Thursday, June 30, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

UNICEF Says Millions Of Kids At Risk In Iraq

The UN says 3.6 million children in Iraq are at “serious risk” and has called on warring parties there to protect their rights.
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Explainer: What's Behind Sudden Clashes In Northwestern Iran?

Clashes erupted this month between Kurdish fighters and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), with each side claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other. Why the sudden flare-up?
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Syrian Rebels Attack IS-Held Town

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor have started an operation to recapture a town held by Islamic State (IS) militants near the Iraqi border, a monitoring group and a rebel commander say.
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Iran Appoints New Armed Forces Chief

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed a Revolutionary Guard general as the chief of staff of the country’s armed forces.
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U.S. Extends Reprieve For China's ZTE In Iran Sanctions Case

The U.S. government has extended through August 30 a reprieve for ZTE Corp. from tough export restrictions imposed for allegedly violating sanctions against Iran.
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At Least 12 Killed In Suicide Bombing Of Mosque Near Baghdad

At least 12 people were killed and 32 wounded when a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives attacked a mosque in Abu Ghraib, about 15 miles west of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.
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Iraq Declares Battle For Fallujah Over As PM Urges Celebrations

Iraqi forces have recaptured the last remaining district held by Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Fallujah, where Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived on June 26 and urged citizens to rejoice.
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Iran’s Leader Denounces Bahrain Government's 'Foolishness'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Bahrain's Sunni-led government of "blatant foolishness and insanity" for stripping the kingdom's most prominent Shi'ite cleric of his citizenship.
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Iranian Troops Fight Kurdish Separatists

Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says security forces clashed with suspected Kurdish militants in the country's northwest, leaving at least five insurgents dead.
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SCO Declines Russian Bid To Enlist Iran

The China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization has refused to enlist Iran, despite a request from Russia.
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