Opinion no. 20: Very troubled waters. Grim perspectives for the Arabian (or Persian) Gulf region

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On December 29, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has published a peace of news listing the airstrikes launched, on that day, against Islamic State (ISIL) positions and forces in Syria and Iraq. The text states that “[international] coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands and […]

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Policy Brief No.67: Taliban attack kills at least 140 people at military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

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At 10 a.m. (local time), on December 16, at least nine Taliban fighters, all of them heavily armed and wearing suicide vests, quietly entered a military-run school in Peshawar, a city in North-Western Pakistan, killing at least 130 students and teachers, Reuters reports. One witness says the attackers “bypassed the heavily guarded main entrance and […]

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News Alert No.102: New Islamic State attack in the Anbar province

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Islamic State fighters stormed and captured a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Saturday [December 13], killing at least 19 policemen and trapping others inside their headquarters, in the latest attack in the desert region where it controls large amounts of territory”, Reuters reports on December 13. The same open source reports that “Islamic […]

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Policy Brief No.66: Clear geo-strategic meaning of the sites selected by the Pentagon for F-35 maintenance facilities

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“In the European region, F-35 initial air frame MROU [Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade] capability will be provided by Italy by 2018,” Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told reporters on December 11, DoD News reports. Bogdan is the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office in Arlington, Virginia. On […]

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News Alert No.101: Vital U.S. allies are strongly criticizing the CIA for brutally interrogating terrorist detainees after September 11, 2001

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Several vitally important allies of the United States severely criticized the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for using brutal interrogation techniques (usually called torture) against terrorist detainees, CNN reports on December 12. British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly condemned torture while in Turkey, saying: “Torture is wrong. Torture is always wrong. Those of us want […]

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Policy Brief No.65: Increased Russian-Indian cooperation helps Moscow overcome international sanctions

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“Even if India’s options have increased, Russia remains our most important defence partner”, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, speaking about some of the most important consequences of President Putin’s visit to New Delhi, Reuters reports on December 11. At this very moment, Reuters also reports, “Kremlin grapples with a sliding oil price and an […]

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Policy Brief No.64: Massive attempt to revive effectiveness of Iraqi military forces

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A massive – and almost desperate, frankly speaking – attempt to restore combat effectiveness of the armed forces takes place in Iraq, Aljazeera reports on December 11, 2014. The news agency is stating that  “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi’s campaign to purge the country’s security forces of corrupt commanders and ‘ghost soldiers’ should have a […]

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