World View: India's PM Narendra Modi Government in Crisis over Iraq Hostages

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  • China sends four new oil rigs into South China Sea
  • In a turnabout, Pakistan refugees flood into Afghanistan
  • India's PM Narendra Modi government in crisis over Iraq hostages
  • In strategic victory, ISIS captures Syria-Iraq border crossing

China sends four new oil rigs into South China Sea

After military tensions surged in the last few months between China and Vietnam over China's drilling rig within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), China is now launching four new oil rigs. In response to a question, China's foreign ministry said, "Please don't worry, there won't be any problem." It's possible, though not yet confirmed, that all four of the oil rigs are entirely within China's waters. Reuters

In a turnabout, Pakistan refugees flood into Afghanistan

For years, Pakistan has been hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan fleeing the war there. Now there's a flood of thousands of Pakistan refugees fleeing into Afghanistan, where there are no refugee camps to accommodate them. They're escaping from the violence of the military action by Pakistan's army against Taliban hideouts and weapons stores in North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal area. The military action was triggered by the terrorist attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi earlier this month. More than 100,000 thousand people in North Waziristan have been forced to flee their homes, and those that haven't gone to Afghanistan have traveled to nearby provinces in Pakistan in the hope of finding food and shelter. VOA

India's PM Narendra Modi government in crisis over Iraq hostages

The Iraq crisis has become a political crisis for the new government of prime minister Narendra Modi, because the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken 40 India citizens as hostages. According to reports, the the Indian workers are now being held in a cotton warehouse in the vicinity of Mosul. In addition, 46 Indian nurses are trapped in a hospital in Tikrit. There are over 10,000 to 20,000 Indians in Iraq, both legal and illegal migrants. Many of them are in the Shia-dominated south, and if the war escalates, then they will be in danger. India is also concerned that the conflict will result in a sharp increase in oil prices, which would harm India's economy. The Hindu (India) and Times of India

In strategic victory, ISIS captures Syria-Iraq border crossing

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) made a major strategic victory on Saturday by capturing the town of al-Qaim in Iraq, a border crossing between Syria and Iraq. This will permit ISIS to join its armies in Syria and Iraq, and permit the free flow of people, weapons and commercial goods between the two armies, and will provide a direct path for ISIS to approach Baghdad. ISIS has captured billions of dollars worth of American weapons, including tanks, humvees, helicopters, and other heavy weaponry, from storehouses in Mosul that were supposedly being guarded by the Iraqi army. Those weapons can now be moved back into Syria, if desired, for use against Hezbollah, Iranian forces, and the Syrian regime army. CNN and AFP


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