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Putinmania: Popularity of ‘Putin the Shi’ite’ skyrockets in Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Vladimir Putin’s cult of personality has reached Iraq. Some of the nation’s Facebook users have even replaced their own profile photos with portraits of “Putin the Shi’ite.” “We should give Putin Iraqi and Syrian citizenship because he […]

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Iraqi official: Baghdad may request Russian air strikes on ISIL

Hakim al-Zamili. / CBS

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi lawmaker says Baghdad may soon request Russian air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group in Iraq. Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the Iraqi parliament’s […]

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ISIL group executes 70 in Sunni tribe with relatives in Iraq security forces


Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A tribal elder says Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants have massacred 70 members of a Sunni Arab tribe in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Sheikh Naim al-Gaud said […]

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Report: Iraq would welcome Russian air strikes on ISIL targets

Russian SU-25.

Special to Baghdad has not formally requested Russian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraqi territory but would welcome any such assistance, according to a report. A senior Iraqi diplomat told Air Force […]

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‘Third World War’: Jordan’s king warns radical Islam thrives on ‘apathy of moderates’


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Among the 193 Presidential and Ministerial speeches being made during the UN General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, […]

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Russia will ‘consider’ expanding its air offensive to Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.  /Reuters/Azad Lashkari

Special to Russia is said to be considering Iraq’s offer to allow it to carry out air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraqi territory. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 30 he […]

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New war on terror: Iraq joins Russia, Iran, Syria against ISIL

Iraqi militiamen battle ISIL near Fallujah.  /AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Special to Iraq’s military said on Sept. 27 that it will coordinate with Russia, Iran and Syria on “security and intelligence” details in the ongoing battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Iraq will “help and cooperate […]

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Memo to the West: Moscow’s increasing role in Syria and against the jihadist threat since 2012

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets Russia's Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21. / Ria Novost i/ AFP / Getty

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [Editor’s note: The following full-length report by Yossef Bodansky details Russia’s unambiguous response to the growing jihadist threat in Syria and the Middle East […]

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Intelligence ‘revolt’ at CENTCOM by 50 analysts is without precedent

Senate Armed Services Committee Holds Hearing On Military Operations To Counter ISIL

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Russia is using a broad repertoire of economic, diplomatic and military tools to expand its influence in the Middle East, taking advantage of the Obama administration’s broad disengagement there. Once described derisively […]

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Tale of two diplomatic coups: Russia capitalizes on Iran’s unlikely triumph


Special to By Norman Bailey The Western powers are being outplayed by adversaries with much weaker hands. VIENNA 1815: The great powers of Europe: Russia, Prussia, Great Britain and Austria, meet in Vienna with the representative of a France […]

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