OPEC minister: “We used to have a WhatsApp group”

As a six-month-old spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar deepens, OPEC’s Gulf ministers will have to scrap their tradition of meeting behind closed doors to agree on policy before the organisation holds its twice-yearly talks, OPEC sources say. “We used to have a WhatsApp group for all ministers and delegates from the Gulf. It used to… Please follow and like us:

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US Officials Warn Special Ops Forces Being Stretched to Possible Breaking Point

Add U.S. lawmakers to the ranks of those worried the country’s special operations forces are being stretched to a possible breaking point. Pentagon officials raised the issue months ago, telling lawmakers in May the continuous, heavy reliance on the most elite U.S. forces was threatening to erode their capabilities. Since then, such concerns have only grown,… Please follow and like us:

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Kurds lose more than oil as they cede control of Kirkuk in Iraq

The Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk has been under Kurdish control for several years. On Monday, Iraqi soldiers reclaimed it for Baghdad, and that’s a big deal. “It is a different Iraq today than it was two days ago,” says journalist Ben Van Heuvelen. “It’s a paradigm shift in Iraq akin to what happened in 2014… Please follow and like us:

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ISIS Makes $100 Million A Year Smuggling Antiquities

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) makes as much as $100 million annually by trafficking looted antiquities out of Iraq and Syria and selling them on the black market. The Wall Street Journal reported that while it was not possible to put a precise figure on the amount of revenue generated for ISIS by the trade… Please follow and like us:

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Turkey, Russia, US army chiefs discuss anti-ISIL steps

The top generals from Turkey, US and Russia have met to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq to prevent ” the risk of a conflict” during their fight against ISIL. Hulusi Akar, Turkish chief of staff; Joseph Dunford, US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and Valery Gerasimov, Russian chief of general staff, met on… Please follow and like us:

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Islamic State on Brink of Financial Collapse, Report Finds

The business model of Islamic State is failing, and the terror group will soon likely collapse financially, according to a detailed analysis of IS finances by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization, and accounting group Ernst & Young. Islamic State is often cited as the richest terrorist organization ever to have existed; but,… Please follow and like us:

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Global arms sales surge driven by Middle East demand

The global trade in heavy weapons has skyrocketed to its highest level since the Cold War with arms sales to the Middle East surging, a new report says. The five biggest exporters – the United States, Russia, China, France and Germany – accounted for 74 percent of total arms exports, according to research published on Monday… Please follow and like us:

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