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Qatar-Gulf crisis: All developments until October 21

Al Jazeera

Below are the developments up to October 21. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the Qatar-Gulf crisis. Tillerson's tour of the region comes amid US frustration over the lack of movement in the crisis. "I do not have a lot of expectations for it being resolved anytime soon," he said in an interview with financial news agency Bloomberg on Thursday. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad received Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad Al Sabah in Doha on Thursday to discuss the ongoing Gulf crisis. The two men discussed the political dispute - along with Kuwait's ongoing efforts to mediate the crisis. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he has little hope that the months-long Gulf diplomatic crisis will be resolved soon, blaming the Saudi-led group of countries for a lack of progress. Tillerson made the comments on Thursday, a day before he embarks on a trip to the region in a renewed attempt to mediate the dispute.


Putin to hold separate talks with Netanyahu, Khamenei top adviser

Al Jazeera

A top Iranian official is visiting Moscow as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria conflict. "This is very important for the national security of the state of Israel," Netanyahu told reporters at an airport in Tel Aviv before leaving for Moscow, according to an official transcript. Israel deeply resents Iran's presence in Syria, where Tehran has military presence along with Moscow, which intervened in the eight-year-old conflict in 2015. Israel considers the presence of Iranian-linked armed groups in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon as a security threat. Sites belonging to Iran and its regional ally, Hezbollah, have been bombed by the Israelis in recent years, with the latest attack carried out in May this year.


Russia in search of a new strategy in Syria

Al Jazeera

For the second time in months, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said "we will fight on to liberate every inch of our land". The last time Assad made a similar statement, he was scolded by the Russian ambassador to the UN who said this was not in line with the Kremlin's policies. At the time, it wasn't - Russia was pushing for a political settlement and was involved in efforts with the United States to bring about a cessation of hostilities to create a conducive atmosphere for peace talks. This time around, however, Assad has so far not been told off. Instead, Russia sent its defence minister to Iran's capital Tehran to take part in talks with his Syrian and Iranian counterparts.


Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

The Japan Times

JERUSALEM – Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian "air force" deployed in neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate. Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 airstrike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals. Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units. The information came from the Israeli military, according to a wide range of television and radio stations and news websites.


Gab: Inside the social network where alleged Pittsburgh synagogue shooter posted final message

The Independent - Tech

The social network on which the alleged Pittsburgh shooter spewed vile antisemitic conspiracy theories is finding itself at the centre of unwelcome scrutiny. Robert Bowers, accused of killing 11 Jewish people at the Tree of Life synagogue, was a paying "pro" member of Gab and posted on his profile before the attack. After accusing a Jewish charity of bringing in "invaders that kill our people", the 46-year-old allegedly wrote: "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Peer faces calls to be removed over'antisemitic' Pittsburgh post Names of 11 Pittsburgh victims released by authorities Suspect in Pittsburgh shooting faces 29 murder and hate crime charges Peer faces calls to be removed over'antisemitic' Pittsburgh post Inspection of the Gab account in his name showed months of antisemitic and racist posts that had been allowed to remain online. The firm deleted the profile hours after the attack and vowed to help law enforcement, but service companies have started pulling ...