far on approving strategy recommendations for the nearly 16-year war in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week, "To just say we're going to keep doing what we've been doing, the president is not willing to accept that."
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As relations worsen, Iran says U.S. sanctions may violate nuclear deal

July 19, 2017
David Sanger, Rick Gladstone | The New York Times
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, charged that the Trump administration’s attempt to reimpose sanctions on his country was a violation of the nuclear accord signed two years ago.
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Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly

July 18, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers, briefly upending a planned announcement as a legal deadline loomed.
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The terrorist threat posed by Islamic State isn't going away

July 17, 2017
Doyle McManus | The Los Angeles Times
The Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate, the brutal “state” the extremist group ruled for three years in Syria and Iraq, is rapidly collapsing. After months of grueling combat, Iraqi troops have finally retaken Mosul, their country’s second-largest city.
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U.S. Nears Deal on Arms Coveted by Saudis

May 15, 2017
Carol Lee, Margherita Stancati | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are working on a package of arms deals and financial investments aimed at elevating economic and security cooperation between Washington and Riyadh after several years of strained relations over the U.S. diplomatic outreach to Iran.
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Trump’s View of Syria and Assad Altered After ‘Unacceptable’ Chemical Attack

April 6, 2017
Mark Landler, David Sanger, Michael D. Shear | The New York Times
President Trump warned on Wednesday that he would not tolerate the “heinous” chemical weapons attack in Syria.
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The Airline Electronics Ban Came After Militants Said They Want To Hide Bombs In Laptops: US Official

March 22, 2017
Nancy Youssef | Buzzfeed News
The U.S. ban on passengers taking certain electronics on flights was spurred by increased chatter in recent weeks from militants saying they want to hide explosives in computers.
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TSA, DHS Will Bar Electronic Devices on Some Overseas Flights

March 21, 2017
Pete Williams | NBC News
On Tuesday the TSA and DHS will announce temporary restrictions on the type of electronic devices that can be carried on-board certain flights.
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