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First Among Equals

BY Omar Mohamed THE ANCIENT Chinese philosopher Mencius once said,  “A state without an enemy or external peril is absolutely doomed.” Today, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is not faced with one enemy but a growing number of enemies. We have had to rethink our security architecture, our allies, and our integration in the wake

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France Wants Precise Answers in IAEA Iran Nuclear Report

PARIS, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog must provide all the information it possesses with the “necessary detail” on whether Iran has in the past carried out work related to nuclear weapons, France’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is due to publish a report this week on

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Asian Imports of Iran Oil Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Asian imports of Iranian oil fell to the lowest level in two years in October, as Iran’s biggest crude buyers held off from increasing purchases following a landmark agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme in July. Imports by Iran’s four biggest buyers – China, India, Japan and

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Syria’s Assad Says His Enemies Increasing Support for Insurgents

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Nov 29 – Syrian President Bashar Al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory. Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a

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Kenya Arrests Two Men with Iran Links For Plotting Attacks

NAIROBI, Nov 29 – Kenyan security forces have arrested two Kenyan men with links to Iran on suspicion of planning attacks in the East African nation, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry originally identified both men as Iranians, but a spokesman later said it had issued that detail in error and the two

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American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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Iraq Closes Northern Airspace Due to Traffic from Russian Airstrikes

BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 – Iraq closed its northern airspace to commercial flights on Monday for at least two days due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria, a spokesman for Erbil International Airport said. The closure was expected to affect domestic routes to Erbil and Sulaimaniya as well as international flights from

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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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Iran’s Rouhani Cancels Italy, France Visits Over Paris Attacks

DUBAI, Nov 14 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday canceled a visit to Italy and France following deadly attacks in Paris, while the foreign minister decided to attend Vienna talks on Syria to address threats of extremism. Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday,

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Netanyahu says Time for U.S. Jews to ‘Stick Together’ over Iran Deal

By Jeffrey Heller and David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 11: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged U.S. Jews on Tuesday to unite behind Israel after rifts caused by the Iran nuclear talks and later pressed for bipartisan support for the country at a liberal think tank. A day after a fence-mending White House meeting with U.S. President Barack

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