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Statement by the President on ISIL

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Headlines,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/10/statement-president-isil-1

Text of speech of President Obama on 9/10/2014 about the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.  From the White House

 

The “Islamic State” Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,NATO,Syria,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43612.pdf?x

Reviews the emergence of ISIS as a transnational insurgent movement, the success of their summer campaign in northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria, and U.S. policy options. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions

Categories: Arab,Defense/Military,Iraq,Syria,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43720.pdf

Discusses selected legal questions raised by the use of military force against ISIS including the extent of presidential authority to use military force without congressional approval, the applicability of the UN Charter to U.S. military strikes in Syria or Iraq and more.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Use of Force Considerations in Iraq

Categories: Defense/Military,Iraq,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IN10106.pdf

Describes the threat posed to Iraq by the armed forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the possible authorities that could be invoked by President Obama to justify sending U.S. military forces back to Iraq.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iraq Crisis and U.S. Policy

Categories: Arab,Asia,Iran,Iraq,Syria,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43612.pdf

Describes the offensive of the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the threat posed to U.S. interests by the offensive, and the policy options available.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Decade of War: Volume 1: Enduring Lessons from the Past Decade of Operations

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Iraq,Terrorism

http://blogs.defensenews.com/saxotech-access/pdfs/decade-of-war-lessons-learned.pdf

Study of nearly 50 previous military reports to find key lessons of past decade.  Declassified quietly some time ago, but recently back in the news.  From the Defense Department

 

Sunni-Shia Relations After the Iraq War

Categories: Arab,Democracy/Peace,Iraq,Middle East Conflict,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/PB160.pdf

Examines the rise of sectarianism in the Middle East since 2003 and how the social, political, and technological changes which are fueling this trend are affecting Sunni and Shia communities.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

Final Report … of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

Categories: Govt Finance,Iraq,Public Works

http://www.sigir.mil/files/quarterlyreports/September2013/Report_-_September_2013.pdf#view=fit

The culmination of 20,000 pages of reporting on the use of $60 billion of U.S. funding for Iraqi reconstruction.  From the Office of the Special Inspector General

 

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