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Exploring ISIS in Yemen

The Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) is attempting to expand its footprint in Yemen. ISIS began claiming regular attacks in Yemen as of March 2015 and now operates in at least eight Yemeni governorates. A Timestream case study reveals insights into ISIS's reach inside of Yemen.

Testimony: America's Strategy Against ISIS Must Focus on Assisting the Iraqi Security Forces and Government

It will take more than diplomacy to defeat ISIS; it will also take fighting. The questions are: Who will do the fighting? What do they need to succeed? What role should the U.S. play? How would effective military strategy fit into a larger all-of-government and coalition strategy?

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Iran News Round Up

  • President Hassan Rouhani lauded Iran’s regional influence and proclaimed that the Islamic Republic will “cleanse” the Middle East of terrorism through a unified Shi’a-Sunni effort. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Head Ali Akbar Salehi stated that “there is no secrecy” in the IAEA agreement, but admitted that the manner of the investigations “will be classified.” Senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi, meanwhile, reasserted Iran’s right to test ballistic missiles.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Saudi coalition forces provide advanced weaponry to popular resistance in Abyan; Human Rights Watch accuses Saudi Arabia of committing war crimes. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab executes a man in Middle Jubba region; U.S. President Barack Obama states U.S. will not sent troops to Somalia.