Lobo Institute in the News

Baghdadi’s return heralds the Islamic State’s next act

As published in the Washington Examiner: HE’S BACK: As the end of the ISIS caliphate drew near, the hope that the group’s elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would be captured or killed began to evaporate. Now, after a five-year absence ...
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Despite warnings, Trump unlikely to oppose Syrian-Russian offensive in Idlib

As published in The Arab Weekly: In a surprise move given his cosiness with the Kremlin leader, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Russia and Syria are “bombing the hell out of Idlib province in Syria and indiscriminately killing many ...
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DOD Official: Ending US Support for Yemen Fight Would Worsen the Crisis

As published in Air Force Magazine: ​Efforts by some on Capitol Hill to pull US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen would backfire and further harm civilians, a top Pentagon official said Monday.  Earlier this month, ...
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Iran Has Ties to Al Qaeda, Trump Officials Tell Skeptical Congress

As published in the New York Times: WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is telling Congress about what it says are alarming ties between Iran and Al Qaeda, prompting skeptical reactions and concern on Capitol Hill. Briefings by Secretary of State ...
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Iraq in the middle of growing US-Iran tensions

As published by ABC News: Rocket attacks Wednesday on American and Turkish oil facilities in southern Iraq, which may have been carried out by Iranian-backed militias, are the latest example of how Iraq finds itself squarely in the middle of increasing tensions ...
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Pentagon Warns Turkey of Sanctions Over Russian Missile System

As published in Foreign Policy: BY LARA SELIGMAN | JUNE 10, 2019, 8:30 AM What’s on tap today: Sanctions loom for Turkey over F-35 vs. S-400 spat, U.S. escalates threats of action over the Syrian regime’s assault in Idlib province, ...
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Russia prepares ‘crushing’ offensive in Syria

As published in the Washington Examiner: Russian forces are preparing a military operation to help Syrian dictator Bashar Assad reclaim the last major cities held by rebel forces and terrorists, according to Moscow’s top diplomat. "Terrorists systematically stage provocations and ...
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Descendants of Survivors: Syriac Christians Oppose a Turkish ‘Safe Zone’ in Syria

As published in National Interest: by Amy Austin Holmes The borderlands between Turkey and Syria are dotted with small Syriac Christian churches. Last fall, bullets penetrated the wall of a church in the village of Tel Jihan in northeastern Syria, ...
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Mulroy Assigned Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East

As published on DOD and reported by SIGNAL and also by SOF.com: Michael “Mick” Patrick Mulroy has been selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service, and for assignment as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East. Mulroy ...
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U.S. Warns Syrian Forces Against Chemical Weapons in Idlib Fight

As published on Bloomberg: The Pentagon reiterated promises to respond to any use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces as the Assad regime’s offensive against militants in a key northwestern province threatens to cause another humanitarian crisis in the country’s ...
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