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What does the Obama administration intend to do about the threat from Yemen? So far, not much.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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What you’re probably missing in all the coverage of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations is the ongoing debate within the Iranian leadership as they face a number of potentially existential problems.

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The deadline for the nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and Iran is getting closer, and many questions are still unanswered, a notion reinforced by Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent comment that “important gaps remain” and needs to be addressed before a final agreement can be signed.

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Militia men loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi loot the barracks of the Special Forces in the southern port city of Aden March 19, 2015. An unidentified warplane attacked the presidential palace in Aden on Thursday after rival forces fought the worst clashes in years in Yemen's second city. (Reuters)

ISIS’s group in Yemen, calling itself “Wilayat Sana’a,” is seeking to accelerate sectarian conflict in Yemen.

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General David Petraeus, former Director of the CIA, stated in a recent interview that he believes Iran pose a greater threat to achieving security in Iraq than ISIS. Considering that Iran has been trying to get nuclear weapons for many years, however, perhaps the statement isn’t as big of a surprise as it has been made out to be.

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For many years, Iran and Hezbollah were featured on the annual list of terrorists published by the U.S. intelligence communities. But claiming it to be a mere result of “formatting issues,” both names were taken off this year’s report, incidentally occurring as the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations continue in Switzerland.

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On this year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment list, published by the U.S. Intelligence Communities, two notable names had been taken off: Iran and Hezbollah. The exclusion of those names comes simultaneously as the U.S. and other countries continue negotiating nuclear programs with Iran, with critics asking questions of just how related the two events really are.

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In an interview on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that, in order to see a political change in Syria , the U.S. will have to begin negotiations with its president, Bashar al-Assad. The comment differed from the much previously used line that Assad has lost all legitimacy in regards to how he handled Syria’s civil war, which is currently going into its fifth year of conflicts.

 

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