These paintings are powerful, sometimes difficult to examine, and invoke uncomfortable feelings about mortality and death. But to the 380 Syrian refugee children taking part in the Wings of Peace program in Amman, Jordan, they are an avenue for working through the severe psychological trauma and suffering caused by war-related injuries from the Syrian civil war. This is one of several programs that the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, working with The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization and its Jordanian partner Asia Development Training, Inc. (ADT), is investing in to support the physical and emotional needs of children scarred by war.
This year we are confronting unprecedented levels of food insecurity worldwide. South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen all are facing the credible threat of famine. But it’s recent natural disasters in the United States that have reminded me crises can happen everywhere and anywhere. Wherever they happen, people need help to survive and get back on their feet. That’s why at USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, we save lives, but also focus on equipping people with the knowledge and tools to feed themselves, so we can reduce the need for future food assistance.
Welcome from the National Security Council at the White House. Thank you for joining us for this on background conference call to discuss the President’s upcoming travel to Asia. We’re joined today on background attributable to [two Senior White House Officials]. [They] will preview the President’s trip.
In the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, Congress authorized the President to “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.” Congress granted the President this statutory authority “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations, or persons.”
I am deeply grateful to the U.S. military, law enforcement, and intelligence community for their efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council briefing on Africa’s Sahel region, announcing to the Council that the United States will fund up to $60 million in bilateral assistance to the joint security efforts of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Chad (the “G5” countries).
Defeating terrorism depends on making sure terrorist organizations cannot have safe havens on any continent. To that end, pending consultation with Congress, the United States is today pledging up to $60 million dollars to support the G5 Sahel Joint Force’s counterterrorism efforts.
Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya. Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods—four brave Americans who were serving our country.
The United States commends the decision of Masoud Barzani not to seek an additional term as President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the vote of the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament to distribute presidential authorities to other Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) institutions.
Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will lead a delegation to Burma and Bangladesh October 29-November 4 to discuss ways to address the humanitarian and human rights concerns stemming from the Rakhine State crisis and improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance to displaced persons in Burma, Bangladesh, and the region.