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Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for 'mutual respect'

19 Feb 2017
Iran's foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is "unmoved by threats" but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015...
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1 killed, 3 injured in Saudi Aramco oil pipeline leak

A Saudi Aramco employee sits in the area of its stand at the Middle East Petrotech 2016, an exhibition and conference for the refining and petrochemical industries, in Manama, Bahrain.
19 Feb 2017
Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco says one person has been killed and three others injured as a result of an oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom. The company said in a statement Sunday that an emergency response team managed to contain...
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A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace: report

19 Feb 2017
A year ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's daily Haaretz...
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Syrian forces attack rebel-held areas of Homs, Deraa, Damacus: monitors

19 Feb 2017
Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus's outskirts on Saturday in what appeared to be intensifying assaults in the west of the country, monitors said. Much of...
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Iraqi forces launch push to retake western Mosul from IS

Peshmerga forces stand on a military vehicle in the town of Bashiqa, east of Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, November 7, 2016. REUTERS
19 Feb 2017
US-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul city, a battle that is expected to be prolonged and difficult due to a densely packed civilian...
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Baghdad car bomb kills 51 as IS escalates insurgency attacks

Bodies of victims lie on the ground after a suicide car bomb attack at a used cars dealers parking in Hayy al-Shurta, neighborhood in southern Baghdad, Iraq, February 16, 2017 (Stringer / Reuters).
18 Feb 2017
A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.   "Islamic State" (IS)...
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Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia

Members of Turkish Police Special Forces stand guard at their headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey January 17, 2017 (Murad Sezer / File Photo / Reuters).
17 Feb 2017
Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on "Islamic State" (IS), a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries....
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Wailing, anger at Sufi shrine in Pakistan after bomber kills 77

A suicide blast killed 77 persons at the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, on Thursday evening in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan's southern Sindh province, February 17, 2017 (Screenshot from Reuters video).
17 Feb 2017
Wailing Sufi devotees thronged a blood-stained shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, shouting at police a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 77 people in an attack claimed by a regional branch of Islamic State.   The bombing...
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Assad says Trump travel ban targets terrorists, not Syria's people

16 Feb 2017
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said President Donald Trump's ban on Syrians entering the United States targeted terrorists, not the Syrian people, appearing to defend the logic of the measure in an interview broadcast on...
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Iranian president visits 2 Gulf states to improve ties

16 Feb 2017
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with the leaders of Oman and Kuwait on Wednesday as part of a two-state visit aimed at repairing ties with Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors. Tehran's relations with members of the six-nation, Saudi-...
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