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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

BBC

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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Will Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

Posted by seumasach on June 24, 2014

According to some sources, Sikorski was proactive in the overthrow of Yanukovitch. In any case, as one German source, cited below, put it:

 “The Germans know how much Poland cares about completing the unfinished ‘Colour Revolutions’ in eastern Europe, and somehow they feel uncomfortable about this.”

In this context, the leaking of Sikorski phone call, expressing his sense of betrayal by Obama, is hardly likely to be accidental and we can safely predict that Sikorski will not succeed Ashton, thereby confirming Germany’s rejection of the New Cold War

EU Observer

23rd June, 2014

BRUSSELS - With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief.

His reputation just took a blow in a Polish eavesdropping scandal.

 

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Did Turkish army change its strategy?

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Voltairenet

17th June, 2014

The Syrian Arab army has taken back the town of Kassab, which was occupied by mercenaries attached to the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda) and the Army of Islam (pro-Saudi).

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Erdogan allies himself with military against CIA

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Azerbaijan: Gülen Schools & NATO Seminar Cause A Stir, Russia Steps Up Fight against Washington’s Fifth Column & More!

The New Great Game Round-Up

Christoph Germann

22nd June, 2014

The power struggle between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and CIA puppet Fethullah Gülen continues to dominate the headlines in Turkey. At the beginning of this week, Turkish police detained 11 suspects, including Erdogan’s former chief bodyguard and an ex-police chief, in a probe into the wiretapping of the Turkish PM. Gülen’s shadowy network has tried to topple Erdogan by all available means, one of which was the leaking of incriminating conversations. Up to this point, all efforts have failed and Erdogan is fighting back with a vengeance. Ever since the conflict intensified, the Turkish PM has made the case for a retrial of the military officers, who were purged in a joint AKP-Hizmet operation, fueling speculation that Erdogan intends to join forces with his old enemies against Gülen. On Wednesday, Turkey’s highest court paved the way for this alliance by ordering the release of 230 military officers convicted in the Sledgehammer trial. The power struggle has spread to several countries affecting even the annual Washington conference of the infamous American-Turkish Council (ATC). As previously discussed, the main battleground besides Turkey is Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani authorities did Erdogan another favor this week

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Obama abandons notion of moderate rebels in Syria

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

He said there was no “ready-made moderate Syrian force that was able to defeat Assad”.

Obama: US arms could help defeat Assad is ‘fantasy’

BBC

21st June, 2014

President Obama has dismissed the idea that supplying US arms to Syrian rebels would have toppled President Assad, calling it a “fantasy”.

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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.”

Al-Arabiya

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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Ukrainian Foreign Minister sacked after derogatory Putin remark

Posted by seumasach on June 18, 2014

Euronews

18th June, 2014

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister is set be replaced after becoming embroiled in controversy for derogatory remarks he made about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Reports: Ukraine to order unilateral truce

Posted by seumasach on June 18, 2014

Aljazeera

18th June, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the separatist east as part of a broader plan to end the 10-week crisis, according to Russian news reports.

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