The Desert One Debacle – The Atlantic

In April 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the Army’s Delta Force to bring back fifty-three American citizens held hostage in Iran. Everything went wrong. The fireball in the Iranian desert took the Carter presidency with it. — Read on http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2006/05/the-desert-one-debacle/304803/

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Iranian media hail Tehran-Islamabad joint ‘rapid reaction force’

During a visit by Pakistan's prime minister to Iran, the two countries moved closer toward forming a joint rapid reaction force to combat border insecurity, a plan welcomed by Iranian media as a key achievement in bilateral ties. — Read on http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/iran-pakistan-khan-border-rapid-reaction-force-rouhani.html

How the Kurdish factor had a boomerang effect in Erdogan’s election defeat

Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party played a key role in Erdogan’s defeats in big cities in the local polls, managing to get its voters to back mayoral candidates from the main opposition bloc while sitting out the races. — Read on http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/turkey-kurdish-factor-boomerang-effect-in-election.html