Friday, February 12, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

Russia Cultivating Iraq Market For Jets, Military Hardware

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Russia Dmitry Rogozin in a visit to Baghdad offered to provide more military aid and step up commercial ties, potentially eroding U.S. influence in the war-torn country.
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Video U.S., Russia, European Powers Agree To Syrian Truce In Week

Major powers agreed to a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to expand delivery of humanitarian aid to people caught up in the conflict, top diplomats said in Munich on February 12.
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Abadi: Kurdish Region 'Part Of Iraq' And Should Remain So

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has urged his country's Kurdish autonomous region to reject any plans for independence.
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Iran Said To Have Kept To Nuclear Deal

A senior U.S. official says Iran so far has kept its commitments under the nuclear agreement with world powers implemented last month.
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Capture Of U.S. Sailors Reenacted At Celebrations Of Iran’s 1979 Revolution

The capture of 10 U.S. sailors by Iranian forces last month was reenacted at rallies in Iran celebrating the anniversary of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
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Iran Marks Anniversary Of Revolution

Iranians are commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution with rallies across the country.
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U.S. Lawmakers Object To Loosening Visa Rules For Some Iranians

The Obama administration's plan to loosen tough new visa requirements for businessmen and journalists who travel to Iran has touched off strong resistance in Congress.
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Khomeini's Grandson Banned From Iran Election

An Iranian constitutional watchdog has rejected an appeal by the grandson of the Islamic republic's founder against his disqualification from running as a candidate for a top clerical body.
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Iraqi Premier Announces Cabinet Reshuffle

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced he would reshuffle his cabinet and appoint technocrats to replace ministers appointed because of their political affiliations.
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Iraq Said Unlikely To Retake Mosul From Islamic State This Year

An Iraqi-led operation to retake the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Mosul is unlikely to take place this year, a top U.S. intelligence official said on February 9.
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