20 Oct 2017

Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, say Kurdish-led militia

“Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its future to Kurdish-led plans to set up autonomous regions in the north.” Source: Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, say

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20 Oct 2017

Amman will not host Hamas offices: Jordan official

“Hamas will not be allowed to open any offices in the Jordanian capital despite the group’s apparent reconciliation with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, a senior Jordanian official said Thursday.” Source: Amman will not host Hamas offices: Jordan official

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20 Oct 2017

Three Wise Men: Xi Seeks to Join Mao and Deng in China’s ‘Holy Scripture’

“President seeks to have his eponymous ideological slogan enshrined in party constitution, a mark only conferred to country’s most revered leaders” Source: Three Wise Men: Xi Seeks to Join Mao and Deng in China’s ‘Holy Scripture’ – WSJ

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20 Oct 2017

Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’

“Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as ‘warfare’ on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed Russian influence in American politics.” Source: Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’

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20 Oct 2017

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

“A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had ‘occupied’ the disputed province of Kirkuk this week.” Source: Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

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20 Oct 2017

State Department: ‘Not aware’ of Iranian coordination with Iraq

“The State Department on Thursday cast doubt on reports that Iranian military forces have cooperated with Iraq in a brewing fight with a key U.S. partner in the country.” Source: State Department: ‘Not aware’ of Iranian coordination with Iraq

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20 Oct 2017

US Abrams tanks sway the battle in Kirkuk

“U.S.-supplied M1A1 Abrams tanks to the Iraqi Army provided an asymmetrical advantage over Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces during the battle of Kirkuk, according to an American volunteer and Peshmerga commander who witnessed the battle.” Source: US Abrams tanks sway the battle in Kirkuk

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19 Oct 2017

EU leaders to recommit to Iran nuclear deal whatever Trump decides

“European Union leaders will on Thursday reaffirm their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, regardless of whether an increasingly critical United States pulls out.” Source: EU leaders to recommit to Iran nuclear deal whatever Trump decides

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19 Oct 2017

Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

“Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Thursday its ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite U.S. and European Union pressure to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.” Source: Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

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19 Oct 2017

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

“Iran’s military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran’s influence in Syria.” Source: From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

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