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Security forces transport with a blanket the remains of some of the 11 victims of a double blast in the northern Cameroonian city of Maroua, July 22, 2015.

Audio Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks

The terrorist group Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon, killing hundreds of people in a string of suicide bombings. More

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in the Oval Office of the White House, on Monday, July 20, 2015, in Washington. Buhari is seeking to shore up relations between the two countries and to request additional assi

Audio U.S. Welcomes Nigerian President Buhari

President Obama and President Buhari discussed how best to fight Boko Haram. More

FILE - Civilian children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and ISIL.

Audio ISIL Preys on Children

ISIL is traumatizing a whole generation of Iraqi and Syrian children by subjecting them to violence and slavery. More

FILE - Laotian authorities burn seized drugs. Since 1989, the U.S. has contributed over $47 million to the fight.

Audio Supporting Counter-Narcotics Efforts in Laos

U.S. Embassy and Lao National Commission on Drug Control donate $7,500 in office supplies and media equipment to awareness campaign. More

In this photo taken Monday, June 29, 2015, a newly-arrived displaced woman holds a child as they sit in the UN base in Bentiu, South Sudan.

Audio Designation of Six South Sudanese Generals

On June 27th, the United States urged the United Nations Security Council to blacklist six rival commanders from South Sudan for threatening that country’s peace and stability. More

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Audio ISIL Defectors Speak

“At the beginning I thought they were fighting for Allah, but later I discovered they were far from the principles of Islam.”

Audio A Somber Anniversary in South Sudan

Fighting, now approaching its 20th month, has cost thousands of lives and displaced almost 2 million people.

Audio A Humanitarian Pause Required in Yemen

The United Nations has declared the humanitarian situation in war-torn Yemen a level three emergency – the highest designation possible.

Audio A New Chapter for the OAS

“We remain committed to those bedrock principles and ideals of democracy, security, and development for all of our citizens.”

Another Senseless Attack by the Taliban

"Targeting innocent people in the holy month of Ramadan is a clear act of hostility against the religion of Islam."

Audio Global Terrorism Overview 2014

“Weak or failed governance continued to provide an enabling environment for the emergence of extremist radicalism and violence, notably in Yemen, in Syria, Libya, Nigeria, and Iraq.”

Audio ISIL Destroying World Heritage

ISIL has been engaged in the destruction and theft of some of the world’s most important heritage sites and antiquities, dating back thousands of years.

Audio Preventing Violent Extremism

The growth of violent extremism over the last decade is a dangerous and destabilizing phenomenon.

Audio Staying the Course Against ISIL

The fight against ISIL will be long, but if the coalition remains united, determined, and focused, it will ultimately succeed.

Audio More Training and Equipment to Counter ISIL

In Iraq, the U.S.-led Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL has seen significant successes in pushing the brutal extremist group out of regions it had occupied.

Audio Stopping Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Stopping the recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters is a key concern for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

Audio Jeh Johnson at U.N. Counter Terrorism Committee

The U.S. and its allies are making progress in the fight against foreign terrorist fighters, but more needs to be done.

Audio The Arusha Agreement Must be Respected

The United States again calls on President Pierre Nkunrunziza to respect the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement in order to restore stability and help his country heal after weeks of violence.

Audio Civilians Suffering Most in New South Sudan Fighting

Renewed fighting in South Sudan has forced thousands to flee their homes in recent days. Some 650,000 civilians reportedly are without access to aid.

Audio ISIL Makes Life Hell for Women and Girls

ISIL makes life hell for women and girls throughout Iraq, said U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell.

Audio Algiers Accord a Hopeful Step Toward Peace in Mali

Political separatists have signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government of Mali, a hopeful step toward ending decades of fighting in the troubled West African nation.

Audio Memorial Day

Like many nations, the United States pauses each year to honor those who died in its defense through military service.

Audio The Internet Must Be Open and Secure

The United States considers the promotion of an open and secure Internet to be a critical component of its foreign policy.

Audio A Successful Summit

President Obama reaffirmed the U.S.’s “iron-clad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners.”

Audio Deal to Disarm Raises Hope in C.A.R.

Rival militant groups in the Central African Republic have agreed on an accord that requires them to disarm, raising hopes of finally restoring peace and bringing reconciliation to the troubled nation.