The U.S. House of Representatives extended Iran and Syrian sanctions. The blog argues that the new Syrian and the extended Iran sanctions are not Trumpism, but rather a signal of the Republican dominated U.S. Congress to Donald Trump that he has no carte blanche to deal with Iran, Syria, and possibly Russia which is indirectly impacted by the new Syrian sanctions. Although these sanctions might unhinge the current JCPOA or President Obama’s diplomatic efforts in Syria, in the long run we might be grateful to the U.S. Congress for reining in President-Elect Trump ability to act unilaterally.
Amnesty International report, Taking Stock: The Arming of Islamic State, details how Isis acquired foreign military equipment from at least 25 foreign countries to commit war crimes
Russia accuses the family of Turkish President Erdogan of being directly involved in the trade of oil with the Islamic State group. President Erdogan has called the accusations slanderous.