Saturday, May 16, 2015

MENA Report - May 16 , 2015 ...... Primary focus on Iraq / Syria Regional war ...... Yemen ceasefire generally holding despite reported clashes..... Afghanistan in focus as Taliban still hanging around despite all of the drone strikes......Iran items of note ..


ISIS Takes Ramadi Center; Iraqi Troops Fleeing

Obama Vows 'Iron-Clad' Protection of Gulf Nations

Hundreds Killed in Ramadi; US to Rush Weapons to Iraq

ISIS Gains Mount, US Still Insists They're on the 'Defensive'

Iraqi Ba'athists Release Audio of Supposedly Slain Saddam Aide

Missile Shield for Gulf to Take Years, and Heavy US Commitment

Despite Yemen Ceasefire, Clashes Reported in Two Cities

Most of Ramadi Captured; 62 Killed Across Iraq

Hezbollah, Syrian Army Seize Control of New Qalamoun Hill

Afghan Taliban Commander, Three Others Killed in Drone Strikes

US Government Watchdog: Afghan Military 'Will Need Our Help for the Foreseeable Future'

Pakistan Officials Question Group's Claim of ISIS Funding

Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants Near Afghan Border


US raid in Syria killed 32 ISIS members, including 4 leaders: activists

BREAKING: Hezbollah keen on keeping Lebanese Army out of Qalamoun battle: Nasrallah

US special forces kill senior ISIS commander in Syria raid - DoD — RT USA Note this raid occurred in Syria -Assad ok?

Taliban justify killing foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege

Syrian army kills ISIS's 'oil minister', about 40 others: state TV

Iran's supreme leader: US after own interests in Gulf waters

ISIS battles Syrian army near ancient citadel: activists

Army arrests 'ISIS commander' in east Lebanon: state media

The House passed a defense bill with contradictory guidance for assistance to Syrian rebels

official says “exceeded the expectations of most of us"