Tuesday, August 18, 2015

MENA Report ( August 18-19th , 2015 ) - Iraq/ Syria Regional War + Turkey Intervention in focus.... Yemen Regional Proxy War - no safe places for civilians as onslaught continues..... Iran Nuclear Deal Items of the day .... Af- Pak items of note ...... Libya political and security chaos continues unabated - even as Arab and Western nations contemplate new interventions !


Links.....




IAEA: AP's Claims on Iran 'Self-Inspection' False





Erdogan's War Against PKK Backfiring in Polls






US Says Saudis Using Cluster Bombs in Yemen






Afghan Troops Flee Key District Amid Taliban Advance







US Boosts Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen






US-Backed Syria Rebels Eye Fight Against Assad






80 Killed in Battle Over Yemeni City of Taiz





Israeli Military: Iran Deal Could Benefit Israel





Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 65 in Tribal Areas





215 Killed as Iraq Govt Meets Resistance to Reforms





Governor: Aden to Be Yemen's New Capital for Next Five Years





340 Rabbis Urge Congress to Support Iran Nuclear Deal




101 Killed in Iraq as Turkish Refugees Flee to Kurdistan




Iraq's Maliki Says Report on Fall of Mosul Has 'No Value'




Iraq's Economy Battered by ISIS War, Low Oil Prices



Divisions and Inertia in Congress May Hand Obama a Victory on Iran Deal





Areas Near Zabadani Come Under Fierce Bombardment






Syrian Government Launches Counter Attack on Strategic Plain: Monitor




PKK Urges US to Mediate in Its War With Turkey and Admits to Secret Talks With Washington






Insurgent Rocket Fire Kills Three in Syrian Coastal City: State Media






Russia, Iran Say Future of Assad a Matter for Syrians




Al-Qaeda and Lawlessness Move Into 'Liberated' Areas of Yemen




Amnesty International: All Sides in Yemen Conflict May Be Guilty of War Crimes




Police Officers Are Killed at Checkpoint in S. Afghanistan



Report: Officers at Afghan Outpost Missed Signs of Trouble




Report: GIZ Suspends Work in Kabul Following Kidnapping





Tweets......




Iraq/ Syria / Turkey.....







The Brotherhood’s Istanbul conference: ’s message to ?








Basra takes preliminary step toward transforming from province into region. But don't hold your breath.









U.N. Security Council backs new peace plan








2 days from the end of Barzani's term, Kurdistan presidency crisis deepens





Will Prime Minister Abadi's major reform measures for work?






Musings On Iraq Mixed Bag In Iraq’s Anbar Op As Islamic State Counterattacks In Baiji








Iraq considers possible trial of former prime minister for letting Mosul fall to ISIS







Libya....









Islamic State takes hold in Libya; Arab League weighs airstrikes in emergency meeting







‘Almost impossible to establish any type of stability in Libya’ -





























Dead bodies of desperate migrants are washing up on Libyan beaches







Progress but little punch in Libya talks via






Yemen....




calls for unconditional implementation of resolution to end conflict —