Monday, September 25, 2017
LATEST Russian Airstrikes Continue on Idlib Province; Turkey Warns "De-Escalation Zone" Agreement at Risk MONDAY FEATURE Russian Lieutenant General Killed by ISIS Mortars in Eastern Syria The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have announced a civilian council to govern parts of Deir ez-Zor Province in eastern Syria, following capture of territory from the Islamic State. The SDF appointed 100 tribal figures to meet and...
Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov has been killed by Islamic State mortar fire near Deir ez-Zor city in eastern Syria. The commander of the 5th Combined Arms Army, Asapov (pictured) was said to be in a field headquarters near the city. He is the highest-ranking officer to be killed since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Accounts differ on...
Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushne used a private e-mail account for White House business. In an ironic development --- given Trump's focus during and after the campaign on Hillary Clinton's e-mails --- Politico has seen and verified about two dozen e-mails, with Kushner writing senior White House officials, outside advisors and others about media coverage, event planning,...
Trump: "We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet" Developments on Day 248 of the Trump Administration: Trump Bans Entry from 6 Mainly-Muslim Countries and North Korea Eight months after its initial attempt to block entry to the US by citizens of seven mainly-Muslim countries, the Trump Administration defies court objections and imposes an indefinite ban. Donald Trump issued...
Iran has pointedly shown its opposition to Monday's independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, closing its airspace to all flights from the region. A spokesman for the Supreme National Security Council said, “At the request of the central government of Iraq, all flights from Iran to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil airports as well as all flights through our country’s airspace originating in...
A study from the University of Birmingham is warning of discontent as households face the cost of nine years of lost growth. The Financial Inclusion Annual Monitoring Report 2017 finds a further widening of the gap between the wealthy and those less well-off, with little reward for families trying to work and save through the recession since 2008. Adding to concerns...
NBA's LeBron James to Trump: "U bum" Developments on Day 247 of the Trump Administration: Trump Fumes in Day on Twitter Spending Saturday on Twitter, Donald Trump aims at targets from North Korea to Senator John McCain to Stephen Curry, the star of the National Basketball Association's champion Golden State Warriors. Trump finished his Twitter day with another rhetorical challenge trying to demean...
Continuing its response to Donald Trump's aggressive UN speech, Iran's officials and military commanders put out a series of defiant statements on Saturday. The deputy commander of the Iranian Army, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan (pictured), said the Islamic Republic's forces are fully prepared to make enemies regret any "wrong move": “We are monitoring threats and boosting the defense capabilities...
Regime Foreign Minister tells UN of "temporary arrangement that must not violate territorial unity" LATEST SNHR: Almost 213,000 Civilians Killed, 90.6% by Regime Funerals for Murdered Dissident Barakat and Her Journalist Daughter Pointing to renewed attempts by the Assad regime to overrun opposition areas with military action, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has told the UN General Assembly that Russian-led de-escalation zones are "temporary". Moallem...
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation closes on top advisors of Donald Trump, notably former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and targets the President for possible obstruction of justice, Professor David Dunn of the University of Birmingham speaks with Monocle 24's The Briefing: Listen to discussion from 7:35:
Kurdish votes pointing to regional assembly by January LATEST Reports: Russian Warplanes Attack Rebels in Idlib Province Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria have voted in the first of three stages over new governing instituations for regional autonomy. Voters on Friday selected leaders for about 3,700 local areas in three cantons --- Afrin in the northwest, Kobani in the north, and Cezire in the...
"We might be sleep-walking into war with our eyes wide open" Dr Tsering Topgyal of the University of Birmingham writes for the Birmingham Perspective: The crisis over North Korea has deepened after it fired a ballistic missile over Japan on September 15, with the missile flying 3,700 km (2,300 miles), reaching an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles), and bringing...