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An Army Veteran Comes to Terms With Not Having PTSD

NY Times Iraq - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 17:15
A reminder that popular tropes and easy assumptions about how trauma affects people often do not fit, and we all still have much to learn.
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Center in Syria Seeks to Deradicalize IS Teens

Voice of America - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:22
A child rehabilitation center in the Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria is hosting dozens of Islamic State (IS) child recruits in an effort to reform them back to normalcy.   Horie Center for Child Protection and Education was established in 2017 by Prisons Authority in the Internal Security Forces of the Kurdish self-proclaimed administration in Tal Maroof town. It currently houses about 70 children, ages 12 to 18, who were brainwashed by IS ideology and participated in...
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US ‘Concerned’ by Sophisticated, Deceptive Pro-Iran Social Media

Voice of America - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:07
This article originated in VOA's Persian Service. Cindy Saine contributed from the State Department. The United States has reacted with concern to reports that a recently discovered pro-Iran social media network that deceptively targeted Americans is more sophisticated than a similar network identified last year. In a report published Tuesday, California-based cybersecurity company FireEye said it recently uncovered a network of English-language social media accounts that...
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Saudi King Salman Urges International Effort to Thwart Iran

Voice of America - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 02:55
Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened an emergency summit of Gulf Arab leaders in the holy city of Mecca on Thursday with a call for the international community to use all means to confront Iran, but he also said the kingdom extends its hand for peace.  King Salman was speaking at the first of three high-level summits in Mecca that were hastily convened after a spike in tensions between Saudi Arabia and its rival Iran. That King Salman could bring regional leaders and heads of state...
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Second Saudi Ship Leaves France Without Arms, Group Says

Voice of America - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 01:44
A Saudi cargo ship has left the southern French port of Fos-sur-Mer without loading its arms cargo destined for Saudi Arabia, blocked from doing so after pressure from rights campaigners, a French rights group said Thursday.  The incident reported by ACAT, a Christian organization against torture, is the second time this month that a Saudi vessel has been blocked from loading arms in France as pressure mounts on Paris to stop arms sales to...
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Deadly Blasts Rock Iraq's Kirkuk

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:32
At least five people were killed and 18 injured in a series of explosions in the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk, medical sources in the city's general hospital told Reuters on Thursday. At least six improvised explosive devices went off in the northern city and two more were defused by security forces, the Iraqi military said in a statement. It gave a lower death toll of three and said 16 were injured. The explosion sites included two malls, an ice cream shop and a butcher's shop,...
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Netanyahu Shows Off Trump's Map of Israel with Golan Heights

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 23:05
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has gifted him an official State Department map, updated to incorporate the long-disputed Golan Heights as part of Israel.    Speaking at a news conference Thursday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu addressed a nation rattled by the prospect of an unprecedented second election campaign, after the newly re-elected Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition.    In a bid...
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Mideast Peace Plan Hopes Dim Amid Israeli Political Crisis

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 21:55
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to push the Trump administration's long-awaited plan for Mideast peace, just as Israel was thrust into the political tumult of an unprecedented second election in the same year.  Kushner and U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt stopped in Israel as part of a Middle East tour to rally support for the administration's upcoming economic...
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Trump Adviser Bolton: Iranian Threat Persists Despite US Actions

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 20:28
U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Thursday the U.S. has helped prevent Iran from undertaking acts of aggression but warned the threat from Tehran still exists. "I don't think this threat is over, but I do think you can make at least a conditional claim that the quick response and the deployment of and other steps that we took did serve as a deterrent," John Bolton told reporters in London. Trump announced last Friday he would send 1,500 more...
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Israel Heads to New Elections

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 17:42
Israel is in political turmoil after its parliament voted to dissolve itself a month after it was sworn in. Just seven weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a convincing victory in national elections, he suffered a major political setback. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, voted for new elections in September after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government amid infighting and high demands from smaller parties. Netanyahu, a right-wing conservative who has been in power...
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Saudi Arabia Asks Nations to Respond to Iran With 'Firmness'

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 16:40
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Thursday urged Muslim nations to confront recent attacks in the region that the U.S. and its allies have blamed on Iran with “all means of force and firmness.” Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation ahead of a series of summits in the kingdom beginning Thursday. Al-Assaf said the alleged sabotage of boats off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and a drone attack...
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I’m a Veteran Without PTSD. I Used to Think Something Was Wrong With Me.

NY Times Iraq - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:00
I couldn’t understand why I was able to move on from my traumatic experiences until I joined a PTSD study.
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Israel to Hold New Elections After Netanyahu Fails to Build Coalition

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:55
Israel is heading for new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a new government by Wednesday. Netanyahu won the April 9 election on the assumption that he would be able to garner enough support to form a governing coalition. After weeks of negotiations with smaller parties, he failed to secure 61 seats in a 120-seat parliament. As VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports, Netanyahu is also battling allegations of corruption, which could have contributed to his political woes.
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Turkey Brings Home Dozens of IS Children from Iraq

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 04:34
The Iraqi Central Court of Investigation Wednesday handed over 188 children of Islamic State (IS) Turkish citizens to Turkish authorities in a process to repatriate dozens of IS fighters, as well as their children and wives, held in Iraqi prisons. The Turkish foreign ministry and its embassy in Baghdad told VOA the move is part of Turkey’s effort to bring home its citizens, particularly minors, ahead of Eid al-Fitr or Festival of Breaking the Fast at the end of the Muslim holy month of...
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Israeli Parliament Dissolves in Favor of Another Early Election

Voice of America - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 01:29
Israel’s parliament voted early Thursday morning to dissolve itself and hold an unprecedented second early election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to put together a coalition government. The lawmakers voted 74 to 45 to break up and hold a new vote Sept. 17. Netanyahu had a Wednesday deadline to form a new government after winning the April 9 election. He was hoping to form a coalition between his conservative Likud Party, ultra-Orthodox lawmakers and another...
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Journalists Accuse Syrian Government Forces of Targeting Reporters

Voice of America - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 23:35
Pro-government forces in Syria have been deliberately targeting journalists covering the war there, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which notes that a number of reporters have been injured by suspected pro-government forces in recent days. "The Syrian government and its allies seem to be intent on not only violating the human rights of the country's people, but also on attacking journalists who cover those violations," said Ignacio Miguel Delgado Culebras,...
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US Official: Russia Unlikely to Support Full-Scale Offensive on Syria's Idlib

Voice of America - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:53
A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington does not believe Russia will allow an all-out military offensive on the Syrian province of Idlib, which has been under Syrian government assault for the past month. "Our conversations with the Russians have not indicated that the Russians are ready to support a full-scale offensive into Idlib," U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey told reporters. "They tell us that this is only a limited set of military...
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US Accuses Iran of Preparing 'Campaign' of Attacks 

Voice of America - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 22:42
VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb contributed to this report.   Leading U.S. defense and security officials warn Iran was getting ready to unleash a wave of attacks across the Middle East targeting the United States and its allies when the decision was made to send more troops to the region.    Speaking separately, the acting secretary of defense and the country's top-ranking general Wednesday defended intelligence reports suggesting Tehran had planned to raise the...
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Sharp Slide Reported in Iran Crude Exports

Voice of America - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 21:59
Iranian crude exports have fallen sharply in May to around 400,000 barrels per day (bpd), tanker data showed and two industry sources said, after the United States tightened the screws on Tehran's main source of income.    The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers. Aiming to cut Iran's sales to zero, Washington this month ended sanctions waivers for importers...
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Deadline Approaches as Israel's Netanyahu Struggles to Form Government

Voice of America - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 21:39
The possibility of new Israeli parliament elections loomed large Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unable to form a new government in the waning hours before a midnight deadline. There was no sign of a breakthrough in the Israeli leader's talks with former defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, whose five-seat bloc in the 120-member Knesset is crucial to Netanyahu's efforts to gain a controlling majority. But Netanyahu has refused to meet Lieberman's demand...
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