Archive for July, 2020

Iraq in the Vortex

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Iraq in the Vortex

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Palestinians: The Priorities of Muslim ‘Scholars’ During COVID-19

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel unlikely in coming months

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Killing of Iraqi government confidant exposes perils of showdown with Iranian-backed militias

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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on Prominent Germans received neo-Nazi death threats. Police are under suspicion.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on The number of prisoners jailed in Europe on terrorism charges at 20-year high, says report

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Comments Off on The Growing China – Israel Conflict

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 […]

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IntelBrief: Tensions Escalate Between the United Kingdom and China

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Tensions Escalate Between the United Kingdom and China

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

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Russia trying to hack coronavirus vaccine research is part of Kremlin’s ‘playbook’: Experts

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

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: How to Lose Friends & Energize Adversaries: The Myopia of a Transactional Approach to U.S. Alliances

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

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on IntelBrief: Gulf Rift Defies Resolution

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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Tensions Rise as Washington Rejects Beijing’s Maritime Claims

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Tensions Rise as Washington Rejects Beijing’s Maritime Claims

While Southeast Asian countries support the U.S. position on the South China Sea, they fear it could be a flash point for conflict.

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Preventing a Bloody Harvest on the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Preventing a Bloody Harvest on the Armenia-Azerbaijan State Border

Fighting in July interrupted what had been a stretch of relative quiet on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. The incidents underscored how quickly and unexpectedly this front can erupt. The two countries should take better advantage of a hotline created in 2018 to avoid dangerous misunderstandings.

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Israel reinforces Lebanon border after Hezbollah threats

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel reinforces Lebanon border after Hezbollah threats

The Israeli military said Thursday it was reinforcing the country’s northern border with infantry troops “in accordance with the situational assessment.”

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Turkey shifts fight against Kurdish militants deeper into Iraq

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Turkey shifts fight against Kurdish militants deeper into Iraq

Turkey is taking its decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

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Islamic State remains ‘most significant’ threat to UK

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Islamic State remains ‘most significant’ threat to UK

The Islamic State group (IS) remains the “most significant” threat to the UK, the defence secretary has warned.

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Israeli airstrikes in Damascus reportedly kill Hezbollah fighter

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israeli airstrikes in Damascus reportedly kill Hezbollah fighter

Israel’s Air Force reportedly struck multiple military sites in Damascus, Syria during the overnight hours of July 20, which resulted in the confirmed killing of a Lebanese Hezbollah fighter.

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Hezbollah terrorist killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah terrorist killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria

Five Iranian and pro-Iranian militants were killed in the strikes as well, according to initial reports. The Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist movement announced on Tuesday that Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, a member of Hezbollah, was killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes in Damascus on Monday night. Israel is concerned about a possible response from Hezbollah, according to […]

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Hezbollah-Linked Operative Extradited From Cyprus to US

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah-Linked Operative Extradited From Cyprus to US

A Lebanese man accused of laundering drug money for the militant group Hezbollah has been extradited from Cyprus to the United States. Ghassan Diab, 37, arrived in Miami last week to face charges dating back to 2016 in the U.S. state of Florida, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Saturday.

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Are there extremists that Qatar does not fund?

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Are there extremists that Qatar does not fund?

Qatar’s funding of extremists, in the Arab world and beyond, is no secret to most residents of the Middle East. Yet, in the past week, new details of Doha’s murky dealings abroad have emerged. According to German newspaper Die Zeit, Doha has been funding Hezbollah and its activities. The Lebanese militant group was created by […]

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Foreign fighters key to ISIS resurgence as thousands join new militias

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Foreign fighters key to ISIS resurgence as thousands join new militias

Legions of ISIS foreign fighters have fanned out across the globe to pose the threat of a resurgence by the group in territories from Syria into Asia.

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Mawla the ‘Destroyer’, brutal new head of IS group

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Mawla the ‘Destroyer’, brutal new head of IS group

With monikers as divergent as the “Professor” and the “Destroyer”, the Islamic State group’s new head has a reputation for brutality, but otherwise remains largely an enigma.

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Qatar’s Hezbollah funding exposed by whistle-blower contractor

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Qatar’s Hezbollah funding exposed by whistle-blower contractor

A whistle-blower has claimed that he earned tens of thousands of euros from Qatar for hiding a dossier that documented the country’s support for Hezbollah.

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Israel probes Palestinian Jerusalem governor over ‘terrorism’

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Israel probes Palestinian Jerusalem governor over ‘terrorism’

Israel is investigating the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem over suspected terrorism, in the first such allegation against the often-arrested leader, his lawyer said Monday.

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Lebanese Hezbollah’s growing crisis

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Lebanese Hezbollah’s growing crisis

Caught between trying to keep a gun to the head of Lebanese democracy and attracting international bailout funds, the Lebanese Hezbollah is mired in a growing crisis.

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A Land Swap Won’t Solve the Serbia-Kosovo Conundrum

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on A Land Swap Won’t Solve the Serbia-Kosovo Conundrum

The European Union is again taking the lead role in mediating between Serbia and Kosovo after a planned Washington meeting came to nothing – and that means the idea of resolving the problem with a land swap is unlikely to resurface soon.

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Bulgaria’s New Protest Movement Must Avoid Old Mistakes

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Bulgaria’s New Protest Movement Must Avoid Old Mistakes

By bringing together opposition Socialists, environmentalists and the urban middle class, the protest wave in Bulgaria has real potential – if the lessons of past failures are learned.

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Beyond Kosovo: How Protests Transformed Serbia’s Relations with Russia

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Beyond Kosovo: How Protests Transformed Serbia’s Relations with Russia

Serbia’s authorities broke an old taboo when they blamed pro-Russian radicals for instigating some of the recent violence in the country, and Russia-Serbia relations may never be the same again.

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Slovenia Seen Emulating Hungary, Poland with Media Reforms

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on Slovenia Seen Emulating Hungary, Poland with Media Reforms

Slovenia’s right-wing prime minister, Janez Jansa, is taking a leaf out of Viktor Orban’s book with changes to the way public service media are funded and run, watchdogs warn.

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The Spreading Scourge of Illusory Superiority

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on The Spreading Scourge of Illusory Superiority

Illusory Superiority is a quality that now afflicts many in public policy who think they know most things better than the mayor, the governor, or the president.

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The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

Monday, July 27, 2020 Comments Off on The “Maximum Pressure” on Iran’s Regime

For almost four decades, Iran’s regime has been squandering the nation’s resources on terror and militia groups… It is estimated that the regime has spent more than $100 billion on its nuclear program.

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Hamas acknowledges a ‘collaborator’ fled to Israel

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Hamas acknowledges a ‘collaborator’ fled to Israel

Against the backdrop of two al Qassam Brigades’ commanders killed during the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas’ senior political member, Mousa Abu Marzouk, admitted in an interview with al Mayadeen that a Palestinian ‘collaborator’ had recently fled to Israel.

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Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish secret service trade over ISIS women in Syria

Turkey has openly admitted that its secret service MIT is taking ISIS members out of the Hol Camp in northeast Syria.

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Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Comments Off on Turkish police detain 27 people over links to Islamic State

Turkish police said on Sunday they had detained 27 people with links to the Islamic State militant group whom they suspect were preparing for an attack.

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