Top Hezbollah official says partition Syria, Iraq: A top Hezbollah leader in Lebanon says partitioning Syria and Iraq is a possibility to bring about a solution to civil war in Syria.
Sheikh Naim Qassem, deputy leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, said he fears no end is in sight to the five-year Syrian civil war.
Although he offered no concrete resolution, Qassem said Iran, Russia and Hezbollah remain behind Bashar al-Assad’s leadership in the war-torn country.
ISIS names new Boko Haram leader: In the face of intensive rumors over the last eight months stating Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead, The Islamic State has named Abu Musab al-Barnawi its governor of West Africa.
Al-Barnawi’s elevation was announced in ISIS periodical, al-Naba.
Although reports conflict over whether Shekau is dead, it is also alleged Shekau was dismissed by ISIS for refusing to obey ISIS directives not to use children as suicide bombers.
Kremlin says U.S.-backed rebels used gas in Aleppo: The Russian Ministry of Defense informed the United States it has concluded the Syrian opposition group responsible for using poison gas projectiles in Aleppo in an attack which killed 7 and injured 23 is backed by the United States.
Russian officials say the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group used poisonous chlorine gas in the attack.
Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki is a CIA-backed group which is accused of beheading a Palestinian in July.
The United States has said it is investigating both incidents.
China tells citizens to prepare for war: Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has told Chinese citizens they must be prepared to defend Chinese territorial integrity.
Chang made the remarks over Chinese concerns its territorial claims in the South China Sea are threatened by foreigners and international objections to its construction of military bases in disputed islands in the area.
Although an international court ruled in July China has no historical claim to the disputed Spratly Islands, the Chinese Supreme Court affirmed its court system’s reach over 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone in the area.
North Korea fires missiles into Japanese waters: In one of the longest distances covered since North Korea began missile tests, a Rodong ballistic missile fired from the east coast of North Korea traveled over 600 miles before landing inside Japanese waters. The missile landed approximately 200 miles from the Japanese coast.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the missile launch a “grave threat.”
U.S. military officials said North Korea fired two missiles, but one exploded shortly after takeoff.
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