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Sim Tack on BBC World Service

Speaking with the BBC World Service, Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack discusses some of the broader goals of Russian intervention in Syria.
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Syria: Russia Strikes 86 Targets In 24 Hours

Russian airstrikes hit 86 targets in Syria over the past 24 hours, the most since beginning its air campaign Sept. 30, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, AFP reported Oct. 13. Read more…

Spain: Fiscal Targets Are Too Optimistic, EU Commission Says

The EU Commission released a report once again saying that Spain may not reach its fiscal targets next year because Madrid's forecasts are too optimistic, El Pais reported Oct. 12. Read more…

Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines Flight Downed By Russian-Made Missile, Dutch Report Says

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which crashed in a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine in July 2014, was shot down by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile, according to a report released Oct. 13 by the Dutch Safety Board, BBC and AFP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Baghdad To Borrow More Than $6 Billion

According to the Iraqi government, Baghdad will receive $6-7 billion to cover the deficit in its budget for 2016, Iraq Tradelink News reported Oct. 12. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Prime Minister Purges Opposition Members From Cabinet

The prime minister of the Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, sacked five ministers from the opposition Change Movement from his Cabinet on Oct. 12, Rudaw reported Oct. 13. Read more…

Israel: Violence Continues On ‘Day Of Rage’

Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least two people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and a Tel Aviv suburb on Oct. 13, police said, Ynet and Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Israeli Artillery Targets Syrian Army Posts

Israeli artillery targeted two Syrian army posts on Oct. 13 after two rockets fired from Syria landed in the Israeli-controlled sector of the Golan Heights, according to an Israeli military statement, AFP reported. Read more…

Myanmar: Voting Canceled In Restive Regions, Full Election Postponement Likely

Myanmar’s Union Election Commission on Oct. 13 proposed postponing the country’s highly anticipated general election on Nov. 8, saying that heavy flooding in some parts of the country would prevent a free and fair vote, The Irrawaddy reported. Read more…

China: Exports, Imports Continue To Fall

Chinese exports fell 3.7 percent in September from a year earlier, while imports fell by 20.4 percent, China’s General Administration of Customs said Oct. 13, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Border Controls Reportedly Extended As Plans For Transit Zones Progress

Tightened controls on Germany’s borders, particularly with Austria, were extended Oct. 13 for another 20 days, according to a letter from Germany's interior minister to the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Der Spiegel reported. Read more…

Israel: 5 Israelis Stabbed In Jerusalem

Five Israelis were stabbed in Jerusalem on Oct. 12 — the latest in what police called a series of recent stabbings by Palestinians, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Forces Parachute Arms To Rebels In North

U.S. forces have parachuted small arms ammunition to Syrian rebels in northern Syria, a U.S. military spokesman said Oct. 12, Reuters reported. Read more…

OPEC: No Internal Calls For Production Cuts, Kuwaiti Minister Says

There have been no calls from within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for a change to the bloc’s output policy, Kuwaiti Oil Minister Ali al-Omair said Oct. 12, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iran: American Journalist Convicted Of Spying In Closed-Door Trial

Jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted of spying and other undisclosed crimes in Iran but can appeal the verdict, an Iranian judicial spokesman said, Al Jazeera reported Oct. 12. Read more…

Iraq: Opposition Kurdish Lawmakers Barred From Arbil

Security forces in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, prevented the speaker of the Kurdistan Regional Government and another lawmaker from the opposition Change Movement from entering the city on Oct. 12, escalating the regional government’s political crisis, Shafaaq and Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkey Open To Talks With Iran, Russia Over Conflict

Turkey is open to holding talks with Russia and Iran over the conflict in Syria as long as it does not mean legitimizing the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, Reuters reported Oct. 12. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Commander Pledges To Maintain Cease-Fire

The militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will continue to abide by its recently announced cease-fire in the memory of those killed in the twin-suicide bombings in Ankara on Oct. 10, Murat Karayilan, a top commander for the group, said Oct. 12, Reuters reported, citing Firat news agency. Read more…

Syria: Loyalist Offensive Progressing With Russian Support, Monitors Say

The Syrian army and allied forces, including Hezbollah fighters, made further advances on Oct. 12 with air support from Russian warplanes, observers with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Reuters reported. Read more…