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The Rundown -- February 6


RFE/RL in the Media
# Reporters Without Borders on Khadija Ismayilova beginning third month in prison
Ukraine
# Merkel, Hollande in Kyiv and Moscow floating new Ukraine peace plan; but experts are pessimistic
# Ukraine's currency plunges
# Former NATO chief warns Putin may attack Baltics to test NATO
# Influential new report argues for arming Ukraine; the case against it
Russia
# "U.S. Hasn't Kept Ukraine Aid Promises" - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg
# What House to unveil call for "strategic patience"
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian ruble also in free-fall
Iraq/Syria
# Was an early January assault on IS headquarters also a rescue mission?
# King Abdullah is not flying bombing raids, despite photos
# How IS is promoting Muath al-Kaseasbeh burning on social media
# al-Kaseasbeh's wife said he had a premonition something would go wrong
Iran
# Rohani accuses West of distorting Iran's nuclear plans
# Iran reportedly arrests 100 for dancing at mixed party
# Washington Post says emerging nuclear deal "raises major concerns"
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "How Not to Squander Hard-Won Gains in Afghanistan" - Michael O'Hanlon, Wall Street Journal
# Afghan warlords trying to revamp image in changing times
# Pakistan is unexpected leader in rehabilitating "former jihadis"
Central Asia
Balkans
Of Interest
# Are investigative journalists protecting their digital security?
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