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Iran continues to make inroads into Iraq by supporting the PKK

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Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Al Quds Force, the armed wing of the Iranian Pasdaran, wants to deepen the fledgling alliance between Tehran and the PKK. He met Cemil Bayik, one of the main military chiefs of the Kurdish…

New Iran-Saudi front opens with Ahwaz attacking Iranian pipelines

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The attack on two pipelines in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, responsibility for which was claimed by the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (Harakat Al Nezal Al Ahwazi) places the Arab separatist group centre-stage again. The organisation…

A suspected terrorist and drug trafficker just became Venezuela’s vice president

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MILITARY & DEFENSE Tareck El Aissami shows the fake passport with which Salvadorean Francisco Chavez Abarca used to enter the country, as President Nicolas Maduro stands in the background.Reuters Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to the late socialist President…

Impact of Georgian Parliamentary Elections on Relations With Russia

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Following the second round of the parliamentary elections on October 30, the ruling party, Georgian Dream–Democratic Georgia (GDDG), received a constitutional majority—over three-quarters of the seats in the new parliament. The opposition party of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, United National…

Early voting show Trump doing better than expected in swing states

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Hillary Clinton trails Barack Obama numbers in ballot requests in Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.  Less than a month until Election Day and some warning signs begin to appear for Clinton in vital swing states.  With expectations of political polling…

Beijing Talks Tough About “New Cold War” in Asia

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Beijing has declared a New Cold War against “hostile anti-China forces in the West,” a code word for the United States and its Asia-Pacific allies (Military.China.com, August 26; Chinaiiss.com, August 25). This contrasts directly with the auspicious language used by…

Moscow Postpones Decisions on State Armaments Program 2025

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Jamestown: Moscow deliberately upped the ante in Donbas and filled the dog days of August with endless speculation that it might launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine (Interfax, August 15). The cycle of troop movements, placing units on alert, and…