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U.S. Staged Secret Operation into Syria in Failed Bid to Rescue Americans
Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung / The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials.


New US Strikes in Iraq after IS Foley Video
US aircraft have launched fresh strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Iraq, despite threats from the group to kill a second American captive in retribution for continued attacks.


Aid Group: 2nd US Worker with Ebola Released
Jeff Martin / Associated Press

An aid group says a second American aid worker has been released after she was treated at an Atlanta hospital for the Ebola virus.


Russian Aid Convoy Starts Moving into Ukraine

The first trucks from a Russian aid convoy on Thursday passed a Russian border check point and started moving towards the border crossing with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.


Indonesia President Says Islamic State ‘Embarrassing’ Muslims
The Telegraph

The president of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, has called the actions of Islamic State militants “embarrassing” to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.


Iran to US: We’ll Help You Against ISIS if you Lift Nuclear Sanctions
Business Insider


Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

Tunisia, Cairo Airport Cancel Libya Flights over Security Fears

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport canceled most flights to and from Libya on Thursday, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.


Boko Haram Crisis: Nigeria Militants ‘Seize Police Academy’


Northern Nigeria’s riot police training academy has been overrun by Boko Haram Islamist militants, a witness in Borno state has told the BBC.


Lessons from Denmark: How District Heating Could Improve Energy Security
Frederika Whitehead / The Guardian

What is particularly clever about district heat networks is that they also capture and redistribute heat that would otherwise be wasted. The surplus heat produced by electricity generating stations, factories, server farms and public transport networks is funnelled into the network, eliminating waste, lowering carbon emissions, lowering fuel consumption and saving everybody money.


ASP Recent Reports


Free Trade and National Security – 5 Key Issues
Dan Day
As the world’s largest economy and the home to many of the most resourceful and innovative industries in the world, it is essential that the US take the lead in setting the standard for global trade practices.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


US Countermeasure to IS Social Media Presence
Thomas Campbell
Controlled by State Department’s CSCC, the #ThinkAgainTurnAway public diplomacy initiative challenges advocates of extremist groups over social media.


Private Sector Contributions to International Development
Maggie Feldman-Piltch
Government programs play a significant role in international development, but represent only a portion of ongoing projects and potential opportunities. Public-private partnerships (PPPs), and private sector initiatives, are increasingly prevalent and necessary to support the complex nature of human development.


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