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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Extends Grip in Areas Captured From ISIS

Rolf Holmboe, Research Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and former Danish Ambassador to Syria said, “..The Russians want a solution on their terms, which is one where Assad stays in power. The ceasefires do two things. They allow the Russians to take control of the political negotiations and look good internationally. But more importantly, they allow Assad and the Iranian-backed militias to free troops to grab the territory that Islamic State is about to lose.”

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 12 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 12 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Government forces reportedly killed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters and destroyed their weapons. The town is located some 50km from Deir al-Zor province, a major IS foothold in Syria. Damascus troops have already crossed the western borders of Deir al-Zor province.

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IRAQ POLITICS: US Created ISIS Now Claims Victory Over It: Iraqi VP al-Maliki Talks Tough

IRAQ POLITICS: US Created ISIS Now Claims Victory Over It: Iraqi VP al-Maliki Talks Tough

“Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force,” al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

The often disproportionate and imprecise use of deadly force by the coalition fighting terrorists in Mosul has prompted major criticism from Amnesty.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Terror Attack: ISIS Claim Responsibility

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Melbourne Terror Attack: ISIS Claim Responsibility

Authorities have identified the attacker as a Somali-born man, Yacqub Khayre, 29, who lived with his mother in a Melbourne suburb.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens injured in twin car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first explosion, which ripped through an ice cream shop, has been claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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UK POLITICS: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Bomb Attack

UK POLITICS: ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Bomb Attack

According to Amaq, a news outlet linked to the terror group, an ISIS member carried out the bombing which killed 22 and injured 59.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 55 Middle Eastern Countries, Trump Pledge 34,000 Troops to Fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 55 Middle Eastern Countries, Trump Pledge 34,000 Troops to Fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Described as Riyadh Declaration, the document was signed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan

SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan

“The coalition will continue to target ISIS wherever they operate to ensure they have no sanctuary,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Islamic State Once ‘Apologized’ to Israel for Attacking IDF Soldiers: Israeli Defense Minister Says

ISRAEL POLITICS: Islamic State Once ‘Apologized’ to Israel for Attacking IDF Soldiers: Israeli Defense Minister Says

Tel Aviv remains so “neutral” in the Syrian conflict that even Islamic State terrorists have on at least one occasion “apologized” to Israel for mistakenly attacking IDF soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights, according to a former Israeli Defense Minister.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Khaled bin Salman Who Bombed ISIS, Yemen Now Ambassador to US

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Prince Khaled bin Salman Who Bombed ISIS, Yemen Now Ambassador to US

Prince Khaled bin Salman position will allow Trump direct line to Saudi monarchy, signalling warmer relations after a cooling following Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with regional rival Iran.

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SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

ISIS, the jihadists and their military command are now centered some 140 kilometers southeast of the city of Raqqa, the US media report claimed.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Launches Chlorine Gas Attack in Mosul: Report

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Launches Chlorine Gas Attack in Mosul: Report

IRAQ WAR: Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that the humanitarian plight of war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Soldiers Embedded With the Wrath of Euphrates Operation

SYRIA POLITICS: US Soldiers Embedded With the Wrath of Euphrates Operation

“We managed to capture these US marines leaving the frontline before being ordered to stop filming…,” Phelan says, adding that the US troops are camera shy “for a reason,” as the Pentagon’s official line is that its forces will be kept away from frontline.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Khaled Sharrouf ISIS Fighter First Australian Stripped of Citizenship

Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf has become the country’s first dual nationality individual to be stripped of Australian citizenship under anti-terrorism laws.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan, Trump Unite to Defeat ISIS

Turkish President Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in phone call overnight to act jointly against ISIS in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa.

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USA POLITICS: McCain: Trump Immigration Order Confusing

USA POLITICS: McCain: Trump Immigration Order Confusing

McCain said he was “worried” about the addition of Trump’s chief strategist and former campaign chief Steve Bannon to the U.S. National Security Council.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Bombings in Baghdad Disregard For Civilian Life

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Bombings in Baghdad Disregard For Civilian Life

Islamic State claimed the 31 December twin bombings in Baghdad that claimed at least 28 lives and led to a further 50 injuries, according to media reports.

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USA POLITICS: Kellyanne Conway Says: Trump Will Not Pursue Muslims Ban Solely On Religion

USA POLITICS: Kellyanne Conway Says: Trump Will Not Pursue Muslims Ban Solely On Religion

Trump has been somewhat vague in explaining what countries — or people — would be targeted for tighter screening, if not banned altogether.

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USA POLITICS: Gruesome! Trump Slams ISIS Attack In Berlin

USA POLITICS: Gruesome! Trump Slams ISIS Attack In Berlin

“ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad,” Trump said.

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