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Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Syria,United Nations

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/CoISyria/A.HRC.27.60_Eng.pdf

Inquiry into the crimes against humanity committed by the warring sides in the Syrian conflict.  Based on nearly 500 interviews and the collection of evidence between January and July 2014.  From the Human Rights Council of the United Nations

 

Children and Armed Conflict [2013]: Report of the Secretary-General

Categories: Afghanistan,Africa,Children,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Syria,United Nations

http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=a/68/878

Covers 23 conflict situations mostly in Africa and the Middle East, and mistreatment of children by seven national armies and 50 armed groups.  From the United Nations

 

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

 

Iran-North Korea-Syria Ballistic Missile and Nuclear Cooperation

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Korea,Nuclear Arms,Syria,WMD

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43480.pdf

Describes the key elements of a nuclear weapons program, reviews the available information regarding cooperation among Iran, North Korea, and Syria on ballistic missiles and nuclear technology, and discusses additional requirements that Congress may wish to impose, especially with regard to executive branch reporting on WMD proliferation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Living Under Siege: The Syrian Arab Republic

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Food/Nutrition,Middle East Conflict,Syria,United Nations

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/SY/LivingUnderSiege.pdf

The first in a series of planned reports by the United Nations on violations of international human rights in the Syrian conflict.  This report focuses on the suffering of civilians in cities placed under siege by the Syrian government and its allies and condemns starvation as a method of warfare.  From the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

 

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