Wednesday, September 03, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Obama Orders 350 Additional Troops To Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered 350 more military personnel to Iraq.
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IS 'Beheads' Second U.S. Journalist

A video released online purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Iran Says It Spoiled Plots To Disrupt Nuclear Program

Iran says it has foiled plots to disrupt its nuclear program.
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Iran Boosts Defense Capabilities

Iran has unveiled a new surface-to-air missile and two radar systems in what it says will boost its defense capabilities.
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Missing Iraq Soldiers' Relatives Protest

Dozens of relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers have begun a sit-in in the main parliamentary chamber in Baghdad demanding information about their loved ones.
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Iran's President Tells Clerics Internet Vital

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies.
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Iran's Former Vice President Convicted

Former Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has been convicted on a charge that carries a prison term and a fine, but details of the case have not been revealed.
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Amnesty International Says Islamic State Guilty Of 'Ethnic Cleansing'

In a report released on September 2, the rights group Amnesty International said Islamic State militants were guilty of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq.
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Maliki: Iraq Will Become 'Grave' For IS

Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made an unannounced visit to the recently liberated town of Amirli on September 1.
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Gazprom Neft Starts Commercial Production At Iraqi Field

Russia's Gazprom Neft announced on September 1 it had started commercial production at the Badra oil field in southeastern Iraq.
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