Saturday, October 24, 2015

Россия показала на деле Ураган и солнцепек в Сирии.

Over 9,000 ‘hate preachers’ arrested under NAP - Pak Trib

ISLAMABAD: Some 9,400 firebrand speakers and clerics have been arrested on charges of fanning the flames of sectarian hate as the government stepped up efforts to curb strife as part of the National Action Plan (NAP).
“All of them were found involved in fuelling sectarianism in the name of religion,” an official tasked with monitoring the progress of the action plan told The Express Tribune....
http://tribune.com.pk/story/977902/sectarian-strife-over-9000-hate-preachers-arrested-under-nap/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New+Campaign&utm_term=%2AAfPak+Daily+Brief

-bth: finally responsible action by the Pak government

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Syrian Kurds look to take Raqqa with new Arab force as allies - Middle East Eye

....A YPG spokesperson told McClatchy that the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus, not Raqqa, is the primary objective. The border town is some 25 kilometres west of Kobane and 100 kilometres northwest of Raqqa but Kurdish officials say the two towns are interlinked.
“We cannot capture Jarabulus without taking Raqqa, After that we can create one canton administration,” said Heval Nemir, a 25-year-old YPG fighter.
One of the main priorities of the Kurds is to link the encircled enclave of Efrin, northwest of Aleppo, with Kobane, by clearing out IS villages around the Syrian-Turkish border on the other side of the Euphrates river, including Jarabulus. They would also like to secure their southern borders against IS attacks.
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syrian-kurds-look-take-raqqa-new-arab-force-allies-1064765056#sthash.mFBw2mO8.dpuf

-bth: the article goes into speculation about next targets being Raqqa or perhaps Jarabulus or others.  From what I can tell I would guess Jarabulus.

At least 35,000 displaced from Aleppo as Russian bombing continues - Middle East Eye

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However, medical staff from local organizations working in the area said that at least 70,000 people are thought to be on the move in the southern Aleppo countryside.

350,000-strong exodus by the weekend? 

Turkish security sources have now also claimed that they expected the number of refugees leaving Aleppo province to increase to 350,000 by the weekend if the airstrikes continue, with a number of these people being expected to reach Turkey’s border, Turkish opposition daily Hurriyet reported on Wednesday.

Syria Turkmen Council President Abdurrahman Mustafa also confirmed 50,000 people have left the city and were heading to Turkey.

“A major migration has started from the south of Aleppo. Turkmens are in the rural and northern part of the city. The migration will be larger when the regime forces reach here," he told Hurriyet.
- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/35000-people-displaced-aleppo-russia-air-strikes-continue-unabated-976256390#sthash.lGNlAmPh.dpuf...

-bth: this report indicates that the refugee traffic would be a solid indicator of pending conflict at the local level.

В сирийском воздушном пространстве возросла интенсивность присутствия ле...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Nuclear deal on Iran program to be implemented this year, says Iranian official - Reuters

Iran's nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Monday he expected a deal with six world powers on shrinking Tehran's atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief to be implemented by year-end.
"Hopefully before the end of this year certainly we would have the implementation day," Araqchi told reporters after meeting senior officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France in Vienna.
The United States and the European Union took formal legal steps on Sunday that will lift sanctions once Iran meets certain conditions such as reducing the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium, and its enriched uranium stockpile.
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Germany's foreign minister said the EU sanctions were likely to remain in place at least until January....

-bth: I think this is relevant because it defined the timeline for release of the embargoed funds that will be needed by Iran to pay the Russians for their equipment in Syria.