Lobo Institute in the News

Trump: Tacit pledge to protect Syrian Kurds, amid broad US support

As published at Kurdistan24: WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - Speaking to reporters in Japan on Saturday, at the end of the G-20 summit, US President Donald Trump made an implicit pledge to protect Syria’s Kurds against Turkish attack. Asked about ...
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Pentagon Official: We Didn’t Link Iran to al-Qaeda In Hill Briefings

As published in Defense One: “In these briefings, none of the officials mentioned al-Qa'ida or the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force,” DASD Mick Mulroy said. A senior defense official on Thursday fiercely denied that Pentagon officials have told Congress ...
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Building Capabilities, Nurturing Alliances at Heart of U.S. Strategy

As published on Defense.gov: Developing partnerships is at the core of American strategy, the deputy assistant defense secretary for the Middle East said. Michael P. Mulroy spoke at the Middle East Institute in Washington today and said American service members ...
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The Other Big Story: With world’s eyes on Iran, Putin moves to avert conflict between Turkey and Syria

As published in Al Monitor: With attention focused on the US-Iran confrontation in the Gulf, Russian President Vladimir Putin is scrambling to prevent a conflict between Turkey and Syria over Idlib, which is already a massive international crisis. This week ...
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Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: May 15, 2019

As published in the Times of Israel: Tell your friends to sign up for the Daily Kickoff here or for early 7AM access via Debut Inbox DRIVING THE CONVO — On Tuesday, President Trump rejected a New York Times report ...
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Military Escalation Continues in Northwest Syria

As published by Voice of America: Russia has increased its airstrike campaign on the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in the past few days, which rights group warn could lead to a new humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. More ...
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US State Department Offers $4.5m Grant to “Investigate” Civilian Casualties in Syria and Iraq

As published in Mint Press News: The US Department of State (DOS) offered a grant opportunity for “Promoting Accountability in Iraq and Syria For Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes,” on April 16th. The grant has a funding floor ...
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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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