U.S. Independence Day a Civic and Social Event

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on July 4, a day of patriotic celebration and family events throughout the country. In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, ...
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Memorial Day Holiday Honors American War Dead

The Memorial Day holiday celebrated by Americans on the last Monday of May represents for many the unofficial beginning of summer. Many will travel over the long holiday weekend to seek out friends and family, beaches and amusement parks. But most will pause at some point to recall the holiday’s true purpose: honoring those who ...
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U.S. Policy Update for Thursday, 03 March 2016

North Korea 02 March 2016 United States Sanctions Entities and Individuals Linked to North Korean Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs (state.gov)   The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption today of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2270. North Korea’s nuclear and missile proliferation activities violate multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, destabilize the region, and undermine the global nonproliferation regime. The international community has condemned North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction ...
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Freedom of Information in the U.S.A. (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act, As Amended is the legislation which provides for the release by U.S. government departments and agencies of certain categories of information on request. Since its original enactment in 1966 more than 500,000 requests have been filed by members of the public, reporters, and companies. Foreign citizens may also file requests. Similarly the Department of Justice and ...
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DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. Cook said a Nov. 13 U.S. airstrike in Libya killed Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as ...
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DoD’s Dunford Says U.S., Coalition Must Put Continuous Pressure on ISIL

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has grown since 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, and it is important that the United States and coalition partners continue to put pressure on the terror organization across all domains and with every facet of government. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph ...
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Co-Chairs’ Fact Sheet: About the Global Counterterrorism Forum

02 April 2014 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2014 Below is the text of the fact sheet issued by the Co-Chairs (Turkey and the United States) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on April 2, 2014. Begin text: The GCTF is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism (CT) platform that focuses on identifying ...
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Myths and Facts: Resettling Syrian Refugees

November 25, 2015 Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC   Myth: All Syrian refugees are dangerous. Fact: 2,234 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United States since October 1, 2010 (the beginning of fiscal year 2011), and only after the most extensive level of security screening of any category of traveler to ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as all of you know, he really was the State Department’s ...
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DoD’s Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday’s raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent. ...
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DoD’s Carter: Rebalance Continues America’s Historic Role in Asia-Pacific

28 May 2015 (This article originally appeared on the Department of Defense website ) By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DoD News Defense Media Activity America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is a continuation of its pivotal role over the past 70 years in helping ensure prosperity in the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday. Speaking ...
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Kerry on Daesh’s Destruction of Historical Heritage in Iraq

06 March 2015 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ISIL’s Destruction of Historical Heritage and Archeological Treasures I am deeply disturbed by reports that ISIL has extended its destruction of Iraq’s historical treasures to the ancient archeological site of Nimrud. These depraved acts are an assault on ...
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State Dept. Fact Sheet on U.S. Aid to Haiti 2010-2015

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. 08 January 2015 FACT SHEET U.S. Assistance to Haiti 2010-2015 Five years after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country, Haiti has transitioned to a period of long-term development. Much more remains to be done, and Haiti’s reconstruction will continue for many years. With other ...
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Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

   The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria are rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. Fragile sites and buildings have suffered as collateral damage to battles, targets for purposeful ideological destruction, and prey for systematic looting. More than 90 percent of Syria’s cultural sites are inside areas of ...
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Fact Sheet: Overview of U.S. Contributions to Peace and Security in Europe

June 06, 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Europe is an indispensable partner with which the United States tackles key global security challenges, and advancing transatlantic peace and security has stood at the heart of U.S. foreign policy for more than a century.  The United States works hand-in-hand with ...
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A Persistent Presence: U.S. commitment to European Security

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 03, 2014 Since early March, the United States has taken action, both bilaterally and through NATO, to reassure allies of our solemn commitment to their security and territorial integrity as members of the NATO Alliance.  A persistent U.S. air, land, and sea presence in the region, ...
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The Syrian Crisis: U.S. Assistance and Support for the Transition

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States supports the Syrian people’s aspirations for a democratic, inclusive, and unified Syria. President Bashar al-Asad has proven through his brutal and repressive tactics that he cannot lead Syria’s transition. His continued tenure only inflames tensions throughout the region and fuels extremism on both sides ...
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Fact Sheet : The New START Treaty

“The New START Treaty responsibly reduces the number of nuclear weapons and launchers that the United States and Russia deploy, while fully maintaining America’s nuclear deterrent.” – President Barack Obama Fact Sheet Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance 22 October 2013   Strategic Offensive Reductions: The Treaty between the United States of America and ...
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U.S. Supports Negotiated Political Solution in Syria

The Obama administration believes that the best end to the crisis in Syria will come about through a negotiated political solution between the Syrian opposition and members of the government “without blood on their hands” to form a mutually agreeable transitional government to guide the country to elections. In her prepared testimony to the U.S. ...
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Fact Sheet on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea

07 March 2013 USUN PRESS RELEASE FACT SHEET UN Security Council Resolution 2094 on North Korea The UN Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea in response to that country’s February 12th announcement of a nuclear test. This resolution, the fifth since 2006, builds upon, strengthens and significantly ...
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Fact Sheet: U.S. Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnerships

Open Skies Partnerships: Expanding the Benefits of Freer Commercial Aviation 29 March 2011   “Work to ‘democratize’ aviation continues to allow millions more Americans the opportunity to fly to international destinations each year and for countless foreign tourists to visit our country.” — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton The United States has pursued a ...
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Scotland’s Release of Pan Am 103 Bomber Disappointing, U.S. Says

August 20, 2009 The Obama administration says it is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Scottish Executive to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In an August 20 statement, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remembered the ...
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