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A fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fires an anti-aircraft weapon from Tel Tawil village in the direction of Islamic State fighters positioned in the countryside of the town of Tel Tamr. U.S. Special Ops will assist and advise indigenous fighters.

Audio Intensified Effort Against ISIL

President Barack Obama approved additional support for Iraqi forces fighting ISIL More

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, center, laughs with First Vice President Riek Machar, left, and Vice President James Wani Igga, right, while cabinet members stand behind them, after the first meeting of a new transitional government of national unity.

Another Chance for South Sudan

South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba on Tuesday, April 26, to be sworn in as vice president in an effort to end the civil war that has killed tens of thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes. More

Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush.

Audio Protecting Religious Minorities in Iraq

"If Daesh is successful in its genocidal and ethnic cleansing efforts," said Mr. Thames, "religious minorities could disappear from Iraq and the region’s dwindling religious diversity could fade even further." More

Samantha Power in Cameroon.

Audio Aiding Those Affected by Boko Haram

On a recent trip to the Lake Chad Basin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke out about the growing threat of the terrorist group Boko Haram. More

A file photo taken Jan. 19, 2016 shows displaced people walking next to a razor wire fence at the United Nations base in the capital Juba, South Sudan.

Audio All South Sudan Parties Must Heed Peace Agreement

Eight months ago, the leaders of South Sudan’s two main warring parties, President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, signed a peace agreement to end the conflict that for 20 months had devastated the young nation. More

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Audio Africa Logistics Forum

Forum supports African Nations to examine and explore continuing logistics challenges in Africa’s security sector.

Audio Kerry at G7 Summit in Japan

At the recent G7 meeting in Japan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and fellow Foreign Ministers discussed the path forward on a long list of global challenges.

Audio Daesh's Days Are Numbered

The United States has joined other members of the Coalition to contribute a total of over $100 million to the United Nation’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.

Audio Designation of Salah Abdeslam

Occasionally, the designated individual is already in custody. That is the case with 26 year old Salah Abdeslam, who was designated by the U.S. Department of State and named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist on April 5th, two and a half weeks after his arrest in Brussels, Belgium.

Audio Iran's Continued Destabilizing Behavior

The U.S. Navy announced this month that it had seized a ship laden with illegal weapons in the Persian Gulf that were likely bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen. It was the latest in a string of illicit weapons shipments seized in the region by naval forces and assessed by the U.S. to have originated in Iran.

Audio Removing Mines Critical for Normalization

As conflicts end, and as occupation forces are pushed out of territories they once controlled, they leave in their wake, towns and fields contaminated with land-mines and unexploded ordnance.

Audio U.S. Wants Nigeria to Succeed

Nigeria is a diverse country with a large and assertive civil society, a rich culture and huge potential.

Audio Way Forward For North Korea

For three years now, the North Korean regime has pursued parallel development of its economy and its nuclear program, refusing all diplomatic overtures to discuss denuclearization.

Audio Momentum Against ISIL Builds

The last few weeks have not been good for the advancement of ISIL’s goals in Iraq and Syria.

Audio Nuclear Security Cooperation with China

New nuclear security Center of Excellence will address China’s domestic nuclear security training requirements.

Countering Violent Extremism in Bangladesh

"These barbaric acts are not just attacks on the Bangladeshi people, but also their long tradition of open debate, religious tolerance, and moderation.”

Audio U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Lahore

More than 70 people were killed and more than 300 hundred injured in a suicide bombing in a crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan on Easter Sunday.

Audio U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Israel

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous terrorist attacks in Israel and Jerusalem, which tragically took the life of American Taylor Allen Force and left many others severely injured.

Audio Moving Ahead to End the Syrian War

More peaceful conditions have made possible the delivery of emergency supplies to communities inside Syria, some of which have not seen assistance in years.

Audio Gulf Cooperation Council Designates Hezbollah

The Gulf Cooperation Council recently designated Lebanon-based, Iran-supported Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

Audio Respect for Rights Critical in Fighting Violent Extremism

Secretary of State John Kerry has called corruption a “radicalizer,” because it “destroys faith in legitimate authority.” In such a vacuum, violent extremists that portray themselves as pious and untainted can offer a seemingly seductive alternative.

Audio Deep Concern Over Missile Tests by Iran

The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches. In a public statement on March 11, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called them “provocative and destabilizing.”

Audio Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution imposing tough new sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and launch using ballistic missile technology.

Audio U.S. - China Relations

“We are two powerful nations, the two largest economies today,” said Secretary Kerry, “and we have an ability, therefore to be able to make good things happen when we decide to.”

Audio Can Sexual Violence in Conflict be Prevented?

Challenging convention wisdoms about sexual violence in conflict is critical to understanding how we can prevent it.