Wednesday, March 04, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Amnesty Urges Iran To Spare Lives Of Six Sunni Men

Amnesty International has urged Tehran to spare the lives of six Sunni men sentenced to death.
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Dempsey Says Iranian Role In Tikrit Battle Could Be 'Positive'

A top U.S. general says Iran's direct support for an Iraqi push to dislodge the Islamic State extremist group from the northern city of Tikrit could be "a positive thing" if it does not inflame sectarian tensions.
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Iraqi Forces Continue Tikrit Offensive

Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias are still battling against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tikrit and in surrounding towns but have been slowed by mines and suicide attacks.
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Netanyahu Warns U.S. Over Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in an address to the U.S. Congress that Iran is a threat to the region and the world, and that a potential nuclear deal with the regime would not stop it from getting a nuclear weapon.
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'Fierce Clashes' In Iraq Near Tikrit

Reports from Iraq say fierce fighting has taken place around Tikrit on the second day of a military operation to recapture late dictator Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Obama, Netanyahu Spar Over Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama has said Iran should agree to at least a decade-long freeze on its nuclear activity if a deal is to be reached.
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Netanyahu: Iran Nuke Deal Threatens Israel

Speaking at a pro-Israel conference in Washington, a day before he is due to speak to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Netanyahu said reports about “the demise of the U.S. relationship” are “not only premature, but it is wrong.”
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Iraq Seeks To Retake Tikrit From IS

Iraqi government forces have launched an operation to recapture the city of Tikrit and other areas north of Baghdad from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
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Kerry Says Long Way To Go On Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said there had been some progress in talks with Iran on its nuclear program, but warned there was "a long way to go" to reach a deal.
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IS In Tikrit Given 'Last Chance'

Iraq's prime minister has offered Sunni tribal fighters "the last chance" to abandon the Islamic State militant group.
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