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Turkey denounces UAE over divisive ‘propaganda’ retweet

Turkey has accused the United Arab Emirates of spreading divisive propaganda after its foreign minister retweeted a post denouncing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “ancestors” for their treatment of Arabs during the Ottoman Empire. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE foreign minister, had shared on Twitter a post that accused Fahreddin Pasha …

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Barzani adviser: Kurdish secession is inevitable

Amid rising regional tensions and international opposition, Iraqi Kurds voted in a controversial secession referendum in September, setting off a chain of events that resulted in a military confrontation between Erbil and Baghdad. Central government troops quickly regained controlof Kirkuk, home to more than one million people and the hub of …

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Does the US have a ‘smoking gun’ on Iran?

US displays ‘undeniable’ evidence of Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen. US ambassador to the UN displays “undeniable” evidence of an Iranian missile fired at Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Nikki Haley says the missile parts point to Iran’s violation of an international …

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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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