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Iraq/Syria News - July 4, 2014

Predident Barzani calls for independence referendum, says Kurdish control of Kirkuk will continue - The Guardian

VIDEO: Interview: Barzani calls for a independence referendum - BBC

Interview: Barzani’s Push for Kurdish Independence: “It is Our Natural Right” - VOA | EA WorldView

VIDEO (Kurdish): Full speech of President Barzani to parliament on independence - YouTube

Iraqi Kurds say will sue Baghdad if it blocks oil sales -

Maliki Rejects Kurdish Independence Vote, Territorial Expansion - Rudaw

Iraqi Kurd Officials Lobbying for Independence in Washington - WSJ

Iraqi Kurdish officials in Washington describe 'different country' after Mosul - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Roundtable: Members of the official delegation to US from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) address the crisis in Iraq - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

White House talks down Kurdish independence - TheHill

US State Dep Does Not Support Kurdish Referendum for Independence - BAS NEWS

NGOs hold 'Kurdistan' demonstration in front of KRG Parliament - CİHAN

Kirkuk’s Kurds Don’t Trust Baghdad, "going to Baghdad to take part in the next Iraqi government is a big mistake” - Rudaw

Israel, Turkey back off pro-Kurd independence stances - THE DAILY STAR

Netanyahu expresses support for Kurdish independence - Los Angeles Times

Israel and Kurdistan's Alleged Oil Deal Is Putting the U.S. on Notice - New Republic

AKP spokesman Indicates Turkey Ready to Accept Kurdish State in Iraq - Rudaw

Turkey’s Erdogan asks Parliament to approve talks with Kurds - McClatchy DC

PYD Kurdish leader Muslim: We don’t seek independence from Syria - BAS NEWS

YPG Kurdish Commander: Kurds in Syria ‘Deserve’ US Support - Rudaw


Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq: al-Arabiya TV - Reuters

Experts: Iraq’s new jets likely from Iran - Al Arabiya News

In a telephone call Saudi king and Obama discuss the ISIS threat, call for Iraq unity govt - Al Arabiya News

Biden, Kerry Work the Phones to Unite Iraqi Politicians - ABC News

Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go - The Daily Beast

Pentagon leaders: Iraq probably needs outside help to retake seized territory - The Washington Post

Islamic State seizes oil field and towns from rival rebel fighters in Syria's east - Reuters

VIDEO: Islamic State seizes oil field from rival rebel fighters in Syria's East - YouTube

Syrian activists say powerful tribe in town near Iraq pledge allegiance to jihadi group - Fox News

VIDEO (Arabic): Syria tribes and factions in east Deir az-Zor, including Ahrar ash-Sham and Nusra, refuse to fight IS - YouTube 

Senior al-Qaeda leader calls for followers to support ISIS - Channel 4 News

Syrian rebels threaten to quit fight against ISIS - Al Arabiya News

Jarba insists Syria and Iran behind rise of ISIS - THE DAILY STAR

Indian Nurses in Iraq's Tikrit Moved, Are In ISIS Captivity - NDTV

Turkish truck drivers held by ISIS in Iraq are freed (VIDEO) - euronews

ISIS Militants Kidnap 150 Kurdish Students in Syria - NBC News

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Ukraine News - July 3, 2014

Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agree on a plan for a resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine - AP

VIDEO (English): Full statements by the Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France foreign ministers on E. Ukraine ceasefire - YouTube

Joint Declaration by the Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany - Auswärtiges Amt

Kiev Ready for Talks With Independence Supporters Anywhere: Poroshenko’s Office - RIA Novosti

Separatist PM open to reinstalling a truce, "We can waive some of our political demands for a peace settlement in our region” - Euro Asia News

Ukraine Wants to Seal Its Russian Border - The Daily Beast

Ten including child dead in artillery fire in Luhansk region: Luhansk People's Republic - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Live footage of Luhansk residential area bombed by the Ukrainian army - YouTube

VIDEO: Devastation and bodies in Luhansk -

VIDEO: More on Luhansk bombing aftermath -

VIDEO (English Subtitles) - A longer footage of the airstrike aftermath in Luganskaya village -

Separatist commander Igor Strelkov: After the Ukrainian army blew up a pipeline, no sources of water supply in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk -

Russian REN-TV Channel Says Its Journalists Deliberately Targeted in Ukraine - RIA Novosti

Lugansk People’s Republic militiamen free Ukrainian journalists - ITAR-TASS

Cluster bomb found in Donetsk region unexploded - The Voice of Russia


UN: 160,000 refugees fled the fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk, Two-thirds went to Russia while the rest is staying in Ukraine - usatoday

UN refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine - United Nations News Centre

VIDEO: Ukraine: Number of displaced dramatically increases - euronews

Many Ukrainians Flee to Russia, Angry, Afraid, Determined to Stay - WSJ

18,000 Ukrainian Refugees in Russian Accommodation Centers: Emergencies Ministry - RIA Novosti

500 Ukrainian Refugees Arrive in Crimea Daily: Official - RIA Novosti

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Refugees from Luhansk - YouTube

VIDEO: Evacuation of Children From Kramatorsk Orphanage - YouTube

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Ukraine News - July 2, 2014

Ukraine relaunches attack on rebels after failed truce - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: Ukraine’s Poroshenko announce end of ceasefire, vows to attack rebels - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukraine attacks separatists after truce fails - Al Jazeera

Ukraine retakes border crossing from rebels as Poroshenko goes on attack - The Guardian

Pro-Russian rebels capture police HQ in Ukraine - The Seattle Times

VIDEO: Bus blasted in Ukraine's Kramatorsk, at least 4 dead - YouTube

VIDEO: Kramatorsk. Mortar shelling. Video surveillance cameras -

Crew of Russian TV journalists come under mortar fire in Ukraine, Three were killed within the past month - ITAR-TASS

Slavyansk blacked out as a result of warfare in eastern Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO (English Subtitles): Interview with separatist military commander Strelkov, talks about alleged chemical attack of Ukrainian military - YouTube

Bill on constitutional changes in Ukraine not foreseeing de-centralization promised by Poroshenko: Party of Regions - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Donetsk Peoples Republic intends to leave Ukraine's jurisdiction and integrate with Customs Union - The Voice of Russia

Donetsk Peoples’ Republic may nationalize Akhmetov’s enterprises - A Socialist in Canada

Richest Ukrainian Akhmetov Walks $13 Billion Tightrope - Businessweek

Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, looks west as war next door imperils its Russian market - The Washington Post

Turchynov Deems Possible Dissolution Of Communist Party Faction After Parliament Procedural Regulations Changed - Ukranian News


Putin Accuses Ukraine Leader Poroshenko of Shunning Road to Peace - VOA

Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others - RT News

Top 10 takeaways from Putin's foreign policy speech - RT News

Russia could not afford to let NATO troops arrive in Sevastopol to radically change the balance of force in the Black Sea: Putin - Itar-Tass

VIDEO (English): Full Putin's foreign policy speech - YouTube

POLL: Poll Shows Russian Support for Arming Separatist Militants in Ukraine -

NATO chief Breedlove to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine - McClatchy DC

Excerpts of NATO chief Breedlove speech: Russian actions bring Europe to decisive point - U.S. Air Force

VIDEO: NATO General Breedlove Blames Russia for Rising Tensions - VOA

NATO defensive measures excessive: Russia’s ambassador - ITAR-TASS

State Department reiterates the US' support to Ukraine through Poroshenko's end to the country's cease-fire with the pro-Russian separatists - KUNA

VIDEO: State Department press briefing on Ukraine - YouTube

U.S. choice of new ambassador to Russia may cause chill in relations - Russia Beyond The Headlines


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Iraq News - July 1, 2014

U.S. sends 300 more troops, helicopters and drones to Iraq, consider second operations centre in the autonomous Kurdish region - Yahoo News

Pentagon says the U.S. military is directing up to 40 unmanned and manned aircraft missions per day in and around Baghdad - World Tribune

US Rushes Hellfires to Iraq, Trying to Rebuild Arsenal - From ABC News

Iraq’s bid to regain Tikrit: armed US drones enlisted to keep militants at bay - The Australian

Russian Jets and Experts Sent to Iraq to Aid Army -

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide - BBC News

Bomb ISIS Or We'll Ask Iran To Do It, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States -

US to co-operate with Iran for countering ISIS militants: military chief - DAWN.COM

Saudi King Tells Kerry He Will Press Sunnis To Join Iraq Government - Gulf Business

Iraq crisis: US steps up drone flights amid intelligence blame game - The Independent

CIA let Iraq spy network wither after troop withdrawal, officials claim - Fox News

Former Marine Corps Adviser: The Current Chaos In Iraq 'Was Totally Predictable' - Business Insider

WikiLeaks: PM Barzani Had Warned US of Current Iraq Crisis - Rudaw

Opinion: US Intelligence Failure in Iraq -

How 2 shadowy ISIS commanders designed their Iraq campaign - Merced Sun-Star

In Iraq and Syria, ISIS Militants Are Flush With Funds -

Russia Asks UN to Stop Syrian Terrorist Oil Sales - ABC News

Blackwater threatened to kill US investigator in Iraq in 2007 -


Sunni militants declare Islamic state in Iraq and Syria - Fox News

Full text of the ISIS announcement of Caliphate (English) -

ISIS declaration of Islamic state threatens anti-Shiite Sunni alliance - Fox News

Syria rebels say IS caliphate 'null and void' - Yahoo News

ISIS Crucifies 8 Syrian Rebel Fighters, According To Human Rights Group -

We will stand by ISIS until Maliki steps down, says Al-Suleiman leader of Iraq's Sunni biggest tribe - Telegraph

VIDEO (English subtitles):  Al-Suleiman leader of the tribal rebels speaks about the independent Sunni state -

Iraq Sunni group calls for autonomy in decentralized Iraq - Middle East Eye

Iraqi Shiites Fleeing ISIS Fear A Divided Iraq Would Leave Them Homeless -

Kurds’ deputy PM Talabani calls for decentralised Iraq -

Barzani: Kurds will hold referendum in Kirkuk and other disputed areas on joining Iraqi Kurdistan - middleeastmonitor

VIDEO: Barzani says Kurdish Self-Rule in Kirkuk to Stay - Iraq Business News

Maliki's coalition: Kurdish annexation of Kirkuk is a declaration of war - middleeastmonitor

Turkey rejects Kurdish independence, wants Iraq unity government, officials say - Reuters

Maliki must not run for 3rd term: Muqtada al-Sadr Speech - Iraqi News

Prisoner Deaths Indicate Mass Executions By Iraqi Police -

Iraq’s Christians See Putin As Savior - The Daily Beast


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Iraq News - June 26, 2014

Syrian warplane airstrikes targeting ISIS kill at least 50 in Iraq, authorities say - Fox News

Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say -

More Details on Advanced Warnings Kurdish Intelligence Gave U.S. About ISIS Upcoming Attack in Iraq - NBC News

US planning to split Iraq into three states according to a report obtained by Time magazine - Gulf Daily News

POLL: Not Worth It: Huge American Majority Regret Iraq War, Exclusive Poll Shows - NBC News

Lebanon’s Hezbollah ready to fight ISIS in Iraq - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

ISIS Suicide Bomber Blows Up Part of Beirut Hotel: Official - NBC News

Detained French national recruited by ISIS militants for suicide attack in Lebanon - AhlulBayt News Agency

Saudi Funding of ISIS - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback - The Atlantic

VIDEO: Who’s funding ISIS? - Al Jazeera America

Russian diplomat urges UN to probe into oil exports by terrorists in Syria, Iraq - ITAR-TASS

After Opening Way to Islamist Rebel Groups of Any Stripes, Turkey Is Paying Heavy Price -

Abbas says he backs Syria's "war against terrorism", Assad election as Syrian president will help to end the country's three-year war - Al Akhbar English


US officials say Maliki still committed to form a new government, shrug off Maliki blast on 'national salvation' govt - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says he's committed to forming a new government, rejects 'national salvation' government - YouTube

Iraq's Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr Sadr warns will 'shake the ground' against militants - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Iraqi Shiite fighters parade in show of force in Baghdad - YouTube

In Iraq, former militia program eyed for new fight against ISIS, They were known as the Awakening Councils - Yahoo News

Iraq: Tribal forces pledge to confront ISIS advance on Haditha Dam - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Sunni tribes register in Basra to help Iraqi army against ISIS radicals - AhlulBayt News Agency

ISIS not impacting Iraqi oil sector much, Push to Shiite south would be difficult for Sunni insurgents: Analyst -

Shiite villagers describe ISIS ‘massacre’ in northern Iraq - The Washington Post

Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 13 south of Baghdad - AP

Report: Christian Father Allegdely Commits Suicide After ISIS Members Rape Wife and Daughter in Front of Him Because He Couldn't Pay Poll Tax -

ISIS strengthened on Syria border after Nusra Front unit joins it - THE DAILY STAR

Syria jihadists now using Humvees seized in Iraq: NGO - THE DAILY STAR

REPORT (English): New issue of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām’s magazine: “Islamic State Report 4″ - JIHADOLOGY


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Ukraine News - June 25, 2014

Putin asks parliament to cancel Russian authorization to use force, wants to extend cease-fire in Ukraine - AP

Ukraine's Poroshenko welcomes Putin's step towards military de-escalation - Yahoo News

US welcomes Putin call to revoke authorization to use force in Ukraine - AFP

EU hopes for implementation of Putin’s offer to revoke right to use army in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Putin & Fischer press conference in Austria (recorded live feed) - YouTube

OSCE chair says some solutions to Ukrainian crisis must be found in next few days - ITAR-TASS

Contacts on resolving conflict in Ukraine should continue until certain results reached: Russian Deputy FM - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine rebels down helicopter, killing nine despite truce - GlobalPost

Ukraine president says may revoke ceasefire after helicopter downing - Khaleej Times

Donetsk separatist leader: Kiev sabotages ceasefire agreements - ITAR-TASS

Miners call on all sides to the military conflict in Donbas to lay down their weapons, cease fire, and stop killing people and destroying enterprises - Interfax

Coal mines in Ukraine could close amid conflict -

VIDEO: Ceasefire holds in Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk - YouTube


UN Estimates 423 Killed in Ukraine's East - ABC News

UN: Numbers of Displaced Ukrainians Rising - VOA

Despite recent positive steps, Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told - United Nations News Centre

VIDEO: Ukraine situation remains deeply worrying, Security Council told -

VIDEO: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine Situation -

TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power at a Security Council Meeting on the Situation in Ukraine -


Austria defies US, EU over South Stream during Putin visit (VIDEO) - DW.DE

VIDEO: Austria and Russia sign South Stream gas pipeline treaty - RT Business

Putin: US unhappy with South Stream because it wants to deliver gas to Europe - RT Business

U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers to Break With Obama Over Russia Sanctions -

Russia to set own barriers in response to Ukraine's EU trade pact - Reuters

Russia to Substitute 95% of Ukrainian Defense Imports - RIA Novosti

Putin's Renunciation of Force in Ukraine Sends Ruble and Stocks Skyrocketing - The Moscow Times

Ukraine Supreme Court Clears Tymoshenko Of All Charges In Gas Case - Eurasia Review

Shale gas won't be extracted in Donetsk, says separatist leader - Ukrainian Journal


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Ukraine News - June 24, 2014

Ukraine separatists vow to honor the govt cease-fire as peace talks get under way in the east - Fox News

Separatists set conditions for negotiations with Kiev - RT News

Three-party talks on resolving Ukraine's crisis begin in Donetsk - The Voice of Russia

Poroshenko invites Russia to send inspectors to Ukraine to monitor ceasefire - ITAR-TASS

Obama and Putin talk on the phone on Ukraine -

Oligarch Medvedchuk may have convinced Putin that Poroshenko's peace plan is a step towards reaching a final settlement - CSMonitor

"Ukrainian choice" Medvedchuk could start a political settlement - Russian news and facts

VIDEO (Russian): Peace Talks Underway in Donbass As Viktor Medvedchuk Arrives With Federalisation Proposal -

Ukraine looks to Polish federalism as a model for political reform - GlobalPost

Current requirements and recommendations on constitutional reform in Ukraine of the Parliamentary Assembly and Venice Commission -

EU prepares civilian mission to assist security sector reform in Ukraine - European Union, EEAS

U.S Department of State: Background Briefing on Ukraine - Scoop News

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: 'We recruit volunteer fighters from Russia’ - BBC News

Ukraine railroad blown up, Russian train derailed (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO: Police Clash With Maidan Supporters In Kharkiv


Europe to Sign Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine on June 27 -

Guide to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement -

Ukraine to dominate EU foreign ministers’ summit - France 24

Kiev Willing to Consult Moscow on Implementation of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - RIA Novosti

New Ukraine FM Seen Bringing Sober Style to Kyiv Diplomacy, Regarded as  a consummate diplomat capable of deftly navigating the integration with Europe  - VOA

Russia to protect its market if Ukraine signs free trade agreement with EU: Russian deputy PM - The Voice of Russia

Russia may impose temporary ban on farming products' imports from Ukraine, They may contain the dangerous pest corn rootworm - The Voice of Russia

Gazprom's Gas Flow to Europe via Ukraine Remains Stable as Debt Feud Continues -

Naftogaz May Review Transit Contract with Russia in Court - RIA Novosti

Ukraine hopes for out-of-court deal with Gazprom: Naftogaz CEO - ITAR-TASS


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Ukraine News - June 23, 2014

Putin backs Poroshenko's peace plan, calls on both sides in Ukraine conflict to lay down arms and compromise - The Guardian

VIDEO: Putin calls for “genuine dialogue” between Kyiv and eastern rebels - euronews

Putin Orders Forces in the Urals on Combat Alert - ABC News

VIDEO: Combat Ready Alert: Putin orders surprise drills in Central Military District - YouTube

Ukraine president Poroshenko offers talks with pro-Russian separatists - Yahoo News

Poroshenko warns of ‘detailed Plan B’ if Ukraine ceasefire fails - RT News

New Ukrainian constitution may be passed in September: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia

TRANSCRIPT: Televised Address of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko - Official web-site of President of Ukraine

Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire - Reuters

VIDEO: Ukrainian peace broken amidst cross-border shelling - euronews

Ukraine Blames Separatist Militias for 'Violating Truce', Says Gunmen Carried Out 11 Armed Attacks on Army Positions During the Last 24 hours -

Rebels Shell Border Guard Convoy In Luhansk Region - Ukranian News

Ukraine’s National Guard shelling Lugansk village Ananyevka despite ceasefire: LPR militia - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's military resumes bombardment of the town of Shchastye near Lugansk: media - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Russian TV shows footage exposing Ukraine’s artillery strikes in the Lugansk region - ITAR-TASS

Latest statements from separatist military commander Igor Strelkov (June 22) - The Vineyard of the Saker

Why Ukraine's Separatist Movement Failed in Kharkiv: Mayor Kernes Returns To Different City After Being Shot - New Republic

Russia indicts Ukraine’s Kolomoisky, Avakov for using prohibited means of warfare - ITAR-TASS


Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery, as churchgoers were holding a peace service to end war (VIDEOS) - RT

VIDEO: Nationalists clash with anti-war march in Kiev - YouTube

VIDEO: Kiev peace demonstration demands end to warfare - YouTube

VIDEO: Kiev nationalists vandalize SberBank of Russia - YouTube

VIDEO: More footage of protesters attacking Russian bank in Kiev -


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Ukraine News - June 21, 2014

Ukraine leader declares week-long ceasefire in east - THE DAILY STAR

Ukrainian president rules out talks with separatists of self-proclaimed republics - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine peace plan to call for 10-km buffer zone on Russia border - GlobalPost

Rebels in eastern Ukraine reject peace plan and ceasefire offer by Poroshenko - The Irish Times

Militia of Donetsk People's Republic distrusts Poroshenko's security guarantees - The Voice of Russia

Militants of Lugansk won't lay down arms while Ukraine won't take away army from LNR - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko, local authorities of Ukraine’s eastern regions fail to find negotiating position - ITAR-TASS

New battles as Ukraine says 300 separatists and 7 Ukrainian troops killed in fighting, rebels drive tanks - Yahoo News

VIDEO: Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite cease-fire - AFP

Kiev’s army shelling kills 5yo boy & his mom in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT News

VIDEO: Huge build up of troops near Lugansk -

Donetsk Republic forms division of miners - ITAR-TASS

Good morning, Donetsk -- Ukraine rebels spread the word on radio - Yahoo!7

US hits 7 Ukraine rebels with sanctions - Mail Online


Russia: Poroshenko’s ceasefire looks more like ultimatum, “Key element is yet lacking - a proposal to start talks with the separatists" - ITAR-TASS

Russia re-deploying near Ukraine border, stockpiling additional tanks and artillery -

President Putin calls emergency meeting with security council to discuss southeast Ukraine events - The Voice of Russia

Ukrainian Rebel Commander Identified As Russian GRU Military Intelligence Colonel - Washington Free Beacon

Kiev seizes 'Russian armoured vehicle', says fighters and military equipment have been coming into the country from the Russian border - ibtimes

Ukrainian military refute reports on full control over eastern border with Russia - ITAR-TASS

Russian checkpoint on Ukraine border comes under fire, Moscow expects explanations from Kiev (VIDEO) - RT News

Putin plotting to halt UK fracking, warns Nato chief - AP

‘What are they smoking?’ Greenpeace ridicules NATO claims of Russian fracking plot (VIDEO) - RT News


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Iraq News - June 20, 2014

Obama sending 300 military advisers to Iraq in no-combat role, leaving open the possibility of targeted airstrikes - AP

VIDEO (short version): President Obama Remarks on Iraq - YouTube

VIDEO (full version): President Obama Remarks on Iraq -

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's remarks on Iraq -

The military advisers will have a number of missions, Pentagon officials say -

Dempsey: Too Soon for US Air Strikes in Iraq "until we can clarify this intelligence picture" -

CIA facing gaps in Iraq as it hunts for ISIS militants - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO: General Patrick Dempsey and Chuck Hagel Senate Committee Testimony on Iraq - Unedited Politics

Kerry says U.S. may share information with Iran over Iraq, not cooperate - Reuters

Iranian Leader Vows to Protect Holy Sites in Iraq -

Saudi FM blasts Iraqi PM Maliki’s ‘sectarian policies’ - Al Arabiya News

With eye on Iran, Saudi insists Iraq solution is internal, opposes "all foreign intervention and interference" - Yahoo News

Gulf Nations Struggle With Iraq Militant Blowback - ABC News

ISIS advance in Iraq forces Gulf donors to rethink their patronage - Yahoo News

How Arab backers of the Syrian rebels see Iraq - The Washington Post

Turkey gives cold shoulder to US strikes in Iraq -

Turkey Gives Up On Unified Iraq - The Daily Beast


Iraq's Maliki: I won't quit as condition of US strikes against ISIS militants -

Iraqi capital out of danger; urgent need for U.S. strikes eases: Maliki ally - Yahoo News UK

Iraq's al-Maliki extends overtures to Sunni and Kurdish rivals - Yahoo News

Biden urges Maliki , Barzani and Nujaifi to unite against ISIS -

Readout of the Vice President's Calls with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, Nujaifi and Barzani - The White House

Kurds support dividing Iraq into three autonomous regions - Al-Monitor

Battle rages for Iraq's largest oil refinery - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Iraq exodus? Oil majors withdraw staff as terror threat rises - RT Business

Kurdish Oil Keeps Flowing, For Now - Rudaw

Iraqi Kurds link Kirkuk to own oil pipeline, plan more exports via Turkey - hurriyetdailynews

Iraqi Kurds seize control of key Syria border crossing - Al-Monitor

ISIS alliance with a deeply rooted network of Saddam Hussein loyalists -

ISIS photos show gains and Iraqi support - The Long War Journal

ISIS, Inc. – Jihadists attract investors, fighters with annual reports & glossy PR - RT News

ISIS publishes its annual report called al-Naba covering all its activities with attack metrics: Analysis - Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

With gritty determination, Iraqi Shiites rush to fight ISIS militants -

VIDEO (Arabic) : We'll "demolish" ISIS and Saudi, Qatar “enemies”: Iraqi Shia Volunteer leader - YouTube


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Ukraine News - June 19 , 2014


Ukraine's president offers unilateral ceasefire after talks with Putin, Merkel - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukrainian President calls for peace plan after Putin phone call - euronews

Ukraine to cease fire in eastern regions in next few days: acting defense minister - ITAR-TASS

Military operation to secure Ukraine's eastern border nearly complete, says defense minister -

Ukraine’s Poroshenko nominates new Foreign Minister, suggests relieving Deshchytsia from post after he shouted “Putin is a dickhead” - RIA Novosti

Russian diplomat welcomes Ukraine president’s choice for foreign minister - ITAR-TASS

Poroshenko offers condolences over death of Russian journalists in Ukraine - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Poroshenko proposes ally as central bank chief - Yahoo News UK

Ukraine’s Parliament Proposes to Dissolve, calls new elections - RIA Novosti


Rebels Reject Ukrainian Leader’s Cease-Fire Idea, “If they want peace, then they can leave” -

Donetsk, Luhansk leaders say contacts with presidential settlement envoy are impossible until Ukrainian troops stay - ITAR-TASS

'No to war!': Thousands of miners protest Kiev’s crackdown on E. Ukraine (VIDEO) - RT News

Lavrov: Moscow expects full-scale ceasefire from Ukrainian authorities and negotiations with southeast separatists -

VIDEO (Russian): Lavrov Urges Ukraine to Negotiate With Pro-Russian Separatists - YouTube

Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World: Defense Minister - RIA Novosti

U.N. Report Details Casualties in Eastern Ukraine -

REPORT (Full): Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Russia Foreign Ministry: UN report fails to objectively assess Kiev’s criminal actions - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine Defense Ministry says 147 servicemen killed in military operation - ITAR-TASS

2 Russian journalists killed in eastern Ukraine - AP

VIDEO: Moment Ukraine army shell hits Russian TV crew caught on tape - RT News

Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes Returns After Assassination Attempt - The Moscow Times


Interior minister: Blast at Ukraine gas pipeline due to bomb, security increased - Reuters

Ukrainian pipeline blast caused by poor investment: Gazprom - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian government is ready to introduce state of emergency in the energy sector - ITAR-TASS

Kiev wants joint EU-Ukraine gas strategy -

Moscow to Hold New Gas Talks Only After Kiev Clears its Debt: Russian Energy Minister - RIA Novosti

Hungary to increase reverse-flow gas supply to Ukraine - ITAR-TASS


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Iraq News - June 18, 2014

White House: US not ready to make decision on military action in Iraq -

US focus shifts away from airstrikes in Iraq - AP

Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say - The Washington Post

POLL: Voters support Obama approach in Iraq over NeoCon Republicans - publicpolicypolling

White House sending special forces to advise the Iraqi army and provide embassy security, will not be engaged in combat - Fox News

U.S. deploys amphibious transport dock ship Mesa Verde to Persian Gulf in response to Iraq crisis -

VIDEO: USS Mesa Verde Heads to Iraq - DoDLive

John Kerry: U.S. Open To Cooperating With Iran Over Iraq Conflict -

Pentagon: No joint military acts with Iran in Iraq - WHDH-TV

British embassy reopens in Tehran as Iraq crisis helps thaw Iran relations -

Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS - The Daily Beast

Iraq says Saudi Arabia "siding with terrorism" - Al Akhbar English

Qatari: U.S. intervention in Iraq would be seen as war on Sunni Arabs - Enquirer Herald

Syrian war planes strike inside Iraq with the help of Iranian intelligence, sources say - Fox News

Iraq Shiite volunteers in Syria head home to fight rebels: NGO - THE DAILY STAR

Gunmen loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda's Syrian franchise Al-Nusra Front seize Iraq-Syria border crossing -


Maliki stands with Sunni leaders, appealing for Iraqi unity - Reuters

Spokesman defends Maliki against claims of sectarianism (VIDEO) - Blogs

Maliki fires 4 Iraqi Army commanders for failing 'their national duty' when confronted by ISIS -

Sistani stresses need for unity over sectarianism in battle for Iraq - Al-Monitor

VIDEO: Interview with Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani, "calls for independent Sunni region like Kurdistan” - BBC News

Kurdistan PM Nechirvan Barzani and Iran Discuss Iraq as Rebels Advance - Rudaw

U.N. says ISIS rebels carried out ‘cold-blooded executions’ in Iraq - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Alleged ISIS executions in Iraq - CNN

Iraq's children of war: ISIS Rebels force boys to watch execution and youngsters join regime troops (VIDEO, PHOTOS) - Mail Online

40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq's Mosul, involvement of ISIS rebels suspected - The Times of India

46 Indian nurses stranded in Tikrit narrate their ordeal “in the line of fire” of ISIS - Khaleej Times

ISIS forces beaten back by Iraqi military forces and allied Shia militias in Baqubah - Threat Matrix

Allegation of Shiite sectarian killings of Sunnis near Baqubah: 44 detainees killed - Fox News

VIDEO: Gunfight to keep militants at bay in Baqubah - BBC News

Iraqi Turkmen Front takes up arms against ISIS - Worldbulletin News

Fears of sectarian killings rise in Baghdad after Sunni imam, two aides found dead - The Washington Post

Officials in Iraq say an explosion in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City district has killed 10 people -

Iraq: Key Iraqi oil refinery shuts down as Islamists press to seize it -

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Ukraine News - June 17, 2014

Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail - GlobalPost

Ukraine’s stance in gas talks with Russia is ‘blackmail’, a method to negotiate an ultra-low price: Gazprom CEO - RT Business

Gazprom files $4.5 billion lawsuit against Ukraine's Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS

Gazprom Says Further Lawsuits Against Naftogaz to Follow Shortly - RIA Novosti

European Consumers to Receive Russian Gas in Full Volume: Gazprom - RIA Novosti

If Ukraine tries to steal Europe-bound gas, Gazprom will develop alternative routes: Miller (VIDEO) - RT Business

Europe Ready to Consider Opal Pipeline For Future Gas Supplies: Gazprom - RIA Novosti

Gazprom ready to finance supply of gas to European storage facilities - ITAR-TASS


Ukraine declares emergency in energy sector, to set "economically justified" tariffs for transit of Russian gas through its territory - IANS

PM Yatseniuk says Russia intends to temporarily set the price of gas for Ukraine at $385/1,000 m3 and in winter raise it to $500 - Ukrinform

Ukraine's Naftogaz Sues in Stockholm Over Russia Gas -

The European Union has offered reverse-flow gas supplies to Ukraine at a price lower than that of Russia’s Gazprom: Naftogaz - ITAR-TASS

Naftogaz asking EC for major gas reverse flow from Slovakia - Russia Beyond The Headlines

Ukraine Able to Maintain Domestic Gas Supplies for Several Months -


Poroshenko calls for Ukraine ceasefire to buy time for peace deal - The Globe and Mail

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Poroshenko announces potential ceasefire plans - YouTube

Ukrainian army ready to cease fire in east in 5-7 days: Security Council chief - ITAR-TASS

Donetsk, Lugansk should hold early local elections: Poroshenko - The Voice of Russia

Ukraine to close border with Russia next week: defence minister - ITAR-TASS

Over 100 people killed in Lugansk in past 2 days: head of self-proclaimed Lugansk republic - Strategic Culture Foundation

Ukraine's army opens mortar fire on community near Lugansk - self-defense - The Voice of Russia

Militia report downing two drones of Ukrainian army - ITAR-TASS

Pro-Russian rebels take Ukraine state bank, 'We want the tax revenues to stay here instead of going to Kiev’ -


Ukraine mourns the 49 servicemen killed after plane shot down, 300 protestors assault the Russian embassy in Kiev - The Westside Story

VIDEO: Protesters attack Russian embassy in Kiev -

Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead, sparks calls from Russia for his resignation - Business Insider

VIDEO: Ukraine FM Deshchytsia calls Putin dickhead - YouTube

Psaki defends Ukraine FM over 'Putin f**ker' remark, confuses Iraq and Iran (VIDEO) - RT USA

FM Lavrov accuses Ukrainian acting interior minister of connivance with extremists on the rampage in front of the Russian Embassy in Kiev - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Lavrov slams Russian embassy attack in Kiev - YouTube

Ukraine Says Russia Has 38,000 Troops on Border Amid ‘Invasion’ - Bloomberg

Approximately 200 Russian Army Vehicles Reported Moving Toward Ukraine Border (VIDEOS) - The Speaker

NATO releases photographs of what it says were suspected Russian tanks delivered to separatists in eastern Ukraine -

NATO Says Russia Considers it an Opponent, Prepares Ukraine Aid -

Russia prepares plan for complete substitution of military products from Ukraine: Rogozin - The Voice of Russia


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Iraq News - June 16, 2014


Iraq Army tries to roll back Sunni militants’ advance, says nearly 300 ISIS militants killed and 50 vehicles destroyed - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Iraq conducts air strikes on ISIS targets - The Washington Post

Maliki Orders Iraqi Troops To Make Stand At Samarra -

Samarra: Holy City where Iraq is doing battle against Sunni radicals - Telegraph

Shia militia: 'ISIS will not take Baghdad' - The Observer

Shiite militias strike back in Iraq, "We want to show the world that we can protect ourselves” -

VIDEO: Shia volunteers leave Basra for Baghdad to confront ISIS -

Powerful Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr calls for a military parade across Iraq - AhlulBayt News Agency

Anti-al-Qaeda Sunni Group Backs Iraq’s Shiite Government - Bloomberg

Kurd forces hold Iraq border crossing with Syria - Arab News 


Advancing Iraq rebels seize northwest town Tal Afar in heavy battle - Yahoo News

Bombings Kill Up to 21 People in Baghdad -

ISIS photographs detail execution of Iraqi soldiers (PHOTOS) - The Long War Journal

Iraq crisis: Cracks emerge in fragile alliance of insurgents -

VIDEO: General Military Council of the Iraqi Revolutionaries: ‘We are stronger than ISIS’ -

Iraq arrest that exposed wealth and power of ISIS jihadists - The Guardian

ISIS By The Numbers: How The Group Funds Terror (VIDEO) -

The Future of ISIS and the Sectarian Response: ISIS has Picked a Fight it Cannot Win - Syria Comment


Obama pushes Iraqis to mend sectarian rifts, prodding the leaders to form a new national unity government -

US, UK create joint team to prepare for air strikes in Iraq: report - RT News

Security boosted at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, some personnel are evacuated - The Washington Post

US prepares for talks with Iran to stop ISIS militants, says official -

Iran, US can end Iraq crisis says Rouhani adviser - Al-Monitor

Iran sends 2000 Basiji forces into Iraq to aid fight against ISIS militants -

Beleaguered Iraqis Court Iranian Mastermind of the Shiites Who Fought the U.S. -

Syria pounds ISIS Northeast bases in coordination with Iraq: activist group - THE DAILY STAR

Syrian army crushes rebel push near Northwest Turkish border - US News

Spread of fighting in Iraq to Turkmen town Tal Afar alarms Ankara - CİHAN

America's Allies Are Funding ISIS: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia have dual agendas in the war on terror - The Daily Beast

Saudi press blames Iraq PM's 'sectarianism' for unrest - Ahram Online

ISIS recruitment drive in Riyadh also poses a potential threat to the Al Saud family’s rule - Businessweek

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Iraq News - June 14, 2014

Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's Highest-Ranking Shia Cleric, Issues Fatwa To Fight ISIS -

VIDEO: Top Iraqi Shia cleric calls on followers to take up arms against ISIS - euronews

Why Ayatollah Al-Sistani's Iraq Fatwa Is So Important -

Thousands of Iraqis volunteer to battle ISIS militants - AFP

Iraq PM Maliki Arms Tribes In Fight With Anbar Militants -

VIDEO: Recruits from Karbala set off to help fight ISIS - YouTube

ISIS' advance halted at Samarra - The Long War Journal

Iraq PM in embattled Samarra for security meet - GlobalPost

VIDEO: ISIS threatens Samarra shrine - YouTube

President Barzani: Peshmerga in Areas Abandoned by Iraqi Army - Rudaw

Kurdish Peshmerga Say They are Ready if Islamists Bring Fight - Rudaw

Iraq cracks down on ISIS with airstrikes, killing 40 - Daily Sabah

Samarra, Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf: These cities and their Shi’a shrines will not fall the way that Mosul did - Institute for the Study of War Iraq Updates

U.S. Officials Say 4 of Iraq’s 14 army divisions abandoned their posts under ISIS attack, Other units stationed closer to Baghdad would put up a resistance -

In Iraq, ISIS militants continue drive, grab 2 towns close to Baghdad - CBS News

Extortion, bank robbery fuel ISIS bloody drive to establish Sharia caliphate (VIDEO) - Fox News

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Has a Consumer Protection Office, A guide to how the militant group overrunning Iraq actually governs - The Atlantic

ISIS boast of slaughtering 1,700 soldiers after posting beheading video of Iraqi policeman - Mail Online

U.N. Warns of Atrocities, Abuses and Hundreds Dead in Iraq Fighting -


Obama Considering 'Targeted' Military Action in Iraq -

VIDEO: President Obama Makes a Statement on Iraq - The White House

TRANSCRIPT: Statement by the President on Iraq - The White House

Report: Carrier Bush to move toward Iraq crisis - AP

Pentagon Said to Plan Increased Surveillance Over Iraq - Bloomberg

Iraq May Turn to Iran for Help, Maliki Aide Says -

In a phone conversation Rouhani, Maliki stress eradication of terrorism in Iraq - PressTV

Exclusive: Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with U.S. - Iran official - Yahoo News

State Department: U.S., Iran Have a 'Shared Interest' in Stabilizing Iraq, But Haven't Discussed the Iraqi Crisis - WSJ

Iranian Proxies Step Up Their Role in Iraq - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Hizbullah Vows Not to Intervene in Iraq, Warns of ISIS Spread - Naharnet

Jihadist expansion in Iraq puts Persian Gulf states in a tight spot - The Washington Post

Iraq government to blame for Islamist rebel advance: Saudi prince - Yahoo News

Fears About Iraq Continue to Push Up Oil Prices -

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Iraq News - June 13, 2014

In new audio recording ISIS urges militants to march to Baghdad - Al Arabiya News

VIDEO: ISIS release audio urging fighters to march on Baghdad - Telegraph

Saddam-era fugitive’s armed group fighting alongside militants in Iraq, officials say - Fox News

UN Official Sees No Immediate Threat to Baghdad - VOA

Iraq: Government Controls Baiji Oil Refinery - VOA

Maliki Turns to Militias to Halt Militant Onslaught - Bloomberg

Kurdish peshmerga seize a chaotic victory in Kirkuk, Police loyal to Nouri al-Maliki powerless to stop looting - The Guardian

VIDEO: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters clash with ISIS militants - ITV News

ISIS Shelling Kurdish Peshmerga-controlled Areas South of Kirkuk - Rudaw

Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary’ - VOA

How effective is ISIS compared with the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga? -

AUDIO (Arabic): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām: “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God” - JIHADOLOGY

TRANSCRIPT (English): Full audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām - azelin.files

PHOTOS: Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back - DailyMail

Iraq Isis Crisis: Medieval Sharia Law Imposed by ISIS on Millions in Nineveh Province - Yahoo News UK

ISIS Takes Over Thermal Plants - Eurasia Review

ISIS Claims Baghdad Terror Attacks that Killed Dozens: Statement - The New Indian Express

How ISIS Pulled Off A Rapid Takeover In Iraq -

VIDEO: Remarkable footage of 100s of Iraq soldiers surrendering to ISIS near Tikrit - Twitter / Charles_Lister

How ISIS is exploiting the economics of Syria's civil war - Vox

ISIS Threatens to Invade Jordan, 'Slaughter' King Abdullah -


US President Barack Obama meets national security team on Iraq - zeenews

VIDEO: Obama considers options to help Iraq, Not ruling anything out - YouTube

U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq - WSJ

Americans being evacuated from Iraqi air base as militants advance, The three planeloads are mostly contractors and civilians - Fox News

Iran to combat terrorism in Iraq: Iran President Rouhani - AFP

Iran Deploys Forces to Fight Militants in Iraq - WSJ

Iran Police Chief: Tehran Could Intervene in Iraq to Protect Shia Shrines - The Daily Beast

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran, Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East -

Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by the Saudi Wahhabis and Kuwaiti oligarchs - The Independent

Militant advances in Iraq 'Saudi terrorism': Syria media - THE DAILY STAR

VIDEO:  Video shows Saudis fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq - Al Arabiya News


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Iraq News - June 12, 2014

ISIS takes control of Bayji, Tikrit in lightning southward advance - The Long War Journal

ISIS Sunni militants push into Iraqi oil refinery town - Reuters

Iraq Says Mosul Violence Won't Spread to Oil-Producing South - WSJ

PHOTOS: Tikrit falls to Islamist terrorists - Mail Online

Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City's Central Bank to Make ISIS World's Richest Terror Force -

MAP: Where ISIS Is Gaining Control in Iraq and Syria -

Iraq forces repel militant assault on Samarra: witnesses - THE DAILY STAR

Iraq says to work with Kurdish forces to retake Mosul - Reuters

Kurdish Fighters Mobilize to Stop Threat of Islamist Militants - WSJ

As Islamic Militants Continue Advance, Kurds Vow to Defend Kirku - Rudaw

Sadr calls for new force to defend Iraq religious sites - THE DAILY STAR

ISIS Militants Seize Turkish Consulate Staff in Iraqi City -

Bombings in Shiite areas of Iraq kill 37 - THE DAILY STAR

Al-Qaida splinter group ISIS encircles Syrian city across the Iraq border - The Washington Post

How ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the world’s most powerful jihadist leader -

The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’ -


Iraq Asked U.S. for Airstrikes, Officials Say -

Iraq Requests Accelerated Shipment of U.S. Arms to Counter Militants - Wall Street Journal

US considers sending emergency military aid to Iraq - The Independent

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Trade Barbs Over Failures - WSJ

State Department: US has no plans to send any of its 35,000 Middle East-based troops into Iraq - Mail Online

US ponders whether new leadership in Baghdad could slow extremists but sees few alternatives - Fox News

U.S. Embassy in Iraq prepares evacuation plans -

Iraq foreign minister: Iraq faces 'mortal threat' - Yahoo News

Iraq army capitulates to ISIS militants in four cities - The Guardian

Iraq's Army Abandoned Mosul To ISIS By 'Changing Clothes, Abandoning Weapons’ -

VIDEO: Iraqi Army fleeing Kirkuk in civilian clothing - YouTube

How did hundreds of Islamist militants beat thousands of US-trained Iraqi army soldiers? - ITV News

Iraq army was not prepared for ISIS, says former White House advisor -

Iraqi Army's power blunted by a rise in desertions, Exhausted and bereft soldiers quit fight -

Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army - The Daily Beast

President George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq at the root of Iraq’s chaos - Consortiumnews

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Iraq/Syria News - June 11, 2014

ISIS takes control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city - The Long War Journal

After Mosul ISIS seizes more towns in northern and central Iraq - The Long War Journal

Al Qaida's ISIS paves a Syria-Iraq corridor, plans 'Islamic emirate' - World Tribune

Iraq's prime minister calls for state of emergency after Mosul attack - Los Angeles Times

Maliki offers to arm citizens willing to fight ISIS (VIDEOS) - Al Arabiya News

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s statement in Baghdad - The Washington Post

VIDEO (Arabic): Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Calls for State of Emergency - YouTube

Mosul Siege: Islamic Militants Parade Captured US-Supplied Humvees in Syria? -

VIDEO: Residents flee Mosul after ISIS fighters seize control - YouTube

PHOTOS: Great pics of families fleeing as terrorists overrun Iraq's second city Mosul - Mail Online

VIDEO: A tour after ISIS take the City of Mosul - YouTube

White House calls on Iraq government to 'step up to the plate' over Mosul -

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby makes it clear U.S. unlikely to become directly involved in Iraq’s battle with ISIS, “This is for the Iraqi government to deal with” -

Hundreds killed as ISIS insurgents gain ground against rival Islamists in east Syria - Reuters

New Syrian jihadist body formed to fight ISIS - Al-Monitor

Syrian Kurds Increasingly Pressured by ISIS - VOA


In a New York Times op-ed former Ambassador Ford urges to arm Syrian opposition, not to engage the regime - THE DAILY STAR

Former Ambassador Robert Ford Op-Ed: Arm Syria’s Opposition -

VIDEO:Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford: I could no longer ‘defend the American policy’ - Blogs

Amb. Ford: Give Syrian Insurgents Manpads to Shoot Down Iranian Planes Suppling Arms to the Syrian Army -

19 Reps. led by Peter Welch urge Obama to reject transferring Manpads to Syrian insurgents - Just Foreign Policy

MoveOn Petitions - Congress: Back Welch-Jones-Mulvaney-Conyers Against Syria Manpads -

A State Department official on May 28 denied a newspaper report claiming that the White House had “lifted its veto” on deliveries of Manpads to Syrian rebels - THE DAILY STAR

U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says - Reuters

Syrian Rebels Say American-backed Southern Front Strategy Is Doing Little, Hasn't Hurt Assad Yet -

Al Nusra standoff with FSA shows Al Qaeda rise on Syria’s southern front - The National

Al Qaeda’s rise in southern Syrian pushes moderate rebels to sideline - The National

Transcript: Phil Sands on Syria’s fragmenting southern front - The National

FSA-Nusra Collaboration Has Been Fairly High Functioning On Syria’s Southern Front, But A Rebel Rift Is Brewing - VICE News

One U.S.-Backed Rebel Group Cooperates With Al-Qaeda in Syria - WSJ

The Free Syrian Army Can't Shake Al Qaeda Ties -

SURVEY: Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army? -

Harakat Hazm: America’s new favorite jihadist group - Syria Solidarity Movement

Exclusive interview with Harakat Hazm: we have fought the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and we will fight anyone who threatens the Syrian revolution -

U.S. TOW missiles sent to Syrian rebels as test -

Syria Interview: The Commander Who Received US-Made TOW Anti-Tank Missiles - EA WorldView

VIDEO: Harakat Hazm TOW attack vs SAA tank, Chanting Allāhu Akbar (God is greatest) - YouTube

Report: CIA blocked U.S. group's effort to arm Syrian rebels - World Tribune

Don't ignore Syria's nonviolent movement -

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Ukraine News - June 10, 2014


Poroshenko Points To Need Of Ceasefire In East Ukraine - Ukranian News

VIDEO: Ukraine’s president calls for a ceasefire this week - euronews

Exclusive: Ukraine’s President Seeks ‘Understanding’ With Russia - TIME

Diplomatic messages: Ukraine President Once Agent for U.S. State Department - OpEdNews

‘He has pleased me’: Peace hopes rise in Ukraine as Putin praises new President -

Peace settlement in Ukraine’s east to bear fruit in days: Kremlin - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Putin on Ukraine ceasefire - Telegraph

Putin orders border service to reinforce Ukraine border: agencies - Everest Herald

Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister - Reuters

Donetsk Republic leader on ceasefire: “If all the troops are pulled back, these words could be turned into reality” - ITAR-TASS

Lugansk People's Republic doesn't believe in Poroshenko's promises to cease fire - The Voice of Russia

Avakov to send all Interior Ministry patrol units to eastern Ukraine - Ukrinform

Self-Proclaimed Donetsk Republic Compiles Lists of Prisoners: Donetsk Official - RIA Novosti

Ukraine releases two Russian journalists arrested for ‘spying’ (VIDEO) - RT News


Slovyansk burns as new Ukrainian President Poroshenko yearns for peace -

VIDEOS: E.  Ukraine warzone: Demolished houses, fires after heavy shelling - RT News

VIDEO: Sloviansk: Life has become a nightmare. Locals' story about their life in the city. - YouTube

‘Not safe for our children!’ Mothers with kids flee Kiev crackdown in Lugansk (VIDEOS) - RT News

Human Rights Watch warns Ukraine to decrease use of force - UPI

Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia - Reuters

Russians Yearning to Join Ukraine Battle Find Few Barriers -

Pro-Russian rebels attack Lugansk airport - AFP

Luhansk airport suspends flights: Luhansk People’s Republic - ITAR-TASS

In Donetsk, pro-Russian patrols keep order at night - Yahoo News


Ukraine President Takes on Other Crisis: a Broken Economy - WSJ

Ukraine's separatist regions face bleak economic future - Yahoo Finance UK

Poroshenko is ready to sign immediately economic part of association with EU - ITAR-TASS

EU not ready to adopt Ukraine as its member yet: French FM - The Voice of Russia

FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine - The White House

Son of VP Biden working for Ukraine energy firm as US tries to influence Kiev's policies - Star Tribune

Hillary Clinton advised Barack Obama to take tough line with 'thin-skinned' Vladimir Putin - Telegraph

Ukraine to pay debt to Russia after gas price agreed: Energy Minister - RT Business

Bulgaria Halts Work on Gazprom's South Stream Pipeline - The Moscow Times

EU-Moscow row over South Stream gas pipeline - BBC News

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Egypt News - June 8, 2014

Egypt court sentences 10 Brotherhood supporters to death, The case is one of a series of ongoing mass trials - Reuters

VIDEO: Live footage of the Egypt court sentencing 10 Brotherhood supporters to death - YouTube

ARCHIVE: Egypt’s justice minister defends mass death sentences - Ahram Online

Egypt court cancels jail sentence against policeman linked to the death of 39 protesters - Reuters

VIDEO: Egypt Court Cancels Jail Sentence Against Policeman Linked To 39 Deaths - YouTube

Experts say Egyptian Election Law eliminates the chance of parliamentary opposition to President el-Sisi -

Egypt's opposition threatens boycott of parliamentary elections over draft laws - Ahram Online

Morsi supporters protest against presidential elections, clashes leaving at least one killed - Daily News Egypt

Egypt army shuts Tahrir ahead of Sisi's inauguration - Aswat Masriya

Egypt bans unlicensed preachers, tightens grip on mosques - Reuters

Full text of the letter from Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi to all Egyptians - Ikhwanweb

Lawyers Request Maximum Sentence For Al Jazeera Journalists on Trial in Egypt - VICE News

Security authorities prevent media coverage of Al Jazeera journalists trial - Egypt Independent

Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use - Committee to Protect Journalists

Reporters Without Borders beseeches Al-Sisi to ensure freedoms enshrined in constitution - Daily News Egypt

Online activists launch 'SisiMeter' to track new president's record - Al-Monitor


No top Western officials at Sisi’s inauguration - Trend.Az

US aid to Egypt remains in deep-freeze - Middle East Online

Obama administration holding up Apache helicopters to Egypt - Al-Monitor

President al Sisi Expected To Restructure Egypt's Foreign Policy, leaning more towards the East and counting on Gulf States - Live Trading News

Saudi shouts support for Egypt's new anti-Islamist leader - Reuters

A U.S. Strategy Toward Egypt Under Sisi - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

VIDEO: Toward the Sisi Era: A New Page in U.S.-Egypt Relations? Three experts offer recommendations for the future direction of U.S. policy and aid dollars - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Egypt After the Election: Advancing the Strategic Relationship - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Report: U.S. risks losing Suez access with suspension of Egypt aid - World Tribune

Clinton details differences with Obama on settlements, Egypt - The Times of Israel

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Libya News - June 6, 2014

Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal - VOA

VIDEO: Libyan Prime Minister may be forced to step down after election declared ‘illegitimate’ - euronews

Libyan outgoing premier visits Benghazi, "We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces" - Reuters

Libya's intel chief resigns, news portal says he was frustrated with parliament's insistence on appointing a new prime minister - AP

Libya’s Haftar after assassination bid: ‘I am well...There will be a strong response’ - Al Arabiya News

Haftar: some Libyan officials support al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News

Interview with Haftar - Al-Monitor

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urges Libyans to fight rogue general - GlobalPost

Red Cross Suspends Libya Operation After Murder - VOA

Four UN staffers 'roughed up' at Libya airport: boss - THE DAILY STAR

Freed Gitmo detainee becomes al-Qaida Libyan commander -

VIDEO: Promotional Video of Batalion Ansar Al Sharia From Benghazi  - YouTube

REPORT: Libya: Muslim Brotherhood’s tenuous hold - IISS


Libyan Turmoil Threatens Tunisian Security, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs "extremely worried” - Tunisia Live

Interview with Tunisia foreign minister - Al-Monitor

Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border - World Tribune

REPORT: Tunisian Jihadists Establishing New Networks with Libyan Islamists - The Jamestown Foundation

VIDEO: Tunisia alarmed over armed conflict in neighboring Libya - YouTube

Maghreb countries wary of returning Syria jihadists - Al-Shorfa

Algeria: Arab Spring Has Boosted Terror Groups - ABC News

Algeria deploys 5,000 troops to the Libyan border - Middle East Eye

Gang of smugglers kills six Egypt guards on Libya border, "This attack comes after border guards successfully arrested 68 traffickers and seized a large quantity of weapons" - Yahoo News

Jihadist Groups' Threat To U.S. Grows, RAND Report Says - WSJ

RAND Analyst Seth Jones: The Accelerating Spread of Terrorism - WSJ

Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism - RAND

REPORT: A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists - RAND

CHART: The number of Salafi-jihadist groups has grown 58% since 2010 - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: AlQaeda-related attacks are on the rise. 99% of the attacks are against local, non-Western targets - Twitter / RANDCorporation

CHART: These Are The Countries Where Terrorists Pose The Greatest Threat To The US - RAND

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Ukraine News - June 4, 2014

Obama announces $1 billion program to boost military presence in Eastern Europe - The Washington Post

VIDEO: Barack Obama earmarks1 billion dollars to boost US military presence in Europe - Telegraph

U.S. presses NATO allies to raise defence spending after Ukraine - Reuters

More US base consolidations on the way in Europe - Stripes

U.S. reaffirms: No weapons will go to Ukraine - usatoday

US To Send Advisers To Assess Ukraine's Defense Reform Needs -

NATO to bolster defence in eastern Europe - Al Jazeera English

NATO To Finalize a package to reform and modernize Ukraine's armed forces -

Ukraine receives only non-lethal weapons from NATO countries: defense minister - ITAR-TASS

Another NATO Vessel to Enter Black Sea Next Week – Military Source - RIA Novosti

Russia to reorganise troops to counter NATO activities - zeenews

Moscow slams Ukraine military attacks coinciding with top US defense official visit to Kiev - RT News

POLL: Putin Forever? Russian President's Ratings Skyrocket Over Ukraine -

POLL: International Relations scholars oppose military assistance in Ukraine, military aid to Egypt - William & Mary

EU asks Bulgaria to stop work on Gazprom's South Stream pipeline - Reuters

South Stream Dragged into Russia-Ukraine Gas Spat as Rhetoric Spikes - The Moscow Times

Gazprom ready to complete South Stream without international finance - RT Business

Naftogaz, Gazprom discussing gas price at $350-380 for April 2014 through June 2015 -

POLL: Less than half of Ukrainians support economic aid from the West - Pew Research Center


Ukrainian forces in fierce clash with pro-Russian separatists in rebel-held city Slavyansk- The Washington Post

Ukrainian soldier killed in offensive against pro-Russian rebels in Slavyansk -

Turchinov orders to look at imposing martial law in Donetsk, Lugansk regions - ITAR-TASS

Slavyansk separatists claim to have shot down Ukraine army plane, one helicopter and several tanks - The Voice of Russia

181 people killed, 293 injured in Kiev military op in eastern Ukraine: Prosecutor General - RT News

OSCE relocates observers from Donetsk and Luhansk regions for security reasons - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Dispatch from Donetsk: Ukrainian nationals, pro-Moscow rebels battle in flashpoint city Slavyansk - Fox News

VIDEO: Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed - YouTube

VIDEO: Death and despair in Slavyansk after Ukraine army shelling - YouTube

VIDEO: Slavyansk women & children shelter in basements from Kiev military op - YouTube

VIDEO: Kids evacuated from Slavyansk, E.Ukraine to escape Kiev's shelling - YouTube

Ukraine army shells hit an hospital in Slavyansk (VIDEO) - RT

VIDEO: Moment when a MANPAD hit a ukrainian helicopter in Slavyansk -


OSCE Confirms: Luhansk Deaths Caused by Airstrikes -

VIDEO: OSCE confirms fatal attack on Lugansk admin building was air raid - YouTube

Ukraine opposition calls for international probe in fatal Luhansk air strikes -

Confirmed: Ukrainian air force fired over 150 missiles at Lugansk, bombed admin HQ (VIDEO) - RT News

Kiev’s Lugansk botched air strike fuels the rebellion in east Ukraine - The Times

A Guide To The Separatist Leaders Of Eastern Ukraine -

Interview with Alexander Borodai, the self-declared prime minister of eastern Ukraine’s secessionist Donetsk People’s Republic -

Ukrainian Protesters Won't Leave Kiev's Maidan Despite New Government, It Is Still Occupied and It's Become a Darker, More Dangerous Place Lately - New Republic

9 People Arrested in Connection With Shooting Of Kharkiv's Jewish Mayor Kernes - JP Updates

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Ukraine News - June 3, 2014

Separatists Storm Border Post in Eastern Ukraine -

Negotiations between militia and Ukraine border post command come to deadlock - ITAR-TASS

Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints become a new frontline in the battle to wrest control of the country's east - GlobalPost

Guns and fighters seep through Ukraine's porous Russian border -

At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks -

VIDEO: Five dead in assault on border command centre in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine - euronews

VIDEO: Ukraine border guards camp attacked in Luhansk - BBC

VIDEO: Lugansk: Separatists Storms Ukraine Border Post - YouTube

VIDEO: Raw video of pro-autonomy militia in Lugansk border base battle - YouTube


Atleast five killed in admin HQ blast as fighter jets deployed to Lugansk, Ukraine (VIDEOS) - RT News

VIDEO: Ukrainian Su-25 bombing civilians by unguided rockets in Lugansk -

VIDEO: CCTV Captures SU-25 Rocket Attack in Central Lugansk -

VIDEO: Luhansk - Casualties after the airstrike (6 videos) -

Pro-Russia Troops Take Symbol of Ukraine Uprising, Vostok Battalion evicts the ragtag band of locals who had occupied the Donetsk regional administration building -

More foreign fighters break cover among Ukraine separatists, Battalion Vostok - or the East Battalion - is a heavily armed, well-organized fighting group - Reuters

Vostok Battalion, A Powerful New Player In Eastern Ukraine -

VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion taking control of anti-Ukraine Donbas insurgency - YouTube

VIDEO: The Vostok Battalion, a Kremlin-backed faction in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has ousted local Ukrainian separatists from the regional administration building - YouTube

VIDEO: Vostok Battalion detain looters in Donetsk - YouTube


Russia Calls UN Meeting to Seek Ukraine Cease-Fire - ABC News

West criticizes Russian draft resolution on Ukraine - Yahoo News

U.S. Reiterates $18 Million Aid to Ukraine After 400-Man Border Attack - Hit & Run -

Russia, NATO trade accusations over Ukraine crisis - Reuters

NATO Ministers To Review Response to Ukraine Crisis -

Secretary General sets out NATO’s position on Russia-Ukraine crisis - NATO

Russia to take necessary measures if NATO military potential comes closer to its borders - envoy - The Voice of Russia

UOSCE Ukraine monitors lose contact with second team - CBC News


Russia's Gazprom Gets Paid By Ukraine - Forbes

Russia satisfied with first gas payment from Ukraine — energy minister - ITAR-TASS

Russia’s Gazprom ready to reduce gas price for Ukraine not only through lower export duty - ITAR-TASS

Russia Gives Ukraine More Time to Pay for Natural Gas -

Ukraine indefinitely delays signing Association Agreement with EU - MINA

Ukraine’s GDP to drop by 5% in 2014 – Fitch - RT Business

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Libya News - May 30, 2014

Rogue Libyan General Resumes Airstrikes Near Benghazi Against Islamist Militants (VIDEO) - VOA

Libya standoff emerges as premier refuses to yield to successor - Reuters

Rival cabinets meet in Libya political chaos, polls to be held June 25 as planned - Yahoo News

Analysis: GNC,-Maetig-versus-Haftar - Al-Ahram Weekly

Current alignment of Libyan militias in response to Haftar - TRAC

Pro-Islamist militia attack Libya interior ministry unit as chaos deepens -

Head of the militants controlling oil ports: We will not recognise the government of Meitik - middleeastmonitor

Thousands across Libya march in support of a renegade general’s campaign against Islamist militias - The Washington Post

Libya's Haftar hails electoral win by Egypt's Sisi - Anadolu Agency

Statement (English): Declaration by the Conference of Tribes of Libya -

VIDEO (Arabic): Al-Azizia conference of Libyan tribes and cities releases 15 points road map for Future Libya -

Oil Outages Cost Libya $17.8 Billion, Rebels seeking more regional autonomy have kept the majority of oil exports shut in Eastern Libya -

Libya Disorder Dealing Harmful Blow to Oil and Gas Exploration -


Obama’s $5 Billion Counterterrorism Fund Already in Trouble in Congress - The Daily Beast

Terror’s Front: Obama says local groups pose “the most direct threat” to the United States and its interests, especially abroad  -

French, American and Algerian special forces sent to the south of Libya to attack terrorist networks - The Times

Africa: Laboratory and Battleground for Pentagon's 21st Century Warfare - RIA Novosti

Pentagon to use drones to speed response times in sensitive hot spots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya - Washington Times

Libya, Mali chaos alarms neighbours, Experts and military officers from eight African countries wrap up a five-day conference in Algiers focused on Sahel-Saharan security - Magharebia

AU to cooperate with Arab League to resolve Libyan crisis - 4-Traders

Egypt's FM dicusses Libyan and Syrian crises with Algerian PM - Ahram Online

Statement: Fahmy Calls the Foreign Ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League to discuss the latest developments in Libya - Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Crisis alert level 3 raised in Libya urging Filipinos to leave -

10 Chadians killed in southern Libya - GlobalPost

Islamist Gunmen in West Tunisia Attack Interior Minister’s Home, Killing 4 Guards -

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Ukraine News - May 29, 2014

VIDEO: The battle for Donetsk airport: Ukrainian separatists suffer heavy losses - euronews

VIDEO: Donetsk morgue overflowing after Ukrainian military offensive - RT

VIDEO: A truck carrying corpses to the Donetsk morgue - YouTube

VIDEO: Separatists in Donetsk refuse to concede - euronews

VIDEO: Pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk fear government troops will launch attack on city, prepare for assault - euronews

Miners rally in favour of separatists in eastern Ukraine - Reuters

VIDEO: Donetsk miners call on Ukranian ‘occupiers’ to leave region - euronews

Luhansk Rebels Send Reinforcements to Donetsk - The Moscow Times

Ukraine forces suffer new losses in a rebel raid on their barracks in the flashpoint Lugansk region - Sky News

80 Ukrainian soldiers surrender to self-defense forces in Lugansk - RT News

Lugansk Republic institutes commission for compensating damage to victims of operation - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine's Lugansk plans to hold parliamentary elections in Sept. - GlobalPost

In east Ukraine, arms maker walks fine line between Kiev and Moscow - The Globe and Mail

Ukraine crisis: who commited murder at the Maidan? Parliamentary Commission in Kiev rejects claims that Yanukovych police unit was to blame for killings that led to change of power - Telegraph

After the Ukrainian Elections, a Look at Far-Right Political Movements - The Blue Review

Right Sector militants ask Kiev to arm them with heavy weapons - The Voice of Russia


Obama signals reset in US foreign policy, urges against 'military adventures' - Fox News

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks to West Point Graduates - The White House

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s Commencement Address at West Point -

Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op: UN envoy - RT News

Ukraine PM calls on Russia to block guerrillas crossing the Russian border into Ukraine" - Reuters

Chechen fighters among ranks of rebel militants in Ukraine, self-appointed mayor says - Fox News

VIDEO: Battalion Vostok convoy moves in Donetsk, said to include fighters from the northern Caucasus - YouTube

VIDEO: Russian Mercenaries in Donetsk: Chechen leader Kadyrov denies sending troops to Ukraine - YouTube

Kiev adopts draft agreement on Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian brigade of armed forces - ITAR-TASS

Ischinger mulls OSCE Ukraine pullout, Poroshenko sees 'state of war' - DW.DE

Russia's Gazprom says Ukraine will owe $5.2 billion as of June 7 -

Russia may grant gas price discount to Ukraine, but contract revision not on agenda - ITAR-TASS

EU to help Ukraine find $10 bln to pay Russia for gas: newspaper - The Voice of Russia

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Libya News - May 28, 2014

New Libya PM's home attacked as unrest over his rule grows - AFP

Renegade former Libyan general says PM must go, vote must wait - AFP

Libyan Journalist Outspoken Critic of Islamists Shot Dead In Benghazi - AP

Prominent journalist Abu Zeid killed in Libya - Committee to Protect Journalists

Libya: Investigate Killing of Benghazi Editor Abu Zeid - Human Rights Watch

VIDEO: Hndreds of journalists and activists demonstrated on Monday in Martyrs' Square in Tripoli protesting Abu Zeid's murder - YouTube

VIDEO (Arabic): Abu Zeid TV appearance on Sunday on which he discussed his recent meeting with Gen. Hifter and the threat of civil war - YouTube

Libya: Police officer guarding diplomats killed in Tripoli -

Libya: Ansar Asharia calls for institution of Sharia law in Libya -

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government - Reuters

Libya Oil Disruption Worsens Amid Anti-Government Protest - Bloomberg

Libyan Oil May Suffer More Disruption, General Says - Bloomberg

VIDEO: Libyans express little optimism with new PM - Al Jazeera

VIDEO: Libya, where militias reign - France 24


State Dept. Issues Warning For Americans To Leave Libya Immediately - NPR

US deploys warship off Libya with about 1000 marines in case the US embassy has to be evacuated - Sky News

Libyan Islamists to U.S.: Don't interfere or face worse than Iraq - Reuters

U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations -

Report: Libya Militia Stole US Weapons in Raid - AFP

Sisi says Egypt will not allow threats to security from Libya - Reuters

Once a U.S. asset, Gen. Hafter recruited Libya’s entire military command with Egypt’s backing - SHOAH

In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star - Reuters

Algeria 'not ready' to coordinate with Libya's Haftar - Worldbulletin News

Tunisian officials divided over Libya crisis - Al-Monitor

Tunisia economy set to suffer blow from Libya violence - Al-Monitor

Maghreb ministers arrange 'urgent' talks on Libya - Magharebia

Failed security cooperation leads to border problems in Sahel - Al-Monitor

The terrorist threat to energy infrastructure in North Africa -


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Ukraine News - May 27, 2014

VIDEO: Newly Elected Ukraine President Poroshenko Claims Victory, Wants to Visit East - AP

VIDEO: Top priority is peace, says Ukraine’s Poroshenko -

Kremlin Says Russia Respects Poroshenko's Election - The Moscow Times

Poroshenko, Lavrov call for Russia-Ukraine talks to end crisis - Los Angeles Times

Poroshenko Plans to Visit Russia in June to Discuss Ukrainian Crisis - RIA Novosti

Yatsenyuk to Retain His Post as Prime Minister: Ukraine’s Poroshenko - RIA Novosti

Ukraine's Poroshenko to sell all his business in order to become President - The Voice of Russia

Self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic to cooperate with Poroshenko only with Russia’s mediation - ITAR-TASS

In East, Separatists and Fear Stop Voters -

VIDEO: Russian separatists disrupt presidential vote in Ukraine’s eastern regions - euronews

20% of polling stations open in Donetsk, Luhansk regions: observers - ITAR-TASS

Report: Kharkiv Jewish Mayor Kernes Casts Vote For Ukrainian President From Hospital Bed - JP Updates


Ukraine launches air strike against rebels who seized Donetsk airport - Telegraph

VIDEO: Battle to control Donetsk airport - BBC

VIDEO: Jet attack on Donetsk Airport area - YouTube

Leader of the DNR: self-defence units bring down 2 helicopters of Ukraine’s Armed Forces - ITAR-TASS

Ukrainian army grenade hits truck carrying wounded in Donetsk: reports - RT News

Ukrainian army shells Slavyansk residential area, 3 civilians killed (GRAPHIC VIDEO) - RT News

Italian Andrea Rocchelli becomes first journalist killed in eastern Ukraine conflict - GlobalPost

'Torn to pieces': Ghastly details emerge of Italian reporter and his Russian interpreter’s killing in E. Ukraine - RT News

Donetsk People’s Republic switching over to Russian laws - ITAR-TASS

Lugansk republic leader bans sale of corporate rights - The Voice of Russia


Tentative deal in Ukraine-Russia gas dispute, EU says - Fox News

Kiev negotiators agree to pay $2 billion to Gazprom to cover part of gas debt - RT Business

Kiev Calls on Naftogaz to Hire Top Lawyers for Gas Row With Gazprom - RIA Novosti

Avoiding Ukraine Pipelines Would Hurt Gazprom: Chart of the Day - Bloomberg

Gazprom Faces $800 Million in Taxes as Ukraine Rejects Gas Price - Bloomberg

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Ukraine News - May 25, 2014

At least a dozen people reportedly killed in Eastern Ukraine as fighting flared between separatists and nationalist paramilitary groups - VICE

Leader of the nationalist Donbass Battalion reports the ongoing conflict near Karlivka - Ukraine Investigation

Donbass Battalion: Ukrainian Civilian Militias Face Pro-Russian Foes (VIDEO)-

Kiev lets loose Men in Black nationalist paramilitary forces - The Sunday Times

Ukraine's Azov Battalion 'Ready To Take On Separatists' (VIDEO) - Sky News

Kiev pins hopes on Dnipropetrovsk oligarch in battle against separatists, nationalist fighters co-funded and organized by Kolomoisky - Reuters

Dnipropetrovsk defies East Ukraine stereotypes; It has become a hub of anti-separatist groups -

Ultra-nationalists united: Football fans rally for Ukraine's sake - BBC News

In Ukraine, women militants are taking up weapons on both sides of the barricades -

Ukraine crisis: Polling booths deserted in east of the country - The Independent

Polling stations sit next to rebel barricades in Ukraine's Mariupol - Yahoo News

Donetsk, Lugansk republics unite in “Novorossiya” state - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Ukrainian Volunteer Donbass Battalion Lost Many In A Fight By Karlivka, Eastern Ukraine - YouTube

VIDEO: Pro-Russia Separatist Vostok Battalion After Gunfight In Karlivka - YouTube

VIDEO: Ukraine: Bodies lie among charred buildings in Karlivka -

VIDEO (Ukrainian): Full interview of Right Sector leader - YouTube


Russia says to complete troop pullback from Ukraine border 'within days' - Reuters

Putin Indicates He’ll Respect Result of Ukrainian Election -

VIDEO: Russia will respect Ukraine vote results: Putin - AP

Putin: I don’t think new Cold War will start, no one wants it - RT News

Putin: I’m concerned Ukraine radicals can disrupt gas transit - RT Business

Ruble Rises After Putin's Statement About Respect for Ukrainian People's Choice - RIA Novosti

Ukraine Crisis Drives a Quiet Lobbying Boom in U.S. - Bloomberg

Ukraine is a Prize Neither Russia Nor the West Can Afford to Win - Brookings Institution

REPORT (Full): Beyond the Sanctions: Russia, the West, and Ukraine - Brookings Institution

Ukraine media freedom under attack: OSCE - Yahoo News

REPORT (Full) : Media Freedom under siege in Ukraine - OSCE


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Ukraine News - May 23, 2014

Donetsk sees deadliest assault on Ukrainian troops, It is unclear who attacked the checkpoint - BBC News

VIDEO: Live footage of the attack on Ukraine Army checkpoint in Donetsk - YouTube

VIDEO: Aftermath of Donetsk attack: dead bodies on the ground - YouTube

Martial law introduced in self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic - ITAR-TASS

VIDEO: Head of Luhansk Republic Bolotov: Declaration of martial law - YouTube

Lugansk People’s Republic ready for talks with Kiev if punitive operation stopped - ITAR-TASS

Ukraine crisis: Both sides shy away from call to arms -

Donetsk people’s republic authorities ask Russia to recognise republican independence - ITAR-TASS

People's Republic of Donetsk Defended By Grannies - New Republic

Solidarity Eludes Ukraine Separatist Groups as Presidential Election Nears -

Ukraine partisans battling separatists raise concerns -

Militia 'Arms Race' Threatens Deadly Escalation in Ukraine Conflict -

VIDEO: Meeting the Donbass Battalion, pro-Ukraine militia - Vice

Ukraine's front-runner presidential candidate Poroshenko: realist ready for compromise - Fox News

Profile of Petro Poroshenko in the Run Up to the Ukraine Elections - SPIEGEL ONLINE

New Ukrainian president should dissolve parliament: presidential candidate Poroshenko - ITAR-TASS


Russia moves some troops away from Ukraine; NATO says big force remains - Reuters

Putin says troops withdraw to help Ukraine vote - Boston Herald

US Congress recognizes that neo-Nazis were present on Maidan - The Voice of Russia

VIDEO: Congressional Hearings: Nuland Grilled on Neo-Nazis in Ukraine & Money U.S. is Spending - YouTube

Moscow Concerned About Lack of OSCE Response on Odessa Tragedy Inquiry - RIA Novosti

Moscow Says Kiev Breaking Law by Refusing Visits to Detained Russian Journalists - RIA Novosti

Human Rights Watch calls for immediate release of Russian LifeNews journalists - The Voice of Russia

Russia, China Ink Historic Gas Supply Deal, The price could be estimated at around $350 per 1,000 cubic meters - RIA Novosti

Russian Response: China Gas Deal Offers Leverage vs. West, Ukraine - TheStreet

Gazprom to receive $25 billion prepayment for gas supplies to China - ITAR-TASS

Russia-China gas deal may influence U.S. strategy on Ukraine - PBS

Energy Prices are Big Part of Ukraine Crisis - VOA

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Libya News - May 22, 2014

Libyan prime minister refuses to step down; confrontation with ex-general Haftar grows - The Washington Post

Libya's rogue general Haftar gains stream of new allies - Yahoo News

Military Intelligence and Police Join Libyan Rebel General - Matthew Aid

Two Former Libya PMs Jibril and Zeidan back ex-general’s call to dissolve parliament -

Oil Rebels Back Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar -

Haftar: I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood, radicals - Ya Libnan

A Q&A with Khalifa Hafter, the mastermind behind Libya’s new revolt - The Washington Post

Libya to vote next month amid rising unrest - Yahoo News

Libya parliament moves to luxury hotel after militia attack - defenceWeb

Muslim Brotherhood Chief Urges Libya Dialogue -

Libyan Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar is trying to repeat the Egyptian scenario - middleeastmonitor

Libya Muslim Brotherhood Statement on General Haftar's Desperate Coup Attempt - Ikhwanweb

Libya jihadists vow to defend Benghazi bastion - Cairo Post

Gunmen kill Chinese engineer in Libya's Benghazi: source - Yahoo News

Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the fate of the country’s journalists - Reporters Without Borders

International War Crimes Court Wants Gadhafi Son for Trial, Rejects a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try him in the country - ABC News

Libya: Final ICC Ruling on Gaddafi - Human Rights Watch

Libya must immediately surrender Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi to the ICC - Amnesty International

VIDEO ARCHIVE (Arabic): Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Head of the National Transitional Council, Admits Ghadafi Did not Kill Protesters - YouTube


US Weighs Options in Libya - VOA

State Department: US committed to assist elections in Libya, working with all parties to encourage dialogue and to avoid further violence - KUNA

US ambassador Deborah Jones says Libyan general Haftar is going after 'terrorists' - Al-Monitor

VIDEO (Full Interview): Ambassador Deborah Jones talks about violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Gaddafi -

VIDEO: Pentagon: "Prudent Measure" as Libya Unrest Grows - YouTube

After Benghazi, Specialized Crisis Response Teams Are Now the 'New Normal' -

Effort to train Libyan troops 'still in the planning phase’: U.S. Africa Command - Marine Corps Times

Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt agree to deny Jihadists entry into Libya - Euro Asia News

Tunisia arrests eight "terrorism" suspects from Libya - GlobalPost

Tunisia in the Libyan tempest - Al Akhbar English

Newspaper: Egypt establishing training camps for Libyan rebels - middleeastmonitor

Gunmen attack United Arab Emirates Embassy in Libyan capital - middleeastmonitor

Oil Companies Pull Some Staff From Libya on Security Concerns -

Libya: Enough reserves for 4 years: Central Bank - The North Africa Post


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