Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MENA Report - ( October 7-8 , 2015 ) .......... Refugee Crisis ......... Iraq / Syria Regional War In Focus ( Russia involvement complicates dynamics in Syria and presents potential additional complications for Iraq - as well as Turkey / Jordan & Lebanon ) ..... Yemen Regional Proxy War ( Rolling along - civilian death meat grinder hasn't changed , prospects for resolution off into the horizon ) ...... Libya In Paralysis And In Focus ( Dialogue Process Cliff-hanger continues and HoR and GNC still haven't come together - optimistic comments from Leon notwithstanding )



Links.....



US SecDef Predicts Terror Attacks on Russia




NATO to Send More Troops to E. Europe, Citing Russia/Syria





US General: Hospital Was 'Mistakenly Struck'
Commander Urges US to Slow Afghan Drawdown



Russia Seeks US Military Talks on Syria Strikes





ISIS Kills 22, Including 15 Soldiers, In Yemen Attacks





Rebels Down Helicopter in Syria, Unclear If It's Syrian or Russian





Russia, Iran Deny US Claims of Cruise Missiles Crashing on Iran





Syria Expands Western Offensive Backed by Russian Strikes





Mortar Attack on Baquba; 131 Killed Across Iraq




Wary of Escalation in Syria, US Is Waiting Out Putin's Moves





Syrian Militant Group Recasts Itself as Moderate Option





49 Killed in Iraq; Militants Execute Deserters




Russia Says Militants in Syria Are Moving Armor Close to Mosques





Russia Denies Reports of Airstrikes at Syria's Palmyra






Russia Denies Reports of Airstrikes at Syria's Palmyra






Russia Is Not and Will Not Launch Infantry Operations in Syria, Says Senior Lawmaker







Tweets......





Refugee Crisis ....









EU talks tough on deportations amid flood of Syrian refugees








Mideast countries call for help on


















French president warns of the "end of Europe" if EU fails to unite over the refugee crisis









German president seeks greater US commitment on refugee crisis







Nearly 100 Migrants Reported Dead Off Libya







More Syrian Refugees Facing Hunger in Jordan Return Home: Charity







Syrian Refugees Increasingly Return to War-Torn Homeland






3 Million More Refugees Could Flee Syria, EU Official Warns





Asylum Shelters in Germany Struggle With Violence





German Authorities Accused of Playing Down Refugee Shelter Sex Crime Reports






Syria / Iraq.....





‘Which side are you fighting for?’ Russia blasts US for refusing to share intel on










Claims that Russia targets civilians in are 'myth' -












Why can't we be friends? Moscow looks - again - to US, Turkey after talks with Israel












VIDEO: Russian Defense Ministry releases footage of warships firing cruise missiles towards targets in .








Saudi Arabia under pressure to defend Syria rebels from Russia - FT good but the Council bit is inaccurate









Obama plucked them from the mountaintop -- but U.S. hasn't been heard from since | Getty













Kurds: ISIS used mustard agent in Iraq





















Yemen.......








Another wedding party apparently hit in Yemen

















Arab coalition faces new IS foe in Yemen conflict









Arab coalition accused of war crimes in Yemen









Libya......

















UN chief Leon to hold press conference shortly re peace process








Leon: No result tonight but we hope that tomorrow we will be able to announce a .





Leon: will be supported by a huge majority of Libyans.






Leon: "there will be no more changes to the text [of the agreement]"






Leon ends press conference: "See you tomorrow and hopefully with good news"





Report: Recognised govt. (Tobruk) dropped objection to UN resolution naval interception of migrant smugglers.


















Despite the fixation by some on others - GNC has always been an obstacle for a deal or progress in the peace process.









- Leon says they'll move ahead with the peace agreement and the formation of the Gov & if doesn't join them it is unfortunate.



















World Bank: The cost of reconstructing to reach $100 Billion, $170 Billion for .