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NATO called on Russia to stop air strikes in Syria and warned its violation of Turkish airspace during a raid risked inflaming tensions days after Moscow's military intervention began. Turkey warned Moscow after its F-16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter that flew through its airspace near the Syrian border at the weekend. Two Turkish jets were also harassed by an unidentified MIG-29 on the Syrian border according to Turkey's army, which has the second-largest number of troops in NATO after the US.
Posted on 6 October 2015 | 1:20 am
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iran on Monday to pressure its ally Syria to reach a peaceful resolution of the brutal civil war there. During a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Ban "reiterated that there is no military solution to the conflict and asked Iran to exercise its influence in promoting a political solution," his office said. The two leaders also discussed Yemen, where the UN is trying to revive peace talks and where Iran plays a key role through its support of Huthi rebels, who are Shiite.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 10:59 pm
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries. NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels of ambassadors from its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace" after a Russian jet crossed its frontier with Syria on Saturday. A Russian warplane again violated Turkish airspace on Sunday, a Turkish foreign ministry official said late on Monday, prompting Ankara to summon Moscow's ambassador.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 9:09 pm
A top leader of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation paramilitary organisation said Monday that Baghdad had turned to Russia because the US-led coalition was not serious about fighting the Islamic State group. The government in Baghdad has since said it might consider allowing Russia to bomb IS targets in Iraq as well.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 7:04 pm
Divided over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad, Arab countries have kept silent over Russian air strikes in Syria, apart from Cairo which openly supports Moscow's campaign, experts said. "The Arab world has lacked regional leadership for years from within the region, and in that void, the US and Russia have been engaging," said H.A. Hellyer, Middle East policy expert at the Washington-based Brookings Center. "There are some signs that some wish to change that from within the region, but the first example of leadership is being shown in the multilateral Arab intervention into the Yemen (conflict) — and it is not a promising example at all," he said referring to a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite rebels backed by Iran, a regional heavyweight.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 3:19 pm
More than 40 of Syria's most powerful rebel factions said on Monday that Russia's air campaign had made a political solution to the country's bloody conflict impossible. In a statement posted online, 41 groups including Jaish al-Islam near Damascus, Ahrar al-Sham in northwest Syria, and the Northern Front said that Russia's "brutal occupation has cut the road to any political solution". The statement also urged the creation of a regional coalition to combat both the Syrian regime and its allies Iran and Russia.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 3:11 pm
Syrian insurgent groups including the powerful Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham have called on regional states to forge an alliance against Russia and Iran in Syria, they said in a statement on Monday. The insurgents, which also include rebel groups under the umbrella of the Free Syria Army, said in the statement seen by Reuters that the cooperation is needed to counter “the Russian-Iranian alliance occupying Syria.” The 41 groups which signed the statement did not include al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front, which is in an insurgent coalition with Ahrar al-Sham that captured most of Idlib province in the northwest.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 2:20 pm
Russian airstrikes in Syria had been planned months in advance and will be successful because of their coordination with the Syrian military, Syria’s foreign minister was quoted as saying by state news agency SANA on Monday. “Without a doubt, Russia will win this race,” Walid al-Moualem said in an interview with Lebanon-based channel al-Mayadeen, according to a preview of his comments published on SANA. “I have no doubt at all and the reason behind that is practical and simple, it is because Russia is coordinating with the Syrian Arab Army, which is the only force in Syria that is confronting terrorism,” Moualem said.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 2:19 pm
By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – Dozens of Islamist Saudi Arabian clerics have called on Arab and Muslim countries to “give all moral, material, political and military” support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria’s government and its Iranian and Russian backers. Although the clerics who signed the online statement are not affiliated with the government, their strong sectarian and anti-Christian language reflects mounting anger among many Saudis over Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria’s civil war. Russia last week started air strikes against Syrian opposition targets that it describes as aimed at weakening the jihadist Islamic State group, a move Riyadh has denounced.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 2:08 pm
By Mohammed Mukhashaf PERIM ISLAND, YEMEN (Reuters) – Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies. Gulf Arab troops swooped in from air and sea last week to take back Perim, which sits on one of the world's most important sea lanes. The successful action denied Iran, the Houthis' main ally, a symbolic foothold astride trade routes as the Saudi-led Gulf Arab states and Tehran vie for influence across the Arab world.
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 1:29 pm
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Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran's terrorism
Bill Clinton's administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. …
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 11:57 pm
Legacy of Iran-Iraq war lives on
All wars end eventually, and all wars live on. Thirty-five years ago, the longest war of the last century erupted. But what unfolded as a brutal eight-year confrontation between Iran and Iraq still resonates today. "On many sides, that war is still …
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 11:14 pm
UN asks Iran to help peace in Syria
United Nations (United States) (AFP) – United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iran on Monday to pressure its ally Syria to reach a peaceful resolution of the brutal civil war there. During a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Ban …
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 11:07 pm
Saudi Clerics Call for Jihad Against Iran and Russia in Syria
Dozens of conservative Saudi Arabian clerics have called for Arab and Muslim countries to "give all moral, material, political and military" support to what they term a jihad, or holy war, against Syria's government and its Iranian and Russian backers …
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 8:45 pm
Why Iran Doesn't Trust America — And What Can Be Done to Change That
During his speech before the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama accused Iran of using "violent proxies to advance its interests," which he claimed served to "fuel sectarian conflict" in the region. Iranian President Hassan …
Iran Nuclear Deal Fails to Ease Middle East RiftsWall Street Journal
Iran ministers warn of fresh economic crisisYahoo News
Europe has billions of reasons to let Iran cheatThe Hill (blog)
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 8:43 pm
Stadiums Are Still Closed to Women in Iran
Sara lives in Iran, which since the 1979 revolution has banned women from attending sporting events at stadiums around the country. Hardline clerics insist that it is inappropriate to have women at matches, where they would unnecessarily be mixing with …
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 5:25 pm
Michael McCaul says Iran to blame for more than 1000 U.S. casualties in Iraq …
In his email, Zaykowski pointed out September 2015 news stories about more than 1,000 Iran-linked American casualties in Iraq published by Defense One, which focuses on "topics and trends that will define the future of U.S. defense and national security.".
Posted on 5 October 2015 | 4:20 pm
International New York Times
Iran Might Not Be an Immediate Bonanza for Oil Firms
International New York Times
And with the increasing likelihood that international sanctions on Iran will be lifted, it is no surprise that European oil executives like Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, and Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Eni of Italy …
Investing in Iran? You'd Better Like Tea, Cake and BureaucracyBloomberg
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 3:18 pm
Foreign Policy (blog)
Iran's Identity Crisis
Foreign Policy (blog)
By the time the plane landed, all the women, myself included, had donned the veil and the manteau, the long-sleeved, knee-length jacket that has been part of the mandatory attire for women in Iran since the revolution. This may seem like a superficial …
Trendy Tehran: Meet the female entrepreneurs breaking boundaries in IranInternational Business Times UK
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 3:15 pm
US enforcement of Iran arms embargo slipped during nuclear talks: sources
The more relaxed enforcement raises questions over how strictly the arms embargo and other remaining sanctions will be applied in future, since the nuclear deal still needs to be implemented and Iran will likely remain sensitive to a tough sanctions …
The US has relaxed enforcement of the Iran arms embargo since nuclear talks …Business Insider
Iran Needs Economic Reforms to Benefit From Sanctions Relief, IMF SaysWall Street Journal
Commentary | General supports Iran dealThe Courier-Journal
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Posted on 5 October 2015 | 5:13 am