Saturday, February 06, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

Islamic State Found Weaker In Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State (IS) militant group is growing weaker in Iraq and Syria but has gained strength in Libya, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment.
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U.S. Presidential Hopefuls Clinton, Sanders Spar Over Iran, Russia

The two U.S. Democratic candidates for president sparred over foreign policy during a debate February 4, and showed particularly sharp differences over Iran.
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U.S. Republican Lawmakers Seek To Make 'Inspection' Trip To Iran

Three U.S. Republican lawmakers who are highly critical of Iran applied for visas to visit Tehran and observe this month's elections, inspect nuclear sites, and meet with the Revolutionary Guards.
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Iran Inks $40 Billion In Deals In Moscow; Eyes Oil Sales To Rosneft

Iran and Russia have initialed contracts worth around $40 billion for nuclear power construction, railways, and other projects, the top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on February 4.
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Iran Army Chief Backs Missile Program

Iran's army chief has vowed to boost the country's controversial ballistic-missile program despite facing new international sanctions.
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European Airlines To Resume Iran Flights

British Airways is the latest international airliner to announce it will resume flights to the Iranian capital, Tehran.
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Iran Wants To Work With Russia, Iraq On Energy

A top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling for closer ties with Russia, Iraq, and Venezuela on energy matters.
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U.S., France Charge Russia, Syria With 'Torpedoing' Peace Talks

The United States and France have charged Russia and the Syrian regime with stymieing peace negotiations with an unrelenting campaign to retake opposition-held territory even during the talks.
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U.S. 'Ransom' Payment To Iran Questioned

A powerful U.S. lawmaker is demanding that Secretary of State John Kerry explain why he paid a $1.7 billion claim settlement to Iran the same day Tehran released American prisoners last month.
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Kabul Seeks India Help With Iran Corridor

Afghanistan's chief executive has called on Indian businesses to invest in his war-torn country -- including development of a proposed trade corridor through Afghanistan that links Iran with India and Central Asia.
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