Monday, February 8, 2016

MENA Report ( February 8 , 2016 ) Around the Horn : 1. Syria War Updates ; 2. Turkey - Kurds Aspect Of Syria War ; 3. UAE Cost Cutting Due To Low Oil Prices - Trimming Ministries / Outsourcing Most Gov't Services ; 4. Jordan & Lebanon - Syria War Aspects ; 5. Libya In focus ; and Iraq In focus.


Evening Wrap ......








U.S., push ceasefire ahead of talks
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This Masquerade - George Benson .....background music while reading





























Turkey, Saudi Arabia Mull Syria Ground Invasion As Russia, Hezbollah Decimate Rebels










Reports Israeli airstrikes targeted regime ammo depots in Qutayfah; multiple explosions reported near brigade 155.












US -Turkey conflict over YPG to continue. .












-hit UAE plans to trim ministries, outsource most government services









Why the fall of this city in raises red flags in -


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rebels lose new ground to , regime

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Turkey fears influx of 600,000 refugees from Aleppo bombing


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Lebanon resists granting work permits to Syrian refugees

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After Hoor and Rwaisat, at the door of in reef . Several fronts observing attacks simultaneously in



















and clashing in Wadi al-Dibb in outskirts along the borders between and .








Kadyrov Says Chechen Special Forces Infiltrated Islamic State, Aiding












Opposition falling apart in Northern Syria....









Libya seeks extra week to form unity govt










Presidential Council: The strikes on are a criminal act, done outside of the legal framework.

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- the Ministry of Defense is the main point of contention between Presidential Council members as talks to form GNA Gov continue.









- HoR in says international community must take responsibility in identifying who was behind the airstrikes on .








- HoR's statement regarding airstrikes on suggests Egypt is not behind airstrikes (Egypt is strong HoR ally).









Protestors in Shahhat close off local council HQ, demand solutions for blackouts, lack of liquidity at banks.


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GNA postponing sessions due to disagreements in appointing the Defence Minister. Some sources indicates it's b/w Al-Barghati & Hafter









Protestors threaten to storm Ageila Saleh's home if he doesn't resign position, say living conditions deteriorating



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2 days of air strikes on Derna, East Libya, planes unidentified.




















Canada sends in hundreds of special forces to Iraq, as its fighter jets come home

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Iraqi forces massing for push to retake ISIS-held Mosul


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Independence of requires dialogue w/ neighbours & regional powers. We must hold talks w/ Iraq to reach an understanding... 1/5