09 Oct 2019

Pulling of US Troops in Syria Could Aid Assad and ISIS

Analysts warn that US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull US troops out of northeastern Syria, could play into the hands of major US adversaries including President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State. Dareen Khalifa of International Crisis Group said that with the move, Washington

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09 Oct 2019

US denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

In May of this year, the United States army killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan as part of a military campaign targeting sites said to be used by Taliban members for the production of methamphetamine,  an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded. UNAMA stated that

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08 Oct 2019

Turkey says it won’t bow to US threat over its Syria plans

US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to “totally destroy and obliterate” the Turkish economy if the country does anything “off-limits” in northeastern Syria in the wake of his sudden decision to withdraw US troops from the area. The warning was part of Trump’s defense of the move, which was

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07 Oct 2019

US Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours

On Saturday, a new round of US-North Korean working-level negotiations collapsed within hours, with chief North Korean negotiator Kim Myong-gil stating that “the negotiation did not live up to our expectations and broke down.” According to Kim, the US negotiators arrived “empty-handed” and without any change to the country’s “old

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07 Oct 2019

US pulls back troops in northeast Syria, opening way to Turkish attack

The US has begun withdrawing forces from northeastern Syria. Analysts warn that the move will enable Turkey to launch strikes on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US ally that was instrumental in defeating Islamic State in Syria earlier this year. US President Trump Tweeted that it was too

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04 Oct 2019

Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it

Escalating tensions between the US and Iran brought the countries to the brink of war earlier this year, and the situation has far from improved since then. While Washington and Tehran have so far mostly confined direct offensive actions to the cyber realm, an incident like the recent drone attacks

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03 Oct 2019

North Korea says underwater-launched missile test succeeded

On Thursday, a day after South Korea’s military stated that North Korea had carried out a ballistic missile test involving a submarine, Pyongyang confirmed that it had successfully carried out an underwater-launched ballistic missile test, which was the first launch of this kind in three years. North Korean state media

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02 Oct 2019

North Korea fires ballistic missile, possibly from submarine, days before talks

South Korea’s military on Wednesday stated that North Korea had carried out a ballistic missile test involving a submarine. The missile was launched one day after North Korean state media announced that Pyongyang and Washington will be holding working-level negotiations on October 5, after a first meeting on October 4.

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01 Oct 2019

Iran sentences suspect to death for spying for CIA

Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili on Tuesday announced that the body had handed out various harsh sentences to four alleged spies. Three of the accused are suspected of engaging in espionage on behalf of the CIA, while the other is accused of working for British Intelligence. One alleged CIA spy

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01 Oct 2019

North Korea, US to hold working-level talks at weekend: KCNA

North Korea’s state news agency KCNA on Tuesday announced that Pyongyang and Washington will be holding working-level negotiations on October 5, after a first meeting on October 4. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui stated that he expected the talks to “accelerate the positive development” of relations between

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