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A turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics?

International | One analyst thinks the battle for Syria’s Idlib could mark the end of Western influence in the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/12/18, 02:39 pm

SYRIA: Suppose the battle for Idlib turned out to be the turning point in modern Middle East geopolitics, with historians looking back on it as the moment Western powers ceased to have influence in the region and Russia and Iran took over? It’s not far-fetched, according to this analysis.

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Congolese rebel group kills 14 UN peacekeepers

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/08/17, 11:19 am

Fourteen United Nations peacekeepers died and more than 40 others sustained injuries when a rebel group attacked their base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, UN officials said Friday. Radio Okapi, linked to the peacekeeping mission in the country, reported the peacekeepers attempted to repel fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces group. UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said he was outraged by the Thursday evening attack in North Kivu province, adding that medical evacuations at the scene are ongoing.

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Iraqi Kurds await independence vote results

International | International groups warn the referendum could trigger more instability in Iraq
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/17, 01:43 pm

Iraqi Kurdish officials said more than 70 percent of Kurds showed up to vote in the region’s independence referendum Monday. As the Kurds await the results, the Iraqi government and several other regional leaders have threatened to respond forcefully if the push for independence continues. 

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