Tuesday, April 21, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Lawyer Reveals Charges Against Jailed U.S. Journalist In Iran

A lawyer for The Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, says the journalist is facing trial on charges of espionage and three other charges -- including “collaboration with hostile governments.”
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Iraqi Kurdish Forces Push Back Islamic State

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they've made fresh advances against Islamic State militants.
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U.S., Allied Air Strikes Focus On Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition that is targeting the Islamic State (ID) militants carried out 13 air strikes in Syria and Iraq in the past 24-hour period ending on April
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Khamenei: U.S. Created Iran Nukes 'Myth'

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the concept of Iranian nuclear weapons was a "myth" created by the United States to portray Iran as a threat, and that world powers are threatening Tehran "militarily."
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UN: 90,000 Displaced By Anbar Fighting

The United Nations says more than 90,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's western province of Anbar.
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Ghani, Rohani Pledge To Fight 'Macabre' IS Threat

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in Tehran on April 19 on a two-day state visit, his first official trip to the neighboring country since taking office in September.
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Iran Military Sites 'Not Open To Inspections'

A senior commander in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country's military sites would not be open to foreign inspection under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
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Yemen Rejects Iranian Peace Plan

A Yemeni government spokesman dismissed the Iranian initiative as "only a political maneuver."
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Iraqi Forces Retake Baiji Refinery

Iraqi forces are reported to have retaken most of the country's largest oil refinery from Islamic State militants.
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Rohani Says Iran's Military Strategy Purely Defensive

Iranian President Hassan Rohani told an annual Army Day ceremony in the capital that "Our strategy has always been that of a deterrent...not a doctrine of war," as a new Iranian-made Bavar-373 missile was being paraded.
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