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US Training Terrorists For Syria, Calling Them “Moderates”

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The United States is supporting terrorists in Syria by providing them billions of dollars, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Monday.

A man operates a front loader as he removes debris at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city April 20, 2015

 

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Walid Muallem said:

“Americans demand a political solution but at the same time allocate billions of dollars to support terrorists.”

Recently, about 2,500 militants equipped with the new weapons were sent into southern Syria, Muallem stated, adding that the United States does not hide their support for “those terrorists.”Syria has been consumed by a civil war since 2011. The country’s government is fighting a number of opposition forces as well as radical Islamist militant organizations, including the Nusra Front and the Islamic State jihadist group.

Washington has long been vocally supportive of what it calls “moderate” rebel fighters in Syria. The US military has been training its moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight against ISIL.

 

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Brits Opening-Up Yugoslavian War Fever With UN Res. To Commemorate Srbrenica

[British UN resolution on Srebrenica massacre ‘could destabilise the region’]

Dutch Govt. Report On Massacre At Srebrenica

Srebrenica was an Inside Job

Oric is threatening to reveal the truth about Srebrenica

“You know, I was offered by Clinton in April 1993 (after the fall of Cerska and Konjevic Polje) that the Chetnik forces enter Srebrenica, carry out a slaughter of 5,000 Muslims, and then there will be a military intervention.”–President Izetbegovic, Interview with Hakija Meholjic, president of Social Democratic Party for Srebrenica, by Hasan Hadzic

Intelligence and the war in Bosnia 1992-1995: The role of the intelligence and security services–(UPDATED)

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On July 13, 1995 to collect the many Muslims who fled Srebrenica in Potocari, a village climbed nail. © AP


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The battalion was shocked by the facts that were revealed yesterday evening in the documentary “Why Srebrenica were to fall. From US documents show that in 1995, Dutchbat had no air support because of the secret deal that the United States, France and Britain concluded behind the backs of the Netherlands. The Dutchbat require full disclosure of decision-making, their lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops would if necessary enforce this through the US courts.

On July 13, 1995 to collect the many Muslims who fled Srebrenica in Potocari, a village climbed nail. © AP
Dutchbatters require full disclosure of Srebrenica

The battalion was shocked by the facts that were revealed yesterday evening in the documentary “Why Srebrenica were to fall. From US documents show that in 1995, Dutchbat had no air support because of the secret deal that the United States, France and Britain concluded behind the backs of the Netherlands. The Dutchbat require full disclosure of decision-making, their lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops would if necessary enforce this through the US courts.
By: Silke Spierings June 30, 2015, 10:08
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Failed UN operation

Former Defense Minister Joris Voorhoeve says that many victims would be spared if there are serious air support had come. The conclusion of his book about the besluitvomring around Srebrenica that appears today, is not that Dutchbat has failed, nor the Netherlands, but the entire UN operation failed. Read the whole interview.

Yesterday evening, the documentary was broadcast on NPO 2. The documentary shows that six weeks before the fall of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995 had already been through the three NATO powers decided that no luchsteun would be granted for the defense of the enclave. The reason was that French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister John Major were afraid that the British and French hostages would be executed if NATO would bomb the troops of Mladic.

The Dutch military and political leadership was not informed of this decision. Also, in some NATO powers already in May 1995 announced that the Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic nominee safe havens in Bosnia, including Srebrenica, wanted to invade. Early July Mladic indeed opened the attack on Srebrenica. The enclave fell this quickly. The Bosnian Serb militants carried 8.000 Muslim men who found shelter in the ‘safe harbor’ off to then murder them.
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Bodies of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide in the Bosnian place Potocari, near Srebrenica. Bodies of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide in the Bosnian place Potocari, near Srebrenica. © AP
The fall of Srebrenica

In the summer of 1995, more than 8,000 Muslim men were massacred in and around Srebrenica, an area that was renamed during the Bosnian civil war to ‘safe area’. Dutchbat, the Dutch army unit that held there on behalf of the United Nations supervision, not resisted when the troops of General Ratko Mladic invaded the enclave. The women and children were deported by bus to Muslim territory, most of the men killed in mass executions.

During the raid escaped much of the Muslim population into the woods for fear of the impending massacre. In that group were the most victims. The rest of the population, a group of more than 25 thousand people went to the Dutch base in Potocari, 6 kilometers away. 5,000 of them, including 320 men were admitted to the camp of Dutchbat. The other 20 thousand, of whom 1,500 men, were forced out of the gates.

The Dutch veterans who were then part of Dutchbat III are shocked by the revelations. They write in the Association’s statement Dutchbat 3 on their Facebook page. They demand full disclosure about the decision-making surrounding the fall of Srebrenica by the Dutch State. That should make every effort to have the documents yet to be revealed to his public, even if it as “state secrets” are labeled.

VPRO journalist Huub Jaspers took the documents the secret deal appears from Clinton Library, in the US state of Arkansas. Jaspers could see the documents because the secrecy has now been lifted. That does not apply to documents from the weeks around July 11, the day the enclave fell.

Knoops, on behalf of his clients still require full disclosure of these documents. First he will ask the Dutch government to put pressure on Washington. If this is not enough, then Knoops will file a civil action to enforce this. If necessary he moves to the US courts to obtain these documents through the US law on open government.

The Dutchbat soldiers write in their statement: “The State is required this to the veterans of Dutchbat 3, their families, families, survivors in Bosnia and the Dutch population. Dutchbat veterans now want to end their mission after 20 years and go on with life without being confronted every year with new facts. ” They thank the editors of Argos (Human / VPRO) for the upward pull of the facts.
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Former commander Thom Karremans to the court last November. The court in Arnhem decided not to prosecute him. Former commander Thom Karremans to the court last November. The court in Arnhem decided not to prosecute him. © Reuters
Veterans of Dutchbat 3 pose for the court in Arnhem Veterans Dutchbat 3 pose for the court in Arnhem © Reuters

Geert-Jan Knoops, a lawyer for former Dutchbatcommandant Thom Karremans and 3 Dutchbat Association – the union of the Dutchbatveteranen, rang with Karremans about the revelations. Karremans fell silent and then said, “I’ve always known it, I just can not prove it.” The former commander knew at the time he “had political interests against themselves,” Knoops said so yesterday in the KRO NRCV program Eye to Eye.

Three relatives have repeatedly tried to file a lawsuit against the former commander, because he would be partly responsible for the genocide in 1995. In late April the Court of Appeal in Arnhem decided that he will not be prosecuted. The relatives steps now to the European Court of Human Rights.

Arab Forces Preparing To Carve-Up Syrian North and South?

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Report: Turkey considering invasion of Syria to establish buffer zone

Military reportedly instructed to prepare to take 110-km long, 33-km deep buffer zone along border, to prevent ISIS and Kurdish advances.

 

Jordan is mulling a significant military intervention in southern Syria

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Syria rebels mortars Deraa countrysideWsam Almokdad/ReutersRebel fighters prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad who are stationed in Tel Merhi and Deir Adass villages, in Deraa on February 18, 2015.

The civil war in Syria has reached such a tipping point for one of the most stable and US-friendly regimes in the Middle East.

The Jordanian military is actively implementing plans to create a humanitarian buffer zone in the south of the country, Sam Jones, Roula Khalaf and Erika Solomon report for the Financial Times.

Jordan’s military envisions an operation that would set up a humanitarian corridor in the southern Syrian provinces of Deraa and Suwayda.

The Assad regime is currently in nominal control of these provinces. But a coordinated rebel offensive, consisting in large part of fighters from the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, has sparked concern in Jordan that a full-scale Syrian withdrawal from the area could occur, provoking chaos along the border.

Jordan worries that jihadists could establish a permanent foothold along the country’s border with Syria, or sue the area for attacks on the country’s generally pro-US monarchy.

As the FT reports, Jordanian leaders want to “avoid ‘another Idlib'” in the region, a reference to the March withdrawal of the Assad regime from the northern city in the face of a rebel and jihadist offensive.

“Diplomats say Amman and its international allies are keen to avoid ‘another Idlib‘, referring to the Assad regime’s withdrawal from the city in March; jihadis soon took advantage of the retreat and established a strong presence there,” according to the report.

The zone of control would likely include the Syrian city of Deraa, and would be manned by US and Jordan-supported moderate rebels along with more direct Jordanian military support.

Syria map

[The following map contradicts the massive deployment of ISIS forces shown on the Reuters’ map.]

syria status of forces map 6 30 The #Syrian Conflict – Status of Control #Map. Showing the recent ISIS offensive at #Hasakah

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Southern Syria comprises the entirety of Jordan’s northern border and any chaos could easily spill over the border. Deraa itself is within 45 miles of Amman, the Jordanian capital.

The Jordanian military in general, and its special forces in particular, is regarded as one of the more effective fighting forces in the region. Jordan maintains a close military relationship with the US, and Jordanian special forces have participated in operations in Afghanistan. The special forces have also proven adept at intelligence-gathering operations.

Jordan is a member of the US-led coalition against ISIS and has conducted airstrikes against the militant group in both Iraq and Syria. In the beginning of February, Jordan launched dozens of strikes in Syria following the execution of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasabe.

Jordan Special ForcesAli Jarekji/REUTERSJordanian Army anti-Terrorism squad members stand on alert in the Yajouz hills on the edge of Amman April 26, 2005. [The U.S.-backed Jordanian government is responding to what it sees as a higher risk of terror attacks by boosting its special forces and training troops from neighbouring countries such as Iraq.]

Jordan’s willingness to directly intervene within Syria reflects a growing regional unease with the already chaotic situation in the country, where as many as 320,000 have been killed over the course of a 4-year-old civil war. A number of Turkish newspaper sources have also reported that Ankara is seriously considering a ground operation that would establish a humanitarian buffer zone along the Turkish border in northern Syria.

The Turkish operation would be aimed at limiting Syrian Kurdish ability to declare an independent state while striking against ISIS and stopping the flow of Syrian refugees over the border.

Israel has also signalled that it could be willing to intervene in southern Syria in order to protect the Druze minority in the country if jihadists or the Assad regime ever threatened the survival of the religious minority group in areas near the Israel-controlled Golan Heights.

Audacious U.S. deceit

Audacious U.S. deceit

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shows the way to his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem (L) during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

 

Monday’s meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem was instructive.

Moallem said he received a promise of military, economic and political support from his host, while Putin made remarks that echoed those of his guest.

On the other side of the Syrian conflict, a very different situation exists. U.S. officials have been consistent in their public stance that President Bashar Assad “must go,” repeatedly talking about how the Syrian leader has lost his legitimacy. But the U.S. has also launched a program to train Syria rebels to fight ISIS. As part of this program, it demands every potential recruit sign a contract pledging to not fight Assad – who has supposedly lost legitimacy and must exit the scene.

It’s a case of audacious deceit, with two principal victims. First, the American people are being lied to about what their government is doing. And second, many Syrians are asking themselves if, more than four years into the war, the U.S. will ever become a true ally.

Some analysts focus on the role of the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and how Washington will do absolutely nothing to rock the boat before a final deal is reached. The policy of playing for time – whether this is because of Iran, or because there is no vision for Syria, or confidence in its people – might look good on paper. But in real-world political terms, it’s a policy that is complicit in the killing, maiming and displacing of tens of thousands of people, and the alienation of possibly millions of others.

Noble Energy Takes Legal Hits In Falklands and Israeli Gas Fields

Minister: Argentina Will Pursue Judge Order on Falklands Drillers

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ReutersBUENOS AIRES, June 28 (Reuters) – Argentina will pursue in Britain and the United States a local judge’s order to seize assets of oil drillers operating in the disputed Falklands Islands, the foreign minister said in an interview published in local media on Sunday.

On Saturday, a federal judge in Tierra del Fuego ordered the seizure of $156 million in bank accounts, boats and other property of six European and U.S. oil companies operating in the islands.

A source with knowledge of the situation said the ruling was meaningless because the companies do not generally hold assets in Argentina or use Argentine waters.

Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told local newspaper Tiempo Argentino on Sunday that on Monday he will formally request that the stock exchange regulators in London and New York implement the judge’s order.

The companies named in the order are Premier Oil Plc , Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, Rockhopper Exploration Plc, Noble Energy Inc y Edison International Spa.

“The companies can defend themselves in foreign courts, but that will have a cost or penalty to their market listing,” Timerman said.

He said that international law forbid altering the state of territory where the United Nations has accepted that there is a sovereignty dispute, and that the companies had breached the rule by drilling wells.

Argentina claims sovereignty over the South Atlantic islands which it calls the Malvinas, located about 435 miles (700 km) off the coast of Tierra del Fuego and occupied by around 3,000 people who mostly say they wish them to remain a British overseas territory.

Britain and Argentina fought a short war in 1982, after the then Argentine military dictatorship briefly seized the islands, and tensions have escalated again in recent years with the discovery of oil deposits.

Ahead of Argentine elections in October, rhetoric is heating up. “What the United Kingdom is doing is what it did in classic colonialism: appropriate resources from its colonies and take them back to their country,” said Timerman on Sunday.

Falkland Oil and Gas and Rockhopper declined to comment. Noble Energy, the British foreign office and the other mentioned companies could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Maximiliano Rizzi, Writing by Rosalba O’Brien; Editing by Diane Craft)

Israel’s gas sector counts the cost and waits

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The new government must give top priority to making a decision about the ownership structure of Israel’s gas fields.

The future of Israel’s natural gas exploration and production industry will be at the top of the pile of the economic decisions that the new government will be required to take. This will be an urgent decision because each day’s delay in its implementation costs money. Entrepreneurship is the art of making the impossible possible. Regulation is the art of making the possible impossible – this saying was probably made with the Israeli natural gas market in mind.

The development of Israel’s gas fields and natural gas sector, and private electricity production as well, has been frozen following a decision by the head of the Israel Antitrust Authority Prof. David Gilo in December 2014.

Gilo decide to retract a compromise agreement with the Tamar and Leviathan owners Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) controlling shareholder Yitzhak Tshuva and US company Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL). The agreement was designed to clear up the suspicion that Delek and Noble formed a cartel by purchasing the license to the rights to the Leviathan field in 2007. Gilo spent two years in talks with the developers to reach the compromise agreement, then a further nine months to decide that he had made a mistake and that he would not be able to defend the agreement in court. The three years of painful learning that we have paid for are probably just the start.

In the next stage, Gilo will probably have to again decide whether to open court proceedings against the gas developers in order to force them to part with Leviathan or try and reach a new compromise agreement. In the first instance there would be a delay of years in developing the field. In the second instance there would ‘only’ be a delay of six months.

For this delay there is a very clear and expensive price tag. Gas export deals worth billions that have been signed by Delek and Noble Energy with major Jordanian and Egyptian customers are disintegrating as the customers realize that there is nobody to talk to and they are rushing off to find alternative sources of supply. The process in which Israeli industry is converting to natural gas has ground to a halt. The developers of the new private power plants cannot move forward without holding agreements to buy the gas required to operate the plants. The timetable for developing the huge Leviathan field will be postponed for at least two years and the billions in tax revenues that the State had hoped to earn by 2018 will also be delayed.

The growing damage intensifies the pressure on the government to take a decision. There is already a “regulatory document,” a position paper that was prepared by the Ministry of Finance, and which has the unique advantage in that all the relevant regulators (even Gilo) have agreed to it. The document, as is the way with committee documents, presents a new roadmap for Israel’s gas sector, which is a complex plan, difficult to understand that ensures limited competition while setting ceiling prices for gas, but only for new agreements.

In the face of this document, the gas developers are not presenting a united front. Delek Group controlling shareholder Yitzhak Tshuva is being more flexible the more he has his back up against the wall. But in contrast his US partners are only toughening their stand, and threatening international arbitration, which would cause Israel irreversible damage.

The question being posed for the new government is about the way ahead: what is the correct way to develop Israel’s gas sector. The Sheshinski Committee chose a path of cooperation with the developers. The State ensured for itself a majority percentage in dividing up the profits and encouraged the developers to move forward quickly and start making a profit.

The social lobby in the Knesset raised its voice and claimed that the ordinary citizen will be required to pay Tshuva (and the ministry of finance) an excessive price. Government officials began to zig-zag and the result was that Australian company Woodside, the only hope of creating real competition against Noble Energy, fled Israel as fast as it could.

Today Israel stands at a crossroads. Should it continue along the old route and take flak from the social lobby? Should it choose the competitive route and split the monopoly and hope that somehow genuine competition will be created here, or start out on a third way and impose supervised prices.

Meanwhile, a storm is raging on global gas markets. The price of liquid gas is plunging. Energy companies are reducing their operations and cancelling major projects. This storm can provide support winds for the government, if it knows how to put up the sails in the right direction.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com – on March 16, 2015

Puerto Rico Ready For Its Default On $100 Billion Debt

Puerto Rico says it can’t pay its $100 billion debt

 

The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back its more than US$70 billion (NZ$102b) in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States.

Puerto Rico’s move could roil financial markets already dealing with the turmoil of the renewed debt crisis in Greece. It also raises questions about the once-staid municipal bond market, which states and cities count on to pay upfront costs for public improvements such as roads, parks and hospitals.

For many years, those bonds were considered safe investments – but those assumptions have been shifting in recent years as a small but steady string of US municipalities, including Detroit, as well as Stockton and Vallejo in California, have tumbled into bankruptcy.

Those defaults at least offered investors the protection provided by Chapter 9 of the US bankruptcy code, which sets out an orderly process by which investors can recoup at least some of their money. But like states, Puerto Rico is not permitted to file for bankruptcy. A failure to iron out an agreement with creditors could ignite an unwieldy, uncharted and long-lasting process to sort out the island’s financial obligations.

In addition, with as much as $73 billion (NZ$106b) in debt, the island’s debt obligation is four times that of Detroit, which became the largest US city to file for bankruptcy in 2012.

The implications are serious for Americans outside Puerto Rico largely because many hold island bonds in mutual funds. At one point in 2013, an estimated three out of four municipal bond mutual funds held Puerto Rican bonds, which were attractive because of their high yields and exemption from federal, state and local taxes.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, will seek concessions from creditors, which range from mutual funds in the United States to large hedge funds that have been buying Puerto Rican debt at high interest rates, in an effort to stretch out loan payments and drive down borrowing costs that are hamstringing Puerto Rico’s struggling economy.

The government’s conclusion that it is unable to pay its debts was first reported by the New York Times. “It’s accurate,” said Gabriela Melendez, a Washington-based spokeswoman for the Puerto Rican government. She said the governor was scheduled to make a televised address updating islanders about Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis on Monday evening.

A US commonwealth with a population of 3.6 million, Puerto Rico carries more debt per capita than any state in the country. The island has been staggering under the increasing weight of those obligations for years as its economy has tanked, triggering an exodus of island residents to the mainland not seen since the 1950s.

Meanwhile, the government has raised taxes, cut government employment and slashed pensions in a futile effort to get its debt burden under control. Those actions have only slowed the acceleration of debt creation, while harming efforts to reignite the economy.

The financial crisis in Puerto Rico has been playing out for years, although until now the government has been able to keep things moving by cutting spending and borrowing more and more money on Wall Street. But with rating agencies downgrading Puerto Rican debt to near-junk levels, the island has had to pay high rates to borrow money.

The island’s web of debt includes general-obligation bonds, which Puerto Rico’s constitution says must be repaid even before government workers receive their pay.

But billions of dollars more in bonds were floated by public corporations that provide critical services on the island, including providing electric power, building roads and running water and sewer authorities. Beyond the bond debt, the island owes some US$37 billion (NZ$53.9b) in pension obligations to workers and former workers.

CRITICAL IMF REPORT

Puerto Rico needs to restructure its debts and should make reforms including cutting the number of teachers and raising property taxes, a report by former International Monetary Fund economists on the Caribbean island’s financial woes said.

The report, which was obtained by Reuters, gave a damning review of how Puerto Rico has arrived at its current state, which it said requires both structural reform and debt restructuring to fix.

“Puerto Rico faces hard times,” the report said. “Structural problems, economic shocks and weak public finances have yielded a decade of stagnation, outmigration and debt… A crisis looms.”

The report even suggests the restructuring of general obligation debt, which could be a precedent-setting move as investors usually regard as sacrosanct.

Social reforms proposed include suspending the minimum wage and reducing electricity and transport costs. The island must overcome a legacy of weak budget execution and opaque data, the report said.

The report was written by former IMF economists, who were engaged in February by the Government Development Bank to analyse the island’s economic and financial stability and growth prospects.

The document, first posted on Puerto Rico media websites, was verified as authentic by one of the authors.

– The Washington Post / Reuters

Greek Banks Close for Next 6 Days, International Markets In Turmoil

bank_Greece-Bailot-AP-676x450 People stand in a queue outside a bank which operates on Saturday but eventually didn’t open, in central Athens, on June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

[SEE: Greek Banks Close for 6 Days as Debt Crisis Deepens]

European Stocks, Bonds, Euro Seen Falling After Shutdown of Greek Banks

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By Josie Cox

European bonds and stocks were expected to slump Monday, after Greece over the weekend shut banks and imposed capital controls in a bid to prevent a severely battered banking system from collapsing completely.

The euro slumped to a more than three-week low of $1.0950 during the Asian trading session. It was trading at $ 1.103 in early European hours, according to FactSet, down 1.18%.

European stock markets were expected to fall around 4% at the open, according to traders.

Moves in bond markets were expected to be similarly sharp, especially across southern Europe–the region most sensitive to any contagion from Greece.

On Sunday, the Greek parliament approved a referendum for July 5 on whether to accept austerity measures demanded by the country’s creditors in exchange for further aid.

That came after eurozone finance ministers in Brussels on Saturday rejected a Greek request for a one-month extension to its bailout.

Greece now looks set to default on its EUR1.55 billion ($1.73 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

“The Greek debt crisis really is a ‘crisis’ now,” Société Générale strategists wrote in a note early Monday.

Nick Lawson, a senior managing director on Deutsche Bank’s equities team in London said that whatever the outcome of the referendum, the uncertainty in markets will last for a long time.

“With a default now firmly on the cards, markets everywhere face a very testing start to the week,” said Ian Williams, economist and strategist at brokerage Peel Hunt.

Write to Josie Cox at josie.cox@wsj.com

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