“As soon as ISIS is defeated, we are not just talking Sunni-Shiite tensions, but there are Sunni-Sunni, Shiite-Shiite and Kurdish-Kurdish tensions as well,” Middle East specialist Hayder al-Khoei has warned. At the same time, geopolitics play an even more important role in Mosul than in other areas of Iraq. Source: Rudaw
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Maine’s largest city will no longer celebrate Columbus Day as a municipal holiday. The Portland City Council voted unanimously Monday to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The vote came after nearly an hour of public comment. Source pressherald
The UN Security Council on Sept. 21 warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq’s Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote. Source: Daily News
On Tuesday evening, 80 individuals from the Turkish community surrounded the Val-de-Reuil police station to demand the release of an individual in police custody. Thirty police officers had to travel to manage the situation. Source ACTU 17