US coalition forces advance on Mosul 24 Oct 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot France24 English channelIn the current battle for Mosul led by a US coalition of forces, there is a lot more at stake than defeating ISIS. Iran sees the city as a crucial part of its ambition for a resurrected Persian empire.

Is the finger deliberate??? Putin at BRICS press conf 16 Oct 2016 Photo KremlinWhat is Putin's assessment of the US accusation that Russia is tampering in its presidential election and, in retaliation, its  cyber, economic and military threats aimed at Moscow? According to Putin, it is an attempt to distract voters. As for sanctions, the US and its allies can "screw themselves."

Kurdish commander Hussein Yazdanpana in Tubulah At TaMim Iraq mod01aFor Russia and Iran, Turkey and Iraq, and the USA, there are two irritating wildcards in the Middle East: Israel and the Kurds. Seth J. Frantzman, Op-Ed editor at the Jerusalem Post, has made several visits to Kurdish front lines. Who are the Kurds? Frantzman explains...

Assyrian forces with heads of decapitated Jews and Nahums tomb Photo YouTube screenshotsThe 2,500 year old tomb of Nahum is in northern Iraq. Today it is crumbling, threatening to collapse. Nahum's prophecy, however, remains solid. It is a damning message to the likes of Tehran and ISIS.

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