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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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The CPEC plan for Pakistan’s digital future

KARACHI: A radical overhaul of Pakistan’s communications framework appears to be on the cards — or at least that is what Beijing and Islamabad have envisioned under their Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. A closer examination of the LTP document obtained in June by Dawn reveals intentions for …

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US interior secretary hints at economic war on Iran

US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Washington is now better placed to use its “economic dominance” to cut Iran’s oil revenues. American companies have been jacking up shale oil production since President Donald Trump walked away from the Paris climate treaty. US ability to extract energy from vast shale formations has put the country on …

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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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IRAN IS BUILDING NUCLEAR SUBMARINES AND A NEW DESTROYER DESPITE DONALD TRUMP’S WARNINGS

Iran says it is developing nuclear-powered submarines and building a new advanced destroyer for its navy, even as tensions rise with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s military expansion. The commander of the Iranian navy told the country’s semiofficial news agency, Fars, Tuesday that Iran’s nuclear agency was under orders …

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‘Terrorism affecting Afghanistan is product of Pakistan’s policy,’ says Afghan foreign minister at UN Security Council

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan today didn’t mince words in declaring at the UN that terror in Afghanistan is the “product of (a) long-standing policy” of Pakistan. Afghanistan also said that that terror’s “roots are located in terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens outside” its borders. With its unequivocal declarations, Afghanistan today joined US President Donald Trump, …

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India, US resolve to eliminate terror safe havens, enhance strategic ties

TNN NEW DELHI: India has made it clear to the US that it will not contribute combat troops towards stabilizing and securing Afghanistan + but will further crank up its ongoing security, economic and developmental assistance to the war-torn country battling a resurgent Taliban backed by Pakistan. Though President Donald Trump has called upon India to play …

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Iran tests new 2000 km-range missile

TEHRAN – On Friday night Iran released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, called Khorramshahr, with a range of 2,000 kilometers. The footage was released a few hours after Khorramshahr was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran. Khorramshahr is the name …

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