30 Aug 2019

Prime minister says Pakistan will respond if India attacks

Pakistan and India once again seem to be edging closer to war over Kashmir, a region divided between the two countries but fully claimed by both. On Friday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan warned that his country will give a “befitting response” in case of an Indian attack on Pakistani-controlled

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29 Aug 2019

Taliban Peace Talks Cast Uncertainty on Presidential Vote

As US diplomats and representatives of the Taliban get closer to a final peace agreement, it is becoming increasingly uncertain what the significance of the Afghan presidential election scheduled for September 28 will be, and if the vote will be held at all. Taliban leaders have warned with attacks on

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28 Aug 2019

Russia strikes deal with Turkey on Syria’s Idlib, says Putin

On the sidelines of Russia’s air show MAKS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin presented an image of unity on Tuesday, despite their countries’ conflicting interests in Syria. Erdogan criticized the Syrian government for its recent campaign to recapture Idlib from rebel forces, calling it

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27 Aug 2019

Israel Appears to Attack Four Countries in Two Days, Bombing Iran’s Allies Across Middle East

Tensions in the Middle East have surged since last weekend as the result of Israeli attacks on targets in four different countries, all of them allied with Iran. While the Israeli military recently claimed strikes on targets in Syria and the Palestinian-administered Gaza Strip, it is also thought to be

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27 Aug 2019

Iran’s Rouhani rules out talks with U.S. until sanctions lifted

Iran is willing to hold talks with the United States, but only after Washington lifts all sanctions on the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. Rouhani’s remarks were a response to US President Donald Trump’s Monday statement that he would meet with Rouhani to discuss a resolution to

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26 Aug 2019

Why the CIA doesn’t spy on the UAE

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not spy on the government of the United Arab Emirates even though that country’s affiliations and actions on the world stage do not always align with US interests, former CIA officials warn. For instance, the UAE finances Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa

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26 Aug 2019

Israeli warplanes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket fire: Army

Israel on Monday carried out airstrikes on Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip, the country’s military said, adding that the operation was a response to three rockets launched “from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.” However, Hamas denied that it or any other Palestinian faction had carried out rocket

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23 Aug 2019

Putin orders reciprocal Russian response to U.S. missile test

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered his government to “to take exhaustive measures to prepare a reciprocal response” to the recent US test of a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile. The test was carried out just weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such missiles officially became defunct.

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22 Aug 2019

N Korea: No nuclear talks if US ‘hostile military moves’ continue

North Korea has “no interest” in new talks about its nuclear program if the US doesn’t stop “escalating hostile military moves,” a spokesperson for the regime said on Thursday. The announcement coincides with a trip by US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun to South Korea. Biegun had expressed

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22 Aug 2019

South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

In the midst of rising diplomatic tensions between South Korea and Japan, the South Korean government on Thursday announced that it will cancel a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. The move could undermine both countries’ efforts to monitor North Korea’s missile activity and thereby frustrate the US government, which had

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