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 ..


Links....

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



Tweets........




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"