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U.N. Security Council to Vote on Nuclear Deal Today

This morning, the U.N. Security Council will discuss and vote on a resolution to endorse the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last week. The resolution will formalize the “snap back” provision of the agreement, which would reinstate sanctions if Iran violates the terms of the deal. News of the upcoming resolution broke last week, and ...

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This morning, the U.N. Security Council will discuss and vote on a resolution to endorse the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last week. The resolution will formalize the “snap back” provision of the agreement, which would reinstate sanctions if Iran violates the terms of the deal. News of the upcoming resolution broke last week, and the P5+1 nations that helped negotiate the agreement are eager to initiate the plan. European diplomats requested the resolution be presented this morning so that it could be in place before meetings in Brussels this evening. The vote also comes as the Obama Administration presents the deal to Congress, initiating a two-month review period.

U.S. Secretary of State Ashton Carter is in the Middle East this week to assure U.S. partners of the continuity of its security commitments after the agreement. Today he is in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the nuclear deal; he will continue on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia later in the week. While Carter has stressed the benefits of the agreement, he acknowledged that he’s “not going to change anybody’s mind in Israel…We can agree to disagree.”

Houthis Shell Town after More Defeats

Saudi-backed Yemeni forces captured two military bases from Houthi fighters on Saturday, building on successes in rolling back the Houthis’ presence in Aden last week. On Sunday, Houthi fighters shelled Dar Saad, a town north of Aden, killing at least 100 people and wounding more than a hundred. The attack may have been a reprisal after the Houthis’ recent defeats.

Headlines

  • Five simultaneous car bombs went off in Gaza on Sunday targeting members of Hamas’ armed wing, though no one was reported injured; militants affiliated with the Islamic State are suspected to have conducted the attacks.

 

  • An Islamic State car bomb killed 115 people in a crowded market in Diyala, Iraq, on Friday; the Iraqi government is working to restructure the city’s police in response to the attack.

 

  • At least 10 people were killed this morning in a bombing in Suruc, Turkey, just opposite the border from Kobane.

 

  • The government of Bahrain summoned Iran’s charge d’affaires in Manama on Sunday to register a formal complaint after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said it would continue to support “oppressed people” including Bahrain’s Shia population.

 

  • Hezbollah forces in Syria have made new gains around the besieged town of Zabadani, though they may be disguising the severity of their losses by only returning officers for burial in Lebanon, according to reports.

Arguments and Analysis

What Israel Can Do Now” (Max Singer, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies)

“While the P5+1 agreement with Iran is almost certainly a mistake and bad for Israel, there are many ways to avert its potential harms. There are still actions Israel might take to protect itself from attack by Iranian nuclear weapons, including a limited Israeli strike on Iran. In such an eventuality, it would be in the interest of Western powers to retroactively support the Israeli attack, even though they would have prevented it if they could. Their interest would and should be to discourage Iran from hastening to rebuild its nuclear weapons program.”

 

Saudis finally win control of a Yemeni city, but Houthis are far from defeated” (Bruce Riedel, Markaz)

“According to Saudi sources the planning for the offensive began ten weeks ago. Yemenis were brought to various training facilities in the Kingdom to create a more effective force. The Saudis credit the U.S., UK and especially France with providing support for the campaign. Washington and London speeded up delivery of munitions and spare parts for the Royal Saudi Air Force. The Saudis are coy about what help Paris provided. The Saudi sources say the next objective for the Saudis and Hadi is to strike north from Aden to Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city. Hadi loyalists have been fighting in Taiz for months against the Houthis and forces loyal to former President Saleh. As the historic second capital of North Yemen Taiz has considerable symbolic importance.”

-J. Dana Stuster

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