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As Offensive Operations Begin in Iraq & Syria, Tehran Rejects Moderation Again

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INU - On Tuesday, it was reported that major offensives had begun in Iraq and Syria targeting Islamic State militant strongholds. Breitbart indicates that the Iraqi army and the various Iran-backed Shiite militias supporting it had launched joint operations focused on the city of Fallujah, about 35 miles east of Baghdad. On Monday, Iran News Update pointed out that Saudi Arabia had called for an end to Iranian interventionism, in response to reports of Iran-affiliated forces massing for the offensive.

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World powers fail to set new date for Syria peace talks

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INU - Major power foreign ministers gathered in Vienna this week to attempt another ceasefire negotiation; however, they failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks in Geneva. The US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov chaired the meeting of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG). 

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Saudi Arabia Reiterates Condemnation of Iranian Attempts to Influence Region

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INU - On Monday, Saudi Arabia issued two new condemnations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, against the backdrop of the consistently strained relations between the two traditional regional adversaries. In the first place, the Saudis suggested that Tehran was playing politics with the hajj, the international Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, after the failure of a second round of talks between the two countries regarding security arrangements. In the second place, Saudi Arabia renewed its criticism of Iran regarding attempts to expand regional influence, especially in Iraq.

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Hajj Controversy Highlights General Conflict Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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INU - On Thursday, it was widely reported that Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance had announced that pilgrims from the Islamic Republic would not be permitted to travel to Saudi Arabia this year on the occasion of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Officially, the announcement is the latest response to an incident last year in the neighborhood of Mina, in which a crush and stampede reportedly killed more than 2,400 people.

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Urgent measures needed to bring Iraq at of the abyss

Iraq is heading towards catastrophe. That is the view of Struan Stevenson, the President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association. Stevenson, a former Conservative MEP for Scotland and chair of several Iranian and Iraqi outreach networks, says the only way to avoid Iraq tumbling further into chaos is to remove Iranian influence, appoint honest technocrats and share power with the Sunni population.

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Ex-Lebanon PM lashes out at Hezbollah, Iran regime

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INU - Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on Sunday lambasted Hezbollah and the latter’s ties with Iran's regime that have tarnished Lebanon's relations with most Arab countries, Gulf News reported.

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Iran Breaking News - Protest gathering by families of political prisoners in front of Rouhani's office

 According to latest news from Iran, more than 100 families of political prisoners in Iran, in particular the families of Ward 350...

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