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Barack Obama’s mixed messages | Politico

August 18, 2014
“There’s a huge difference,” said Douglas Ollivant, a senior national security fellow with the New America Foundation. “No one is concerned about the Kurds losing control of these arms on a large scale. That was a big concern with the Free Syrian Army. There’s zero concern about that with the Kurds. Any arms that are sent to the Kurds will stay with the Kurds.”

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ISIS: Is it really a threat to the U.S.? | CNN

  • By
  • Peter Bergen,
  • David Sterman,
  • New America Foundation
August 18, 2014 |
U.S. officials are claiming that the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is "now a credible alternative to al Qaeda." But what does that really mean in terms of ISIS' potential threat to the United States?

Islamic State Militants Said to Challenge Al-Qaeda for Jihadi Leadership | Bloomberg

August 15, 2014
“Since the late ’90s, al-Qaeda has been focused on prioritizing attacks against the U.S.” while the upstart Islamic State and its predecessor groups seek to control territory in the Middle East -- from Iraq into Syria and the Levant and down into Jordan, said Brian Fishman, a fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the author of studies on al-Qaeda and global jihad.

What the U.S. can realistically do in Iraq | CNN

  • By
  • Tara Maller,
  • New America Foundation
August 14, 2014 |
Over the past few days, politicians and experts have been debating the merits of the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq -- or whether there is in fact a strategy.

New America’s International Security Program Launches Dynamic ISIS Map

August 11, 2014
Washington, DC — Today, New America’s International Security Program (ISP) launched a dynamic new map, “ISIS in Iraq,” that tracks the movement of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), across the region.
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