Friday, October 31, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S. Commander Wants Advisers In West Iraq

The U.S. military's top officer has called for deploying U.S. advisers to Iraq's western Anbar Province to counter Islamic State fighters.
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Iran Claims To Foil Sabotage Attempt On Heavy Water Tanks

Iranian authorities claim they have thwarted a sabotage attempt on containers used for transporting heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors.
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Video Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Kobani

An initial contingent of about 10 Iraqi Kurdish fighters has entered the embattled Syrian town of Kobani to help their fellow Kurds push back Islamic State (IS) militants.
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IS 'Executes' Dozens Of Iraqi Tribesmen

Islamic State (IS) militants reportedly have carried out execution-style killings of at least 30 Sunni tribesmen in Iraq's western Anbar Province.
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Iranian Parliament Rejects Rohani Nominee

Iran's parliament has rejected President Hassan Rohani's nominee for the post of science minister, saying he is not fully committed to Islamic values.
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Video Syrian Rebels 'Enter Kobani From Turkey'

Officials and activists say a group of fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) have entered the embattled Syrian town of Kobani from Turkey to help Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants.
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'Alarming Increase' In Iran Executions

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran is warning about a surge in executions by the Islamic republic.
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Iraqi Kurdish Forces Head To Kobani

Some 150 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq traveled to Turkey on October 28 on their way to help Syrian Kurdish defenders of besieged town of Kobani battle Islamic State militants.
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Iran Moves To Muzzle Media Coverage Of Acid Attacks

Iranian authorities have warned domestic media over their coverage of a string of acid attacks targeting young women in the city of Isfahan.
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'Information Coalition' Targets IS

The United States on October 27 unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to counter online efforts by Islamic State militants to recruit fighters and stoke sectarian hatred.
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