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In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is like an Islamic Khmer Rouge and deals with the rest of the world through violence. But a slogan of Isis is that "media is half of jihad", so events like the ritual murder of David Haines are geared to show strength and dominate the headlines, obscuring any sense that Isis's many enemies are making headway through American airstrikes.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves , with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
Ukraine's defence minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defence ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept.
The Government will not be bounced into a change of strategy by the heinous public murder of a British aid worker. The Prime Minister returned from Chequers to Downing St last night after the murder.
The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent's unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say. While nationalists from Catalonia to Flanders will watch Scotland's referendum with hope, Brussels is nervous about the possibility of a major European Union member like Britain falling apart.
Turkey is the big Muslim power that sits atop raging conflicts in Iraq and Syria, so it might be expected to take a leading role in the NATO coalition announced this month to take on the Islamic State group. Instead it has told allies that it will stay quietly behind the scenes, keeping its soldiers out of combat operations and even declining to allow NATO to use its bases or territories to launch air attacks.
If Scots vote yes to separation on Thursday, a clock starts ticking down to March 24, 2016 - the independence day declared by the Scottish government. The British and Scottish administrations have agreed that they will recognize the outcome of the referendum and appoint negotiators to work out the details of separation "in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom."
In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speak before a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has said that he would initiate a referendum if his country was pressed into hosting a NATO base, a daily reported Saturday. According to the premier, Slovakia's NATO membership doesn't mean that the country is required to host military bases with foreign soldiers, Xinhua reported citing Slovak daily Novy Cas.
The presidents of Ukraine and the US, in addition to heads of NATO and the European Commission have been condemned for war crimes in Eastern Ukraine by an informal Russell Tribunal, which took place in Venice, Italy on Saturday. The show trial in Venice was inspired by the Russell Tribunal organized by British philosopher and Nobel Prize winner Bertrand Russell and hosted by French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre in 1966 to investigate US war crimes in Vietnam.
Armenia - Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian meets with visiting U.S. and British defense experts and British Ambassador Katherine Leach, Yerevan, 12Sep2014. Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian reaffirmed on Friday Armenia's commitment to close cooperation with NATO, saying that it is drawing no objections from Russia or other ex-Soviet states aligned in the Collective Security Treaty Organization .
USS Ross stands by during a nighttime passenger transfer during exercise Sea Breeze 2014 on Sept. 9, 2014.
Russia lashed out Friday against the latest round of sanctions over its involvement in Ukraine, accusing the United States of once again escalating the crisis -- undermining the chances for peace there as well as the greater quest for "global stability." This followed U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that, along with the European Union, "we will intensify our coordinated sanctions on Russia in response to its illegal actions in Ukraine."
Lithuania's Defense Ministry says a civilian man was accidentally shot and wounded after entering a restricted military area during an exercise involving U.S. paratroopers. Armed forces spokesman Mindaugas Neimontas said Friday said the man was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his legs, arm and chest late Thursday on the military base in Gaizunai.
So far, it least, it looks like a coalition of the not-so-willing to help President Barack Obama combat ISIS. Public statements of support from key allies have yet to be matched by concrete commitments to the proposed coalition, particularly for expanded military strikes against the Sunni jihadists rampaging through northern Iraq from Syria.
France is all in, but would like to invite Iran - against the wishes of the United States. The U.S. is pressing Turkey, which has resisted publicly endorsing the global strategy against the extremists, who are holding 49 Turkish hostages.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:58 am
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