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Ex-Saudi minster defends meeting with Israel officials

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Speaking alongside a former director of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, Al-Faisal thanked the Israel Policy Forum for hosting him and expressed hope that it would not be his last meeting of its kind. Keep Reading

The secret operators behind the smuggling of Syrian oil

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Iraqi news outlet “SNG” wrote, quoting the source who requested anonymity: separatist Kurdish movements called the “al-Taibet”, who under the pretense of defending an area north of “Zumar” and “Rabia” in Nineveh province, are fighting alongside the Syrian border under order from Barzani’s sons. These areas are of great importance to the secessionists because they of their proximity to the “Armilan” and “Kratchuk” Syrian oil fields. Keep Reading

Bahrain has the largest number of prisoners among the Arab countries

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The results of a human rights organization research show that Bahrain has the largest number of prisoners among Arab countries. Keep Reading

Syria considers Raqqa still occupied as US-backed militants replace ISIS

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In a statement on Sunday, Syrian Foreign Ministry said propaganda on alleged liberation of Raqqa aims to divert international public opinion from the crimes committed by this alliance in Raqqa province. Keep Reading

Bahrain calls for freezing of Qatar’s PGCC membership

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Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifah has warned that his country will not attend an upcoming Persian Gulf Cooperation Council if Qatar doesn’t alter its stance on regional issues. Keep Reading

US worked with Saudi regime, Qatar, Turkey to support terrorists in Syria: Ex-Qatar PM

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Hamad bin Jassim admitted in an interview on October 26 with Qatari national broadcaster that his country, a tiny state to the south of the Persian Gulf, was part of a group of four countries that delivered weapons and funds to the terrorists in Syria. Keep Reading

Iraqi government forces control Kurdistan borders after deal with Iraqi Kurds

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A reported agreement between Baghdad and Erbil facilitated the peaceful handover of the border posts to the federal Iraqi forces. Keep Reading

The butcher of Kabul is the new ISIS leader

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We had not yet forgotten the nickname ‘The Butcher of Kabul’, the name which the Afghani people had given to Galbuddine Hekmatyar the hard-line Salafist leader, during the Afghani civil war in 1991, since then Hekmetyar had been a bloody example in the Afghani society which suffered the cruelest kinds of oppression and wars. Keep Reading

The US ambassador in Iraq describes Erdogan’s behavior as shameful and provocative

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According to AlArabiya News website, the US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman said during his meeting with a number of the Iraqi elite that the Turkish President Erdogan had adopted a disgraceful and provocative behavior in the foreign policy of his country, explaining that President Erdogan in order to achieve the interests of his country in Syria had supported “ISIS”, and he set the interests of his country in the forefront and supported ISIS and Saddam Hussein’s regime, where his personal involvement in the oil trade with ISIS was exposed. Keep Reading

Iran’s defense capabilities non-negotiable: Iranian Supreme Leader

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Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks at a graduation ceremony for Iran’s Army cadets in Tehran on Wednesday. Keep Reading

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