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Kaveh Waddell

Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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Lessons Learned: U.S. Secessionist Groups Reflect on the Scottish Referendum

September 22, 2014 Scottish voters on Thursday chose to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on independence. Before the vote, independence movements in the U.S. looked to the Scottish secession campaign for inspiration—now, in the aftermath of the failed secession, the same groups are considering the lessons they ...

Obama's ISIS Strategy Will Not Achieve Its Goals, Security Insiders Say

September 18, 2014 The president's strategy of launching air strikes against ISIS and arming its opponents will not achieve the goal of "degrading and destroying" the group, according to 63 percent of National Journal's Security Insiders. Some Insiders who said the campaign would meet its goals were confident in the ability of U.S. ...

Islamic State Releases Video That Appears to Show Execution of British Aid Worker

September 14, 2014 A video released by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Saturday appeared to show a masked militant executing British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines. The UK foreign office said that it is "working urgently to verify" the video. The footage was shot in what seemed to be the ...

As the Anti-Islamic State Coalition Takes Shape, Turkey Remains Reluctant

September 12, 2014 Ten Arab states have pledged to join the U.S. in its campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, while some American allies in Europe are less eager to sign up to fight. The agreement came out of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry ...

What Three U.S. Secessionist Groups Think About the Scottish Independence Movement

September 11, 2014 The campaign for Scottish independence has garnered international interest, especially since recent polls indicated, for the first time, that success is within reach for the movement to break away from the United Kingdom. Some secessionist groups here in the United States are finding inspiration in the developments across the Atlantic ...

A Blogger Found Secret U.S. Justice Department Documents in an Austrian Trash Bin

September 9, 2014 Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife's bank accounts have been frozen in connection with the probe. The Justice Department investigation only became public on Sunday, when a blogger found relevant documents in a garbage container ...

US Sends Another 350 Troops to Iraq

September 3, 2014 President Obama announced on Wednesday that he has approved the deployment of 350 additional troops to Iraq, bringing the total number of U.S. military personnel authorized to deploy to Iraq to more than 1,100. This round of U.S. involvement in Iraq began just three months ago, in mid-June, in response ...

Why the National Guard Is Coming to Ferguson

August 18, 2014 Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he will send elements of his state's National Guard to Ferguson early Monday morning, a response to increasingly restive demonstrations that grew out of last week's police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The National Guard's involvement indicates a further escalation of security needs in Ferguson ...

What's in the Boxes of Aid Being Dropped Into Iraq?

August 13, 2014 By now, we've seen images and video of U.S. aircraft delivering food aid to Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq, providing relief to the men, women, and children who have run out of food and water there. But what do these hungry refugees see when then they ...

Helicopter Crashes in Iraq After Delivering Aid to Yazidis

August 12, 2014 An Iraqi helicopter returning from delivering food and water to tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq crashed Tuesday. The helicopter went down because of a mechanical failure, according to state-run TV channel al-Iraqiya, which cited military sources. The crash killed the pilot and ...