News, Notes & Links | 17.09.2016

 

Headlines:

Third of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen have hit civilian sites.

Israeli settlements grew as much during Obama’s tenure as under the Bush administration.

Syrian Air Force responsible for chlorine bomb attacks, U.N. and OPCW inquiry says.

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes kill at least 60 Syrian soldiers near Deir ez-Zor.

Military campaign against Mosul may cost $2 billions in humanitarian aid, U.N. says.

U.S. pledges $38 billions in aid to Israel over the next 10 years, the largest military aid package in U.S. history.

 

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Survival of the Fittest: An Interview with Walid Joumblatt | By Michael Young, Diwan

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What Will Year Two of Russia’s Syria Intervention Bring? | By Fabian Balanche, The Washington Institute

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A Walk Down One of Baghdad’s Most Bombed Streets | By Loveday Morris, The Washington Post

Karrada is a majority Shiite area but was known for its religious diversity. Many of Baghdad’s Jews once lived here alongside a large Christian community. But over the years minorities have shrunk. The Jews have long disappeared, and Christians, too, have slowly emigrated. A 2010 attack on Karrada’s Our Lady of Salvation Church, when gunmen affiliated with Islamic State’s predecessor massacred 58 worshipers at Mass, added momentum.

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