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China Stresses Strong Relations with Syria | Source: Syrian Observer

The Ambassador of China to Syria reaffirmed the strong relations that exist between Damascus and Beijing, in political and economic spheres. Until now, China used its veto right 10 times in the UN Security Council to protect Syria from certain draft resolutions, and appealed to the international community to immediately lift all the sanctions and the economic siege imposed on Syria. “Despite the American and western countries’ sanctions on Syria, China is still Syria’s most important trade partner”.

Source: Syrian Observer


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US inclined to relocate its bases from Iraq to Kuwait, Jordan | Source: Mehr News

A Lebanese newspaper quoted informed sources that the recent agreement between Baghdad and Washington includes the withdrawal of all 2,500 US troops from Iraq, after which Washington intends to move its bases in Iraq to Jordan and Kuwait. The US forces will remain in Iraq only for advisory and training purposes.

Source: Mehr News


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Islamic State exploits economic downturn in Iraq and Syria, US envoy says | Source: Shafaq.com

The Islamic State is trying to take advantage of deteriorating economic conditions in Iraq and Syria to reconstitute itself and reconstitute presence in areas hardest hit by the economic downturn, said the U.S State Department. In Iraq, the group is still waging a low-level insurgency in northern and western Iraq.  In Syria, IS is still carrying out small-scale attacks on regime forces or areas held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Source: Shafaq.com


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Iraq, Egypt, Jordan agree to boost security and economic ties at Baghdad summit | Source: France 24

A handout picture released by Iraq’s prime minister’s media office, shows Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi (R) receiving Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in the capital Baghdad, on June 27, 2021.

Egypt, Jordan and Iraq agreed to bolster security and economic cooperation at a tripartite summit. The move came as Iraq seeks to move closer to Arab allies of the United States in the Middle East. Iraq is also seeking to establish itself as a mediator between Arab countries and Iran, after reportedly hosting talks in April between Tehran and Riyadh.

Source: France 24


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Biden orders airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq, Syria | Source: JNS

U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

The United States carried out airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militias in Iraq and Syria, in response to drone attacks by the militias on U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Since April, Iran-backed militias have carried out “at least five” drone attacks against facilities used by U.S. and coalition personnel, said Reuters.

Source: JNS


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Iraq Mediators Join Israeli-Saudi Arabia Talks on Normalizing Relations | SOURCE: VOA NEWS

Iraqi mediators have been working patiently behind the scenes to try to bring about a diplomatic rapprochement between long-time adversaries Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Iran have been battling each other through their regional proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for a number of years.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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IRAQ:

  • The US and Iraq reiterated their mutual intention to continue bilateral security coordination and cooperation,” stressing that the redeployment of the US and coalition forces is based on “the increasing capacity of the Iraqi forces.”

SOURCE: ASHARK AL-AWSAT


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INDIA:

  • India has begun importing Iranian oil, under the assumption that trade with Iran will resume. Meanwhile, the United States overtook Saudi Arabia as India’s second biggest oil supplier, as refiners boosted cheaper U.S. crude purchases to record levels to offset OPEC+ supply cuts, data from trade sources showed. Iraq continued to be the top oil seller to India. India is the world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer.

SOURCES: SHAFAQ.COM OIL PRICE


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  • France has called for a meeting of the US-led International Coalition over the “revival” of the Islamic State in Iraq. The so-called Coalition against Daesh has not met for a long time, despite France, which is also part of the international coalition, called on new US President Joe Biden to continue fighting ISIS as a priority.

SOURCE: SHAFAQ


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  • US forces are developing the Al-Harir base in northern Iraq despite a decision by the Iraqi parliament to expel foreign troops from the country, Iraqi sources reported. The military base has recently become the center of US operations management in neighboring areas of northern Syria.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


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