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State Dept. official with West Hartford ties tasked to develop, sell Syria plan

Brett McGurk, left, with Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna during talks with stakeholders about the Syrian refugee crisis.

WASHINGTON — Former West Hartford resident Brett McGurk is considered a leading expert at the State Department on the threats posed by the Islamic State and what the Obama administration is trying to do about them. But fighting international terrorism isn’t his only challenge. Now he’s been tasked to persuade skeptical lawmakers, including members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation, to back President Obama’s campaign against ISIS in Syria.
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Himes: Ukraine wants U.S. to provide ‘defensive’ weapons

Jim-Himes mugshot

WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, said Ukrainian officials told him and other members of a visiting congressional delegation that the country could use more help from the United States — in the form of “defensive” weapons — to help defeat Russian-backed rebels. Continue Reading →

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Larson sponsors measure authorizing use of force if Iran breaks nuclear deal

U.S. Rep. John Larson

WASHINGTON – Rep John Larson, D-1st District, said he supports a deal with Iran aimed at curbing the nation’s nuclear ambitions – but he also introduced legislation that would give the Obama administration authority to use military force against Tehran. Continue Reading →

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