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Security and Defense

Audio Multi-Pronged Attack Needed Against Transnational Crime

This is a challenge that cannot be met by governments alone. More

A woman reacts at the site of a car bomb attack that killed a parliament member and 24 others Tuesday, at the entrance to the Shi'ite neighborhood of Kadhimiya in Baghdad, Oct. 15, 2014.

Audio U.S. Condemns ISIL Attacks in Iraq

A recent spate of deadly bombings perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has killed scores of people in and around Baghdad. More

FILE - Marines board a KC-130J Hercules aircraft at the U.S. Futenma airbase on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Audio Review of Defense Cooperation with Japan

“These bilateral defense guidelines serve as the policy framework that helps define our roles and our missions and our alliance capabilities.” More

U.S. Treasury

Audio Targeting Pakistan-Based Terror Groups

The U.S. Treasury designates individuals for acting for or on behalf of, and providing financial support to the terrorist group known as Lashkar-e Tayyiba. More

Fighters with the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also called ISIS by some) wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Raqqa province, northern Syria, June 30, 2014.

Audio Sanctions as Tools of U.S. Foreign Policy

Goal, is to “maximize the impact of sanctions while minimizing their costs on innocent civilians and private businesses at home and abroad.” More

More Security and Defense Editorials

Audio Coalition Against ISIL Grows

The U.S.-led international coalition to degrade and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the levant, or ISIL, is growing.

Audio U.S. Moves to Comply with Landmine Treaty

The United States will continue our diligent efforts to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to join the Ottawa Convention.

Audio Probe Needed In Rwanda-Burundi Lake Deaths

Several dead bodies found floating in a lake on the border between Burundi and Rwanda remain unidentified.

Audio Security Council Moves Against Foreign Terrorist Fighters

President Barack Obama has emphasized that the confrontation with terror organizations such as ISIL must be seen for what it is: a fight between murderous extremists and the world.

Audio Throughout the Middle East, a Need to Change Course

“America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots."

Audio A New OAS Resolution on Drug Policy

The Organization of American States adopted a resolution underscoring the importance of hemispheric and international cooperation in jointly tackling the world drug problem.

Audio Women Suffer Under ISIL Rule

Women and girls living in areas of Iraq and Syria that have fallen under the control of ISIL, have been deliberately targeted for brutality.

Audio Defeating the Cancer of Violent Extremism

President Barack Obama called violent extremism a “cancer” that has ravaged parts of the Muslim world, and he called on the world to join forces to eradicate it.

Audio Separate Issues with Iran

The United States has reiterated its position that two important issues involving Iran remain separate.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio U.S., Egypt United Against ISIL

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Egypt in an effort to advance both countries' common strategic interests.

Audio Ukraine Signs Pact with European Union

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ratify its Association Agreement with the European Union.

Audio U.S. Boosts Engagement in the C.A.R.

Amid almost two years of political turmoil and inter-communal fighting, the United States has stood with the people of the Central African Republic.

Audio ROK and U.S. to Share Space Data

The U.S. Department of Defense and the South Korea Defense Ministry will share space situational awareness (SSA) data under a memorandum of understanding signed in September.

U.S. and NATO Support Georgia in Partnership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed a “close defense partnership” between the U.S. and Georgia during a recent visit to Tbilisi.

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

President Barack Obama has laid out his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIL.

Audio Degrading the Threat of ISIL

The international community is rapidly forming a task force that will immediately begin working to stop ISIL and roll back its gains.

Audio U.S. Condemns Actions of Houthis

The United States joins the United Nations Security Council and the international community in strongly condemning the actions taken by rebel group in Yemen.

Audio Building a Coalition to Defeat ISIL

"What’s needed to confront its nihilistic vision and genocidal agenda is a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force."

Audio U.S. Condemns Beheading Of Second American

The United States condemns in the strongest terms possible the brutal and barbaric beheading by ISIL of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.