France will supply arms to Iraq’s Kurds “in the coming hours”, French President Francois Hollande has announced. France has received approval from authorities in Baghdad for the decision, French media reports say. via BBC News – Iraq crisis: France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds.
Ukraine denounced the dispatch of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine as an act of Russian cynicism on Wednesday and said it would not be allowed in. via Ukraine says Russian aid convoy won’t be let in, denounces Moscow’s ‘cynicism’ | Reuters.
The U.S. is weighing a military mission in Iraq to rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees, a move that risks putting American forces in direct confrontation with Sunni fighters for the Islamic State. The proposal is still under development and hasn’t been approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said a 130-member “assessment team” that arrived in Iraq Tuesday is charged with making a full-evaluation of the increasingly violent situation in northern Iraq. From there they’ll provide advice on the crisis to the president and cabinet-level officials in the United States. via SecDef Hagel:
Karachi’s embattled police force recently passed a grim milestone — the killing of its 100th police officer this year, putting the force on track to exceed the 2013 toll of 166 police deaths, which was itself a record. via Killings Rise in Karachi as Taliban Target Police – NYTimes.com.
The Philippine military on Tuesday captured a former army general wanted in connection with the disappearance of two students in 2006, a case that human rights groups say has come to symbolize the country’s legacy of abductions and abuses of leftist activists by members of the security forces. Former Maj.
A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. via 25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China – NYTimes.com.
Four days of airstrikes have slowed the progress of Sunni militants laying siege to refugees on Mount Sinjar and advancing toward the Kurdish capital of Erbil, but the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria remains strong and on the offense, the Pentagon said Monday. via Pentagon Says Airstrikes Have Slowed
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday asked his colleagues in the European Union to return from vacation to discuss providing military assistance to Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq.”I already asked [EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton ] Mrs. Ashton to summon a council of foreign affairs, which includes
Several members of Congress have added language to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act aimed at better preparing the Pentagon to assess and confront Chinese military expansion and its implications for potential threats to Taiwan. via Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan | DoD Buzz.