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Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   
 
Two great sieges are getting underway in the Middle East, one in Mosul in Iraq, and the other in Aleppo in Syria. They have a great deal in common, including, the fact that the attackers both depend heavily on foreign air power, but they are treated by most international media as though, they were completely different events. How similar they are, will become clearer with the passage of time.  
 

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be interrogated, with civility and reasoned debate in short supply. But those issues are not the urgent task of this article; the Left does need to seriously self-reflect though about just how it responds to crises of imperialism and issues of war and peace.

 
With ISIS (Daesh) under increasing pressure in Northern Iraq, it's future in West Asia may well be decided by the battle for Mosul which began on October 17. Western electronic media is beaming live pictures of the hostilities which have not yet begun in earnest. However, it will be a long-drawn and tragically a very bloody affair.   
 
Iraqi forces are now poised to attack Mosul. The fall of this town over two years ago to a few hundred militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had marked the nadir of Iraqi self-confidence and self-respect.  
 

It is important to understand that though the resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict is important for peace and stability in the region, there cannot be any substantial movement towards resolution until both sides see incentives in having peace. For India, in the given circumstances, there is not much scope for a substantial role in reviving the peace talks or bringing Israel and Palestine on negotiations table, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 

The potential in space commerce across the world for India is evident from the recent strides achieved by Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). The successful launch of 20 satellites in June 2016, brought the country's space commerce to the level of global competitors like the United States of America, Russia and China. 

 

We’ve seen this movie before — this very scene, featuring this very cast of characters, mouthing more or less the very same lines. On February 11, speaking from a rostrum in Munich, American secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced the imminent cessation of hostilities in Syria. In a week’s time, they said, all combatants in that wretched land would stop shooting each other, and allow food and other humanitarian aid to reach Syrians long besieged by the fighting.

 

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided early this summer that Iranians would not go for the Haj this year; the annual pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, began on September 9 and will conclude on September 14.

 

Business and cultural relations between Indian and the Arab civilizations can be traced back to the very beginning of recorded history and had a profound influence on each other which continues till today.

 


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  It would seem that the government of India has decided to suppress the voices of Kashmiris by imposing a social media ban.
 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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