A representative of the leading Kurdish party in Iraq, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) in Mosul, Said Mamuziny, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about how the detachments of the Iraqi militia Hashd al-Sha’abi were seen setting up positions next to the Kurdistan Worker’s Party members in Sinjar.
Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden, has vowed revenge on the west for killing his father and is set to become the next leader of al-Qaeda according to a former FBI agent Ali Soufan. Radio Sputnik spoke with Yoram Schweitzer, an expert on international terrorism at the Institute for National Security Studies.
A representative of the leading Kurdish party in Iraq, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan (KDP) in Mosul, Said Mamuziny, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the recent execution of civilians at the hands of Daesh.
The United States is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union. The ban would affect trans-Atlantic routes that carry around 65 million people a year on over 400 daily flights. Sputnik spoke with Dr. Michael McKinley, a member of the Emeritus Faculty at the Australian National University.
The result of the negotiations of Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing was the signing of agreements on Chinese investments, totaling $9 billion. However, the country's investment needs are much higher. Sputnik spoke with an analyst from Moscow State University, Andrei Karneev, about how stable the recent rapprochement of Manila and Beijing truly is.
The head of the Department of Korea and Mongolia at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Alexander Vorontsov, in an interview with National News Service, spoke about the recent launch of a North Korean ballistic missile, noting that by doing so the DPRK is trying to ensure its own security.
Egyptian expert on political and religious trends Omar Ali Hasan spoke to Sputnik in an interview saying that there is an urgent need to create a cyber army in order to tackle terrorists who are infiltrating young minds online.
Syria has been living under Western sanctions for many years now. These sanctions concern even such an important sphere of the country as its medicine and medical supplies. Western medicines and spare parts for expensive European medical devices are not available in the country and that has a devastating effect on its civilians.
In an interview with Sputnik, expert on combat aviation Makar Aksenenko said that Vietnam may be considering bringing back the “Vietnamese Tigers” or the F-5E/F Tiger II fighter jets. What could be the possible reasons behind this decision and how might these jets come in handy?
The Tunisian city of Tataouine is facing civil protests that have been raging for three weeks now. Civilians are demanding the government keeps its promises and allocates more oil revenues to the local budget. However, such an action could jeopardize the country’s security.
Democrats have expressed confidence that they can block Trump’s legislative priorities, as US congressional negotiators agreed on a budget for the current fiscal year. This comes as the Democratic Party managed to secure around $5 billion in new domestic spending.
The international coalition for combating terrorism, led by the United States, has accepted the deaths of at least 396 civilians between 2014 and 2017 in Syria and Iraq as a result of its airstrikes, the central command of the coalition reported.
Donald Trump’s administration is stepping up its anti-Iran policy. This is evidenced by the recent statements stated by Trump himself, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other high-ranking officials. Sputnik spoke to political analyst, Vladimir Sazhin, about how far the US would go in its anti-Iran policy.
Russia has entirely fulfilled the contract on delivering the S-300 air defense system to Iran in 2016, according to the head of Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov.
A growing number of foreign fighters are depleting the ranks of the Daesh terrorist group, as its self-proclaimed caliphate turns into shambles. There were reports that at least two British nationals and one US citizen has recently left the group and surrendered to Turkish border police.
The US has reportedly demanded $1 billion from South Korea for the placement of the THAAD missile system on South Korea’s territory. Radio Sputnik spoke with an expert, Alexander Vorontsov, who noted that Trump applies a “rigid-push approach on his ally.”
In recent years, Chinese airlines have made tremendous progress in terms of the rising need for air transportation. Due to that airlines such as Chengdu Airlines and Sichuan Airlines have started actively inviting foreign pilots to work for them. A Sputnik correspondent soon discovered that these companies show great interest in Russian pilots.
The Syrian city of Raqqa remains occupied by Daesh terrorists since early 2014. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the backing of a US-led international coalition is set to storm Raqqa and liberate it next month. It has been reported that US tanks will be used during the battle.
China actively maintains contact with the US in an effort to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and prevent a military conflict near its borders. On Monday, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping held a conversation regarding the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Syria is fighting the prospect of becoming a colony again; efforts to subdue the independent country are being imposed on it in the most horrific manner, former Syrian Information Minister Mahdi Dakhlallah told Sputnik Arabic.
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