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TODAY’S DAILY BRIEFING
12-Feb-2016
Iraq
Opinion
“And the Iraqi Sunnis now have representation in Washington”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon)
USA EU
On February 12, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following piece by Nadine Shalaq: “…And the Iraqi Sunnis now have representation in Washington. This is not a leak nor a rumor. This piece news has been officially announced by Atheel al-Nujaifi. For those who failed to remember, Al-Nujaifi himself was Mosul’s governor when the ISIL hordes invaded the district before being sacked for charges of cooperating with the terrorist organization. He is also the man who is now leading the so-called National Mobilization Forces, claiming to work on liberating Nineveh and Al-Anbar from ISIL under a Turkish support and an American field cover… (Read More)
Politics
“Iraqi militias direct their forces to Saudi borders”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi)   
Military Defense - Unrest
On February 11, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report: “Special sources in the governorate of Al-Mathna in South Iraq indicated that Shi’i Iraqi militias had dispatched their forces to the border areas with Saudi Arabia knowing that these areas are currently witnessing maneuvers by the Islamic alliance. This comes at the same time as Haidar al-Abadi’s announcement on that the dispatching of ground forces to Syria will lead to a “dangerous escalation” in the region… (Read More)
Lebanon
Politics
“London Donors’ conference a first step to re-settle the refugees”  (Ad-Diyyar)
Refugees - Terrorism
On February 12, Iskandar Chahine wrote the following report in Ad-Diyyar daily: “If the Palestine Nakba had happened due to the Arab failure, the Syrian Nakba is currently take place through the hands of some or most of the Arabs, as a preface for partitioning the region starting with Syria. The Arab countries conspiring against Damascus will also suffer from the partitioning problem because “whoever prepares the poison shall also ingest it… (Read More)
“Future debate on the settlement of Aoun for president”  (Al-Akhbar Lebanon)   
Democracy
On February 12, the Al-Akhbar daily newspaper carried the following report: “…There’s no longer any need to talk about confusion and erosion suffered by the March 14 forces at the evening of the February 14 commemoration throughout all the levels. Day after day, some members of these forces keep proving that the “initiatives,” debates, compromises, bilateral dialogues and deals represent a clear expression of some of these members’ desire to maintain their authority rather than to maintain the concept of March 14… (Read More)
“Looking for presidency at the Aleppo battle!”  (As-Safir)
Democracy
On February 12, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “At the evening of the February 8 hearing for the election of a president – a hearing that yielded the same outcome as the previous hearings – an American diplomat told a Lebanese figure concerned with the presidency issue that “if a president is not elected on the February 8 hearing, I am afraid that the matter will be postponed, perhaps until past the summer.” When asked about the reason for this delay, the American diplomat said: “The regional developments might precede Lebanon, which might be unable to catch up.” He gave no further clarifications… (Read More)
Syria
Politics
“America halts military support for opposition faction in Rif Aleppo for fighting regime”  (Al-Quds al-Arabi)
Military Defense
On February 11, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report: “A well-informed source told Al-Quds al-Arabi that the USA has severed the military support off the Al-Mu’tassim faction in the north suburbs of Aleppo because the faction – who was receiving an American support on the condition of fighting ISIL alone – had actually taken part in repelling the regime’s forces as they reached the towns of Nobol and Al-Zahraa… (Read More)
“Washington curbs the Saudi dash: no war”  (As-Safir)   
Military Defense - USA EU
On February 12, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report: “This will surely not be taking place as long as the U.S. President, Barack Obama, is president: “The Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, will not, under any circumstances, be announcing the launching of a ground operation infiltrating the Syrian borders. This will not be taking place despite the heated Saudi announcements recently that purposefully gave these mysterious impressions. Washington has determined a clear ceiling to any movement: the maximum allowed or possible ceiling will consist of establishing special groups to train the opposition groups in Syria… After a long debate and all kinds of speculations, this was the clear outcome reached during the meeting of the defense ministers of the international counter-ISIL alliance as the ministers and representatives of 49 states met at the NATO headquarters in Brussels… (Read More)
“The Kurds in Al-Jazeera’s lexicon: tissue papers and mercenaries”  (As-Safir)
Media
On February 11, the independent, leftist As-Safir daily newspaper carried the following report by Alaa Halabi: “In parallel to its hard work in approaching the Syrian events from a religious and sectarian angle, Al-Jazeera has started to play on the ethnic string as well. As the Syrian army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units are progressing in the northern suburbs of Aleppo on the expense of An-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, the channel devoted a major part of its attention to the Kurdish issue in Syria during this past week. Thus, the channel aired a number of reports on the history of the Kurds and their relation with the PKK. Through the “Beyond the News” show, it discussed the issue of the American support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and wondered: “Why is the American support limited to the Kurds of Syria?… (Read More)
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