A former Iraqi diplomat warns that the US withdrawal might present an opportunity for some elements to fill the void. One of these players could be Daesh* terrorists, while the other could be Iran, whose militias ostensibly controls large chunks of the capital, Baghdad.
The self-styled online 'independent investigation' group, well known for its inquiries into a range of geopolitical hot topics, from alleged chemical attacks in Syria to the downing of a civilian airliner in civil war-hit eastern Ukraine, has long been accused by independent media of serving as a mere front for Western intelligence agencies.
Ex-POTUS Barack Obama, who is turning 60, celebrated his 50th birthday on a reportedly similar grand scale in 2011, hosting a star-studded jamboree of guests at the White House that included musicians Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder, actor Tom Hanks, and basketball legends Charles Barkley and Grant Hill.
PRAGUE (Sputnik) - The Japanese authorities confirmed to the Czech Republic that Belarusian Olympic sprinter Kristina Timanovskaya received Prague's asylum offer, Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said on Monday, stressing that his country is willing to help.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Claims by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa chief regarding Russia's alleged provocations in the Black Sea are dangerous, this is an attempt to shift responsibility for the potential escalation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said on Monday.
Police suspect animal attacks on children are on the rise due to a sudden increase in the number of carnivores like jackals, wolves, and leopards, which lurk in villages in search of food amid the harvest season. This is the second such attack on a child in the same district.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Afghan government forces have killed 38 members of the Taliban* movement and injured two others when the insurgents attempted to storm a prison in the southwestern city of Lashkar Gah, Afghan defence ministry spokesman Fawad Aman said on Monday.
The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 4.2 million, while over 198 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.