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Why Iran views Islamic State fight through a conspiracy lens
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 22, 2014 @ 10:28amClick here to read more
The US and Iran may be following parallel tracks in their fight against jihadists of the so-called Islamic State, but decades of mutual hostility – and opposing aims in Syria – are shaping Iranian doubts and conspiracy theories about US motives.
Iran’s top leadership blames the US, CIA, Israel, and America's Sunni allies such as Saudi Arabia for “creating” the IS as a tool to undermine Iran. It's a way to ensure a permanent US troop presence in the Middle East and to create chronic regional tensions that benefit Israel, according to Iran.
Iraqi PM Abadi says the US is not to be trusted. Really?
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 22, 2014 @ 10:25amClick here to read more
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he wouldn't allow any foreign troops into the country to help retake territory lost to a Sunni Arab uprising being led by the so-called Islamic State.
His comments were widely reported. But the following remark arguably didn't get sufficient attention: “We don’t need foreign combat troops. And there is no country in the world which would be willing to fight here and give you back your land even if they were asked to," he said.
British jets and drones to operate in Syrian skies, David Cameron says
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 22, 2014 @ 10:22amClick here to read more
British military drones and spy planes will begin carrying out surveillance missions over Syria, Britain’s defense secretary said Tuesday, deepening the UK’s roll in the fight against the self-described Islamic State.
In a letter to Parliament, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon assured lawmakers that the aircraft “are not authorized to use weapons,” a step that would require further permission, the BBC reports.
Investigators looking at computers for clues as to why 3 girls fled US to possibly join ISIS
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 22, 2014 @ 10:19amClick here to read more
Authorities are combing the computers of three teenage girls from suburban Denver for evidence as to why the trio fled to Germany as part of a possible plan to join Islamic State militants in Syria, according to officials.
The girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, said Glenn Thompson, bureau chief of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department.
UN Chief: Need to Rebuild Gaza Quickly
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF October 22, 2014 @ 10:15amClick here to read more
The U.N. secretary-general is warning winter is coming while more than 100,000 Palestinians remain homeless in the Gaza Strip, following the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants earlier this year. The U.N. is urging billions of dollars pledged for Gaza’s reconstruction be quickly turned into concrete assistance.
Ban Ki-moon briefed the U.N. Security Council on his recent trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, saying nothing could prepare him for what he witnessed in Gaza. “I saw mile after mile of wholesale destruction,” he said.