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Iraqi PM in Tehran for crisis talks on IS

THE LEVANT – Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Tehran late Monday on his first visit to Iran since taking office after the crisis triggered by the advance of Islamic State militants. Iraqi state television said Abadi, whose country remains beset by IS, arrived shortly before midnight for talks …

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Ayatollah Khamenei’s Message To Hajj Pilgrims

THE LEVANT – Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a message to the Hajj pilgrims on Friday. The full text of the message is as follows: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful And praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds and Allah’s Greetings to Mohammad …

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Iran warns Turkey against aggravating regional tensions

THE LEVANT – Iran warned neighbouring Turkey Thursday against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorise military intervention in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and “criticised the method …

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Iran to help Lebanon fight extremism

THE LEVANT – Iran will supply the Lebanese army with military equipment to be used in fighting Muslim extremist groups, a visiting senior Iranian official said on Tuesday. The announcement marks the first time that Iran has said it would give Lebanon military assistance. Tehran has offered help in the …

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Thaw In Saudi-Iran Ties As FMs Meet In US

THE LEVANT – By Ghazanfar Ali Khan – Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers have met in New York for the first time, signaling a possible thaw in relations that have been strained for decades. Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines …

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IS militants can’t be defeated by air strikes, says Iran FM

THE LEVANT – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit out against the Islamic State group Wednesday as a “dangerous phenomenon,” but warned it could not be defeated by air strikes. Accusing other nations of having created “a Frankenstein that has come to haunt its creators,” Zarif said at a …

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Iran slams US as “obsessed” with sanctions as talks resume

THE LEVANT – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday accused Washington of being “obsessed” with sanctions as a new round of high-stakes bilateral nuclear negotiations opened in New York. “We are committed to resolving this issue,” Zarif told a US think-tank, as a State Department official confirmed to …

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Iran Prepares for a Leadership Transition

THE LEVANT – Though Iran has been broadcasting pictures and videos of top state officials and noted foreign dignitaries visiting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the hospital, the health of the man who has held the most powerful post in the Islamic Republic remains unclear. The unusual public relations management …

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Lives of detained Sufi journalists in the balance

THE LEVANT – Reporters Without Borders – Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the many journalists and netizens who continue to be detained despite suffering serious ailments, and condemns the lack of adequate medical treatment in the prisons where they are held. There is currently a great deal of concern …

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Iran’s supreme leader undergoes prostate surgery

THE LEVANT – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei successfully underwent prostate surgery it was announced Monday, in an unprecedented public statement about his health, which has long been the subject of speculation. The 75-year-old cleric, who has ruled since the death in 1989 of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah …

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Iran downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

THE LEVANT – Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The statement comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear program and hard-liners …

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US worries about Iran alleged military activities

THE LEVANT – A classified assessment by the US Pentagon has claimed that Iran is increasing its military capabilities, exercisesand buildup of weapons in and near the Strait of Hormuz According to the summary, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News, the Iranian government “has adjusted some of its …

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Earthquake in Iran claims lives

THE LEVANT – A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, causing injuries and damage, Iranian state television said, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre …

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War of the Shia – Iran gags Shia scholars in Iran –

THE LEVANT – By Catherine Shakdam – While western media, or rather corporate media have faced harsh criticism over the past weeks on their bias coverage of Gaza in keeping with their network’s political discourse and affiliations, it so happens that Iran has conducted a comprehensive media repression campaign against …

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Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM, top official says

THE LEVANT – Iran, a key ally of Iraq’s sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process which led to him being replaced, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as premier. The statement was the first official signal that Maliki no longer enjoys the support of …

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Arming West Bank only Way to Save Palestine

By Mojtaba Mousavi – Watching the Palestinian Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Riyadh Mansour walking pessimistically outside the UN Security Council chambers on late Thursday meant the council failed once again to play its role on the Gaza crisis. While more than 1,600 Palestinians have been killed and another 8,000 …

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Iran rejects acts of terror in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – Iran has strongly condemned recent terrorist moves by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants near Lebanon’s border with conflict-stricken Syria. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham stressed on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic supports stability and peace in Lebanon. She expressed hope that Lebanon would succeed in seeing out the ongoing critical period by strengthening …

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Is Iran really Pro-Palestine? Or just Anti-Israel?

By Behrouz Bahmani – This front page headline in last week’s New York Times caught my eye. OK I don’t actually read the New York Times. But I am addicted to coffee. And at the Starbucks I go to for my $1.90 Tall Veranda/Blonde blended drip (just because I love saying, “I’ll …

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Tehran: ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq

Iran’s Majlis Speaker has slammed the US double standards toward the fight against terrorism, saying ISIL leaves US footprints in Iraq. “In responding to the world public opinion, US officials attach priority to the battle against international terrorism, but they openly and practically support the ISIL [terrorist] group… the ISIL …

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The Shadow Government in Qom

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Islamist Gate Seminary Teachers in the city of Qom, known as Hawza, is becoming a shadow government in Iran as it supervises the work of the president, government, media and other institutions in the country. The establishment makes sure that the red lines of the Shiite …

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Tehran: Significant gaps remain in nuclear talks

A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says significant disagreements remain in the ongoing talks between Iran and the P5+1 aimed at reaching a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. “There are differences in almost all important issues and we have not been able to narrow the gaps in any [such] issues,” Iran’s …

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US and Iran security cooperation could help save Iraq

By  Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al Monitor – Syria and Iraq are spiraling into total chaos and appear headed toward a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords and a haven for extremist terrorist groups. The deep fear, as expressed by US President Barack Obama June 22, is that the militants that have seized territories in Iraq …

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Many Iranians want military to intervene against Isis

Revolutionary Guards in Tehran raise their fists in support of Supreme Leader’s order for the country’s armed forces to take measures against the Taliban in Afghanistan, 15 September 1998. Photograph: Atta Kenare/EPA The Guardian – Tehran Bureau correspondent Merila, 30, has no love for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, but …

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