Lobo Institute in the News

First on CNN: US transports alleged American ISIS fighter back from Syria to face trial

As published on CNN: Washington (CNN) The US has transported an American citizen who is alleged to have been an ISIS fighter back to American soil from Syria in order to face trial for his alleged involvement with the terror ...
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While the world focuses on Iran, a tragedy is ‘unfolding before our eyes’ in Idlib

As published in Al Monitor US President Donald Trump asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, “Please, take it easy with Idlib,” when they met at the G-20 Summit in Osaka on June 28. Russia had been providing air support for ...
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‘Troll Factory’ Demands Proof of Civilian Deaths from Russian Strikes in Syria

As published by Polygraph.info: On July 7, the Russian Federal News Agency, RIA-FAN, which is part of the government broadcasting media Rossiya Segodnya and also known as an arm of the “troll factory,” published a feature piece headlined: “Expert explains ...
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US must maintain a strong diplomatic and military presence in Iraq to counter Iran’s influence, experts say

As published by Military Times: WASHINGTON — To counter Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East, the U.S. must maintain a strong diplomatic and military presence in neighboring Iraq, experts from the State Department and the Pentagon said at the ...
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Iraq: A Crossroads of U.S. Policy

As published by U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING Iraq: A Crossroads of U.S. Policy Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism DATE:Tuesday, July 16, 2019 TIME: 02:00 PM LOCATION:SD-419 PRESIDING:Senator Romney Watch the hearing ...
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The U.S. Is Worried About China’s Investments—This Time in Israel

As published in The Atlantic: U.S. national-security officials have for years warned developing nations about the dangers of allowing Chinese investment in their countries. But now the Defense Department is worried about China’s investments in one of America’s closest allies, ...
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Top US general’s retirement marks turning point in Mideast operations

As published on Al Monitor: As the Islamic State (IS) conquered much of Iraq nearly five years ago, overtaking the Mosul Dam and marching within striking distance of American diplomats, Army Gen. Joseph Votel faced a nearly impossible mission. He ...
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Unpacking the State Dept Acknowledgment that 2001 and 2002 AUMFs Don’t Authorize War Against Iran

As published in Just Security: The State Department has acknowledged that the administration has not interpreted the 2001 or 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) to authorize military action against Iran, except for defensive purposes to protect forces ...
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Trump administration lays broad legal grounds for military strike on Iran

As published in the Washington Post: As it has contemplated military action against Iran, the Trump administration has opened the door to virtually every legal authority it might use to justify an attack, from tying Iran to al-Qaeda, to President ...
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Fears Rise of an ISIS Comeback

As published at Foreign Policy: With the United States continuing its drawdown in Syria, experts fear that the Islamic State could return stronger than ever unless other nations step in—but no replacement forces have yet been committed. “Our expectation is ...
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