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US pushes Iraq to integrate Iran-backed PMU militias after strikes

As published by Al-Monitor by Jack Detsch. Members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units take part in their graduation ceremony at a military camp, Kerbala, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2019. The Donald Trump administration is calling on Iraq to keep up ...
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PM Masrour Barzani meets with senior US military officials

As published by Kurdistan 24 by Hiwa Shilani ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – On Monday, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masrour Barzani, discussed security developments in Iraq in two separate meetings with senior US military officials.  One ...
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Diverging Gulf Responses to Kashmir and Xinjiang Reflect Deep Divisions

As published by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies by Dr. James M. Dorsey Very different responses were recently on display in Gulf reactions to India’s unilateral withdrawal of Kashmir’s autonomy and Qatar’s reversal of its support of China’s brutal clampdown on Turkic ...
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There’s A Growing Sore Spot In Israeli-U.S. Relations: China

As published by NPR By DANIEL ESTRIN & EMILY FENG The Trump administration has shown unwavering support for the Israeli government, except for one major criticism: China's growing influence in the Israeli economy. Chinese companies have invested in strategic Israeli infrastructure, from shipping ...
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Pentagon fears Islamic State surge in Iraqi Kurdistan

As published in Al-Monitor by Jack Detsch. The Donald Trump administration is worried that the Islamic State (IS) could take advantage of ongoing tensions between Iraq’s government and Kurdish authorities to gain sanctuary as the Pentagon tracks down sleeper cells ...
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Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up

As published by Foreign Policy by Lara Seligman. After more than seven months without a confirmed leader, the Pentagon is slowly but surely beginning to rebuild its senior ranks under new Defense Secretary Mark Esper, but persistent gaps in staffing ...
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Palmyra: has this ancient city suffered a fatal blow, or will it rise again?

As published by WA today by Chris Ray. "Your heart will break when you see Palmyra,” says Tarek al-Asaad, looking out the window pensively as we cross the wide Syrian steppe on the road towards the ancient city. For Tarek, ...
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US calls on Russia to cease Idlib fight amid terror strikes

As published in Al-Monitor by Jack Detsch. A motorbike burns after an airstrike in this screen grab taken from a social media video said to be taken in Idlib, Syria on July 16, 2019. The Pentagon is warning Russia to ...
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US-led coalition praises SDF’s anti-ISIS efforts amid Turkish threats

As published by Kurdistan 24 by Wladimir van Wilgenburg ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) remain focused on the fight against the so-called Islamic state and have arrested over 225 suspected militants in the last four ...
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Pentagon: US will continue to support Peshmerga

As published in Kurdistan 24 by Laurie Mylroie WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) — The US “will continue to sustain our robust train, equip, advise, and assist program with the Peshmerga in order to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS,” Deputy Assistant ...
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