WW4/Middle East Files: Iraqi PM Abadi interviewed by France 24, welcomes Russian air strikes against ISIS-held territory in Iraq, “It’s a possibility, if we get the offer we’ll consider it”; Russia not averse to Iraqi intervention, Foreign Ministry: “If we get such a request from the Iraqi government or a [UN] Security Council resolution . . .”; follows est. of intel-gathering agreement between Baghdad, Moscow, Tehran, Damascus, US Dep. Def. Sec. Work admits White House “surprised” by Iraq’s shifting alliances: “[W]e are in the process of working to try and find out exactly what Iraq has said”; USA initially learned of Kremlin’s imminent air campaign in Syria when Russian 3-star general approached US embassy in Baghdad, issued demarche: “If you have forces in the area we request they leave”; Russian air base in Latakia supports total of 34 fixed-wing combat aircraft, 20 sorties launched against anti-Assad rebels over Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Russian Navy to defend Alawite heartland, hold 40 drills in E. Med., warns civilian aviation to avoid flights between Cyprus, Syrian coast during Oct.
October 1, 2015
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Things unravelling fast in ME. Got whistlin’ emoticon?
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