Saturday, December 12, 2015

MENA Report ( December 12 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War , Yemen Proxy War , Libya In Focus - Peace Process On Track Perhaps , ISIS Global War Updates , Additional MENA Related Odds & Ends .....



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60 Civilians Killed as ISIS Bombs NE Syrian Town






Iraqi Military Claims 'Great Gains' in Ramadi Fight






Six Killed as Taliban Attacks in Kabul Embassy Guesthouse






France, Britain, and Italy All Expanding ISIS War Into Libya






Assad: Won't Talk to Armed 'Terrorist Groups' in Peace Process





Putin: Russia Supporting Free Syrian Army Against ISIS






ISIS Can Make Fake Syrian Passports: US Report





51 Killed Across Iraq as Battle for Ramadi Progresses Slowly




Turks Keeping Troops in Iraqi Camp, Baghdad Turns to UN





Iraq's Top Shi'ite Cleric Says Government Should Not Tolerate Infringement of Sovereignty






ISIS-Linked Groups Were Present at Syria Talks, Iran Says




Russia Says Fight Against ISIS Hindered by Focus on Assad Regime Change





Syrian Armed Groups Get Most Seats in Committee Set for Talks With Assad





Turkey Lifts, Then Reimposes Curfew in Battered Kurdish City




Amnesty: Saudi-Led Coalition 'Targeting' Schools in Yemen




Tunisia Reopens Libya Border






Tweets..........






Iraq / Syria Regional War......






Foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled since last year up to 31,000


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Iraq Appeals to demanding immediate withdrawal of ’s troops
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: UK not to send ground troops to Iraq as foreign ground troops are not welcome: British Defense Secretary

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15 killed by car bomb in Homs, Syria, governor says –








slams Riyadh talks as not representing 'entire opposition' ~ | ← True. Kurds and Assyrians (Christians) not invited.




Syria won’t negotiate w/foreign terrorists, but only national&patriotic opposition – Assad
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Yemen.......




Houthis say ceasefire in Yemen to start on December 14







Saudi Arabia just started bombing schools in the world's 'forgotten war'






US Congress to review arms sales to Saudis as their coalition keeps killing Yemen civilians.


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Experts say is in a state of emergency and just one step away from widespread famine


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Libya......








To understand why rushing to approve political deal for is risky read also: by Emma Bonino and JM Guéhenno








’s Air Force kills over 15 militants, injures senior commander
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Car bomb kills 15 in Al-Zahraa neighborhood of Homs just days after local Syria truce deal








Thousands Of Militiamen Stage Anti-Turkey Protests In Baghdad As Iraq Lodges Security Council Complaint











Anti- demonstration in today. (Is that al-Maliki there on the front?) /ht



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AFP reports on confusion over who has agreed to what in UN peace process
















Not clear why UN does not want Libya's parliaments to agree the peace deal by Dec 16, only their delegates.



















Mohamed says 's non-UN deal was not authorized by leadership, is an effort by to gain ground






U.N. seeks $166 million in humanitarian aid


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Which way forward for a Libya deal - UN or Tunis? talks w/

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