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Mar 27, 2015
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Iran expands its regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

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(Shi’ite Muslim rebels hold up their weapons during a rally against air strikes in Sanaa March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear program in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focused more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen.

Mar 26, 2015

Iraq oil minister sees $70 crude by end 2015

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi predicted world oil prices could reach $70 a barrel by the end of 2015 and played down the impact of the emerging conflict in Yemen on prices.

A global slump in oil prices has slashed government revenue in Iraq, prompting the OPEC producer to renegotiate contracts with oil majors as it faces a costly military campaign against Islamic State militants.

Mar 25, 2015

Iraqi president expects U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Tikrit soon

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s President Fouad Massoum said on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition will soon carry out air strikes against Islamic State in the Sunni city of Tikrit, after starting aerial reconnaissance flights this week.

A three-week offensive by Iraqi government forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite paramilitaries has failed to flush out Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, the birthplace of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Mar 23, 2015

Insight – Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal

BEIRUT (Reuters) – With Iran moving closer to a deal with world powers to constrain its nuclear programme in return for an end to sanctions, Arab analysts and leaders are focussed more on how Tehran is working unconstrained to tighten its grip on Arab states, from Iraq to Lebanon, and Syria to Yemen.

The man behind what some see as an attempt to create a new Persian and Shi’ite “empire” on Arab land is Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the al-Quds brigade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

   Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Mar 7, 2015

Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – Syria’s envoy to the United
Nations says it’s time for the United States and other Western
powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay,
and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying
to split the Middle East into sectarian enclaves.

Speaking to Reuters on the eve of the fourth anniversary of
the Syrian war, Assad’s long-serving U.N. ambassador Bashar
Ja’afari said his president was ready to work with the United
States and others to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Feb 26, 2015

Insight: Jordan takes no chances in confronting homegrown Jihadis

AMMAN (Reuters) – At Jordan’s State Security court, Islamic State militants, clad in green military fatigues with long, unkempt beards, stood impassively, awaiting sentence inside a black iron cage.

The barred enclosure was very much like the one in which their fellow jihadis in Syria burned alive Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh, igniting a storm across a troubled kingdom in an uneasy alliance with the West against Islamic State (IS).

Feb 5, 2015

Kurds dream of independence as they defend perilous border

VALLEY OF THE CROWS, northern Iraq, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The black
banner of the Islamic State, fixed to a shack within sight of
this frontline, is evidence of the existential threat menacing
the Kurds from across the 1,000-km long frontier.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are digging trenches and building
defense berms in Wadi al-Ghorab (Valley Of The Crows), less than
2 km away from the IS-held Sultan Abdullah village, which
demarcates the new border of their autonomous region.

Feb 4, 2015

Insight – Kurds dream of independence as they defend perilous border

VALLEY OF THE CROWS, northern Iraq, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The black banner of the Islamic State, fixed to a shack within sight of this frontline, is evidence of the existential threat menacing the Kurds from across the 1,000-km long frontier.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are digging trenches and building defence berms in Wadi al-Ghorab (Valley Of The Crows), less than 2 km away from the IS-held Sultan Abdullah village, which demarcates the new border of their autonomous region.

Nov 12, 2014

Lebanon hopes Iran deal would unlock political crisis: PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam believes a deal settling the Iranian nuclear dispute could help pave the way towards ending the political deadlock that has left his country without a president since May.

The Mediterranean country of about 4 million has been hit hard by the war in its much larger neighbor Syria, with violence spilling across the border and threatening the fragile sectarian balance that has largely held since Lebanon’s own 1975-90 civil war.