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Pak army chief’s ‘hushed’ visit to Saudi, UAE

ANI  SLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, returned to the country, after a three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, the Dawn quoted sources, as saying. General Bajwa’s quiet visit to the two Middle East countries coincided with a meeting of representatives from …

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Iraq takes disputed areas as Kurds ‘withdraw to 2014 lines’

People living in the Kurdistan Region and the disputed areas overwhelmingly backed secession in the referendum, but Mr Abadi declared it illegal and rejected calls from Kurdish leaders for negotiations. Iraq’s military says it has completed an operation to retake disputed areas held by Kurdish forces since 2014. On Monday …

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How will Iran and Turkey deal with Kurdish state bid?

Iran and Turkey join forces to oppose Kurdish secession in Iraq. Iran and Turkey may seem like unlikely partners following events of the past few years, especially in Syria. But they are saying the same thing about the recent “Yes” vote in the Kurdish referendum, as neither want Kurdish people …

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Iran and Iraq to hold joint border drills

Military exercises to take place near Iran’s border with Iraqi Kurdish region in response to ‘illegitimate’ referendum. The Iranian and Iraqi armies will hold joint drills at several crossings on Iran’s border with the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish region, according to officials. The announcement on Saturday came amid rising tensions in the …

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Iran’s Kurds are growing restless, too

A referendum held by Iraqi Kurds is revving up their Iranian cousins THE Kurds of Iran are calling for independence just as lustily as their cousins in Iraq, perhaps even more so. While the mood in the streets of Iraq’s Kurdish cities was generally subdued and nervous after their referendum …

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WHY THE CHINA-PAKISTAN ECONOMIC CORRIDOR WILL WORSEN TENSIONS IN SOUTHERN ASIA

DANIEL MARKEY SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 Editor’s Note: This is the ninth installment of “Southern (Dis)Comfort,” a new series from War on the Rocks and the Stimson Center. The series seeks to unpack the dynamics of intensifying competition — military, economic, diplomatic — in Southern Asia, principally between China, India, Pakistan, and …

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UAE is 17th most competitive economy globally

Country inches down one spot from 2016, but remains most competitive Arab nation Dubai: The UAE inched down one spot in terms of its national competitiveness, coming in as the 17th most competitive economy among 137 countries. According to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2017 issued by the World Economic …

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Kurds: One stateless people across four countries

AFP ARBIL: The Kurds, a non-Arab ethnic group, number between 25 and 35 million people who are spread across four countries but without a state of their own. Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, is to hold a non-binding independence referendum on September 25 that has stirred concern of …

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Iranian, Turkish Top Generals Warn of Repercussions of Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar raised alarm about the consequences of the Iraqi Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, the two top generals said the referendum would …

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Saudi says Iranian talk of rapprochement is laughable

LONDON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that Iran’s talk of a possible rapprochement with the kingdom was laughable. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in London that Iran would have to change its policies for any rapprochement. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, last month said the …

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