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India loses Farzad-B gas field in Iran | SOURCE: NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

ONGC Videsh headquarters in Delhi. (Photo | Facebook\ ONGCVideshLtd)

India lost the ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf after Iran awarded a contract for developing the giant gas field to a local company.

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Israel-Gaza fighting enters its second week | SOURCE: RAW STORY

Israel-Gaza fighting enters its second week with no end in sight. Militants launched rockets at the southern Israeli cities of Beersheba and Ashkelon, while Israeli planes launched dozens of air strikes.

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  • The head of the US military’s Central Command warned that the United States faced greater competition in the Middle East from both China and Russia, adding another layer of geopolitical tension to the already volatile region. He said Beijing and Moscow had taken advantage of factors (an ongoing regional crisis; financial infrastructure needs; perception of declining US engagement; and opportunities created by Covid-19) to raise their influence in the region over the past year.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST


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  • “The main narrative of Al-Naba (an official weekly newspaper issued by ISIS’s Central Media Office) during the coronavirus is to increase attacks against Western groups on Western soil and also to focus on Western targets in the Middle East, to exploit the fact that Middle Eastern governments aren’t able to control the situation because they invest a lot of effort and money in coping with the coronavirus,” analysts warned, adding that also “Al-Qaida is a growing threat to the West and to the international community, especially in the Middle East

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  • NORTHERN IRELAND: The New IRA, a dissident Irish republican group in Northern Ireland, could have ties to Hezbollah and other militant groups in the Middle East, according to intelligence gathered by the UK security services. The Middle Eastern groups may be providing the New IRA with both funds and weapons.

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  • Turkey urged Kosovo against opening an embassy in Jerusalem, saying doing so would undermine UN resolutions and hurt the Palestinian cause. Turkey’s response came after Serbia and Kosovo signed separate agreements with the US to move its embassy to Jerusalem and normalise relations with Israel.

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  • The United States has conditioned Sudan’s removal from a list of states sponsors of terrorism on its normalisation of diplomatic ties with Israel. Sudan has been widely tipped to be the next Arab country that would normalise ties with Israel after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreed to do so as part of a US-brokered agreement in mid-August.

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PERSPECTIVES AND TRENDS:

AUGUST 2020:

The August news on geopolitics analyzed by GGN revealed three main trends:

  • Actions to contain China’s expansion in strategic geopolitical areas of Asia Pacific and South Asia were increased.
  • Tension grew between the countries that have geopolitical interests in the Mediterranean.
  • More tension in the Middle East, after Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement that could modify the balance of power of the region.

Regarding the actions taken during August to contain China’s expansion in Asia Pacific and South Asia, are mentioned:  1) The Five Eyes alliance –US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand– plan to include Japan as a member. 2) India and Japan plan to sign an important military logistics agreement. 3) India and Vietnam agreement to strengthen their strategic partnership. 4) India´s project to support infrastructures plans in Maldives (Maldives has become a focal point for India and China, particularly in the wake of China’s Belt and Road Initiative). 5) Moreover, US sent in August a high level official mission to Taiwan to show them it´s effectively recognition as a sovereign nation.

The results of these countries efforts to contain China are yet to be known.

As for the Mediterranean region, tension grows after various maneuvers carried out by Turkey with the intention of exploiting natural gas in the region. Turkey conducted in August exercises with a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Eastern Mediterranean. In response, Greece launched military exercises jointly with France, Italy and Cyprus in the same zone.

Turkey is planning to create a three-seas link (the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea, named Turkish Silk Road), that could be supported by India, the European Union, and the United States, with anti-Chinese connotations, adding more tension in the region.

Regarding the Middle East, the new deal may radicalize the opposition between the Gulf-Egypt-Israel axis and Iran, as well as between the same axis and Turkey and Qatar. Iran, Qatar, Turkey, and all Palestinian factions already denounced the agreement, declaring that represents a victory for Israel and its ally United States.

The situation in Middle East could get more complicated if Israel and the United States achieve more Arab countries to follow the UAE’s path, as they are already trying to do.

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  • Israel made a historic peace deal with the United Arab Emirates, creating a new factor of conflict in a region in flux. Iran and Turkey denounced the agreement, saying that the UAE had “betrayed” all Muslims and the Palestinian cause. All Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, also denounced the agreement, which represents a victory to Israel´s ally United States.

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  • LEBANON: Lebanon’s parliament gave the green light to impose a two-week state of emergency amid ongoing street protests. Human rights groups have warned that the state of emergency law will give the Lebanese military extensive powers to quell protests.

SOURCE: DW