Saturday, January 31, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S. Troops 'Could Be Needed' In Iraq

Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the United States might eventually need to send noncombat ground troops to Iraq to help defeat Islamic State militants.
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Air Strike Kills IS 'Chemical Weapons Expert'

U.S. military officials say a mid-level Islamic State militant who specialized in chemical weapons was killed in an U.S. air strike near Mosul in Iraq last week.
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Islamic State Militant Attacks, Bombs Kill 30 In Iraq

Security and medical officials say Islamic State (IS) militants attacked Kurdish forces near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on January 30, while bombs in Baghdad and Samarra killed at least 21 people.
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U.S. Senate Panel Advances Iran Sanctions Bill

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill that would apply new sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
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HRW: 'Big Mistake' For Governments To Ignore Human Rights During Crises

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warns in its annual world report that many governments across the globe are making a “big mistake” by ignoring human rights to counter security challenges.
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Khamenei Adviser Meets Putin

A top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Iran Names New UN Ambassador

Iran has named career diplomat Gholamali Khoshroo as its new ambassador to the United Nations.
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Iran Sanctions Bill Introduced In U.S. Senate

Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill in the Senate imposing sanctions should Western talks with Iran on its nuclear program collapse after June 30.
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U.S. Democrats Want Iran Sanctions Delay

A key U.S. senator says he and nine other senators are holding their support for a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
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Iran Says It Warned Israel Via U.S. Officials

Iran says it has sent a warning to Israel through U.S. officials over the recent killing of a senior paramilitary commander in an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria.
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