News Alert No.79: Iraqi Kurds fighting in Kobani

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Heavily armed military units of the Iraqi Kurds are already fighting in Kobani against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces, Reuters correspondents in Turkey and Lebanon report on November 3, 2014. The Iraqi Kurds were granted permission to go to Kobani using land routes across Turkish territory, and “the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors […]

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News Alert No.77: Islamic State (ISIL) recaptures major gas field in Syria

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Local sources in Syria say Islamic State (ISIL) forces managed to recapture the rich Sha’ar (or Shaar, or Shaer) gas field not far away from Homs, Reuters reports on October 29. ISIL forces “seized the Sha’ar gas field in July, killing some 350 government troops, allied militiamen, guards and staff, according to the Britain-based Syrian […]

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News Alert No.75: Polls indicate major victory of pro-European parties in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc took some 23 percent of the votes in parliamentary elections, while People’s Front, the party of his ally, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk took 21 percent of the votes, Reuters reports on October 26, late in the evening, quoting the results of an exist poll issued after voting stations closed. Two […]

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News Alert No.74: The total number of Islamist extremists is quickly growing in Germany

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Germany’s domestic intelligence chief publicly estimated, on October 25, that the total number of Islamist extremists of all sorts is quickly growing, saying “it’s a very rapid rise and it’s very alarming”, Deutsche Welle reports. Hans-Georg Maassen also said  “there are more than 6,300 Salafists currently active in Germany, whereas three years ago the number […]

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Policy Brief No.54: Along the past two months, the strategic partners of the U.S. in the Middle East carried out only a few dozen airstrikes against ISIL

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A medium-sized media report published on October 24 by Channel NewsAsia (which quotes AFP) indicate that, along the past two months, the regional strategic partners of the U.S. in the Middle East offered only a very limited contribution to the military effort against ISIL. Starting with August 8, an international coalition including both Western powers […]

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Policy Brief No.53: More than $11 billion for India’s armed forces along the next 10 years, in order to buy new submarines and antitank weapons

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Indian government is ready to invest Rs 70,000 crore (a figure which means 11.2 billion US dollars) along the next 10 years in order to boost two major projects aimed at significantly strengthening the armed forces of the country, The Times of India reports on October 23. The open source we are quoting here is […]

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Policy Brief No.52: Possible Russian secret operation in Swedish waters; former SACEUR suggests the Alliance might offer help to Stockholm

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On October 21, 2014, United States Naval Institute (USNI) News published an article stating that “the mystery submersible spotted in Swedish waters near Stockholm on Friday [October 17] could be one of a handful of Soviet-era midget submarines operating from a mother ship in the Baltics and not likely a larger Russian Navy submarine”. Since […]

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