Tuesday, May 26, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Iraq Launches New Anti-IS Offensive

Iraqi state television has announced the launch of an operation to drive Islamic State militants out of the western Anbar province, where the Islamist group captured the provincial capital of Ramadi earlier this month.
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U.S. Journalist's Trial Starts In Iran

The trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who is jailed in Iran, started on May 26 behind closed doors.
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Iran Expects Delivery Of Russian S-300 Missiles Soon

Delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran should take place soon, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said May 25.
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White House Reassures Iraqi Prime Minister

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi May 25 to reassure him of U.S. support and praise "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces."
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Iran Cuts Oil Subsidies Again

Iran's state news agency is reporting that Tehran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies
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Iraqi Forces Advance On Ramadi

Iraqi government forces aided by Shi'ite militias and Sunni tribal fighters have retaken ground lost a week ago to Islamic State (IS) militants and are continuing to advance toward the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
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Carter Says Iraqi Forces 'Failed To Fight' In Ramadi

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend themselves.
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Iranian General Calls For More IS Funds

An Iranian general has called for more funds to confront the Islamic State militant group, whose influence is growing in neighboring countries.
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Report: Iran To Allow Military Site Inspections

An Iranian negotiator has announced that Tehran has agreed to give UN inspectors "managed access" to military facilities as part of a deal with world powers over its contentious nuclear program.
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Iraqi Forces Advance On Ramadi

Iraqi government forces aided by Shi'ite militias and Sunni tribal fighters have retaken ground lost a week ago to Islamic State (IS) militants and are continuing to advance toward the western Iraqi city of Ramadi.
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