UK ‘likely to reject’ Russia coronavirus vaccine set for mass rollout in October

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Russia has boasted it will start a mass vaccination program of its citizens against coronavirus in October – but Britain is reportedly set to reject the jab if offered it.

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Bin Salman targets family of former intelligence chief after bribes fail

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has targeted the family of a former intelligence official and tried to have him extradited through Interpol when efforts to bribe him failed, it has been alleged in media reports over the weekend, including Al Jazeera and the New York Times.

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Al Qaeda gaining strength as terror fight focuses on ISIS

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, South East Asia

Tackling extremist online terrorist messages must remain a priority for security services as ISIS continues to pose a threat, according to an EU crime report.

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Pompeo says ending Sudan terror listing a ‘good thing’

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he wants to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, seeing a historic opportunity in its civilian transition.

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Turkey arrests nine suspected Daesh terrorists

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

Suspects arrested in southeastern Diyarbakir province were plotting attack in Turkey on Eid al-Adha, authorities say

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US reveals key Daesh money provider based in Turkey

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

Washington has identified a critical financial facilitator for Daesh based in Turkey in a move to unsettle the remaining global financial networks of the terrorist group.

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Iran And Israel Spar Over Cyber Warfare

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

There is a whole lot of churning going on in Iran, which has been at loggerheads with US, for around more than five-decades, as it traces its modern tussle with US to the way Muhammed Musaddiq government was over thrown by US in 1953 1, which later was followed by setting of a new nationalist government after US sponsored Shah of Iran was removed in what is known as Iranian revolution in 1979 2, paving way for a guided-democracy in Iran, and in its wake, inviting the severest backlash from the monarchies of the Gulf region. The oil kingdoms, ruled by their respective oligarchs feared that democracy would upset their applecart and hence pummeled their resources to anyhow nib the Iranian revolution and the entire turmoil in the last forty years in the whole of Middle-East is what the story is all about. ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ has been the raison d’être of the Iranian revolution and which continues to be the life-line of the State of Iran.

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Iran-China deal raises more questions than answers

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

China has become the new polarizing factor in Iranian politics. The latest issue is the 25-year deal between Iran and China, which, according to Abbas Milani of Stanford University, will make Iran a “colony” of China — a treaty even worse than the 1872 Reuter Concession, which gave a British businessman control over Iran’s roads, communications, and natural resources. Opposition to the proposed deal with China comes from politicians across the political spectrum. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described it as “a suspicious, secretive deal” and Reza Pahlavi, the son of Iran’s ousted Shah, slammed it as a shameful treaty that “places foreign soldiers on our soil.” Despite rumours and speculation on social media about Iran’s intention to give control of its southern islands to China, permit China to construct a military base on its soil, and sell oil and gas to China at a discount, there are no provisions in the agreement from which to draw such conclusions.

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Are Turkey and Russia bracing for conflict in the South Caucasus?

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

On July 12, the Armenian and the Azerbaijani armed forces started a border skirmish. Fighting went on for several days, leaving at least 16 dead in its wake. Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities have been trading accusations ever since, rallying their respective publics behind the flag. Remarkably enough, the two sides are facing off outside the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the usual flashpoint. This time around the flare-up took place well to the north, where Armenia’s Tavush region meets Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. Georgia is next door, as are critical infrastructure links running from Azerbaijan to Turkey through its territory. Indeed, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, the South Caucasus gas pipeline, and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway all run parallel to the Georgian-Armenian border.

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We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

With allies and direct lines to Beijing, Washington must do more to keep China’s presence in the region from becoming a threat.

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IDF troops did not kill Hezbollah operatives in order to reduce tensions

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Military has footage of failed attack ‘from numerous angles,’ will likely release in coming days

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Turkey launches new anti-terror operation in east

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

With 1,006 personnel, Turkey has launched a new anti-terror operation in its eastern Tunceli province, the country’s Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday.

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Rouhani slams US ‘aerial terrorism’ after Iran plane interception

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

The US interception of an Iranian civilian aircraft over Syrian skies has set off yet another escalatory episode in the rivalry between Tehran and Washington over influence in the Middle East.

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German far-right buys land for military training

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Right-wing extremists are moving into property to set up bases for their activities and anchor themselves in local communities, German intelligence services have warned.

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Terror accused Hisham Muhammad ‘was planning lone-wolf attack’

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group planned a “lone-wolf” drone attack, possibly targeting the British Army or police, a court has heard.

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Lebanon Calls for Caution After Israel-Hezbollah Clashes

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Tuesday that Israel had violated his country’s sovereignty with what he called a “dangerous military escalation” after Israeli and Hezbollah forces traded cross-border fire Monday.

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60 pro-Iranian militants killed in Syria since May

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Iran, Middle Orient

Over the past several months, Israel has been accused of dozens of strikes. In June, a series of airstrikes were reported on almost a weekly basis.

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UK ambassador to Iraq targeted with threatening messages after speaking out against militia groups

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Britain’s ambassador to Iraq has been targeted by a graphic propaganda campaign featuring an image of his bloodied face after he spoke out against militia groups which are strengthening their grip on the war-torn country.

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Europe warned of ISIS radicalisation threat in prisons

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

European countries could face a major radicalisation threat within their prison systems from returning ISIS fighters, reports on terrorism reveal.

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Islamic Relief to contest Israeli ‘terrorism’ allegations in court

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

A Tel Aviv court is to hear a petition from the charity Islamic Relief to restart its aid work in the occupied West Bank, six years after the Israeli government labelled it a “terrorist organisation”.

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Israel Says It Thwarted a Hezbollah Raid at Lebanon Border

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Israeli military says it repelled a raid by Hezbollah in a disputed area along its northern border. Hezbollah denied carrying out an operation. No casualties were reported.

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3 Months Of Hell: U.S. Economy Drops 32.9% In Worst GDP Report Ever

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

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Palestinians: Accept Western Funds, Vote for Jihad

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 3, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

The Palestinians were extremely happy to accept the billions of dollars from Western donors. Yet when the Palestinians headed to the ballot boxes to cast their votes in the 2006 election, they did not choose Palestinian candidates who talked about peace with Israel. Instead, the majority of the Palestinians knowingly and proudly voted for the Hamas candidates who promised them that they would never recognize Israel’s right to exist and would continue to engage in Jihad (holy war) until the “liberation of all Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] river.”

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Iraq in the Vortex

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s July visits to and engagement with Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States demonstrate his attempts to balance those countries’ competing interests in Iraq.

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Palestinians: The Priorities of Muslim ‘Scholars’ During COVID-19

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Middle Orient

These religious leaders say they are also worried about other “epidemics” that post a threat to Arabs and Muslims, such as peace with Israel and women’s rights.

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Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia, Turkey

Two Czech nationals jailed in Turkey three years ago for belonging to a Kurdish militant group flew back to Prague Friday after being granted early release following months-long negotiations between Turkish and Czech officials.

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Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The deputy leader of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement on Sunday dismissed the prospect of an escalation of violence between the Iran-backed movement and Israel despite increased tensions in the last week.

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Killing of Iraqi government confidant exposes perils of showdown with Iranian-backed militias

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The killing of a prominent researcher in Baghdad has sent shock waves through Iraq’s government, underscoring the high stakes of its fight with powerful Iranian-backed militias and exposing the potential limits of the prime minister in taking them on.

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Prominent Germans received neo-Nazi death threats. Police are under suspicion.

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

When German comedian Idil Baydar heard that investigators suspect police may have been involved in sending her neo-Nazi death threats, she was aghast.

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The number of prisoners jailed in Europe on terrorism charges at 20-year high, says report

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

More people are in jail on terrorism-related offences in Europe than at any point in the last two decades, a study has found.

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The Growing China – Israel Conflict

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The ‘annexation deal’ which is referred as ‘deal of the century’ under which Israel is to annex West Bank of Palestine and for which Donald Trump is being heavily coerced to make ‘it possible’ in exchange of Jewish and Christian Zionists votes in America does now surely stands debunked as China, for the first time has so openly come into the support of the stateless Palestinians that it has warned Israel 1 on July 22, 2020, from any such misadventure. The Beijing envoy at UN Security Council in the same vein assured Palestinian people to always count on China’s support. Thus, the idea to take forward the dream of Greater-Israel has to an extent come to a grinding halt.

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IntelBrief: Tensions Escalate Between the United Kingdom and China

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 27, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Diplomatic tensions continue to escalate between the United Kingdom and China over recent events in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

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Russia trying to hack coronavirus vaccine research is part of Kremlin’s ‘playbook’: Experts

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 27, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Russian hackers accused of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research from the U.S. is straight out of the Kremlin’s cyber playbook and shows how they’re “willing to hack just about anything,” especially during a global pandemic, security experts told the Herald.

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IntelBrief: How to Lose Friends & Energize Adversaries: The Myopia of a Transactional Approach to U.S. Alliances

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 27, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

Since the beginning of the Trump administration in January 2017, there has been a focus on scaling back the number of U.S. troops based overseas, not just in Afghanistan, but also in Germany and South Korea.

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IntelBrief: Gulf Rift Defies Resolution

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, July 27, 2020
Posted in category Eurasia

The Trump administration is pushing to resolve the three-year old rift between Qatar and several of its Gulf neighbors before the November U.S. election.

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