Migrant Toddler Found on Turkish Beach Identified

VOA News The 3-year-old migrant Syrian boy whose dead body was found on a Turkish beach when his boat sank was identified Thursday as Aylan Kurdi. The heartbreaking photograph of Aylan, dressed in a red T-shirt and sneakers and lying face down
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NATO Chief Says Terrorism Must Be Fought in Different Ways

By Jim Garamone, DOD News This article previously appeared on the Defense Department website on January 14. There are many different types of terror and democratic nations must use many defenses against them, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin on January 14. The secretary-general met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (more...)

Number of International Journalists Killed Rises in 2014

Photo: American journalist James Foley, shown here in a May 2011 photo, was killed by ISIL militants in Syria. This story was originally published on the Voice of America website on December 23. Washington — A press freedom group says at least 60 journalists have been killed in 2014 while on (more...)

Hagel, Georgian Defense Minister Discuss Afghanistan, Ukraine

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (left) escorts Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania through an honor cordon upon Alasania’s arrival at the Pentagon on May 7. At their meeting in the Pentagon, Hagel thanked Alasania for his nation’s contributions to the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan. Hagel also (more...)

New York Persian Parade

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, has been celebrated for 3,000 years and remains an important holiday in Afghanistan, Iran and the countries of Central Asia. It is widely celebrated in the United States as well. The New York Persian Parade has been celebrating Nowruz in downtown (more...)

2014 Spending Plan Reflects U.S. Priorities

By Kathryn McConnell Staff Writer The United States will provide $49 billion in funding for 2014 commitments to allies, contributions to the United Nations and international organizations, the global fight against HIV/AIDS, and support for global Internet freedom programs. The annual foreign assistance funding legislation, signed in January by (more...)

“New Silk Road” Vision Offers Afghanistan a Brighter Future

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer As the year 2014 brings important security, political and economic transitions to Afghanistan, the country is already becoming more economically connected to its neighbors, and advancements in media and communications are part of the “substantial progress” that offers reasons for optimism, a top (more...)

Pentagon to Close Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States will begin winding down its military transit center at Manas International Airport near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, and complete the transfer by July 2014, Pentagon press secretary George Little said. The United States will continue supporting Kyrgyzstan’s democratic and (more...)

Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage

Part of the humanitarian disaster in Syria is the threat to the country’s cultural objects and sites. Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, and are as important to human civilization as Syria. Syria’s history extends over thousands of years. A succession of (more...)

U.S., Russia Can Make Bilateral Progress, DOD Official Says

By Jim Garamone American Forces This article was originally published on the Defense Department website on September 5. Washington — The United States and Russia disagree on some aspects of their bilateral relations, but there are many areas where the countries can and do cooperate, the deputy assistant secretary of (more...)

Obama’s National Address on Why Syria Matters

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. (more...)

U.S. Defense Secretary Thanks Georgia for Security Assistance

During their August 21 meeting, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel thanked Georgia Defense Minister Irakli Alasania for Georgia’s continuing contribution to the International Security Assistance Force, the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan assisting with military training and government institution building. Hagel, shown here at left escorting (more...)

U.S., Russian Officials Emphasize Shared Interests

During their brief remarks to the press before their meeting August 9, U.S. and Russian officials emphasized the shared interests as well as the challenges facing their two nations. At the start of a daylong series of talks at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary (more...)

White House on Obama’s Travel to Russia

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Russia Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September. We value the achievements (more...)

Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road

This blog post by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Europe and Eurasia Christopher Smart originally appeared July 23 on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Supporting Small Businesses and Building the New Silk Road By: Christopher (more...)