Iran receives first shipment of Russian S-300 missiles: Free from restrictions which prohibited the purchase of foreign-made arms, the government of Iran received its first lot of surface-to-air missiles for deployment in the Russian-made S-300 defense system over the weekend.
Iran has said upon delivery of all armaments for the system, the defense shield will be fully operational by April 2017.
Originally negotiated in 2007, the contract was briefly shelved over UN sanctions; however, upon the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by the P5+1, Russia resurrected the contract and agreed to delivery earlier this year.
Turkey’s Erdogan demands U.S. arrest of Muslim cleric: Days after smashing a military revolt and re-claiming control over the country, Turkish President Recep Erdogan demanded President Obama arrest or extradite exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.
Ankara has accused Gülen of being a leader of the failed coup in Turkey.
The 75-year-old Gülen fled Turkey in 1999.
Morocco petitions African Union for membership: After a 32-year absence, the Kingdom of Morocco has formally requested re-admission to the African Union (AU).
Morocco withdrew from the AU in 1984 over the AU’s recognition of The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a region Morocco has long contended is a southern province.
Rabat’s petition for re-admission to the AU is viewed as an implicit admission its exit from the organization was a diplomatic failure.
A 2007 plan to resolve Morocco’s dispute with the SADR, which would have granted Morocco authority over the area, followed by a national referendum for independence, was rejected.
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