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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: U.S. Will Not Cooperate Militarily With Russia

The United States will not cooperate militarily with Russia in Syria because the Kremlin's strategy is "tragically flawed," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Oct. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: At Least 14 Killed In Suicide Attacks

Three separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu killed at least 14 people, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said, News 24 reported Oct. 7. Read more…

Iraq: Troops Retake Territory Around Ramadi

Iraqi troops have retaken areas north and west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, from the Islamic State, officials said Oct. 7, AFP reported. Read more…

China: Foreign Exchange Reserves Drop By Quarterly Record

China’s foreign exchange reserves fell by a record last quarter as the country’s central bank sold U.S. dollars to support the yuan, with September posting another $43.3 billion decline, according to data released Oct. 7 by the People’s Bank of China, Bloomberg and Xinhua reported. Read more…

Russia: Iraqi Military Delegation Reportedly Arrives In Moscow

According to unconfirmed reports, an Iraqi military delegation has arrived in Moscow to coordinate possible Russian airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, Iraq Trade Link News reported Oct. 7. Read more…

EU: Seizures Of Smuggling Vessels In Mediterranean To Begin

The European Union launched Operation Sophia on Oct. 7, allowing EU naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea to board, search and seize smuggling vessels in international waters, according to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, The Guardian and EU Observer reported. Read more…

Syria: Loyalist Forces Launch First Ground Offensive Under Russian Air Cover

Intense Russian airstrikes accompanied a ground offensive by pro-government forces around Hama and nearby areas in Idlib province for the first time on Oct. 7, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, The Telegraph reported. Read more…

Kuwait: GCC States Ready For Talks With Iran, Foreign Minister Says

Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are ready for dialogue with Iran, Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said Oct. 6, IRNA reported. Read more…

Russia: Gazprom May Delay TurkStream Line Until End Of 2017

Russian state-owned energy firm Gazprom may delay the launch of the first line of the TurkStream natural gas pipeline, formerly known as Turkish Stream, until the end of 2017, Gazprom Deputy CEO Alexander Medvedev said Oct. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Coordination Proposals Acceptable, Russian Defense Ministry Says

U.S. proposals for coordinated efforts in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria could be accepted, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Oct. 7, Tass reported. Read more…

Iran: Supreme Leader Bans Negotiations With U.S.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Oct. 7 that any negotiations with the United States were banned because they brought endless disadvantages to the Islamic Republic, Reuters reported, citing Khamenei’s website. Read more…

Yemen: Islamic State Attack Kills 15

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Oct. 6 attack on the al Qasr Hotel, which houses Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and other senior members of the government, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Yuan Overtakes Yen In Global Payment Rankings

China’s currency, the yuan, has overtaken the Japanese yen as the fourth most widely used currency in global transactions, according to an Oct. 6 report from global payments organization SWIFT, AFP and the Wall Street Journal reported. Read more…

Iraq: Russia Will Consider Airstrikes At Baghdad's Request

Russia will consider extending its airstrike campaign to Iraq if Baghdad requests it, RIA reported Oct. 6, quoting speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament Valentina Matviyenko. Read more…

Turkey: Russian Envoy Summoned Over Second Airspace Violation

Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador to Ankara on Oct. 5 after a Russian warplane purportedly violated Turkish air space near the Syrian border for the second time Oct. 4 in as many days, an unnamed Turkish Foreign Ministry official said Oct. 6, AFP reported. Read more…

North Korea: Activity At Main Nuclear Site Expanding, IAEA Chief Says

The International Atomic Energy Agency has detected expanded activity at North Korea’s main nuclear site, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano said Oct. 6, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Putin Agrees To Full OSCE Access In Donbas, Ukrainian FM Says

During last week’s multilateral talks in Paris, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to allow observers with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe full access to rebel-held territories in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Oct. 5 on ICTV, Ukrayinska Pravda reported Oct. 6. Read more…

Turkey: Russia Says Violation Of Turkish Airspace Was Error

Russian officials said that the fighter jet that flew into Turkish airspace Oct. 3 did so because of a navigation error, Hurriyet Daily News reported Oct. 5. Read more…