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Globe Trot: Concerns over Obama’s Iran prisoner swap

International | The early 2016 deal raises questions about national security threats
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/24/17, 06:53 pm

IRAN: In a prisoner swap under the Iran deal that returned to the United States civilians like Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, the Obama administration handed off high-level Iranian operatives under investigation for national security concerns. Politico’s Josh Meyer reports:

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Globe Trot: Iraqi forces move on Mosul, liberating 12 Nineveh villages

International | The battle to retake Nineveh Plains from ISIS could ‘go fast and easy’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/17/16, 09:12 am

IRAQ: Overnight, Iraqi army forces began an operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS, which has held the country’s second largest city since June 2014. According to Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, an Assyrian church cleric and head of the Iraqi relief group CAPNI, the battle by Kurdish peshmerga and other Iraqi contingents to retake surrounding Nineveh Plains “may go fast and easy,” as those forces advanced 6 miles in a few hours, liberating 12 villages east of Mosul.

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Globe Trot: Turkey detains American Christian couple

International | NATO member holds a pastor and his wife in defiance of international law
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/14/16, 04:34 pm

TURKEY: In the shadow of a key U.S. military base crucial to the fight against ISIS, Turkish authorities have detained American Christians Andrew and Norine Brunson for a week now—refusing to allow access to them by U.S. consular officials and lawyers, as required by international law. Turkey, remember, is a NATO member.

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