Security Assistance

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 06:57
The article states that the Senate's foreign aid spending panel voted to slash military assistance to Egypt by $300 million amid growing congressional frustration with the country's dismal human rights record under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 06:37
This essay cites an article using SAM's security assistance data to argue that the United States should reverse its traditional approach on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and U.S. foreign policy.
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 06:58
KIEV, Ukraine — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis vowed on Thursday to help Ukraine stand up to Russian violations of its sovereignty and signaled that the Trump administration was considering providing defensive weapons to the Ukrainian military. President Barack Obama had resisted such a step, fearing it would be seen as a provocation by Russia. In the first visit to Ukraine by an American defense secretary in nearly a decade, Mr. Mattis seemed to be anticipating that argument.
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 06:52
The article states that a “small number” of U.S. military personnel are assisting thousands of Yemeni government troops in a major offensive to expel militants associated with the country’s Al Qaeda offshoot from their de-facto capital.
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:54
The article states that Trump decided to cancel the covert program to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels after weapons ended up in the hands of Al-Qaeda fighters.
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:29
This article discusses a new study that states that the U.S.-backed Afghan government could compel the Taliban to pursue peace once they regain control of at least 80% of Afghan districts.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:56
The Department of Defense has a major gun control problem. On May 26, Amnesty International published a damning report revealing that the United States failed to track more than $1 billion in arms transfers to Iraqi and Kuwaiti security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The report, based on a now-declassified 2016 DoD audit obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests, shows that terrible record keeping and loose restrictions potentially let weapons from machine guns to mortar rounds fall into the hands of ISIS.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:52
Afghan government officials say they are leery about President Donald Trump’s plan to grant new authority to the Pentagon to set troop levels in the war-torn country, expressing concern that such a shift could be a sign that larger numbers of Americans might soon be headed back to the front lines in the 15-year war.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:47
U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle laid bare their suspicions about U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Lebanon over the countries’ supposed links to terror on Thursday, perhaps signaling choppy waters in the alliances.
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 09:40
The Qatar crisis has quickly become one of the Trump administration’s most sensitive dilemmas in the Middle East. Since America’s close Sunni Arab allies—Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—took action against Doha earlier this month, the White House has sent the Qataris mixed messages about Washington’s position on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s row. At this juncture, it remains unclear what role the Trump administration will play in Saudi/Emirati efforts to pressure the Qataris into capitulation.

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