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Turkish President Erdogan Rejects EU Request on Antiterrorism Laws
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF May 6, 2016 @ 10:21amClick here to read more
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday ruled out changing antiterrorism laws to meet European Union demands to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, in a sign that Ankara will take a tougher stance toward the bloc as the prime minister who brokered the deal prepares to resign.
Amid daily attacks from Kurdish separatists and Islamic State, the president warned the EU that pressing Turkey to reform its counterterrorism measures would mark a definitive split for Ankara-Brussels relations.
“We will go our way, and you can go your way,” Mr. Erdogan said in Istanbul during a public speech.
North Korea Congress Kicks Off With Embrace of Nuclear Arms
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF May 6, 2016 @ 10:10amClick here to read more
SEOUL—North Korea began its highest-level political gathering in more than three decades Friday with a message of nuclear defiance to the U.S. in its state media but a blackout on information from the event.
The first Workers’ Party Congress since 1980 is expected to last for around four days and provide dictator Kim Jong Un a platform to consolidate his own power and confirm the nation’s policy direction. There are few expectations for any significant shift from North Korea’s strategy of threatening the U.S. and other nations with nuclear weapons.
At the congress in Pyongyang, Mr. Kim is expected to make a major policy speech. State television and news media carried no details of the gathering by late afternoon and foreign journalists invited into the country for the event were kept away from the meeting. No agenda has been given for the event.
North Korea's Kim seeks to cement power at rare congress
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF May 6, 2016 @ 9:50amClick here to read more
North Korea is holding its most important political gathering in a generation, where Kim Jong-un will try to cement his status as leader.
The country's first full congress in decades is being closely watched for any political or economic changes.
Mr. Kim is expected to reassert his nuclear ambitions, amid speculation he will soon conduct a fifth nuclear test.
Foreign reporters have been invited but cannot go inside the venue, while the event has not appeared on state media.
Moderate Syrian Rebels Torn Between Giving Up, Joining Islamic Extremists
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF May 6, 2016 @ 9:17amClick here to read more
YAYLADAGI, Turkey—Ali Othman is among a shrinking band of Syrian rebels in the mountains across from this border town who face an agonizing choice: accept a settlement with a regime they revile or fight alongside al Qaeda’s Islamist allies.
The Syrian army defector and his fellow fighters say they are weakened and cornered after enduring months of bombardment from Russian forces buttressing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Peace talks ended last month without progress amid a major escalation in violence in the northern city of Aleppo. On Thursday, a day after the U.S. announced a deal with Russia on a fresh cease-fire in Aleppo, Islamist groups targeted regime-held areas of the city with rocket, mortar and sniper fire, according to Syrian state media and U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“My wife begs me almost each day to leave the mountains,” Mr. Othman, 26 years old, said during a recent visit with his family in Turkey. “She keeps asking me: `Why are you still fighting?’”
U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF May 4, 2016 @ 9:54amClick here to read more
SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 3, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolveofficials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.