Middle Orient

State Dept official: ISIS ‘resurgence’ more likely if American, other foreign fighters stay detained in Syria

Timothy Betts said it is better for prisoners’ home countries to repatriate them so they are no longer in the region A State Department official warned that the large number of non-Syrian fighters currently detained in Northeast Syria would pose less of a risk to global security if they went …

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Iran’s Raisi links regional dust storms to Western hegemony

Tehran recently hosted a regional summit on addressing the dust storms that have ravaged the area over the past two years. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi accused Western powers of playing into the destruction of environment by tapping into the Middle East’s natural resources. Raisi was addressing a regional summit in …

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Erdogan, Putin set to meet in Tehran

The Turkish, Iranian and Russian leaders are set to meet in Tehran next week amid lingering Turkish threats against Syrian Kurdish groups. Putin and Erdogan will separately discuss the Ukrainian grain crisis. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Tehran next week, …

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Iran weighs benefits of BRICS membership

While joining the bloc has its upsides, it will be extremely difficult for Tehran to get full benefits from BRICS without the complete lifting of Western sanctions. Recently, Iran applied to join BRICS, a group consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. On a global level, this forum …

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Raisi says Iran will not retreat on demands in nuclear talks

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi says that his country will not back down on its positions in the nuclear deal negotiations. In a Cabinet meeting today, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi discussed the ongoing deadlock with the United States over the nuclear negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal known formally as …

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SDF arrests 12 ISIS suspects in a large operation in Hasakah province

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday announced the arrest of 17 ISIS suspects in the northeastern Hasakah province. The SDF said it arrested 12 ISIS suspects in Hasakah, al-Hol, Tal Hamis, Tal Brak, and Derik in coordination with the International Security Forces (Asayish). They confiscated a large quantity of …

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Russian President Putin To Visit Iran Next Week

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin is going to pay a visit to Iran next week. The Russian leader is expected to travel to Tehran for a trilateral meeting of the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey. Last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed hope that the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit …

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New US-Israel Agreement To Prevent Iranian Nuclear Bomb

US President Joe Biden will sign an agreement with Israel this week pledging that both countries will use “all elements of national power” to ensure that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon, Israeli officials said on Tuesday. The declaration of a joint stance against Iran’s nuclear program and regional aggression …

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Europeans reject Israeli charges against Palestinian NGOs

Nine European countries said Tuesday that they have seen “no substantial evidence” to support Israel’s allegations that six Palestinian civil society groups are terrorist organizations and would not change their policies on supporting the groups. The rare joint statement was a major rebuke of Israel, which backlisted the groups as …

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