October 1, 2014                            
Dossier: State sponsors of terrorism

Congress told key security allies Qatar, Turkey should be sanctioned

Compiled by Miles Yu

Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy.

Abdul Fatah Sisi and Vladimir Putin.

Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no major obstacles in the final delivery of the arms, including MiG-25 fighter jets, S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems, and unspecified types of submarines.

The U.S. froze several arms programs with Egypt after Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's coup to overthrow the Muslim Brotherhood President Muhammad Morsi.

Report characterizes ISIL as regional but not global security threat
LONDON - Despite its wars in at least two Arab countries, the combat ability of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant remains limited. The International Institute for Strategic Studies has determined that ISIL was unable to expand operations beyond the Levant region of the Middle East. Analysts said ISIL lacked sufficient forces and weapons for additional deployment.
Northeast Asia Report
China sends first naval flotilla to Iran in sign of increasing 'solidarity'

The visit marked enhanced military cooperation between Beijing and Teheran. On Sept. 17, the Iranian Navy said it rescued a Chinese container ship from a piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden.

Iranians take pictures of the Chinese Changchun destroyer as it arrives at the southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran on Sept 20. Xinhua

Focus on Iran
'Benign' classified report on Iran military said to reflect Obama policy
Middle East Report
'Not our war': Growing consensus in Jordan opposes fighting ISIL
Military Technology
Report calls Mideast key market for manufacturers of small drones
Focus on Persian Gulf States
Kuwait intelligence prepares for ISIL threat to U.S. military presence
Taiwan to upgrade World War II era subs after U.S. fails to supply new fleet

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