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Iran to Riyadh: ‘Big mistake’ to think security is ‘buyable’

TEHRAN – Reacting to the recent meetings between U.S. and Saudi officials, Iran’s Foreign Ministry lambasted Riyadh on Friday for acting under the illusion that security is a “buyable” luxury, saying it is committing a “big mistake” in prompting foreign intervention in the Middle East. “The history of the region …

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It’s time for the US to quit enabling Iran in Syria

By  Frederick W. Kagan, Kimberly Kagan Published March 16, 2017   If the Trump administration is serious about taking on Iran in the Middle East it must transform its strategy in Syria for fighting the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS).  Our current strategy will only continue to strengthen …

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Iran to further boost defense capabilities

TEHRAN – Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan hailed on Wednesday Iran’s military achievements in the current Iranian year which will end on March 20, saying that the Islamic Republic will continue boosting its defensive capabilities, ISNA reported. Iran’s defense capabilities, including its new weapons and warfare products, show a …

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EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan sends combat troops to Saudi southern border

Brigade deploys to shore up border against Houthi reprisal attacks from Yemen, but sources tell MEE it will ‘not be used beyond Saudi borders’  The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in …

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China may station Marines in Gwadar, say PLA insiders

Two brigades of ‘special combat soldiers’ had already been moved to the People’s Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps and further additions would be made, military insiders told the Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post.   HIGHLIGHTS 1 China might station marines in Gwadar, say PLA insiders. 2 China has constructed …

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Iran has no intention to recreate Persian Empire: John Limbert

TEHRAN – John Limbert, the former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran, dismisses the view that Iran intends to revive the Persian Empire. Limbert, a fluent Persian speaker, also tells the Tehran Times that he does not “think the Trump administration has thought out an approach” toward Iran. …

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Top US General: Iran Poses ‘Greatest Long Term Threat’ To Middle East Security

Iran’s malignant influence is the most significant threat to Middle East security, according to the top U.S. general in the region. The Middle East remains a highly unstable region, ripe for continued conflict, Army Gen. Joseph Votel warned the Senate Committee on Armed Services Thursday. Of the multitude of challenges in the …

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Support Our Kurdish Allies in the Middle East

By: SETH J. FRANTZMAN @SFRANTZMAN And stop regarding their aspirations to self-determination as a problem. For two years U.S. forces have been working closely with Kurds in the war against the Islamic State. This cooperation began in northern Iraq with the peshmerga, the armed forces of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government …

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Giant pharaoh statue probably depicting Ramses II found in Egypt slum

REUTERS Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found a massive eight-meter statue submerged in ground water in a Cairo slum that they say probably depicts revered Pharaoh Ramses II, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The discovery, hailed by the Antiquities Ministry as one of the most important …

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Saudi-led coalition used cluster bombs in Yemen: Amnesty

AFP  Amnesty International on Thursday accused the Saudi-led Arab coalition battling rebels in Yemen of using banned cluster munitions in raids on residential areas. The Brazilian-manufactured munitions were fired in a February 15 attack on three residential districts and agricultural land in Saada province of northern Yemen, a stronghold of …

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