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Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

Merkel on migrants

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The almost Biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and […]

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Turkey calls out Russia on Syria incursion, violations of air space

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.  /AP

Special to Turkey has warned Russia about violations of its air space after two incidents over the weekend. On Oct. 3, Turkey’s foreign ministry said Ankara scrambled two of its F-16s after a Russian jet crossed into Turkish air […]

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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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‘Refugee Air’ aims to get Sky route for refugees off the ground

Migrants crossing the border between Macedonia and Greece on Sept. 8. / epa

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By Elisabeth Braw A group of Iranian emigres and friends has announced an ambitious project to mount a crowdfunded airlift from troubled areas around the Mediterranean to Sweden, allowing would-be refugees […]

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Political motive seen as Turkey renews offensive against Kurdish forces

Turkish soldiers prepare the coffins of fallen comrades before a ceremony at the military airport in Van, Turkey.  /AP

Special to Turkey sent ground troops into northern Iraq to pursue Kurdish rebels suspected of a bomb attack that killed 16 Turkish soldiers on Sept. 6. Tensions have increased in Turkey following the failure of Islamist President Recep Erdogan’s […]

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Trump and the Kurds: what the media doesn’t understand


Special to By Sheda Vasseghi It appears the Mainstream Media – not Donald Trump – “tripped up” again regarding the identity of the Iranian peoples. In a Sept. 3rd article by The Washington Post, Sullivan and Weigel claim that […]

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Ship carrying 5,000 rifles seized en route from Turkey to Libya

The 'Haddad 1' freighter is moored at the port of Heraklion following an operation of the Greek coast guard on the island of Crete, Sept. 2.  /Reuters

Special to The Greek Coast Guard seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya. Greek officials said the Bolivia-flagged freighter, MV Haddad-1, left the Turkish port of of Iskenderun with some 5,000 […]

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Europe hit by migrant flood of biblical proportions

Officials in Hungary and Austria say Germany triggered the crisis when it said last week that it would ease entry requirements for Syrian refugees.

Special to Europe has been flooded by over 350,000 Middle East migrants in 2015. “Since the beginning of the year 2,342 migrants have died in the Mediterranean, 2,326 in the Channel of Sicily,” said Federico Soda, director of the […]

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Obama’s friend, the Islamist Erdogan, has precipitated Turkey’s growing instability

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with President Barack Obama during a G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Sept, 25, 2009. / White House / Pete Souza

Special to Sol W. Sanders Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the remarkable since at the outset of the […]

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