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The Rundown -- February 9

RFE/RL in the Media

# Rob Coalson interviewed by the Atlantic Council of Canada on current state of affairs in Russia
# Brian Whitmore cited by Edward Lucas in Center for European Policy Analysis for his coverage of Putin
# Abubakar Siddique featured as an expert and interviewed for Council on Foreign Relations Taliban guide
# Read Abubakar Siddique in Dawn on whether Taliban should be classified as terrorists
# RFE/RL and VOA "off the rails" for Azerbaijan coverage says another opinion piece in Roll Call
# U.S. general says Russia mobilizing for war it thinks will happen in about five years
# North Korea tests cruise missile that is identical to one used by Russia
# "Is Putin Bent on Reshaping the World Order?" - James G Neuger, BloombergBusiness
# "Why [Putin's] Days are Numbered" - Alexandr Motyl, Foreign Affairs
# New Minsk meeting planned for Wednesday
# "Inside Ukraine’s Shock-Trauma Wards" - David Patrikarakos, Daily Beast
# "Don't Arm Ukraine" - John Mearsheimer, New York Times
# Iraq's only female Yazidi MP on the battle to save her people
# Anonymous takes control of IS social media accounts
# The "brutal logic" behind IS depravity
# The fates of 23 IS hostages
# Both Kerry and Zarif say there will be no negotiations extension
# Zarif reportedly warned West that Rohani's administration would be at risk if talks failed
# Afghanistan opium addiction hits new high
# Afghanistan police force is studied for ties to Taliban
# Families of Peshawar massacre victims protest
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