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CNN PoliticsFeb 18, 2020
US announces sanctions on Russian oil firm for supporting Venezuela's Maduro
The Trump administration on Tuesday announced sanctions against a Russian oil firm accused of supporting the Maduro regime -- the latest in a string of actions aimed at forcing the embattled Venezuelan leader from power.

Trump administration targets Russian oil company for helping Venezuela skirt sanctions (Politico)

The Daily BeastFeb 17, 2020
Trump Gives Up on ‘Endless Wars'—and Russia, China, and Iran Move In
John MooreJERUSALEM-Two decades of expanding operations against what United States Special Operations Command called a "global insurgency of state and non-state actors" has led to fatigue at home and questions abroad about U.S. strategy.

The latest Trump administration deal with the Taliban, challenges to the U.S. role in Syria and Iraq, and a potential reduction of forces in Africa point to a global trend in how the U.S. will deal with counter-insurgency in the future. 

What we're looking at is a global drawdown in U.S. forces committed to counter-terrorist operations at the same time President Donald Trump is demanding other countries, including NATO allies, do more. The idea is for the U.S. to focus on using technology, such as drones, while local forces do the fighting on the ground.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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