Tuesday, September 02, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Amnesty International Says Islamic State Guilty Of 'Ethnic Cleansing'

In a report released on September 2, the rights group Amnesty International said Islamic State militants were guilty of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq.
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Maliki: Iraq Will Become 'Grave' For IS

Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki made an unannounced visit to the recently liberated town of Amirli on September 1.
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Gazprom Neft Starts Commercial Production At Iraqi Field

Russia's Gazprom Neft announced on September 1 it had started commercial production at the Badra oil field in southeastern Iraq.
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UN To Investigate Islamic State's Alleged Crimes In Iraq

The UN's top human rights body has approved an Iraqi government request to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern and western Iraq.
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Iran 'Optimistic' Of Nuclear Deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he is "quite optimistic" that Tehran and six world powers can find an agreement over Iran's controversial nuclear program.
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Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

Prominent Iranian female editor Shahla Sherkat has come under pressure by Iranian hard-liners over her recently launched publication devoted to women's issues.
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Iraq Claims Advances Against IS

Officials say Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces on September 1 retook two more towns from Islamic State (IS) fighters.
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U.K. To Propose Measures Against Jihadists

British Prime Minister David Cameron was expected on September 1 to outline tougher measures against Britons suspected of joining jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
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Iraqi Forces Break Jihadists' Siege

Officials have said the Iraqi army backed by Shi'ite militias and Kurdish Pershmerga fighters have entered the northern Shi'ite town of Amirli, which has been besieged by the Islamic State for more than two months.
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Australia To Assist Fighting Islamic State

Australia says it will fly military equipment and aid into Iraq to help fight Islamic State (IS) militants.
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