News Alert No.58: Airstrikes alone cannot stop ISIL at Kobane, while U.S. decision-makers cannot reach a common solution to solve the crisis in Kurdish areas of Syria

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On October 9, Al Arabiya reports (quoting AFP) that “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani”. The same media source says that “meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition on Thursday [October 9] carried out two fresh strikes on ISIS jihadist positions in Kobane” and […]

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News Alert No.56: Islamic State (ISIL) forces advance into Kobani, a Syrian city near the Turkish border

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After almost three weeks of siege operations, Islamic State (ISIL) “fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani overnight, a monitoring group said on Tuesday [October 7], taking several buildings to gain attacking positions from two sides of the city”, Reuters reports on October 7. The same source says that […]

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News Alert No.53 : Islamic State (ISIL) plans to grab Iranian ‘nuclear secrets’

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The Islamic State (ISIL) “is urging its members to plan for war with Iran and has ambitions to seize Tehran’s nuclear secrets, according to a manifesto attributed to one of its most senior members”, The Sunday Times reports on October 5[1]. The British newspaper also says that “the document, typed on perforated sheets, is believed […]

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Policy Brief No.45 : Germany and Australia prepare themselves for stronger involvement in Iraq, against ISIL

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“Germany is planning to do more to help Kurdish and Iraqi troops fighting militias who have captured large amounts of territory in northern Iraq”, Deutsche Welle reports on October 4, quoting a Defense Ministry spokesperson. EDP news agency was told by a Defense Ministry spokeswoman that “plans were afoot to establish a military training center […]

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Policy Brief No.43 : Ebola ‘spreading like wildfire’ in Western African countries; first officially confirmed Ebola case in the U.S.

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“Five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and the rate is expected to double by the end of October”, Justin Forsyth, the chief executive of the international charity Save the Children has warned, Al Jazeera reports on October 2. Forsyth also said that “the scale of the Ebola epidemic is […]

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News Alert No.51 : Iraqi pilots mistakenly dropped supplies and weapons to ISIL

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On October 1, Al Arabiya reported that Iraqi military pilots “mistakenly dropped food, water and arms to ISIS militants last month”. Hakim Al-Zamili, one of the members of the Iraqi Parliament’s security and defense committee, told Al Arabiya News that “some pilots transporting aid – arms and food – did not drop the relief to […]

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News Alert No.50: Reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN indicate that Israeli and U.S. opinions on globally important geo-strategic issues are openly colliding

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USA Today reported on September 30 that “President Obama renews his sometimes-tense relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday [October 1], meeting with the Israeli leader at the White House”, and that “while Obama and Netanyahu have sometimes been at odds over peace talks with the Palestinians, a main topic of this session will be Obama’s […]

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