Sir Julian King said it was relatively easy for jihadist fighters to make it to Europe, even with fake IDs, as the terror group loses ground in Iraq. The newly appointed EU Commissioner for the Security Union said a possible influx of battle-hardened fanatics posed a ‘very serious threat’. Source: DailyMail
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Israeli media are reporting that Iran is building a factory in northwest Syria to manufacture long-range rockets. The Times said Iran was also helping Hizballah build subterranean factories in Lebanon to make Fateh-110 medium-range missiles. Source: RadioFreeEurope
China urged the US and North Korea to urgently “put the brakes” on provocative actions and words on Tuesday after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to back away from a threat to fire missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam. Source: CNN
Angela Merkel has refused to link refugee-sharing to the EU budget as she embarked on her campaign to secure a fourth term as Germany’s leader. He told that “to pay ransom, that won’t work in this context.” The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia are blocking the redistribution of refugees. Source: Euobserver