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Up to now, the U.S. training has typically focused on Shiites and Kurds. "In many ways, it's a continuation of the same thing," said Scott Stewart, a terrorism and security analyst at the global intelligence firm Stratfor. "It's an expansion of the training, and in a logical direction with Sunnis."

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Palestinian Territories: Hezbollah, Hamas Leaders To Meet

Hezbollah’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, is expected to meet with Moussa Abu Marzouk, the deputy to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, in Beirut in the coming days in an effort to strengthen ties between the two groups, the Times of Israel reported July 2. Read more…

Greece: Government To Accept Creditor Proposals If Approved In Referendum, Finance Minister Says

The Syriza-led Greek government will accept the proposals made June 25 by Greece’s creditors if the “yes” vote wins in country's upcoming referendum on the deal, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said July 2 in an interview with Bloomberg TV. Read more…

Russia, U.S.: Senior Officials To Meet July 9 For Ukraine Talks

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will meet with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on July 9 to discuss implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk earlier this year on the conflict in Ukraine, Karasin said July 2, Sputnik reported. Read more…

Iran: Tehran Meets Nuclear Commitment, IAEA Report Says

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, met with the secretary general of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, in Tehran on July 2 in effort to find solutions to outstanding issues in the ongoing nuclear talks, IRNA reported. Read more…

Iraq: U.S. Blocking Direct Supply Of Weapons To Kurdish Forces, Gulf Officials Say

Washington has blocked attempts by its allies in the Middle East to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, unnamed high-level officials in Gulf states and elsewhere said July 2, The Telegraph reported. Read more…

Greece: Referendum To Be Challenged At Supreme Court

Two private individuals have issued a challenge against the looming Greek referendum, Protothema reported July 1. Read more…

Venezuela: U.S. Senator Meets Official In Caracas

People's Ombudsman of Venezuela Tarek William Saab met with U.S. Senator Robert Corker in Caracas July 1, Panorama reported. Read more…

Turkey: Kurdish Leaders Warn Against Syrian Intervention

Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) second-in-command and acting military leader Murat Karayilan said the PKK would turn all of Syria into a war zone if Turkey intervenes in the Rojava region of northern Syria, ANSAmed reported July 1. Read more…

Turkey: Parliamentary Speaker Selected

After four rounds of voting, Turkey's parliament chose Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to be parliamentary speaker July 1, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Cuba, U.S.: Embassies To Open In Late July

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will pay an official visit to Havana later in July to formally open a U.S. Embassy, U.S. President Barack Obama said during a July 1 press conference broadcast live on television. Read more…

Greece: Referendum Will Be Held, Prime Minister Says

During a speech broadcast live on state television July 1, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the July 5 referendum would still be held and called for Greeks to vote "no" and reject creditors' terms, the Guardian reported. Read more…

Egypt: Islamic State Affiliate Claims Attacks, Death Toll Rises To At Least 50

An Islamic State affiliate in Egypt claimed responsibility for the simultaneous attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints in Sinai on July 1, which killed at least 50 soldiers and military officials, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Greece: Government Denies Complete Acceptance Of Bailout

The Greek government has issued a statement denying that it has fully accepted its creditors demands, The Guardian reported July 1. The denial refers to a proposal and letter Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent to Greek creditors June 30. Read more…

Greece: Tsipras Reportedly Agrees To Several Bailout Conditions

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will accept most of the bailout conditions demanded by Greece’s creditors over the past weekend, though he is holding out on certain changes that could threaten a deal, the Financial Times reported July 1. Read more…

Cuba, U.S.: Deal Reportedly Reached To Reopen Embassies

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, an unnamed senior White House official said, ABC reported July 1. Read more…

Hong Kong: Thousands March In Annual Pro-Democracy Rally, But Turnout Down

Thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong's annual July 1 pro-democracy rally and called for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, the city-state's leader, Today Online, AFP and the South China Morning Post reported. Read more…

Iraq: 7,000 Peshmerga Fighters May Be Sent To Northern Syria, Lawmaker Says

Nearly 7,000 Peshmerga forces may be sent to the Kurdish city of Hasaka in northern Syria to fight against the Islamic State, Omar Ousi, a senior Iraqi Kurdish lawmaker, said July 1, Kurdpress reported, citing al-Watan. Read more…

Greece: Bank Branches Open To Pensioners As Creditors Prepare To Meet

Around 1,000 bank branches in Greece opened for the first of three days on July 1 in order to allow pensioners without bank cards to make withdrawals, Greek newspaper To Vima reported. Read more…