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Foreign Office announces Pakistan’s inclusion in Saudi military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will join the Saudi military alliance, the Foreign Office officially announced on Thursday. Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria told the media during its weekly press briefing that the decision has been taken after considering the terms and conditions of the alliance. About the former army chief, General (retd) …

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Insecurity, regional terrorism originate from Saudi radicalism: Iran

TEHRAN – Iran has rejected accusations that it is imperiling the security of the Middle East, saying regional insecurity and terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia’s radicalism and extremism. “The root cause of terrorism in the region is radical thoughts nurtured in Saudi Arabia which have today become the scourge of …

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Chief of a phantom army

ZAHID HUSSAIN It is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape. The ambiguity surrounding the decision to lend the services of the country’s former army chief to Saudi Arabia has finally been cleared. …

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Iran says Russia can use its military bases ‘on case by case basis’

REUTERS Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in …

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Iran warns U.S. Navy watch its moves in Persian Gulf

TEHRAN – Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said on Saturday that the U.S. naval forces should watch their provocative moves in the Persian Gulf region. “The U.S. must more than ever monitor and control the conduct of its warships in the Persian Gulf,” …

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Families of 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia in US

Reuters New York: Hundreds of relatives of individuals killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks have sued Saudi Arabia in U.S. court, seeking to take advantage of a law passed by Congress last year that allows victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors. The lawsuit filed …

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Russia strikes deal with Syrian Kurds to set up base

BEIRUT: Russia is setting up a military base in northwestern Syria in agreement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that controls the area and will be training YPG fighters as part of the fight against terrorism, the militia’s spokesman said on Monday. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the agreement with …

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The Baloch rebel leader standing in the way of Pakistan’s economic goals

QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN // In a land with no shortage of armed extremists, the propaganda broadcast has a familiar look. A fugitive militia leader talks to a camera from a hidden mountain location, taunting the government that previously claimed to have killed him, and vowing to continue the struggle. But apart …

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UAE firms beef up hiring of UAE nationals

Banks, insurance companies have recently opened more than 1,000 positions in UAE Dubai: Private sector companies in the UAE have increased the hiring of UAE nationals this year, as the government speeds up the implementation of its Emiratisation agenda. In only a little over two months, close to 1,000 new …

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Indo-Oman joint military exercise concludes

Jammu, Mar 19 (PTI) The troops of Indian and Oman armies today concluded their exercise ‘Al-Nagah-II 2017’ in Bakloh belt of Himachal Pradesh which was aimed at strengthening the military ties between the two countries. During the 14-day joint exercise, the troops of the two armies shared expertise in counter-insurgency and …

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