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    Marie Harf: The Iran nuclear deal is working



    Published on 4 Oct 2017
    Fox News contributor says it would be 'irresponsible' for the U.S. to walk away.

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    Pentagon chief supports Iran nuclear agreement

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyHmsIXW6bE

    Published on 4 Oct 2017

    The US defense secretary has openly contradicted President Donald Trump’s
    position on the Iran nuclear deal.James Mattis made the remarks while testifying
    before the U-S senate. He said Iran was fundamentally in compliance with the Joint
    Comprehensive Plan of Action and that it was in the U-S national security interest
    to stick to the deal. General James Dunford, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also
    said Tehran was not in material breach of the deal. The remarks come ahead of
    Trump’s announcement on whether to stay in the 20-15 agreement. Trump has
    described the accord as one of the worst deals he has seen. Last month, the
    International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran’s compliance with the deal.

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    Al-Nusra leader gravely injured & 12 commanders killed in Russian airstrike – MoD


    Published on 4 Oct 2017
    The leader of Al-Nusra has been critically injured in an airstrike carried out by the
    Russian Air Force, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that at
    least 12 Al-Nusra field commanders had been killed in the same attack.
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    Meanwhile distracted by Rocketman , Russiagate and now LA Shooter...

    Something odd is happening in the Middle East power block that will
    surely get the neoCon/Dems in a panic and something else to blame
    on Trump......Oil prices , arms deals ,Syria & US foreign policies some
    reasons for closer ties with Moscow and Ryadh.... Russia has also been
    getting closer with Israel and their up and down relationship with Turkey,
    China ,India ,Pakistan and other countries in a charm and sales offensive
    which is bound to worry the Pentagon , NATO and its allies...


    Russia: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vlMjXuCnUo
    Published on 9 Mar 2017

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    What is behind Saudi king’s 'historic' Moscow visit?

    Published on 4 Oct 2017

    Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry hailed this week's visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz
    Al Saud to Moscow as "historic".

    Riyadh and Moscow have been at odds for decades. The two oil superpowers
    produce almost half of the world's crude - and fiercely compete for market shares.
    Moscow's efforts that propped up Syrian President Bashar Assad's government have
    pitted Russia against Saudis and other Sunni Arab states.

    Yet, in the past year, an unexpected rapprochement between the two countries has
    been in the making amid Moscow's deteriorating ties with Washington and US
    President Donald Trump's unpredictable policy shifts.

    Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.


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    RAW: Saudi King’s escalator breaks down as he arrives in Moscow on historic state visit
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xalPKve78Y
    Published on 5 Oct 2017
    Saudi King's escalator breaks down as he arrives in Moscow on a historic state visit.

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    Royal visit: Russia & Saudi Arabia sign billion dollar arms & energy contracts



    Published on 5 Oct 2017
    President Putin welcomed King Salman of Saudi Arabia to the Kremlin,
    for a landmark first visit to Russia.Some analysts see the trip, and talk
    of increased co-operation, as foreshadowing a realignment of global power.
    Read more: https://on.rt.com/8p3l

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    The Debate – Russia-Saudi Arabia Ties

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Z6WEZxBNg

    Published on 5 Oct 2017

    The Saudi King is heading a delegation in what's called a historic visit to Russia. On
    the surface, there is much the 2 disagree on, such as Syria & Iran. However,
    agreements on weapons sales, oil & a promise to work to resolve Middle East crises
    peacefully may breach gaps. So, whose policies will change, if at all, after this trip?
    Will Saudis back down on support for terrorists & the ideology that inspires them?
    Or will Russians be charmed by Saudis?
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    Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile system ...China & India are interested...


    Published on 12 Sep 2017

    NATO member Turkey has signed an estimated billion
    dollar deal to buy Russia's advanced S-400 missile
    system. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8n1n

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    Deal Ordeal: NATO worries over Turkish purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU_CWhmVFD8

    Published on 14 Sep 2017
    President Erdogan of Turkey has slammed NATO's concerns over the purchase
    of a Russian S-400 Defense System. He said that, from now on, Turkey would
    take control of its own security.According to the manufacturers, the S-400
    system can shoot down up to 80 targets at a time with a range of about 400km.
    The deal is proving to be a worry for NATO allies - who say it's incompatible with
    the alliance systems already in Turkey.

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    Kim Jong-un: October 10 holiday the latest ‘flash point’ that could lead to Korean war

    http://www.news.com.au/world/kim-jon...e12f8f7e614c1e

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-us-west-coast

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/464336...weapon-latest/

    What not to do when you are a rogue regime...note the video below at the 7:51 mark describing the hydrogen bomb detonation event in North Korea. The video failed to properly identify the event as originating in North Korea.



    The detonation is expected in the early morning hours East Coast Time in the U.S. (EST). Local time on the Korean Peninsula is provided below:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=seou...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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    Wonder what fizzled the latest 'inevitable' escalation?...kudos to whoever was responsible for the latest fizzle.

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    Trump addresses strategy on Iran nuclear deal (full speech)


    Published on 13 Oct 2017
    President Trump unveils the United States' new strategy on the Iran nuclear deal.

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    Iran nuclear deal: Trump vows not to sign off agreement

    US President Donald Trump has condemned Iran as a "fanatical regime" and
    refused to continue certifying an international nuclear deal.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41613314
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    The former top White House official Steve Bannon hinted that the Trump administration was planning to soon declare that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, perhaps as soon as next week.

    But a senior administration official disputed that such an announcement was in the works for next week...whenever such an announcement transpires, war in the Middle East will follow soon thereafter.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/1...connell-243777
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    Syrian troops capture ISIS stronghold Al-Mayadeen amid major offensive – Russian
    MoD . Less than 8% of Syria is under ISIS control.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XscYHQvjDv0
    Published on 14 Oct 2017
    Syrian government troops have liberated the city of Mayadin from Islamic State,
    according to the Russian defence ministry. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8psu

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    Benjamin Netanyahu commends Trump's decision on Iran
    Published 15th Oct

    Israeli prime minister speaks out on 'Sunday Morning Futures'
    about preventing Iran's nuclear capabilities.

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    Rex Tillerson full State of the Union interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZOhW2dVp0c

    Published on 15 Oct 2017
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joins CNN's Jake Tapper
    on State of the Union to discuss the Iran nuclear deal,
    North Korea, and more.
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    CrossTalk Bullhorns: Pokemon Wars..... Iran Neo - cons happy.


    Published on 16 Oct 2017
    Donald Trump’s decision to start the process to end the Iran nuclear deal
    IS A BIG deal. Is this the path toward still another war? Also, the so-called
    Russiagate scandal takes a bizarre turn. It is almost impossible to believe.
    CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Victor Olevich.

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    Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

    Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking
    key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.
    Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance.
    The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan
    Region held a controversial independence referendum.

    They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic
    State militants swept through the region.Residents of Kurdish-controlled
    areas, including Kirkuk, overwhelmingly backed secession from Iraq in
    a 25 September vote.While Kirkuk is outside Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish
    voters in the city were allowed to take part.

    read more...



    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41641563

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    Iraqi military op against Kirkuk is war declaration – Kurds



    Published on 16 Oct 2017
    Iraqi soldiers have raised their country’s flags over key buildings in Kirkuk,
    and Baghdad has declared the Kurdish city be under government control.
    The Kurdish Peshmerga forces called the takeover “a flagrant declaration
    of war” and vowed that Iraq will pay a “heavy price.”

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    US-trained Kurds & US-trained Iraqis clash in Kirkuk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQL6MDuSEV0

    Published on 16 Oct 2017
    Mounting acrimony between Kurds and Iraqis following the Kurdish independence
    referendum in September have led to open violence. Kurdish Peshmurga forces
    have withdrawn from Kirkuk and the surrounding Kurdistan region as Iraqi
    government forces invaded, seizing key positions and oil fields. RT America’s Manila
    Chan has the story.

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    Iraqi Government Forces Take Control of the disputed city of Kirkuk - BBC News



    Published on 17 Oct 2017
    Pro-Baghdad troops took less than 24 hours to win control of the disputed city.
    Despite some clashes, the Kurdish Peshmerga offered little resistance and withdrew
    from a number of key locations. Also, the former IS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria is
    said to haven fallen after hundreds of its fighters fled, and after a change of policy
    North Koreans are allowed to gamble
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    US-backed forces liberate Raqqa from ISIS in Syria

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9Qvd8aaW6A

    Published on 17 Oct 2017
    Greg Palkot reports on the major turning
    in the battle against the terror group.

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    Raqqa: IS 'capital' falls to US-backed Syrian forces

    A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters says it has
    taken full control of so-called Islamic State's one-time "capital" of Raqqa.
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello said the fighting
    was over after a four-month assault.Clearing operations were now under
    way to uncover any jihadist sleeper cells and remove landmines, he added.

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    Leaked Israeli diplomatic cable reveals Saudi-Israeli plans to provoke war with Iran and demonize Hezbollah

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    Left: Israeli PM Netanyahu, Right: Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman

    Early this morning, Israeli Channel 10 news published a leaked diplomatic cable which had been sent to all Israeli ambassadors throughout the world concerning the chaotic events that unfolded over the weekend in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, which began with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's unexpected resignation after he was summoned to Riyadh by his Saudi-backers, and led to the Saudis announcing that Lebanon had "declared war" against the kingdom.

    The classified embassy cable, written in Hebrew, constitutes the first formal evidence proving that the Saudis and Israelis are deliberately coordinating to escalate the situation in the Middle East.

    The explosive classified Israeli cable reveals the following:
    • On Sunday, just after Lebanese PM Hariri's shocking resignation, Israel sent a cable to all of its embassies with the request that its diplomats do everything possible to ramp up diplomatic pressure against Hezbollah and Iran.
    • The cable urged support for Saudi Arabia's war against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.
    • The cable stressed that Iran was engaged in "regional subversion".
    • Israeli diplomats were urged to appeal to the "highest officials" within their host countries to attempt to expel Hezbollah from Lebanese government and politics.
    As is already well-known, the Saudi and Israeli common cause against perceived Iranian influence and expansion in places like Syria, Lebanon and Iraq of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called "Shia crescent" as their primary policy goal in the region. For Israel, Hezbollah has long been its greatest foe, which Israeli leaders see as an extension of Iran's territorial presence right up against the Jewish state's northern border.

    The Israeli reporter who obtained the document is Barak Ravid, senior diplomatic correspondent for Channel 10 News. Ravid announced the following through Twitter yesterday:
    • I published on channel 10 a cable sent to Israeli diplomats asking to lobby for Saudis/Harir and against Hezbollah. The cable sent from the MFA in Jerusalem [Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs] to all Israeli embassies toes the Saudi line regarding the Hariri resignation.
    • The Israeli diplomats were instructed to demarch their host governments over the domestic political situation in Lebanon - a very rare move.
    • The cable said: "You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon's security."
    • "Hariri's resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon," the cable added.
    • The cable instructed Israeli diplomats to support Saudi Arabia over its war with the Houthis in Yemen. The cable also stressed: "The missile launch by the Houthis towards Riyadh calls for applying more pressure on Iran & Hezbollah."
    Watch today's Hebrew broadcast Channel 10 News report which features the Israeli diplomatic cable - the text of which is featured in Channel 10's screenshot (below) - here.

    Below is a rough translation of the classified Israeli embassy cable using Google Translate as released by Israel's Channel 10 News:
    "To the Director-General: you are requested to urgently contact the Foreign Ministry and other relevant government officials [of your host country] and emphasize that the resignation of Al-Hariri and his comments on the reasons that led him to resign illustrate once again the destructive nature of Iran and Hezbollah and their danger to the stability of Lebanon and the countries of the region.

    Al-Hariri's resignation proves that the international argument that Hezbollah's inclusion in the government is a recipe for stability is basically wrong. This artificial unity creates paralysis and the inability of local sovereign powers to make decisions that serve their national interest. It effectively turns them into hostages under physical threat and are forced to promote the interests of a foreign power - Iran - even if this may endanger the security of their country.

    The events in Lebanon and the launching of a ballistic missile by the signatories to the Riyadh agreement require increased pressure on Iran and Hezbollah on a range of issues from the production of ballistic missiles to regional subversion."
    Thus, as things increasingly heat up in the Middle East, it appears the anti-Iran and anti-Shia alliance of convenience between the Saudis and Israelis appears to have placed Lebanon in the cross hairs of yet another looming Israeli-Hezbollah war. And the war in Yemen will also continue to escalate - perhaps now with increasingly overt Israeli political support. According to Channel 10's commentary (translation), "In the cable, Israeli ambassadors were also asked to convey an unusual message of support for Saudi Arabia in light of the war in which it is involved in Yemen against the Iranian-backed rebels."

    All of this this comes, perhaps not coincidentally, at the very moment ISIS is on the verge of complete annihilation (partly at the hands of Hezbollah), and as both Israel and Saudi Arabia have of late increasingly declared "red lines" concerning perceived Iranian influence across the region as well as broad Hezbollah acceptance and popularity within Lebanon.

    What has both Israel and the Saudis worried is the fact that the Syrian war has strengthened Hezbollah, not weakened it. And now we have smoking gun internal evidence that Israel is quietly formalizing its unusual alliance with Saudi Arabia and its power-hungry and hawkish crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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    Its a 100 years since Lord Balfour set in motion the events
    that have effected the Middle East ever since. David explains
    his take on the history of the document and its consequences.


    The Balfour Declaration: What Really Happened -
    The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast




    Published on 3 Nov 2017

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    CrossTalk on China: The Donald's Pivot



    Published on 8 Nov 2017

    In terms of foreign policy Donald Trump has already earned himself the
    title ‘the low expectations president.’ This title is now being put to the
    test during his tour of Asia. Is the US a status quo power in the Asia-
    Pacific region or merely a foil challenging China?

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    Syria's liberation: Army recaptures last major ISIS stronghold



    Published on 8 Nov 2017
    The Syrian army and its allies, including the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, say
    they've liberated the last major ISIL stronghold in Syria - the town of Al Bukamal.
    The town is on the border with Iraq, and was the terrorists' last major bastion
    after they were driven from the city of Deir ez-Zor.
    Read more: https://on.rt.com/8rsq


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    Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal 'captured'



    Syrian pro-government forces captured the city of Deir al-Zour on Friday

    Syrian army and allied forces have taken Albu Kamal, the last major town
    held by so-called Islamic State in the country, Syrian state media says.
    Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces also took part in the operation, close to
    the border between the two countries.

    The two groups had been making significant gains against IS in their
    respective countries in recent weeks.The militants overran vast areas of
    both Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, establishing a "caliphate".

    A commander in the Syrian pro-government military alliance said, quoted
    by Reuters: "The last stronghold of Daesh (Islamic State), Albu Kamal,
    is free of the Daesh organisation."

    read more...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41918913

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    Yemen conflict: UN official warns of world's biggest famine

    Yemen faces the world's largest famine in decades "with millions of victims"
    if aid deliveries are not resumed, a senior UN official has warned.

    Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs,
    urged the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of the conflict-torn country.
    On Monday, the coalition shut air, land and sea routes into Yemen after
    Houthi rebels fired a missile at Riyadh.

    The ballistic warhead was intercepted near the Saudi capital.

    Saudi Arabia said the blockade was needed to stop Iran sending weapons to the rebels.

    Iran denies arming the rebels, who have fought the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

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    Bypassing the Suez Canal: Russian - Iranian transportation project gets approved

    Fort Russ News -
    November 8 , 2017 -
    24 Molnia- translated by Inessa Sinchougova


    The Russian transit project "North-South" has received international support. Earlier it was reported that Moscow, together with Tehran, began to actively explore the feasibility of implementing a corridor for the flow of goods from Asia to the EU.

    Unlike the Chinese "New Silk Road", the emphasis in this project is on the use of maritime transport. It is expected that the time savings for the delivery of goods from Asia to the EU can be up to two weeks. Thus, the corridor "North-South" will become a serious competitor to the route passing through the Suez Canal.

    The head of the port and shipping organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, reports on a significant increase in cargo turnover in the country's maritime harbors. It is noteworthy that the Iranian side continues to make serious efforts to further develop its port infrastructure. To this end, Iran signed a contract with India for the supply of port equipment worth $ 85 million. It is expected that the renewal of the maritime infrastructure will allow the Iranian side to significantly accelerate the process of providing the necessary capacity for transshipment of goods, along the shortest route from India to the EU market.

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    Busted: Americans supply Europe with gas, which they buy in Russia

    Fort Russ News -
    November 6 , 2017 -
    by Inessa Sinchougova


    The United States supplies fuel to the liquefied gas terminal in Belgium's Antwerp, after purchasing it in Russia. This story was initially reported by TASS, the journalists of which were investigating activities of offshore companies.

    It turned out that the liquefied gas arriving in Antwerp is delivered by four tankers, belonging to the Navigator Holdings company registered in the Marshall Islands.

    Almost one third (31%) of Navigator Holdings shares belong to US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross.

    The company buys gas from the Russian "Sibur" in the port of Ust-Luga.

    The investigation confirms the opinion of the Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, that it is "naive to count on the arrival of liquefied gas from the United States in the terminals of Europe."

    The terminals for liquefied gas in Europe were created to reduce the dependence of the EU countries on the export of fuel through Russian pipelines. However, the gas comes to the terminals not from the USA, but from the nearest source - Russia, at a higher price than for pipeline transportation.

    The revealed information also indicates the knowing cooperation of Sibur with Wilbur Ross, which was not previously known. The company seemed surprised at the political interest in what they viewed as "regular commercial activity."

    What European allies, or European interests?

    The sanctions are surely working out great for Mr. Ross.

    Mainstream media are bound to ignore this blatant misconduct of the oligarchy. In the words of the Russian President - the US doesn't need allies, it needs only vassals.



    And to quote the well known Princeton professor on Russian studies, Stephen Cohen, when it comes to natural resources, among other things - the West needs Russia, more than Russia needs the West.


    The entire quote appears at around 5.28 of the video.


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    A month ago the BBC reported that a deal was being planned , in public the US said
    no in this report , but it looks like they changed there mind or it was done without
    their official consent anyway according to the BBC report underneath.

    Exclusive from Raqqa: IS fighters seeking a deal to move safely out of the city - BBC News


    Published on 13 Oct 2017
    As the operation to retake the Islamic States stronghold Raqqa, enters its final days, BBC
    Arabic’s Feras Killani has been given access to the frontline, where US led coalition refused
    a deal which would allow the safe passage of Islamic state fighters in plan brokered by city
    elders it would also see the release of 5000 civilians who are held by so-called Islamic state
    as human shields

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    Raqqa's Dirty Secret...

    13 Nov 2017

    The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters
    and their families escape from Raqqa under the gaze of the US and British-led
    coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

    A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances
    – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making
    it as far as Turkey.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/...s_dirty_secret
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    Fall of Raqqa: The secret deal - BBC News



    Published on 14 Nov 2017
    When US-backed Syrian fighters took full control of the city of Raqqa, it ended
    three years of rule there by so-called Islamic State. But now the BBC has
    uncovered details of a secret deal that let several hundred IS fighters escape.
    IS made Raqqa in northern Syria its headquarters in early 2014. Last month
    Raqqa fell, but this programme has learnt that in exchange for a deal to save
    lives and bring peace to the city, a convoy carrying several hundred IS fighters,
    their families and weapons and ammunition -- were able to leave the city freely.
    The question now is, where are they now? Our Middle East Correspondent,
    Quentin Sommerville, has this exclusive report.

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    Hundreds of terrorists feared to have fled Raqqa on US watch

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaVFuQVFYrI
    Published on 15 Nov 2017
    It's suspected that hundreds of Islamic State fighters may have been given free
    pass as they left the now-liberated Syrian city of Raqqa. It's been reported that
    they were able to leave in convoys as part of a deal brokered to bring an end to the
    fighting in the area.
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    Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'under house arrest' after army takeover

    41 minutes ago
    From the section Africa

    Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house
    arrest in the capital Harare, South African President Jacob Zuma says.

    Mr Mugabe told Mr Zuma in a phone call that he was fine, the South
    African leader's office said.Troops are patrolling the capital, Harare,
    after they seized state TV and said they were targeting "criminals".
    The move may be a bid to replace Mr Mugabe with his sacked deputy,
    Emmerson Mnangagwa, BBC correspondents say.Mr Mnangagwa's
    dismissal last week left Mr Mugabe's wife Grace as the president's
    likely successor. Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in
    northern parts of Harare early on Wednesday.

    Mr Mugabe, 93, has dominated the impoverished country's political
    scene since it gained independence from the UK in 1980.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41997982



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    US citizens in Zimbabwe told to shelter in place

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsNv5RyxScA

    Published on 15 Nov 2017
    Amy Kellogg reports on the ongoing political uncertainty.
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