Kerry on Murder of Steven Sotloff by ISIL Terrorist Group

Yesterday, the world bore witness again to the unfathomable brutality of ISIL terrorist murderers when we saw Steven Sotloff, an American journalist who left home in Florida to tell the story of brave people in the Middle
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Why Our Community Commends Governor Cuomo!

Op-Ed By: Ezra Friedlander As the world continues to grapple with the uncertainties surrounding the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East, it remains a key concern for us New Yorkers. The global community has become more and more interconnected and events that occur thousands of miles away can (more...)

DOD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions

By Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DOD News This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 25. Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, Russia’s actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border, continue to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Colonel Steven Warren told (more...)

More U.S. Soldiers Rotating into Eastern Europe

By Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DOD News  This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 13. Washington — The U.S. Defense Department announced August 13 the next scheduled unit rotation as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which a Pentagon spokesman said continues to demonstrate U.S. (more...)

President Obama on Murder of Journalist by Terrorist Group ISIL

The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL. Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives of people a world away. He was taken hostage (more...)

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on August 20. Washington — U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter, remotely piloted and attack aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, (more...)

Obama on Ferguson: “We’re Going to Move Forward Together”

The ongoing conflict between civilians and law enforcement personnel in Ferguson, Missouri, following the August 9 killing of 19-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer has continued to dominate the collective conscience of many Americans, including President Obama. In too many American communities, men (more...)

U.S. OSCE Envoy on Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact Violence

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Gary Robbins to the Permanent Council, Vienna August 14, 2014 The United States strongly condemns the violence along the Line of Contact that has resulted in significant casualties since July 31. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed (more...)

Obama on Recent Developments in Iraq

I wanted to provide an update on recent developments in Iraq, including some important steps forward as Iraqis form a new government. Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect (more...)

International Community Must Act to Meet Ukraine’s Needs

The humanitarian situation in Ukraine urgently needs addressing, but not by those who caused it, the United States’ top envoy to the United Nations said August 8, adding, “[A]ssistance should be delivered by the international humanitarian organizations that have the expertise, experience, and independence to provide (more...)

Obama, Russia’s Putin Discuss Ukraine in Phone Call

A version of the article was first published on the Voice of America website August 1. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken by telephone about the Ukraine crisis, with Obama reiterating his “deep concerns” about Russia's increased support for separatists in eastern (more...)

Obama on Ukraine and Gaza

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND GAZA I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has (more...)

Treasury Announces More Sanctions on Russian Entities

In response to Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine, the U.S. Department of the Treasury July 29 imposed prohibitions on additional entities operating within the financial services sector of the Russian economy. The actions target three banks owned by the Russian state and one defense technology entity (more...)

Russian Forces Continue to Gather on Border with Ukraine

By Jim Garamone DOD News 30 July 2014 This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on July 29. Russian military forces continue to gather on Ukraine’s southeast border, and Russia continues to funnel heavy equipment to Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said July 29. More than 10,000 (more...)

Obama on Ukraine and Gaza

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND GAZA I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right (more...)

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