21 Aug 2017

North says U.S.-South Korean computer-simulated drills are step to nuclear war

“South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea’s weapons programs, while a report Pyongyang has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubts about the impact of sanctions.” Source: North says U.S.-South Korean computer-simulated drills are step to nuclear

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21 Aug 2017

President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power

“Venezuela’s political crisis has deepened after a new pro-government ‘superbody’ stripped the opposition-held parliament of its legislative powers and the fugitive attorney general accused President Nicolás Maduro of links to a corruption scandal.” Source: President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power | World news | The Guardian

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21 Aug 2017

Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

“Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.” Source: Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

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21 Aug 2017

Does Trump need permission from South Korea to attack the North?

“President Trump can’t just start a second Korean War by himself — that is, unless he wants to abrogate a six-decades-old treaty, scholars and the president of South Korea say.” Source: Does Trump need permission from South Korea to attack the North?

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21 Aug 2017

Syria’s Assad Rejects Security Cooperation With West

“Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups.” Source: Syria’s Assad Rejects Security Cooperation With West

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21 Aug 2017

South Koreans split over US missile shield

“Tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest in decades. It’s not only a standoff between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang. The conflict is polarizing South Korea, where some see the US defense missile system THAAD as part of the problem.” Source: South Koreans split over US missile shield |

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21 Aug 2017

Japan faces obstacles to deploying new missile defenses

“Japan is readying its Ground Self-Defense Force for the planned deployment of a new U.S. missile defense system, despite logistical speed bumps and criticism from opposition parties.” Source: Japan faces obstacles to deploying new missile defenses- Nikkei Asian Review

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21 Aug 2017

President Trump to present new Afghanistan, Asia strategy Monday night

“President Donald Trump in a national address will update the ‘path forward for America‘s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia,’ according to a White House statement issued Sunday.” Source: President Trump to present new Afghanistan, Asia strategy Monday night

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21 Aug 2017

Turkey, Iran step up coordination in Syria

“We wrote here last month that US-Russian coordination on Syria could ‘be a catalyst for a new alignment that brings Turkey closer to Syria and Iran, while testing the limits and extent of Moscow’s influence among the regional players.’” Source: Turkey, Iran step up coordination in Syria

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21 Aug 2017

Iranian Kurdish fighters step up clashes ahead of KRG independence vote

“Iranian Kurdish opposition groups based in Iraqi Kurdistan appear to have stepped up their armed activities inside Iran in recent weeks, undermining the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) efforts to promote its upcoming independence referendum as a peaceful development. “ Source: Iranian Kurdish fighters step up clashes ahead of KRG independence vote

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