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  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opens a meeting on Iraq at the U.N. Security Council on September 19.

    Kerry: Militants Threaten Entire Middle East

    New York (Sep. 22) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says ISIL militants threaten the entire Middle East, and the international community cannot allow that threat to go unchecked.

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  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on September 18.

    Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine

    Speaking September 18 at the White House following talks with visiting President Petro Poroshenko at his side, Obama announced an additional $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine — $46 million to bolster Ukraine’s security and $7 million in humanitarian aid.

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  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

    Hagel Says Anti-ISIL Coalition Continues to Grow

    Hagel told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee that more than 40 nations have said they will participate, with more than 30 nations offering military support. And U.S. leaders will continue to expand the community of nations taking on ISIL’s brutality, he added.

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  • The President Speaks on the Congressional Authorization to Train Syrian Opposition

    Congressional Authorization to Train Syrian Opposition

    In the State Dining Room of the White House, President Obama makes a statement regarding Congress's approval of the plan to train and equip the opposition in Syria. (Sep.18)

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  • John Kerry,Secretary of State,Senate Foreign Relations Committee,Washington, DC,September 17, 2014

    The U. S. Strategy to Defeat ISIL

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 17): "The United States will not go it alone. That has been a fundamental principle on which President Obama has sought to organize this effort. And that is why we are building a coalition, a global coalition."

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Vehicles are seen burned on a street of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, June 12, 2014, after an attack by ISIL.

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  • Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Gaza
    Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Gaza

    (Sep. 22) Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States is providing more than $71 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance to help meet emergency needs in Gaza. More than 58,000 people are still sheltering in United Nations facilities and basic necessities like food, clean water, and fuel remain in short supply throughout the territory.  Full text »

  • President Obama's Remarks by the President at MacDill Air Force Base
    "If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven"

    On September 17, 2014, President Obama spoke to servicemembers at MacDill Air Force Base about the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL and to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.  Full text »

  • Under Secretary Sherman delivers remarks
    The U.S. Policy in the Middle East

    Under Secretary Sherman (Sept. 16): "America’s policy in the Middle East begins with our understanding that the problems now plaguing the region have tangled roots. The internal divides, historic rivalries, and contemporary competitions feed off of one another."  Full text »

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the Senate Armed Services Committee September 16.
    Hagel Explains President Obama’s ISIL Strategy

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained the military portion of President Obama’s strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 16.   Full text »

  • Secretary of State John Kerry
    OPCW Report and Ongoing Concerns With Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

    John Kerry (Sep. 21): The OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission investigating chlorine use in Syria recently released a second interim report that concludes with a high degree of confidence that chlorine was used as a weapon “systematically and repeatedly” in attacks on three villages in northern Syria earlier this year.  Full statement »

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the press with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey on September 12, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
    Press Availability in Ankara

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 12): "So we have a superb team in place to lead our work in the coalition to take on ISIL and to help the innocent people of Iraq and Syria and elsewhere to be able to rebuild their lives. And we will continue to consult closely with our partners...."   Full text »

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Turkey on September 12, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
    Remarks With FM Cavusoglu Before Meeting

    Secretary Kerry (Sept. 12): We’ve had very in-depth conversations about all of the subjects on which Turkey and the United States are deeply involved. And we are important partners, obviously, in NATO, but not just in NATO.  Full text »

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    International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

    The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.  Turkey »

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    Trafficking in Persons Report 2014

    The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government's principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. Turkey »

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  • Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson arrived on September 6, 2014 to take up duties as Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, and chief of mission at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Previously, Ross Wilson served as U.S. Ambassador from 2005 to 2008.

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