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In Fight Against ISIS, the U.S. Must Lead, and Not Rely on Allies

The Islamic State is a threat to the United States of America, and that is the primary reason we must defeat it. The United States has capabilities that no other state or group in the world has, and that is why we must lead this effort.

A Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State

The Islamic State is a clear and present danger to the security of the U.S. We must therefore pursue an iterative approach that tests basic assumptions, develops our understanding, and builds partnerships with willing parties on the ground, especially the Sunni Arabs in Iraq.

Maps and Graphics

  • Multiple crises throughout the world—in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and now Israel—have pulled attention from growing violence in East Africa. Al Qaeda’s group in Somalia, al Shabaab, now has an operational reach that covers all of the Horn of Africa.

  • Degrading al Qaeda leadership is central to American counterterrorism strategy, but the leaders today are not the same as they were in 2001. Al Qaeda leaders are no longer necessarily connected by formal networks and many operate outside of any formal affiliation to the al Qaeda network.

Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • President Rouhani interviews with NBC correspondent in Tehran; Foreign ministry censures US-led coalition against ISIS; Unnamed source claims that the recently reported downed Israeli drone originated from Azerbaijan; Army Ground Forces Commander announces plans to unveil new weaponry; IRGC commander reassures domestic audience of Iran’s border security; Iraqi President criticizes international body for not inviting Iran to Paris conference.

Pakistan Security Brief

  • AQIS explains motives for targeting U.S. navy; 23 suspected militants killed in air strikes in North Waziristan; Police arrest two suspected militants in Peshawar; Police kill seven suspected TTP militants in Karachi; Afghan security forces kill 22 Taliban militants including Punjab insurgents in Kunar, Afghanistan; convicted al Qaeda-linked scientist to abandon appeal in U.S. court; Dean of Islamic Studies faculty killed in Karachi; Houses bombed in Peshawar; One security official killed in explosion in Kech, Balochistan; PTI to expand protests to other cities; PAT chief Qadri calls for immediate arrest of Prime Minister Sharif, other federal ministers; New ISI chief, new promotions, to be announced next week; Chinese President to visit Pakistan soon, says Foreign Office; Prime Minister Sharif to address UNGA on September 26; Pakistan Foreign Office lodges protest with Afghanistan over cross-border attacks; Afghan nationals demand end to Pakistan rocket attacks in Kunar, Afghanistan.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Al Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni soldiers in Sana’a; 111th Brigade initiate strike in Abyan; al Houthi leader meets with UN Special Envoy in Sa’ada; UN evacuates staff to Aden. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate local government official in Kenya’s Northeastern Province; Somali Prime Minister lauds success of program that offers amnesty for al Shabaab defectors.