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FILE - Six U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons from Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrive at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to take part in anti-Islamic State missions.

Strategy to Destroy ISIL

​In the wake of the barbarous terrorist attacks by ISIL on Paris, Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere, the resolve of the United States and its allies to defeat ISIL has intensified. More

Victoria Nuland, assistant U.S. secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, participates in discussions on Ukraine and other global challenges, organized by the Yalta European Strategy at the Mystetsky Arsenal Art Center in Kiev, Ukraine, Sept.

Nuland on NATO Support of Ukraine

"The best antidote to Russian aggression and malign influence is Ukraine’s success as a democratic, prosperous, European state.” More

Indian Muslims trample on an effigy of the Islamic State group and shout slogans condemning Friday’s attacks in Paris and expressing solidarity with France during a protest in Mumbai, India, Monday, Nov.16, 2015. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Audio To Defend Peace Against Extremism

“Our weapon of choice in this fight is a weapon surpassing any that extremists possess, one that delivers a blow that no agent of hate or intolerance can withstand: it is the bright light of education.” More

The island village of Kivalina, an Alaska Native community of 400 people the White House chose to highlight as a community at risk from rising sea levels.

Audio Climate Change Presents Challenge to Security

“The impacts of climate change can exacerbate resource competition, threaten livelihoods, and increase the risk of instability and conflict, especially in places already undergoing economic, political, and social stress.” More

Rescue workers inspect the scene of an explosion at a mobile phone market in Kano, Nigeria. Wednesday Nov. 18, 2015. The suicide bomber exploded as truckers were tucking into dinner at the bustling marketplace where vendors urged them to buy sugar cane. A

Audio U.S. Condemns Nigeria Bombings

​The United States condemns terrorist attacks on Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18 that reportedly killed more than 40 innocent people in Nigeria. More

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Audio Kerry in Paris

“This is not a clash of civilizations. These terrorists have declared war against all civilization."

Audio Kerry in Tunisia

In Tunisia, where the Arab Spring was born, democratic progress continues. On a recent visit there, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "the eyes of the world are on Tunisia, and America wants Tunisia to succeed."

Audio U.S. Stands with Paris

​The American people stand in solidarity with the people of France in the wake of the recent and tragic terror attack in Paris.

Audio Veteran's Day

Today, Veterans Day, America pauses to honor these men and women, and the values of duty and sacrifice they represent.

Audio U.S. and Sri Lanka Partners in Demining

“The United States is committed to aiding demining efforts across Sri Lanka, whether on land or at sea,” said U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap.

Audio Dealing With the North Korean Threat

North Korea continues to pose a threat to its own people and the international community.

Audio U.S., Central Asia Partners for 21st Century

The United States is committed to partnering with Central Asia to build democratic governments powered by free market economies and to cooperate on global challenges such as climate change and violent extremism.

Audio Diplomatic Efforts Over Syria Intensify

International efforts to stop the carnage in Syria are intensifying.

Audio Extremists Targeting Minority Religions

Some of the worst persecutors of religious minorities are violent extremists and terrorist organizations.

Audio Seeking an End to Syria's Devastation

Secretary of State Kerry has arrived in Vienna for a series of bilateral and multi-lateral discussions about Syria on October 29th and 30th.

Audio Taking on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

As a commitment to the Call to Action, the United States announced its Safe from the Start Program, an initiative that aims to address and reduce the incidence of gender-based violence in emergencies.

Audio Daesh Profits Off Backs of the Oppressed

Undercutting DAESH’s financial strength remains a key element of the United States’ strategy to ultimately degrade and defeat ISIL.

Audio Security Council Asked to Investigate Iran Missile Test

The United States, along with Britain, France and Germany, has submitted a report to the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee on the launch of a medium range ballistic missile by Iran on October 10.

Audio Successful U.S.- Uzbek Partnership on HEU

Eighth shipment of highly enriched uranium from Uzbekistan since 2004, marks the removal of all HEU from the country.

Audio Opportunity for Peaceful Change in C.A.R.

A resurgence of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic, C.A.R., raises grave concerns for that country’s political transition and respect for the human rights of all its citizens.

Audio Regional Cooperation for Afghanistan's Peaceful Development

Nations reserved their highest praise for the dedication and sacrifice of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and for those of the Afghan people.

Audio Disrupting Support for a Drug Cartel

U.S. sanctions five Mexican businesses for support of Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

Audio Syria and Commitment to International Norms

“Where order has completely broken down, we must act. But we will be stronger when we act together.”

Audio Working Together, Nations Can Solve Problems

Over seven decades, the United Nations has forged a system of international rules and norms that is better, stronger and more stable than anything that came before it.

Audio More Aid to South Sudan

South Sudan, the world’s newest country and one of its least developed, faces many humanitarian challenges.