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Kerry in Turkey to Boost Support for anti-IS Coalition

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Turkey to seek support for more military action against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Weakens al-Qaeda Groups Around the World but hasn’t Wiped Any Out
Greg Miller and Craig Whitlock / The Washington Post

In declaring that the United States would degrade and “ultimately destroy” an al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq and Syria, President Obama articulated an objective that the United States has yet to achieve against any of the Islamist adversaries it has faced since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Iraq Premier Says France to Join Airstrikes Effort
Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub / Associated Press

France will join the U.S.-led airstrikes targeting extremists in Iraq as part of an expanding international effort to combat the Islamic State group, Iraq’s new prime minister said after talks with the French president on Friday.

Chinese Court Sentences Three to Death for Railway Station Knife Attacks
Jonathan Kaiman / The Guardian

A court in southern China sentenced three people to death and one to life in prison on Friday for perpetrating a gruesome knife attack on a railway station this spring, an incident that shocked the country and underscored the severity of ethnic conflict in the north-western region of Xinjiang.

Pakistan: Arrests Made in 2012 Attack on Malala
Joe Sterling and Adeel Raja / CNN

Pakistani security forces arrested 10 people in the attempt to kill teen activist Malala Yousafzai, the army said Friday.

Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Fight Against Islamic State Influence
Stefanie Kam and Robi Sugara / The Diplomat

The Indonesian government recently banned the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) also released a statement that it was “haram” or forbidden, for Muslims to participate in IS activities. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also recently issued a strongly worded statement condemning the IS for its actions, which run counter to Islamic faith, culture and to common humanity.

First Claim by al-Qaeda Subcontinent Wing: Pakistan Navy Men Ours
Praveen Swami / The Indian Express

The newly-formed Indian subcontinent division of transnational terror group al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for Saturday night’s attack on a Naval dockyard in Karachi — the organisation’s first strike since its existence was made public last month. The attackers, the statement said, were former Pakistan Navy officers-turned-jihadists who were attempting to hijack a missile frigate to stage an attack on a United States aircraft carrier.


The Ukraine Crisis


EU Raises Pressure on Moscow with Tougher Sanctions
Adrian Croft / Reuters

The European Union tightened sanctions on Russia on Friday over its role in the Ukrainian conflict, restricting access to financing for top Russian banks, defense and energy firms and freezing the assets of senior politicians and rebel leaders.

East Europe Stocks Up on Gas as Ukraine Crisis Drags On
Ladka Bauerova and Misha Savic / Bloomberg

Eastern European nations from Poland to Serbia are boosting stockpiles of natural gas after Russia reduced deliveries during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and concerns rose about a winter shutoff.

U.S. Enacts New Sanctions Against Russia
Katie Zezima / The Washington Post

The Obama administration announced new, punitive sanctions against Russia, taking aim at the nation’s largest bank and prohibiting some U.S. exports to deep-water and shale oil projects in Russia’s Arctic.


The Central African Republic Crisis


AP: More than 5,000 Dead in C. African Republic
Krista Larson / Associated Press

More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands.




After a Two-Year Trek, NASA’s Mars Rover Reaches its Mountain Lab
Kenneth Chang / The New York Times

The Curiosity rover has reached the destination where it will begin its main science investigations, the base of a three-mile-high mountain that the science team has named Mount Sharp. As the rover makes it way up the mountain, it will cross layers of rock that contain clues to the early geological and environmental history of Mars when it was warmer and wetter.


On Our Flashpoint Blog


The New Digital Divide and Countering Extremist Propaganda
Matthew Wallin

A great deal of attention is being given recently to the State Department’s efforts to combat extremism online. Notably, a video recently released by the State Department’s “Think Again Turn Away” campaign contains graphic video of some of the many atrocities committed by ISIS in the name of creating a caliphate.

Domestic Sources power ITER
Caroline Julia von Wurden

Twelve high voltage surge arresters (to protect the electrical system against lightning strikes) were shipped from New York and delivered to ITER on September 4th.


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