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This is the first briefing in a series which will bring together experts to discuss important aspects of remote warfare to provide some conceptual clarity. This briefing paper provides an overview of a central, but often overlooked, instrument of US remote warfare: security cooperation. This briefing paper demonstrates the significance of security cooperation to remote warfare. It focuses on the use of security cooperation in US counterterrorism operations during the Obama presidency, with examples drawn from efforts to combat Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al-Shabaab.

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