The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Palestinians in West Bank face water shortage:  Plagued by a water shortage, Palestinians living in the eastern sections of the West Bank are blaming Israeli-owned Mekorot water company for deliberately withholding adequate amounts of water to serve the Palestinians population.

Israeli officials rejected the claim and stated Palestinian neglect to upgrade decades-old pipes has prevented the water supply from reaching those in need.

Although a drought is equally to blame, Palestinians say continued high temperatures are worrisome and have complained Israeli settlers are given a disproportionate amount of water at 240 liters per capita daily, as opposed to the 73 delivered to Palestinians.

Russia weighs placement of nuclear missiles on western border by 2019:  Sources associated with the Russian military are reporting the Kremlin is expected to place nuclear-capable missiles in its Kaliningrad Oblast in response to the increased presence of NATO troops, armor and weaponry in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland.

It is believed the Russians are considering deployment of the Iskander mobile ballistic missile system, which has a range of 500 miles.

Although the Kremlin has hinted at such a move in the recent past, reports surfacing in past days indicate the move is both probable and permanent.

Russia building intelligence post in Nicaragua:  Building on a recently negotiated pact which will witness the transfer of military hardware to Nicaragua, the Russian government is said to be erecting an intelligence-gathering facility near Managua.

No details were available on the exact location, the size or the capabilities of the spy base.

The building of the intelligence nest is seen as part of a wider Kremlin policy to increase its military presence in the region.

Syrian SDF enter Manbij:  Three days following an ISIS counterattack where Syrian forces were forced to retreat from villages south of Manbij, American-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) were reported to have breached city limits where firefights raged in neighborhoods surrounding the middle of the town.

Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, SDF troops, an alliance of largely Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian, Armenian and Syrian-Turkic soldiers, all opposed to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, pushed into Manbij from the west and had faced resistance less stiff than previously expected.

Since launching the offensive to re-take Manbij in late May, SDF has suffered approximately 63 casualties as opposed to inflicting over 450 ISIS deaths.

Morocco arrests Islamist terror suspects:  The Moroccan government announced Thursday it had broken up an Islamist terror faction and arrested 10 suspects that are believed to be part of an ISIS-associated network operating inside Morocco.

Moroccan officials say the nest broken up operated in Oujda and was allegedly planning to raid and rob a mall to finance terror operations in the country.  Rabat admitted nine of the 10 arrested were Moroccan; the tenth man, an Algerian, was in Morocco illegally.

Morocco believes up to 1,500 Moroccan nationals have been radicalized and have joined ISIS in either Syria or Iraq.

 

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