Saturday, January 9, 2016

MENA Report ( January 9 , 2015 ) 1. Iraq/ Syria Regional War - Battlefield And Political Updates. 2. ISIS Regional And Global Battle And State Of Play With Turkey . 3. Refugee Related Matters / Concerns. 4. Yemen In Focus - Battlefield/ A.Q / Political Situation. 5. Libya situation - Battlefield & Political Situation Updates. 6. Odds & Ends.



Links......




Former Yemen President Rejects Talks With Govt






Erdogan: ISIS Attack 'Vindicates' Troops to Iraq






Obama Unveils 'Propaganda' Task Force to Combat ISIS






US Drone Strike Kills 17 ISIS Militants in Afghanistan







112 Killed Across Iraq





Special Forces Target ISIS in Hawija, Iraq Official Says





Ramadi, Reclaimed by Iraq, Is in Ruins After ISIS Fight





Aid to Be Delivered to Starving Syrian Towns as Early as Sunday





Migrants 'Face Beatings, Abuse' Trying to Enter Spanish Territory





Hundreds of Syrians Are Turned Back at Beirut Airport






Syrians Return to Damascus After Turkey Introduces New Air-Travel Visas





Syrian Refugees Face Another Winter in Flimsy Shelters






Iran Holds Mass Protests Against Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions






ISIS Claims Libyan Police Center Bombing





Timeline of ISIS Expansion in Libya






EU Pledges 100 Million Euros to Aid Libya's Unity Government






Police Kill Suspected Tel Aviv Gunman in Northern Israel After Week-Long Manhunt







Tweets......





Refugees In Europe.....







Reporter on , who's at Cologne protests: 1000+ at pro-refugee, anti-fascist protest. "Less than 500" at anti-migrant demo.






Anti-refugee & pro-refugee demonstrations now in Cologne. Situation calm
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Merkel backs expelling convicted refugees with suspended sentences.








| Merkel's CDU aims for stricter laws for sexual offences and easier refugee deportations








Cologne events will constitute a sea change for on refugee policy. German society feels threatened now. And that's not good. At all







Lying and withholding facts -only makes things worse when the truth comes out.







Syria / Iraq / Turkey .....







Iraqi PM Abadi pledges corruption drive after Sistani criticism








’ite Militia not Welcome in Operation: al-Nujaifi -
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denies attack on Turkish forces in

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Bedlam in Basra: Crime, kidnappings and extortion become commonplace in Shiite southern Iraq:






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The Iraqi military's long overdue capture of will hardly be enough to defeat the -








Turkish security forces kill 18 attackers in

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US Approves $800 Million Sale of Missiles to Iraq -
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is forfeiting its claims for regional supremacy -

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Saudi FM accuses Iran of escalating tensions










Damascus backs Syria talks, wants list of 'terrorist groups' and opposition negotiators








Syrians in Jordan - The forgotten pocket of Syria's refugee crisis
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Liwa AL-Quds brigade says is on verge of controlling Village West of

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Syrians stranded at Beirut airport begin to return to Syria after fail to depart to Turkey
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NEW MAP: Battle of .

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Libya......







Additional support for idea Libya may be more important at the moment for ISIS than Iraq or syria.






Sebha leaders upset that development contract, originally set to be split between Fezzan&Misrata, now favors Misrata










Abdulrahman Sweihli calls for changes in the unity government's Presidential Council

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Still no date for Libya's UN-brokered government of national accord announced Dec 17 to enter the country

























Int-backed Prez. Council [PM+6 deputies & 3 state ministers] went 2 Zliten 2 pay respects, now stuck.











GNC president Abusahmain is reportedly told he was persona non grata in & not allowed in as PM Serraj arrives there.










Summary of Mogherini comments in 1st briefing: discussed concrete ways to support , €100 mil. Set aside to help, security a challenge








has claimed bombing. Allegedly carried out by Abdullah al-Muhajr. (yet another foreign IS fighter) (1/2)

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Yemen......











U.N. Yemen envoy suggests Geneva location for peace talks










rescinds expulsion of U.N. rights official
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Yemen may not like UN reporting cluster-bomb use but it happened:
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released video showing its operations in Taiz,








expanding governance, enforcing strict sharia in al Mukalla
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Saudi, Iran Diplomatic Split Could Spark Street-Level Sectarian Strife









embassy in "intact, spreading false allegations" says Ahmed Al-Asseri


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