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International Politics

Overall

– Prabir Purkayastha, an activist, joins The Real News to highlight the consequences of American and Saudi imperialism in the Middle East

– Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said a deal between Iran and P5+1 is very close to be done

Middle East

– After seeing photos of its food aid in boxes of the Islamic State, the United Nations said it was concerned and would verify the authenticity of the photos

– An Iraqi official praised the U.S.-led airstrikes for stopping ISIS advancement in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk

– After seeing one of its pilots burned alive in a cage by ISIS, Jordan vowed to strike back against the terrorist group

Africa

– Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a corrupt authoritarian figure, yet an ally for Western states

– A Libyan official warned the U.S. that ISIS would use Libya as its central hub for operations

– American officials say, as a result of a U.S. air strike, a senior leader of al-Shabab was killed in Somalia.

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Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.