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Wednesday, October 22, 2014   17:22 GMT



U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 21 Oct (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington’s efforts to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
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History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating.
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Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Despite the public’s persistent war weariness, the U.S. defence budget – the world’s biggest by far – may be set to rise again, according to a new study released here this week by the Center for International Policy (CIP).
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Uruguay’s Decision Could Come Too Late for Gitmo Detainees
Diana Cariboni
MONTEVIDEO, 13 Oct (IPS) - Uruguayan President José Mujica bought time for his plan to host six prisoners of Guantánamo, handing over the decision to the winner of the incoming elections. But time is a scarce resource for the inmates of this United States military prison on Cuban soil.
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U.S. Anti-ISIL Strategy Drawing Growing Scepticism
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - Hopes that the strategy announced by President Barack Obama a month ago against the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) might yield a relatively quick victory have disappeared amidst growing fears that the U.S.-led air campaign has at most only slowed the radical group’s advance.
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Azerbaijan Pursues Drones, New Security Options
Shahin Abbasov
BAKU, 4 Oct (IPS) - Heightened tensions with longtime foe Armenia over breakaway Nagorno Karabakh and mediator Russia’s Ukrainian adventure appear to be pushing Caspian-Sea energy power Azerbaijan ever more strongly toward a military strategy of self-reliance.
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Documents Detail Secret Talks Between Washington and Havana
Roger Hamilton-Martin
NEW YORK, 2 Oct (IPS) - In a new book cataloguing the recent history of clandestine exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba, the reliance on secret intermediaries belies the common perception that the two governments rarely communicated during the decades that followed the Cuban revolution in 1959.
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Militarising the Ebola Crisis
Joeva Rock
WASHINGTON, 28 Sep (IPS) - Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.
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Iraq Looking for an ‘Independent’ Sunni Defense Minister
Barbara Slavin
WASHINGTON, 27 Sep (IPS) - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said this past week that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).
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Zero Nuclear Weapons
A Never-Ending Journey Ahead
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 27 Sep (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?
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