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November 24, 2014

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November 24, 2014

Afghanistan, China, Turkey in the Week Ahead

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(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Congress is gone. There are still a few worthwhile national security and foreign policy events around D.C., though, at least during the early part of the week. Full story

November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 19, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Fears ISIS Could Buy a Nuke

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Rogers makes his way to the Capitol across the east front plaza, Sept. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Outgoing House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Wednesday that he worried that ISIS could be amassing enough cash to buy a nuclear device. Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

November 13, 2014

Two Ways the War in Syria, Iraq Could Grow, According to Hagel, Dempsey

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Hagel testifies during a Sept. 16 Senate hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey on Thursday spelled out conditions under which the United States could expand its military presence in Syria and Iraq. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:39 a.m.
Terrorism, War

November 12, 2014

Kaine: Intraparty Divisions Make War Authorization Easier — But President Should Help

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Sen. Tim Kaine at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Sept. 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The lack of partisanship over Congress’ role in authorizing war means that the chances of getting something done in that area are better, not worse, Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday. And the Virginia Republican said that President Obama could improve the chances even more by sending a specific proposal to Capitol Hill. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:21 a.m.
Terrorism, War

Group Estimates 865 Killed by Air Strikes in Syria

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Islamic State militants fire rockets at Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in the city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern border village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Nov. 8. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

A group opposed to the Syrian government estimates that at least 865 people have been killed by coalition air strikes, most of them ISIS militants. Full story

November 10, 2014

Congress Helping Afghan Translator Featured on ‘This Week Tonight’ (But Can Do More)

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Fnu Mohammad backstage for “Last Week Tonight,” via his Twitter page, @leavenoone.

Nearly 20 members of Congress have helped Fnu Mohammad, the Afghan interpreter featured last month on John Oliver‘s “This Week Tonight,” in his successful quest to come to the United States and in his as-of-yet unsuccessful effort to bring his family here with him.

Mohammad and some of the people helping him said the support from Congress has been pivotal – but that there’s more lawmakers can do to save the lives of people like him and his family. Full story

The Week Ahead: Congress Returns, Veterans Day

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A female member of the U.S. Army takes part in the 94th annual New York City Veterans Day Parade on 5th Avenue on Nov. 11, 2013 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Congress is back in town, with plans to needle administration officials over Ebola and ISIS. Bruce Springsteen will be in town, too, for a Veterans Day concert. Full story

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

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Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook page.

It wasn’t a boring one.

  • Election crazy. We went nuts on election coverage and analysis here at Five By Five this week, from the altered state of the security agenda, to the key committee changes, to the reaction in various security/foreign policy spheres, to the new military experience in both the House and Senate.
  • Other parts of the world. Rachel Oswald (@oswaldrachel) had two dispatches for 5×5 about what U.S. diplomats were saying: the U.S. assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (on Zimbabwe) and the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (on Syria). Oh, and on the subject of Syria…
  • Serious coverage elsewhere. The Washington Examiner offered a contrarian point of view about how much impact the elections would have on national security. Away from the election: The Washington Post wrote about changes afoot with the Defense Clandestine Service. The Navy Times had the peculiar tale of the Navy intel chief being forbidden from viewing classified information.
  • Less serious coverage elsewhere. Navy Seal + dog rappelling into an NFL game = delirious reaction. And how does camouflage ice cream sound to you?

November 6, 2014

Poll: American Jewish Voters Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Bibi, U.S. Role in Middle East Peace

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Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking 19 years since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a peace rally on Nov. 5 at the Mount Herzel cemetery in Jerusalem. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

A poll commissioned by the group J Street found American Jews voted heavily for Democrats (69 percent) in this week’s elections. It also offered a window into their views on a range of foreign policy issues. Full story

November 5, 2014

How a GOP Senate Transforms the Defense, Homeland Security and Foreign Policy Agendas

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – now in position to become Majority Leader – raises hands with top aide Josh Holmes, during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., Nov, 4. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated 1:56 p.m.] It was a big Tuesday night for Republicans, big enough to take control of the Senate. That’s going to have a big impact on the national security and foreign policy agendas. Full story

November 4, 2014

An ‘Anaconda Strategy’ of Squeezing ISIS Militarily, Economically, Psychologically

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Zoo workers carry a 3.5 meter-long yellow Anaconda snake called Cleopatra at the Erfurt Zoo in Germany in 2004. (Jens-Ulrich Koch/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama has the right idea about defining victory against ISIS, according to a new study, but the wrong way of going about it. He needs to deploy an “anaconda strategy” of squeezing the terrorist group in multiple ways and from multiple directions. Full story

November 3, 2014

Chemical Weapons, Cybersecurity & Clapper in the Week Ahead

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President Obama casts a ballot in early voting for the 2014 midterm elections on Oct. 20 in Chicago. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday is election day, and CQ Roll Call is having its Post Election Impact Conference Thursday (check out this link for details and a discount code). Washington, D.C. isn’t standing still for the midterms, though. Full story

October 30, 2014

ISIS Increasingly Learning to Become Like a Country

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Iraqi forces on an armored personnel carrier advance in the Jurf al-Sakhr area, north of the Shiite shrine city of Karbala on Oct. 30 after they retook the area ISIS jihadists. (Hidar Hamdani/AFP/Getty Images)

First came word that ISIS was sorting out how to run post offices and other services. Now there’s a report that they’ve figured out how to run an advanced intelligence apparatus. Full story

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