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Greece: Syriza to edge cliffhanger election

The outcome of Greece’s pre-term election is uncertain. We assume an opposition victory and the formation of a coalition government led by Syriza Unifying Social Front (Syriza), with centrist and centre-left parties. Such a government’s room for manoeuvre as regards…

Dabiq: What Islamic State’s New Magazine Tells Us about Their Strategic Direction, Recruitment Patterns and Guerrilla Doctrine

Executive Summary On the first day of Ramadan (June 28), the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared itself the new Islamic State and the new Caliphate (Khilafah). For the occasion, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling himself Caliph Ibrahim, broke…

The Islamic State’s Strategic and Tactical Plan for Iraq

Since the announcement of the Islamic State, Iraq’s Sunni jihadist movement has been obsessed with controlling geographical space in order to declare an Islamic caliphate, a move that, in addition to its symbolic importance, would help raise recruits and secure…

Ukraine loses two Su-25 to ground fire

IHSS: Two Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Sily: PS) Sukhoi Su-25 ‘Frogfoot’ ground attack aircraft were shot down by separatist forces in the east of the country on 23 July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The Gazelle Pipeline: Czech Segment on New Russian Gas Route to Western Europe

By: Vladimir Socor (Source: RIA Novosti) Gazelle, the new gas transit pipeline in the Czech Republic, completed in 2013, is conceived to function as a prolongation of the Gazprom-controlled Nord Stream and OPAL pipelines into continental Europe; albeit free of Gazprom’s…

Merkel: US Intelligence Helped Foil Terror Plot

AP:Germany’s chancellor says U.S. intelligence was key to foiling a large-scale terror plot, acknowledging her country is “dependent” on cooperating with American spy services. But Angela Merkel also told broadcaster RTL on Monday that she was “surprised” to learn of…

Documents Show Russia Ordered Syria Shoot Down Turkish Jet

Saudi-owned news agency Al Arabiya are touting a massive leak of Syrian intelligence documents, and their first leak alleges to show Russia was the one who ordered Syria take down the Turkish fighter jet in June, and for Syria to kill…

Economic Ratings Worldwide

RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 18 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only one case, but there were seven downgrades. In…

Iranian Revolutionary Guard hit by deaths

  Some ten high-ranking officials of Iran’s Guardians of the Revolution, or Pasdaran, have died in apparently violent circumstances in recent months. Only two of the deaths have been made public, those of Gholan Reza Qasemi, the former commander of the 92nd armoured…