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"The immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to be a part of that ideology," said Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey. He made the comments while discussing the strength of ISIL in Syria and Iraq. The immediate problem for the U.S. he says is that some of those foreign fighters which came from the U.S. may have already gone home.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the crew aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray Monday to congratulate the ship's crew on finishing their unprecedented work of neutralizing the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile at sea. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they - as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal - have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security.
The Pentagon says the transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray is complete. Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Monday for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralization operations will soon begin. The neutralization process should take several weeks to complete. Secretary Hagel expressed his thanks to Danish and Italian authorities for their support in this process and said in a statement he "is enormously proud of everyone who helped make possible this safe and incident-free transfer."
White House officials held private meetings last week aimed at soothing lawmakers' concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, determining the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan, and defense spending. Based on anonymous reports from some in attendance, a May 20th meeting didn't turn out too well. At several points during the meeting with Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the participants began to leave one by one.
On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will discuss the summer's employment numbers, and what Congress will be working on this month.
September 12, 2013
Tags: acquisition , Congress , Unemployment statistics , jobs report , debt ceiling , budget battle , Immigration , Allen Scott , Nela Richardson , Loren Duggan , Bloomberg Government , Capital Impact
Middle East expert Eric Thompson will give us an update on the political uprisings in Syria and Egypt.
August 23, 2013
Iraqai authorities are blaming Syria for the helping those responsible for the August 19th suicide attacks on government ministries in Baghdad that killed about 100 people. The Iraqi government says an alliance of al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein loyalists that are based in Syria for the planned it and carried out the attacks. Iraqi officials are demanding that Damascus hand over the two suspected plotters, raising tensions between the two countries. Syria says it had nothing to do with it.
An explosion hit a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in Damascus last week killing at least three people and shattering windows in nearby buildings, in an incident. The Syrian government said was an accident and not an attack. Witnesses said a bomb had hit the bus near the Shi'ite shrine of Sayyeda Zainab, killing six people, but Syrian officials said it was an exploding tire. "There was no terrorism factor behind the bus incident," Syrian Interior Minister Said Sammour said.