The Status of the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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ICG – Middle East Report N°159 – This report is also available in: Hebrew EXECUTIVE SUMMARY With the Muslim holy month of Ramadan underway and Jewish high holidays soon to follow, tensions have started to rise, if only slightly, at the Holy Esplanade – the Temple Mount (har habayit) to Jews, the Noble Sanctuary (al-haram al-sharif) to Muslims. In mid-2014, ... Read More »

ISIL exists because al-Assad exists: Erdoğan aide

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A senior spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office has indicated the presence of terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was linked to the prevalence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Hurriyet - “No doubt, destroying this terrorist organization is very important for regional countries and their stability. As long ... Read More »

South Sudan: No Sanctions without a Strategy

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Addis/Brussels – ICG – As South Sudan’s civil war continues unabated and multiple peace processes and initiatives create little tangible progress, members of the UN Security Council are seeking to adopt sanctions against six generals, three each from the government and the opposition sides. This would in effect punish past wrongdoing and risk compromising ongoing peace efforts. It would also ... Read More »

Israel detains ship seeking to break its Gaza blockade

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Israel’s navy boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port on June 29 in an operation that did not use force, the military said. Hurriyet – JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been seeking to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade ... Read More »

How Hypersonic Missiles Push America and China towards War

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“Hypersonic weapons add to the complexity and elusiveness of the escalatory dynamics and this is something both sides will need to plan for.” The National Interest - Eleni G. Ekmektsioglou * Hypersonic weapons can achieve speeds over five times faster than the speed of sound (Mach 5) and they are the latest version of precision guided munitions (PGM) that make up ... Read More »

Should ‘Killer Robots’ Be Banned?

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Autonomous weapons could be a military game changer that many want banned. Before considering such a move, we need to refine the debate—and America must demonstrate leadership. The National Interest – Paul ScharreMichael Horowitz Autonomous weapons that select and engage targets on their own might sound far-fetched, but 90 countries and over 50 NGOs are taking their possible development seriously. ... Read More »

US ‘spied on French presidents’

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The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, according to files released by WikiLeaks. SBS - By Reuters The United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, WikiLeaks said in a press statement published on Tuesday, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical ... Read More »

Losing the Eastern Mediterranean to Russia?

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While Greece has been a member of NATO since 1952, anti-Americanism has often run high in Greece. Commentary – Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 In 1974, Greek leftists assassinated the CIA’s station chief in Athens (after the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-wing think tank still operating in Washington, DC, outed him). During the various conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, popular Greek sentiment often ... Read More »

China aims to challenge U.S. air dominance: Pentagon

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China is mounting a serious effort to challenge US military superiority in air and space, forcing the Pentagon to seek new technologies and systems to stay ahead of its rapidly developing rival, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said on June 22. WASHINGTON – Reuters – Hurriyet The Pentagon’s chief operating officer, speaking to a group of military and civilian aerospace ... Read More »