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Fight against Islamic State: Is Obama's 'lead from behind' working?

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

When Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi took to the airwaves Sunday to propose creation of a pan-Arab military force to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State and other forms of extremist militancy in the region, some of the reaction was confusion.

Isn’t there already a United States-led coalition of regional and other military powers working “to degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, some wondered?

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British PM Refuses to Comment on 'Jihadi John' Identity

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to confirm the identity of "Jihadi John," the Islamic State militant who has been identified in news reports as a computer programmer from West London.

Cameron said he could not comment on any specific cases, but insisted Britain is doing all it can to deal with security threats, when asked Friday if he would confirm the militant was in fact the Kuwait-born Mohammed Emwazi.

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South Korea Floats Cash for Prisoner Exchange With North

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The South Korean government is considering the establishment of a cash-for-prisoner exchange program with North Korea. Most of the people Seoul wants to free are prisoners of war who have been held by the North since 1953.

Lee Wan-koo, who was recently appointed South Korea's prime minister, told parliament this week he wants to bring home prisoners of war who have been held in the North for more than 60 years, as well as other South Koreans who have been abducted by Pyongyang.

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New Signs of Optimism for Afghan-Pakistan Relations

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For decades, relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been marred by mutual mistrust and suspicion. But with a new administration in place in Kabul and new outreach by Pakistan’s military chief, there are signs of major changes for the long-wary neighbors.

Last November, when Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited Pakistan, his first stop was the headquarters of the country’s powerful military, an institution Afghans blamed for the troubles facing their country.  

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Report: Islamic State Funds Will Dwindle Without New Territory

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The Islamic State extremist group will see its sources of funding dwindle if it is not able to seize additional territory, according to a new report by a French group that studies terrorism financing.

The report by the Financial Action Task Force also warned that more needs to be done globally to cut off the current financial flow of the Islamic State, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria.

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Obama Defends Immigration Plan

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President Barack Obama raised the political pressure on the opposition over immigration Wednesday, telling members of Miami's Latino community that Republicans were to blame for stalling the reform.  

"For the next set of presidential candidates," he told a town hall meeting hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, "when they start asking for votes, the first question should be, 'Are you really going to deport 11 million people? If not, what's your plan?' "

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Activists: IS Militants Kidnap 220 Assyrians

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An activist group said the number of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 220.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the fighters captured people during the past three days as they took control of 10 villages in Hassakeh province.

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