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Baghdad to send Kirkuk oil through Iran

International | The move is a sign that Tehran is colonizing Iraq and squeezing Iraq’s Christian communities
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/20/17, 05:35 pm

IRAQ: Baghdad is looking to send its Kirkuk oil to export markets via Iran instead of Turkey—one of the clearest signs Tehran is colonizing Iraq in the wake of liberation from ISIS. That colonialism is “also squeezing Iraq’s Christian communities today,” wrote Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn.

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Globe Trot: Norine Brunson meets Secretary Tillerson in Turkey

International | Will the State Department push for her husband’s release?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/31/17, 04:38 pm

TURKEY: No less than seven Turkish newspapers covered yesterday’s meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Norine Brunson (yes, it did happen!), wife of imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson.

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