President Obama: “Our Fight Against Violent Extremism”

Ed. Note: The following op-ed by President Obama appeared in the Los Angeles Times this morning.

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.

At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston Marathon.

Our campaign to prevent people around the world from being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and minds.

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The Authorization of Military Force Against ISIL Terrorists: What You Need to Know

Watch on YouTube Right now, America’s armed forces are working with some 60 nations to degrade and destroy ISIL, a terrorist group that has committed countless barbaric atrocities and poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity ... Read more »

What’s in a Name? ISIL being labeled Daesh

“Daesh” is derived from a rough acronym of ISIL’s original Arabic name, transliterated into English: al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham. It is sometimes seen spelled as DAASH, DA’ISH, or variations thereof.

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5 Developing Stories in MENA

Five of the latest developing stories in the MENA region.   1. Houthis take over Yemen Presidential Palace On Tuesday, one day after agreeing to a ceasefire, Shia Houthi fighters have taken over Yemen’s presidential palace which houses the main office of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, located in the capital of Sanaa. Hadi’s government is […]

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5 MENA News Stories You May Have Missed Over the Holidays

Habib Essid Nominated as Tunisia’s Prime Minister   On Jan. 5, former Interior Minister Habib Essid was nominated as Prime Minister by Tunisia’s newly elected parliament. Essid is no stranger in the Congressional palace, as he held a variety of positions in autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s government before being appointed Minister of the Interior […]

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The Year(s) Ahead in Public Diplomacy

In 2014, the myriad challenges the United States faces in the public diplomacy (PD) field mounted and still continue to grow. Many of them are the result of long-brewing failures of policy, and will persist without an overall strategy to mitigate them.

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President Obama Thanks America’s Troops and Marks a Milestone in the Afghanistan War

"The message I’m here to deliver on behalf of the American people is very simple: It’s just to say thank you."

President Obama traveled to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey today to offer his thanks to the U.S. military members and families stationed there and across the world for their service to our country: 

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What We Are Reading… December 12, 2014

MENA Iraqi army prepares for ‘liberation of Mosul’ Aljazeera Battle over Iraq’s second largest city will be key in fight against ISIL, Iraqi finance minister tells Al Jazeera. ISIS target of 27 strikes by U.S. allies Reuters The United States and its allies carried out 27 airstrikes on Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) […]

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What We Are Reading… November 21, 2014

MENA John Kerry and Iranian Counterpart to Leave Nuclear Talks The New York Times Iran’s chief negotiator in the nuclear talks here is returning to Tehran on Friday afternoon to seek further instructions from his country’s leaders, as negotiators struggle to meet a Monday deadline for an accord. Islamic State attacks Iraq provincial capital: officials […]

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What We Are Reading… November 14, 2014

International News MENA Hagel: ISIL Degraded But Remains Dangerous DoD News United States and coalition forces have made progress in recent months against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but the campaign will be “a long and difficult struggle,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress here today. Dempsey Urges ‘Strategic Patience’ in Anti-ISIL […]

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