Reflecting the Views of the U.S. Government as Broadcast on The Voice of America

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A NASA image shows a photo taken by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) of the night view of the Korean Peninsula.

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. More

Georgia's Defense Minister  Irakli Alasania, left, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shake hands at the Krtsanisi military training base outside Tbilisi  Georgia, Sunday,  Sept. 7, 2014.

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. More

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on U.S. strategy against ISIL.

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

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

Shi'ite volunteers are seen with their weapons during an intensive security deployment to fight against militants of the Islamic State in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq, Aug. 31, 2014.

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. More

Yemenis gather at the site of a bomb explosion that targeted an army troop vehicle on its way to man a checkpoint in Sana'a. (FILE)

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. More

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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.

Audio Violence In Libya Must Cease

Five countries called on all parties in Libya, including the government and all militias, to accept an immediate ceasefire, engage constructively in the democratic process, and to stop all activities that risk undermining it.

Audio New C.A.R. Government Must Move Quickly on Democratic Transition

U.S. calls on new cabinet to include their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue.

Audio U.S. - Honduras' Fight Against Drug Trafficking

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this month the designation of the Los Valles drug trafficking organization in Honduras.

Audio Ceasefire Violations Continue In South Sudan

Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government seized a helicopter of a regional ceasefire monitoring team and briefly detained its members.

Audio Making Operations Difficult for Mujahidin Shura

By designating the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, the United States is taking a decisive step toward cutting off its funds.

Audio Deadly Attacks Underscore Need For Inclusive Government in Iraq

One of the goals behind the recent spate of deadly attacks against Iraqi civilians is to prevent the formation of a new, inclusive government. This tactic must not be allowed to succeed.

Audio Defeating the Islamic State

Assad’s “barbarism against his own people created an enormous vacuum. That type of environment ... attracts people who are drawn into ISIL. So he’s part of the problem.”

Attacks on Humanitarians Represent Deficit of Humanity

Last year, 155 humanitarian aid workers were killed, 171 injured, and 134 kidnapped, a 66 percent increase from the previous year.

Audio On Conflict Prevention

“The United Nations . . . remains the focal point for the maintenance of international peace and security. Yet, we look out at a world mired in crisis and conflict.”

Audio New Thai Premier Should Work to Restore Democracy

The United States remains concerned about the limits that have been imposed on freedom of speech and assembly by the military.

Audio Eliminating Sexual Violence In Conflict

The scourge of sexual violence in conflict has been identified by the United Nations as a matter of acute and urgent concern.

Audio Three Goals of the Current U.S. Mission in Iraq

“ISIL poses a threat to all Iraqis and to the entire region."

Audio Syria's Chemical Weapons Neutralized

The United States has finished neutralizing the Syrian regime's declared chemical weapons aboard a vessel call the Cape Ray.

Audio Murder of U.S. Journalist by ISIL

The United States is appalled by the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

Audio U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Audio Partnering With Morocco to Fight Terrorism

Agreement will strengthen regional counterterrorism capabilities in crisis management, border security, and terrorism investigations.

Audio A Hopeful Step in the C.A.R.

A new prime minister has been named in the Central African Republic.

Audio Kerry On ASEAN

“ASEAN is at the center of the [Asia-Pacific] region’s multilateral architecture, and it plays a critical role in promoting both peace, prosperity, and also a regional integration throughout Asia.”