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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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Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it’s all recently got a lot more tense. Here’s why. How come Saudi Arabia and Iran don’t get along? Saudi Arabia and Iran – two powerful neighbours – are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance. …

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As Iran-Saudi ‘Cold War’ heats up, what next?

AFP  TEHRAN: From a Yemeni missile attack to the resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister, the “Cold War” between Middle East rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran has been heating up. Experts believe the risk of a direct military clash is low, but why have tensions escalated now and how will the crisis evolve? …

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UAE plot to wage financial war on Qatar revealed

A United Arab Emirates plan to attack Qatar’s financial system has been revealed in a folder of an email account belonging to the UAE ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba. The Intercept, a US-based investigative website, obtained the folder and exposed the plot, which involves an attack on Qatar’s currency …

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Iraq ‘to take control of Kurdistan border crossings’

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region’s only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement said a delegation had visited the Ibrahim al-Khalil and Fish Khabur posts to determine requirements. Turkey’s prime minister said troops had been deployed at Ibrahim …

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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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