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State Department Welcomes Vets to Fellowship Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2015 – Veterans took the forefront as Secretary of State John F. Kerry welcomed the inaugural fellows of the Veterans Innovation Partnership today.

Speaking in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department, Kerry said the fellows will bring a unique way of looking at America’s foreign policy.

Air Force veteran Ben Shoaf, a member of the inaugural class, said the program is a chance for veterans to take what they have learned performing military service and apply it to international affairs. Shoaf, who holds a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University, is working in the Office of Global Partnerships for the next year.

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President Signs Veterans Suicide-Prevention Act

President Signs Clay Hunt Act, Says 'Stigma Has to End'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2015 – President Barack Obama today signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act.

The act is aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care.

Hunt was a decorated Marine veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and was wounded in Anbar Province, Iraq, and witnessed the combat deaths of close friends.

Two years after his discharge and after repeated setbacks in his medical care, Hunt took his own life.

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Impacts of a Continuing Resolution on Maritime Security

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

I continue to stress the need for a clean, full-year DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration reform. The President has made plain that he will veto a bill that includes such language.

DHS is operating on a continuing resolution that expires on February 27. As I have said many times now, as long as DHS is funded by a CR, there are a whole series of activities vital to homeland security and public safety that cannot be undertaken. In prior public statements, I have highlighted some of the specific drawbacks to homeland security as long as DHS is funded by a CR. Here I highlight the impact to this Nation’s maritime security as long as DHS is on a CR:

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District Court's Ruling Concerning DAPA and DACA

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

I strongly disagree with Judge Hanen’s decision to temporarily enjoin implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Department of Justice will appeal that temporary injunction; in the meantime, we recognize we must comply with it.

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Consequences to Border Security without a DHS Appropriations Bill

Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

I continue to stress the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration reform. The President has made plain that he will veto a bill that includes such language.

At present, the Department of Homeland Security is operating on a continuing resolution that expires on February 27. As long as this Department is funded by a continuing resolution, there are a whole series of activities vital to homeland security and public safety that cannot be undertaken. The public must be aware of the real impacts to homeland security as long as DHS is funded by a continuing resolution, or, still worse, if Congress were to permit our funding to lapse altogether and the Department of Homeland Security goes into government shutdown.

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Airstrike videos supporting Operation Inherent Resolve are now available for viewing

Three U.S. and coalition airstrike videos supporting Operation Inherent Resolve are now available for viewing. The videos depict strikes on ISIL controlled facilities and locations in Iraq.
* Airstrike against an ISIL building, Feb. 17, near Bayji, Iraq
http://youtu.be/zNnAl05XZGQ
* Airstrike against an ISIL fighting position, Feb. 15, near Al Hamdaniya, Iraq
http://youtu.be/0UPMFcgI2No
* Airstrike against an ISIL staging area, Feb. 17, in Anbar Province, Iraq
http://youtu.be/o76OyrnmRn8
and 3 more air strike videos included total of 6 air strike videos

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Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA - On Feb. 17, U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct two airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes in Iraq, using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists. All strikes took place between 8 a.m., Feb. 17, and 8 a.m. Feb. 18, local time.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted since the last press release:

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Human Trafficking Ring Dismantled

The young Ukrainian men and women—many of them out of work and with few prospects—were promised good-paying jobs in the United States. But instead of living the American dream, they were thrust into a nightmare of violence, threats, and forced servitude. For years, five brothers who ran a human trafficking organization victimized dozens of unwitting Ukrainians, underscoring the reality that modern-day slavery exists in the United States and around the world—and requires a strong response by governments and law enforcement.

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New Most Wanted Terrorist Naturalized U.S. Citizen Born in Somalia Added to FBI List

The FBI needs your tips to track down the newest fugitive added to its Most Wanted Terrorists list, Liban Haji Mohamed. A reward of up to $50,000 is available for information leading to Mohamed’s arrest and conviction. Video....

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Enhanced Airport Entry Screening To End for Travelers from Mali to the United States

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remove Mali from the list of Ebola-affected nations subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening.

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