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The U.S. administration’s decision to slap sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals and entities on Tuesday, only a day after it certified to Congress that Tehran was compliant with the conditions of the nuclear deal, sums up its strategic resolve in taking on the Islamic Republic and the tactical dilemma it faces while doing so.

 

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the ‘Caliphate’late last month after his troops captured the Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul from where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself the ‘Caliph’ of the world’s Muslims three years ago.

 

O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! (Oh friends, not these sounds!), proclaimed the baritone in the stirring performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to the G20 leaders in Hamburg last Friday evening.

 

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday visited Mosul and announced the city has been “liberated” from the clutches of Islamic State.

 

The Group of Twenty (G20) major economies of the world failed, for the first time, to have a full consensus on their joint statement.

 

President Trump’s implicit assessment of the value of the G20 Hamburg summit was best illustrated by letting his daughter replace him, whilst he was away from his seat at the summit and to spend double the budgeted time, holding President Putin’s hand.

 

By the time you read this, the American President has probably set up another tweetstorm in a covfefe cup.

 

The most dangerous impact of North Korea’s long-range missile test this past week may not have been the one in the Sea of Japan, felt in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.

 

In early January, Donald Trump, then the U.S. President-elect, tweeted that North Korea would never develop a “nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.”. But Pyongyang appears to have done exactly that, defying warnings issued by Washington.

 

A bad boy has got himself a big gun and the neighbours don’t know what to do. That crudely sums up the predicament that the US and, to some degree, China find themselves with North Korea’s first successful testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

 


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