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Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan’s decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia has sparked domestic criticism the country is taking sides in the Yemeni conflict in violation of a parliamentary resolution, and it’s a move some say likely will upset neighboring Iran. The Pakistani military announced Thursday it was sending a “contingent” …

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Bahrain arrests 4 in pipeline blast, laying blame on Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahraini authorities say police have arrested four men suspected of being behind a blast that ripped through a state-run oil pipeline in November. A statement by the Interior Ministry says two of those arrested received “intensive training” in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps in Iran. Iran …

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Cave discovered in Oman 1,300m above sea level

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has announced the discovery of a new cave – Kittat Al Suwairat – approximately 1,300 metres above sea level in Hamra province. “The Speleological Team of Oman [discovered] yet another of the Sultanate’s natural, geological masterpieces,” the ministry said. The new cave will enable long-term …

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Oman Imposes Six Month Ban On Expat Hiring

Omani Minister of Manpower Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bakri has announced a freeze on expat hiring in ten sectors, a move designed to encourage local companies to hire more local expertise. The sectors affected are information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. …

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U.S. troops will stay in Syria to counter ‘strategic’ threat from Iran

BEIRUT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State as conditions for American troops to go home. But a crisis unfolding on the …

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Turkey denounces UAE over divisive ‘propaganda’ retweet

Turkey has accused the United Arab Emirates of spreading divisive propaganda after its foreign minister retweeted a post denouncing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “ancestors” for their treatment of Arabs during the Ottoman Empire. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, had shared on Twitter a post that accused Fahreddin Pasha …

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Barzani adviser: Kurdish secession is inevitable

Amid rising regional tensions and international opposition, Iraqi Kurds voted in a controversial secession referendum in September, setting off a chain of events that resulted in a military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad. Central government troops quickly regained controlof Kirkuk, home to more than one million people and the hub of …

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Does the US have a ‘smoking gun’ on Iran?

US displays ‘undeniable’ evidence of Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen. US ambassador to the UN displays “undeniable” evidence of an Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Nikki Haley says the missile parts point to Iran’s violation of an international …

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CIA director sent warning to Iran over threatened US interests in Iraq

Mike Pompeo says he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official Pompeo refuses to answer questions on reports he may replace Rex Tillerson The CIA director said on Saturday he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the US would hold Tehran accountable …

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What is Oman’s stance on the Qatar-Gulf crisis?

Muscat, Oman – Amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, where a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has reached the six-month mark, the state of Oman has singularly avoided the fray. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, issued a synchronised series of announcements in June …

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