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    Qatar diplomatic crisis engulfs a major US military base

    Qatar's emir is persona non grata to four US-allied Arab states that accuse his wealthy Gulf nation of sponsoring extremists, but he recently received a warm welcome at the sprawling military base his troops.

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    Daesh Targets Karbala Pilgrims, 70 Killed

    The area targeted is used by pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north, although Dhiqar has previously been spared the worst of the violence.

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    Qatar's emir to meet Turkey's President Erdogan

    Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will visit Turkey on Thursday to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his first trip abroad since the start of the Gulf diplomatic crisis.

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    Syria: Why are Israelis offering condolences to US leaders

    An informed Israeli source told Melman that the delegation had all the appearances of a funeral. “Those who offered condolences were the Americans,” he explained.

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    EU parliament votes for embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    The European parliament voted by a large majority for an EU-wide ban on arms sales to the kingdom, citing the “disastrous humanitarian situation” as a result of “Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen”. 

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    'I think there will be war': Iraqi Kurds fear new conflict after referendum

    Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions .

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    Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems

    Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers on Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

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    Cleric who tweeted for peace with Qatar arrested by Saudi

    A prominent Saudi religious leader has been arrested, according to social media postings on Sunday, in what appears to be a crackdown on militants seen as critics of the conservative kingdom’s absolute rulers.

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    Two Syrian rebel groups say US and Arab allies urging retreat to Jordan

    Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat.

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    US evacuates 20 Daesh commanders from Deir ez-Zor:Report

    A military and diplomatic source has told Sputnik that a US Air Force plane had evacuated Daesh (ISIS, banned in Russia) field commanders from Deir ez-Zor. The US-led coalition has denied the allegations.

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    Israeli attacks meant to boost terrorists’ morale: Syria

    The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called on the United Nations Security Council to denounce Israel’s repeated aggression against the country and take prompt action to stop.

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    Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition’s Unlawful Attacks

    Members of the Saudi-led coalition have sought to avoid international legal liability by refusing to provide information on their role in alleged unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today.

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    Netanyahu bars Al-Jazeera journalist from seminar on free press

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the broadcaster as a case study.

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    'US sending 3,500 troops to Afghanistan'

    A US official confirmed to Reuters that Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered the deployment while the Pentagon said it would not make any announcement until the general speaks out.

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    Syrian army breaks 3-year IS siege to Deir al-Zour

    Syrian army forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have reached the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr and broken a nearly three-year siege imposed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists on pro-government.

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    Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

    “We thank Saudi Arabia... for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the head of the Haj organisation in Tehran, according to the state broadcaster.

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    Trump calls King Salman, urges diplomatic solution for Qatar crisis

    US President Donald Trump has called for a diplomatic solution for the crisis between Qatar and its neighbouring countries, urging them to follow their commitment in fighting terrorism.

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    'Hajj Can Be Cure for Grave Maladies Muslim World Is Suffering From'

    Hajj can be a cure for grave maladies the Muslim Ummah (community) is suffering from, including those caused by materialism and by the system of domination. This was stated by Ayatollah Khamenei in his Hajj message

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    'Crying' Netanyahu taunted over Daesh defeat

    Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah Monday declared the organization's victory in the war against ISIS on the border with Syria and said: "ISIS was supposed to destroy our region, our army.

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    Doha worried about potential 'harassment' of Qatari pilgrims

    Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

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    Hamas leader hails Iranian support

    The Gaza head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas said on Monday it had increased its military capabilities thanks to newly improved relations with Iran.

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    Saudi airstrikes killed 42 civilians in 1 week:UN

    Airstrikes by a coalition under the leadership of the regime in Riyadh against civilian targets across Yemen have killed 42 more civilians, including a number of children, over the past week, the United Nations human.

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    No Hajj for Qataris this year amid Saudi row

    The official Qatar News Agency reported on Tuesday that Qatar's religious authorities "did not find any cooperation or positive response from the Ministry of Hajj, which has led to confusion and suspension.

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    Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid regional crisis

    Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran.

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