October 22, 2014                            
Dossier: Hassan Nasrallah

Hizbullah sought to target Israel after embarrassing defeat by ISIL

Compiled by Miles Yu

Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand
to Turkey

When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked up the phone.

Putin, Erdogan in 2012.

Putin, estranged from the international community for his Ukraine gambit, called Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 11 to offer sympathy and support.

Although Biden, who is known for being prone to gaffes of all sizes and types, apologized to Erdogan for his remarks which blamed Turkey for the rise of ISIL, the Turkish president was furious still.

"If Biden said such a thing, he is history to me," Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkish press.

Kuwait to double oil supply to China in new 10-year agreement
ABU DHABI Kuwait has agreed to nearly double crude oil supplies to China. The Kuwait Petroleum Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement to double exports to China's state-owned Sinopec. Under the latest accord, KPC would ship 300,000 barrels of crude per day, or 15 percent of the sheikdom's total exports. "'We look for the best markets which has stability and gives high return to KPC." KPC international marketing director Nasser Al Mudaf said.
Focus on Iran
Foreign nation seen behind Parchin strike thought to be Israel

Western diplomatic sources said a foreign nation believed to be Israel was behind the bombing of Iran's Parchin military complex near Teheran.

CLICK Before (above) and After images showing Parchin explosion damage. Digital Globe/Airbus

Focus on Terrorism
ISIL's stealth plotting against top Shi'ite militia 'planned for months'
Middle East Report
Syrian rebels seize Russian intelligence site near Golan Heights
Israeli Security Technology
Israel Air Force enhances training, expands ranks of UAV operators
Focus on Persian Gulf States
Saudis to boost Lebanon despite fears of Hizbullah, ISIL sabotage
Xi tightens controls on Mainland campuses in wake of Hong Kong mass demonstrations

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