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Hey there folks! End of the week!

International Politics

Overall

– Secretary of State John Kerry reassured allies in the Gulf on a deal with Iran as he said no grand bargain would be reached

– The U.S. is drafting a United Nations resolution to condemn the use of chemical warfare in Syria. Who is using such chemicals? Uh…well…they don’t know

Middle East

– To prevent Iraqi soldiers from capturing Tikrit, Islamic State militants lit oil on fire

– ISIS, meanwhile, destroyed an archaeology site in northern Iraq with more, I assume, on the way

– Moreover, attacks across the country by ISIL led to the deaths of at least 16 people

– After arguing money from drug smuggling entered Iranian politics, an Iranian official later retracted his claims

– The chief of al-Nusra Front in Syria was killed in an air strike in the country

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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.