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In an interview with Financial Times this week, Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim Jafari revealed China has offered to provide support for Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS. It’s unclear whether Beijing plans to follow through on this proposition, but potential Chinese-Iraqi cooperation could include weapons sales, intelligence sharing, and military training.
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On December 21, Tunisians will head to the polls to choose between the two leading candidates in the nation’s first democratic presidential election. Since autocratic ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fell from power in January 2011, the first dictator swept aside by the Arab Spring, Tunisia has progressed leaps and bounds towards democracy, bridging differences between secularists and Islamists with consensus-building and compromise.