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NEWSLINK: Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels

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[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14] BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate. However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,”

Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine


(Stratfor.com - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to be in flux, and most of the countries I visited are

NEWSLINK: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Calls Bowe Bergdahl Swap “Victory”

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[“Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Calls Bowe Bergdahl Swap ‘Victory’” – NBC 6.1.14] NBC covers the Taliban’s response to a prisoner exchange, in which the lone U.S. POW from Afghanistan was released in exchange for five senior Taliban being transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar. After five detainees from Guantanamo Bay were swapped for the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar

NEWSLINK: Shift by hard-line Taliban factions may have sealed prisoner exchange

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[“Exclusive: Shift by hard-line Taliban factions may have sealed prisoner exchange” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers speculation about the internal politics of the Taliban, and how they might have impacted a recent prisoner-exchange deal with the United States.  The sole U.S. POW in Afghanistan was released in exchange for five of allegedly the most dangerous terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay being flown to Qatar. Complicating

VOA: Five Taliban in Prisoner Swap Were Most-Senior Afghans at Guantanamo

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(VOA News - June 01, 2014) The five Taliban commanders released by the United States in a prisoner swap to win the freedom of an American solider were among the most senior Afghans held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. All five were flown to Qatar, which has pledged to hold them for a year under terms the United States negotiated to win the

UKRAINE: Pulse of Ukraine – Headlines & Newslinks – Sunday 3.23.14

Artist's Rendition of Green EEG Heartbeat Pulse

:: VIDEO: Romney critical of Obama “naivete” and “bad judgment” over Ukraine, Russia and Crimea; video, links, article – SCW 3.25.14 :: NATO: ‘Sizable’ Russian Force At Ukraine Border – AFP/Defense News 3.23.14 :: Russia ‘may be preparing to invade Ukraine.’ White House says Russia may be poised to invade as Ukraine warns prospect of war continues to grow – Irish Times 3.23.14 :: Visa

NATO: Russian buildup threatens Ukraine’s neighbor

Map of Moldova and Environs

USA Today reports on a Russian troop builder that a U.S. NATO commander says could be primed to threaten Ukrainian neighbor Moldova. Russian forces massed along Ukraine’s eastern border could threaten stability in a separatist region of neighboring Moldova, the American general who serves as NATO’s top military commander said Sunday. “The force that is at the Ukrainian border now to the east is very,

U.S. Missile Defense Test Fails Over Pacific

Missile Defense Control Room file photo

The Department of Defense on Friday, July 5, 2013, announced the failure of a missile defense test over the Pacific, the third miss in a row for ABM tests. A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor missile launched from Vandenburg AFB in California failed to connect with its target, a long-range ballistic missile launched from an atoll in the Marshall Islands. According to the Pentagon: Program officials