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China offers military help to Iraq to defeat ISIS

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2014


14th December, 2014

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari says that his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has made an offer to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants. Beijing has volunteered to assist with airstrikes, though it will not join the US-led coalition against ISIS.

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President expresses concern about globalized terrorism

Posted by seumasach on September 27, 2014


25th September, 2014

New York, Sept 25, IRNA — President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday expressed concern about the globalized terrorism and questioned the world leaders whether they have been united against the extremists?

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Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

Yahoo News Digest

16th September, 2014

Kerry spoke after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the U.S. had in fact requested that Tehran join the fight against the Islamic State group but it rejected the overture because of Washington’s “unclean intentions.” Kerry did not respond directly to questions about that claim. He said there are often discussions on the sidelines of nuclear talks.


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Iran-Saudi tangle over Iraq’s transition

Posted by seumasach on August 14, 2014


Indian Punchline

14th August, 2014

The statement by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday endorsing the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister puts the seal on Tehran’s backing for the political transition in Baghdad. It virtually seals the fate of incumbent PM Nouri al-Maliki, whose ship has run aground after a decade-long voyage.

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Maliki defies Sistani as his party abandons him

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

“The West, especially the US is are responsible for the success of the ISIS. The West supported the rebels in Syria against the Assad regime. Extremist groups took over most of the rebel movement, out of which ISIS emerged.”

That’s indisputable, but the West appears to have changed sides and is now opposing them. Their bombing of ISIS positions has not been condemned by Iran. Indeed, according to M.K.Bhadrakumar, Iran is broadly supportive as long as there is no US troop deployment on the ground.


11th August

Nouri al-Maliki, outgoing Prime Minister, will claim that his party betrayed him. His party will claim that they are working for the national interest, and obeying Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani. 65 out of 92 MPs of the Maliki-led State of Law Coalition (SoL) left the SoL and backed Haider al-Abadi as PM.

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Saudis brace for ISIL blowback

Posted by seumasach on July 4, 2014


Indian Punchline

4th June, 2014

The deployment of additional 30000 Saudi forces on the border with Iraq underscores that in Riyadh’s perception, a protracted conflict has erupted across the border and it wants to insulate itself from fall-outs. It’s inconceivable that Saudis want to take advantage of the growing anarchy in Iraq to grab some territory across the border. Nor is it the Saudi style to render help to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] directly across the border; the Jordanian route has served the purpose so far.

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Militants’ advance to Baghdad ‘stalled’

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2014

Manila Times

26th June, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: The once-relentless advance of a fearsome Sunni-based insurgent group that took over major cities in Iraq on its way to the capital has “stalled,” according a United Nations envoy who briefed journalists on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

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Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2014


26th June, 2014

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.

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Neo-cons, hawks fail to gain Iraq traction

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Jim Lobe

Asia Times

23rd June, 2014

WASHINGTON – Despite their ubiquity on television talk shows and newspaper op-ed pages, neo-conservatives and other hawks who propelled the US into war in Iraq 11 years ago are falling short in their efforts to persuade the public and Congress that Washington needs to return. Indeed, in contrast to the uncritical position taken by virtually all of the country’s media in the run-up to the 2003 invasion, a number of mainstream outlets are openly questioning the advice now being dispensed by the hawks about what to do about the dramatic advances by radical Sunni Islamists across northern and central Iraq over the last 10 days.

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Moscow to play negotiator, Riyadh holds the keys

Posted by seumasach on June 22, 2014

These perspectives are consistent with Obama’s statement to the  effect that ” the key to both Syria and Iraq is going to be a combination of what happens inside the country… and us laying down a more effective counterterrorism platform that gets all the countries in the region pulling in the same direction.” They are also consistent with the Blair/Annan call for co-operation with Russia, China, Iran and Saudi to resolve the crisis.”


22nd June, 2014

A flurry of diplomatic activity is occurring between Riyadh and Moscow over not only Iraq but Syria. Russia is seeking to play the role of negotiator on all questions and Saudi Arabia holds the keys. If successful, Russia stands to gain substantially at the expense of the United States. The Kingdom engagement policy with the Russians may indeed produce peace dividends and further alter the geopolitical landscape.

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Putin offers Iraq’s Maliki ‘complete support’

Posted by seumasach on June 21, 2014

Daily Star

20th June, 2014

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday offered Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Moscow’s total backing for the fight against jihadist fighters who have swept across the Middle East country.

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