Saturday, July 30, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S.: Turkish Military Purge Hurts Battle Against IS

Turkey's purge of its military after a failed coup attempt is hindering cooperation with U.S. military and intelligence operations against the Islamic State militant group, U.S. officials have said.
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Cleric's Kosovo Arrest Puts Iran's Balkan Activities Under Spotlight

The Islamic republic's history of exporting its brand of Islam to the Balkans has come under scrutiny after an Iranian national in Kosovo was charged with financing terrorism.
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White House Names Russia, China, Iran, North Korea In Cyberattack Guidelines

The White House on July 26 issued new guidelines on how government agencies should respond to major cyberattacks.
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Iran Denies Harboring Al-Qaeda Operatives

Iran has denied recent U.S. accusations that three Al-Qaeda operatives were in Iran, helping the Islamist militant group with finance and logistics across the Middle East.
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Kosovo Authorities Charge Iranian NGO Leader With 'Financing Terrorism'

Authorities in Kosovo said on July 25 that they have charged an Iranian man with “financing terrorism and money laundering” through a nongovernmental group he operates called the Qur’an Foundation of Kosova.
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Deadly Car Bomb Hits Iraqi Province

A suicide attacker detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near a crowded security checkpoint in Iraq's Diyala Province on July 25, killing at least 11 people, officials said.
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Tehran Confirms Arrest Of Iranian-American

Iran has confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in the country, the latest in a series of arrests of dual nationals by the Islamic republic over the past year.
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Suicide Bomber Hits Baghdad Checkpoint

A suicide bomber has struck a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing and wounding many.
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Iran Says Terrorists Stopped On Turkish Border

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has stopped a “terrorist group” from infiltrating the country from the Turkish border, an IRGC commander said on July 21.
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Kuwait Condemns 'Iranian Spy' To Death

A Kuwaiti appeals court on July 21 upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of spying for Iran as part of a cell that was allegedly working with Tehran to destabilize the Gulf Arab state.
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