From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: World Report: Middle East conflicts | China's artificial islands | Iran nukes
Date: Tue Jun 17 19:32:27 MDT 2014
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Middle East "on the cusp of a regional war": UN

The Middle East appears on the verge of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing, and killing civilians, U.N. human rights investigators said in a report on issued today (Tuesday). "We predicted a long time ago the dangers of spillover both ways, which is now becoming a regional spillover," said Vitit Muntarbhorn, an international law expert who took part in the inquiry. "We are possibly on the cusp of a regional war and that is something we're very concerned about."

U.S sends 300 troops to Iraq to secure U.S. assets

The United States announced that nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets. President Barack Obama nears a decision on a variety of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, options which include airstrikes or a contingent of special forces. The U.S. and Iran also held discussion on how the two might cooperate to blunt the threat from ISIS Islamist militants that have swept through Iraq. The White House ruled out the possibility that Washington and Tehran might coordinate military operations in Iraq.

Israel arrests more than 200 Palestinians in effort to find 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

Israel's army has arrested 40 more Hamas operative in the West Bank, expanding searches for three missing Israeli teens kidnapped Late Thursday b a Hebron-based Hamas cell. The arrests early Tuesday brought the total number of Hamas members detained since the kidnapping to more than 200. In addition, the Israeli army broke into Hamas offices, including offices offering social services, taking with them computers and documents. It is the biggest West Bank crackdown on Hamas in almost a decade.

China builds artificial islands to expand its footprint in the South China Sea

Over the last few months China has been building artificial islands in the South China Sea by moving sand onto reefs and shoals. The purpose is to add several new islands to the Spratly archipelago, in what foreign officials say is a new effort to expand the Chinese footprint in the South China Sea. The islands will be able to support large buildings, human habitation, and surveillance equipment, including radar. The Chinese island-building campaign has alarmed Vietnam, the Philippines, and other Southeast Asian nations which also claim sovereignty over the Spratlys. Since April, the Philippines has filed protests to China against land reclamation at two reefs.

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China executes 13 Muslim Uighur separatists

China announced it had executed 13 people yesterday (Monday) for "terrorist attacks" in the far western region of Xinjiang, while another three were sentenced to death for a lethal attack at Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The Xinjiang province is the home of Muslim Uighurs who speak a Turkic language, and China has blamed previous attacks on Islamist separatists seeking to establish an independent state there called East Turkestan.

Iran, world powers meet to try and reach a nuclear deal

Iran and six world powers are meeting in Vienna this week in an effort to narrow differences and keep alive hopes of reaching a permanent agreement on Iran's nuclear program, ending a decade-old nuclear dispute. There are doubts, though, whether the agreement can be reached before the late July deadline. The nuclear talks begin today (Tuesday), but the U.S. and Iranian delegations used the fact that they were already in town for discussion over the crisis in Iraq, where the two countries have a common interest in stopping the advances of militant Sunni rebels.

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Rogue Libyan general continues assault on Islamists

Tanks were seen on the streets and explosions could be heard throughout the day in Libya's second-biggest city, Benghazi. General Khalifa Haftar, the renegade military officer who accuses the government of supporting terrorism, began an assault against Islamist fighters in the city last month. The government in Tripoli says Gen. Haftar has no authority to act, but several army units, and parts of the Libyan air force, have joined him.

Also noted

Iran eases constraints on academic contacts with West | Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as tensions soar | Italy warns Mediterranean migrant rescues may end | Two dead, 15 Islamist prisoners escape from Mali prison in gun battle | Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say

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