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BAGHDADI KILLED, BUT ISIS STILL A THREAT

28th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

28 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State, has died in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria. U.S. President Donald Trump said in a televised address from the White House that…

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US NOT DONE IN SYRIA

25th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

25 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The United States is committed to reinforcing its military position in Syria with additional assets to prevent oilfields from being taken over by remnants of the Islamic State militant group or others, a U.S. defense official said on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not disclose…

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ETHIOPIA THREATENS WAR AGAINST EGYPT OVER DAM PROJECT

24th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

24 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) -Ethiopia’s prime minister has warned that if the need arises to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt, his country could ready millions of people, but that only negotiation can resolve a current deadlock. Abiy Ahmed made the remarks on Tuesday during a parliament question-and-answer session, his most…

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RUSSIA, TURKEY REACH DEAL TO REMOVE KURDISH YPG FROM SYRIA BORDER

23rd Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

23 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph. Hours after the deal was announced, the Turkish defense ministry said that…

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PUTIN STEPS UP PUSH FOR INFLUENCE IN AFRICA

22nd Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

22 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: EWN) -President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia’s push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow can offer help without political conditions unlike what he cast as the exploitative West. The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge…

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LEBANON’S HARIRI AGREES TO REFORMS

21st Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

21 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri agreed on Sunday a package of reforms with government partners to ease an economic crisis that has sparked protests aimed at ousting a ruling elite seen as riddled with corruption and cronyism. Officials told Reuters the agreement was reached as hundreds of thousands of…

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PROTESTS SWEEP LEBANON FOR A SECOND DAY

18th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

18 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis. In Lebanon’s biggest protest in years, thousands of people gathered outside the government headquarters in central Beirut on Thursday evening, forcing the…

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MURDER OF SYRIAN POLITICIAN HIGHLIGHTS RISK FOR MINORITIES

17th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

17 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: CRUX) -When Hevrin Khalaf, a young Syrian politician and advocate on behalf of women and religious and ethnic minorities in Kurdistan, was murdered by a Turkish-backed fringe group on Saturday amid Turkey’s new offensive in Syria, her death sparked outcry from around the world. Many have voiced outrage, saying her senseless…

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HOW RUSSIA IS FILLING THE GAP LEFT BY THE U.S. IN SYRIA

16th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

16 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: INDEPENDENT) -Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria has started to change the balance of power in the war-torn country where regional and international powers have long been involved in a complex situation. Russian troops have now moved into northern Syria to fill the security vacuum left by the United States,…

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SAUDI VISIT SIGNALS VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GROWING MIDDLE EAST INFLUENCE

15th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

15 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: IOL) – President Vladimir Putin signalled Moscow’s growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh’s regional rivals and energy cooperation. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops…

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