Press review 17th July – 24th July 2015

US struggling to recruit Iraqi troops to fight Isis, Pentagon chief admits – The Guardian

The US defense secretary Ashton Carter has painted a bleak picture of the country’s efforts to train fighters in Iraq and Syria, revealing the military has trained fewer than a third of the Iraqi troops it expected would lead the fight against the Islamic State.

US defense secretary tries to calm Mideast jitters over Iran deal – 21st of July 2015 – Jordan Times

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sought to reassure anxious Middle East allies Tuesday over the Iran nuclear deal during a regional tour that includes stops in Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Carter met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the landmark Iran accord, before flying on to Jordan, a key partner in the US-led war on Daesh terrorist group. Addressing military personnel from six nations in the anti-Daesh coalition at a Jordanian air base, he said the United States and Israel had a « common commitment to countering Iranian malign influence in the region ».

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator receives hero’s welcome in Teheran. 20th of July – Middle East Eye.

Mohammad Javad Zarif the Iranian Foreign Minister gave to some Iranian journalists a special occasion to interview him about the agreement by inviting them to join him aboard his plane during the flight back to Tehran, after the signature of that landmark deal between Iran, the United States and other world powers in Vienna.

Sarkozy is trying to revive the Union for the Mediterranean in Tunis – – 21st of July – Le Figaro.

We thought that the UPM was swept by successive Arab Spring, but Nicolas Sarkozy seems to want to revive the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM). This organization was launched in 2008, the goal was to brings together both countries of the European Union and bordering the Mediterranean. At the time, almost all the heads of state gathered in Paris to celebrate this new space for dialogue. However the Gaza war in December 2008, the fall of the Egyptian rais and co-chairman of the UFM, Hosni Mubarak, had chipped away the project.

Turkey bombs Islamic State targets in Syria 24th of July – BBC World

Turkish planes have for the first time carried out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group targets in Syria. Police also launched raids against IS and Kurdish militants across the country, arresting 297 people, the Prime Minister’s office said. On Thursday, Turkish forces exchanged fire with IS fighters near the Syrian border. One Turkish soldier was killed.