The Turkish government has voiced its unease over perceived efforts for the unification of Kurdish cantons in northern Syria. The Turkish government has said that Turkey had taken measures for its security, adding that its interests sometimes differ from those of anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) coalition partners. Source Hurriyet Daily
A plan by Washington to station tanks and heavy weapons in NATO states on Russia’s border would be the most aggressive U.S. act since the Cold War, and Moscow would retaliate by beefing up its own forces, a Russian defense official said on Monday. Source Reuters.
An Egyptian court has upheld a death sentence against the ousted president Mohamed Morsi in a trial stemming from his escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power. The verdict can still be challenged in Egypt’s highest appeals court. Source The Guardian
A fire at an oil depot of oil company BRSM-Nafta near Kyiv has been variously attributed to violations of safety rules, arson allegedly committed by owners to get insurance, a competitor’s assault or a terrorist attack. Former Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky, has been accused of causing the fire. Source Kyivpost
The Indian army’s foray into Myanmar to hunt militants set alarm bells ringing in Pakistan. By suggesting the Myanmar incident could set a precedent for more cross-border raids, including into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, a Indian minister took the row one step further. Source Reuters.
Islamic State militants attacked government forces and their Shi’ite militia allies on Saturday, killing 11 near the city of Baiji as part of the battle for control of Iraq’s biggest refinery, army and police sources said. Source Reuters.