Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, June 11, 2014. (photo by REUTERS)
US President Barack Obama is reviewing a range of options to deal with the takeover of Mosul and other Iraqi cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
Summary⎙ Print The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has depended on the Turkish border for its operations in Syria; US Sen. Tim Kaine offers a blueprint for US-Egypt ties; Al-Monitor’s Year in Review and Back Channel.
Author Week in Review Posted June 14, 2014
Translator(s)Sibel Utku Bila
The prospects are daunting for Iraq, now split in three, to be put back together. The potential for a political dialogue among Iraq’s political factions, also urged by Obama, seems distant.
Even US airstrikes, which the administration is considering, would need to be coordinated with ground operations by the Iraqi army, whose effectiveness is in question after its collapse this week in facing ISIS.
Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Terrorism, Turkey, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Barack Obama, Iraq, ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq, Mosul, Syria, Turkey, United States
May 05, 2014 15:36
Ukrainian radicals have put a bounty out on RT stringer Graham Phillips, who is currently working in the east of the country. Also a camera-man working for RT in Odessa has been informed about being on the radicals’ radar.
“Myself I have received threats putting a bounty on my head to be kidnapped and that has been offered from [the city of] Dnepropetrovsk, as I understand, connected to the Right Sector,” Graham Phillips confirmed while reporting live from the city of Slavyansk.
The Right Sector reportedly offered $10,000 for the capture of “a Russian spy.”
The ultra-nationalists also have a cameraman working for RT in the violence-gripped city of Odessa on their radar, RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan confirmed in a statement. Continue reading
BY Gordon Lubol
APRIL 13, 2014 – 08:04 PM
Afghans are expected to settle on a new president by this summer and the U.S. and the new government in Kabul will begin to forge a relationship in the postwar period. But at this critical juncture there will be a diplomatic brain drain that will undermine U.S. policy goals there, say officials in and out of the U.S. government.
With President Hamid Karzai leaving office after a stormy relationship with Washington for more than 12 years, many current and former U.S. officials see a unique opportunity to redefine the relationship with Kabul.
But that may be difficult. By summer, after a possible runoff election chooses Karzai’s successor, most of the mid-level and senior U.S. civilians with deep Afghanistan experience who would have the knowledge to help foster strong relations with the new government will be long gone. And, officials familiar with the matter said, they will be replaced by diplomats expected to have far less experience. Continue reading
Published time: February 18, 2014 15:03 Edited time: April 13, 2014 13:37
Ukrainian coup-imposed authorities have their hands full with various problems. The country’s eastern regions remain in turmoil, with protesters demanding autonomy from the capital, and economic perils are aggravated by an imminent gas debt crisis.
Sunday, April 13
A special operation against protesters in Donetsk region may start as soon as tonight, acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentin Nalivaichenko has said on “1+1” local channel. The “full-scale operation” will involve “serious engagement of military forces, anti-terrorist forces and law enforcement of Ukraine”
The pro-federalization protesters have taken over the city council in the town of Makeevka in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. Continue reading
Posted in Russia, Security, Ukraine, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Aleksandr Turchinov, Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, Kiev, Maidan, Security Service of Ukraine, Slavyansk, Ukraine
Intelligence official calls reports ‘highly inaccurate’
Author: By John Crawley CNN
Published On: Mar 05 2014 09:38:19 PM EST Updated On: Mar 05 2014 10:25:05 PM EST
REUTERS/Mikhail Maslovsky WASHINGTON (CNN) –
The nation’s top intelligence office denies suggestions the United States was caught off guard by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, calling reports to that effect “highly inaccurate.”
Shawn Turner, a spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in a statement Wednesday that the intelligence community has “frequently warned of worrisome trends with respect to Russia’s foreign policy” since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012.
Posted in Intelligence, Politics, Russia, US, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Chuck Hagel, CNN, Crimea, John McCain, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Vladimir Putin