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Syrian Rebels Blame Iran for Holding up Aleppo Evacuation Deal

AMMAN, Dec 17 – Syrian rebels blamed Iran and its Shi’ite-backed militias on Saturday of holding up a deal to evacuate civilians trapped in the remaining rebel bastion in Aleppo. Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was

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Khamenei Condemns Britain After PM May Calls Iran a Regional Threat

DUBAI, Dec 17  – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Britain on Saturday as a “source of evil and misery” for the Middle East after British Prime Minister Theresa May called Iran a regional threat. “Shamelessly, the British have recently called … Iran a threat to the region, but everyone knows that … it

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EXCLUSIVE: UAE Foreign Minister Al Gargash on Iran’s Role in the Region

In an exclusive with Newsweek Middle East, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Al Gargash spoke about Iran’s role in the region and the necessity of Tehran changing its behavior to become constructive rather than destructive. Minister Gargash believes “it is doable” to change Iran’s role in the region as long as there

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Fall of Aleppo Puts Iran on Cusp of ‘Shiite Crescent’ of Influence

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a “Shi’ite crescent” of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea. Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have

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This Week in History: December 14th – December 20th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 16, 1971: Bangladesh Celebrates Victory Day After the British rule ended in the Indian subcontinent in 1947, East Pakistan was declared as part of West Pakistan’s territory, despite the fact that the two regions were separated by more than 1,000 miles of

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The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Iran to Work on Nuclear-Powered Boats After U.S. “Violation” of Deal

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 13 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani ordered scientists on Tuesday to start developing systems for nuclear-powered boats, in reaction to what he called the United States’ violation of a global atomic deal. The announcement marked Iran’s first concrete response to a U.S. Congress decision last month to extend legislation making

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Iran, Airbus Hopeful of Finalising Deal in Two Weeks

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 13 – European planemaker Airbus and Iran Air will finalise a deal to buy aircraft in two weeks, the head of Iran’s flag carrier said on Tuesday, adding Airbus has agreed to provide financing for 17 planes. Uncertainty over financing of the deal and political opposition in the United States

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Iran Says Gulf Worried About War Risks With Trump

DUBAI, Dec 12 – Donald Trump’s election has led to unease over threats to peace in the region, Iran’s defence minister said on Sunday, warning that a war would destroy Israel and the small Gulf Arab states. Trump’s election victory has raised the prospect the United States will pull out of a nuclear pact it

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