Militants with links to Islamic State apprehended in Russia
Analysis

Militants with links to Islamic State apprehended in Russia

Ten people with reported ties to the Islamic State were arrested in Russia over the weekend. The planned attacks come in the wake of Russia’s recent bombardment of Syria, and this development adds confidence to the statement that Russia’s internal security has suffered as a result of their involvement in the Syrian Civil War. Continue reading

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Iraqi Kurdish leader signals independence talks with Baghdad after Mosul falls
Analysis

Iraqi Kurdish leader signals independence talks with Baghdad after Mosul falls

With the joint operation to clear the Islamic state from its territorial control of Mosul in full swing, a prominent Iraqi Kurdish leader has signified that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) will pressure Baghdad for its independence following the battle. This seems to signify that, despite cooperation between the KRG and the Iraqi Government in their joint endeavor to clear ISIS from Mosul, the autonomous Kurdish government is still intent on seeking an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq. Continue reading