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Rise of the Crown Prince: Will tensions worsen between Iran and Saudi Arabia?

As Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates his power in Saudi Arabia, does this mean that the kingdom’s hostilities with Iran will increase? Watch this video to check out the profile of Mohammed bin Salman.

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Earthquake death toll reaches 450; Iran battles to shelter survivors

  ANKARA: Iran said on Tuesday that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others, state television reported. “The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV….

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Thousands protest in Yemen against Saudi-led blockade

SANAA: Young and old, desk clerks and activists, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets Monday to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive. “This siege is oppressive, and the whole world is sleeping!” people chanted as thousands gathered outside the UN offices in the rebel-held capital Sanaa….

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PM expresses grief over loss of lives in quake hitting Iran-Iraq border

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives and the injuries caused due to the devastating earthquake that jolted the bordering regions between Iran and Iraq. “The people and the government of Pakistan stand in complete solidarity with the people and the governments…

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Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

NEWS DESK: Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands, reported AFP. The 7.3-magnitude quake hit a border area 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm (1820 GMT)…

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Deadly earthquake on Iran-Iraq border claims over 200 lives

NEWS DESK: More than 200 people have been killed and hundreds more injured as a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday. According to AFP, the quake hit 30 kilometres (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday,…

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Iran-Iraq quake death toll rises to 170

NEWS DESK: At least 170 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials said Monday, reported AFP. Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake…

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Dramatic footage of earthquake that hits Iran,Iraq

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort. Watch some dramatic scenes after the quake hits during night.

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Strong quake hits Iran-Iraq border, more than 130 dead

  A 7.3 magnitude quake which struck the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday has killed more than 130 people , a senior official said on state television. The head of Iran’s emergency organization has said that around 129 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was…

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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattles northeast Iraq: US monitor

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor was centered 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Halabja, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers (21 miles), the US monitor said. The quake struck at 1818 GMT. It struck the mountainous area of…

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Syria declares victory over Islamic State

LABU KAMAL: Syria’s army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting Islamic State in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held…

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Saudi reopens Lebanon front in struggle with Iran

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in its regional proxy war with Iran, threatening Tehran’s powerful ally Hezbollah and its home country Lebanon to try to regain the upper hand, reported Reuters. With Iranian power winning out in Iraq and Syria, and Riyadh bogged down in a war with Iran-allied groups in Yemen,…

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US hid intelligence from Britain about Saddam Hussein’s WMDs before Iraq War: Gordon Brown

NEWS DESK: Gordon Brown has claimed that “crucial” US intelligence that cast doubt Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was concealed for the UK in the build-up to the war, reported The Independent. The information, which he says he did not see until after leaving office, would have stopped him from supporting the decision to invade….

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Islamic State on verge of defeat after fresh losses in Syria, Iraq

BEIRUT: Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was on the verge of final defeat on Friday, with Syrian government forces capturing its last major city on one side of the border and Iraqi forces taking its last substantial town on the other. The losses on either side of the frontier appear to reduce the caliphate that once…

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Iraqi forces and PMF attack Peshmerga positions from Zummar: Kurdistan security council

CAIRO: Iraqi troops and popular mobilization forces began shelling Peshmerga positions from Zummar in northern Nineveh province, the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) said on Thursday, reported Reuters. The KRSC urged Iraqi forces to withdraw from nearby areas and accept the Kurdistan Regional Government’s offer for unconditional talks to settle political differences in a statement…

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Iraqi government launches military operation to recapture towns

NEWS DESK: The Iraqi government launched an offensive early on Thursday to recapture from Islamic State the western Iraqi towns of Rawa and al-Qaim close to the Syrian border, al-Arabiya television reported. According to al-Arabiya the offensive was launched from three sides and both the international coalition and the Sunni tribes were assisting the joint…

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Russia says Iraqi Kurds must act in concert with Baghdad

MOSCOW: Russia respects the desire of Iraqi Kurdistan to seek to assert its identity but this must be done in dialogue with the Iraqi government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday at talks with his Iraqi government counterpart, reported Reuters. Lavrov said Russia would continue its economic ties with Iraqi Kurdistan, as it…

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Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq who helped defeat ISIS

RIYADH/DOHA: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, reported Reuters. The United States is concerned that Iran, a Shi‘ite regional power,…

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Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk; Kurds deny gains

BAGHDAD: Iraqi government forces took control of “vast areas” in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions, reported Reuters. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in…

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At least 100 European Isis fighters ‘to be prosecuted in Iraq’

NEWS DESK: At least 100 European Isis fighters will be prosecuted in Iraq, with most facing the death penalty, the country’s ambassador to Belgium has reportedly said, reported The Independent. Jawad al-Chlaihawi said Belgians were among those detained, along with jihadists from Russia, Chechnya and Central Asia. Fighters from around the world joined Isis’s call to…

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Iraq forces retake centre of Islamic State bastion Hawija: army

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces said Thursday they had retaken the centre of Islamic State group stronghold Hawija and were pushing forward in their assault on one of the last IS enclaves in the country. Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of the centre of Hawija and are continuing their advance,” the operation’s commander, Lieutenant General…

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