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The US would not cease backing Kurds in Syria and Iraq during the forthcoming Trump administration according to the former Assistant Secretary of Defense Mary Beth Long.

"I can’t see the US abandoning the Kurds, I can’t see the US abandoning the Kurds fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq," said Long referring to the Islamic State (IS) group with an acronym preferred by the Obama administration in an interview published Sunday by the Turkish daily Hurriyet.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be his secretary of defense, tapping yet another outspoken ex-military leader who butted heads with the Obama administration to shape and carry out his national security strategy.

If confirmed, the highly decorated battlefield commander would be only the second retired general to become defense secretary — and would require a special waiver from Congress in the form of separate legislation.

The Middle East Institute’s 70th Annual Conference convened prominent Middle Eastern and American experts and foreign policy practitioners for four panel conversations covering the prevailing challenges facing the new U.S. administration as it sets its Middle East agenda.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Board of Trustees on Nov. 4 selected eight Penn State alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni. The following individuals will be officially notified of their selection by the board and invited to accept the award from the University in June 2017.

Mary Beth Long, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, spoke on the “Strategic Issues: Myths, Worries, and Choices” panel at the China Card conference on September 29, 2016.

Mary Beth Long served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 2007 to 2009. Prior to this she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary (2004-2007). Her duties included chairing NATO’s committee on nuclear policy and serving as a key advisor to Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates. She was a CIA operations officer from 1986 to 1999. Long earned awards for her service in the CIA and Defense Department. A licensed attorney, Long has worked in the private sector since 2009. She founded a government contracting company and an international consulting firm and was an advisor to the 2012 Romney presidential campaign. She studied in Taiwan as an undergrad. As Assistant Secretary, she met with Ma Ying-jeou's representative Wang Jin-ping in DC on January 24-26, 2006.

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