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IMCTC exercises: PM Abbasi leaves for Saudi Arabia

BY SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is leaving for Saudi Arabia today to inspect the exercises of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC). A high level delegation will also accompany the prime minister to witness the exercise. On the other hand, …

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Syria intercepted most of missiles launched by US, allies: Russia

Most of the missiles fired in Syria by the UK, US, and France as part of punitive action against Bashar al-Assad government in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems, RT, Russia international television network, quoted Russian Defense Ministry …

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US, Britain, France launch air strikes in Syria

(Reuters) – U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes early on Saturday in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump …

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Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

By James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If …

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle Eastern Soccer

By James M. Dorsey Edited remarks at The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fan Cultures conference, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, 12-13 April 2018 The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of …

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Yemen rebel missiles, drones shot down over Saudi Arabia

RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia said its air defences on Wednesday intercepted ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held Yemen at Riyadh and the south of the kingdom where two drones were also shot down. Yemen s Shiite Huthi rebels said their cross-border barrage marked the launch …

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KSA will buy $1.3B worth of artillery from USA

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration signed off Thursday on selling more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia , giving a vote of confidence to the Saudi military as young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concludes a marathon tour of the United States, reported Voice …

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Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

ANKARA -AFP/UNS: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and …

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Israel has ´right´ to its land: KSA Crown Prince

WASHINGTON -UNS : The crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia said Israel has a “right” to a homeland, a notable shift in the kingdom´s position published Monday. Saudi Arabia and Israel still have no formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements …

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Netanyahu “terrorist” as insults fly after Gaza deaths: Erdogan

ISTANBUL -UNS : Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” on Sunday, escalating an exchange of insults that started after he criticised Israel’s lethal military response to a demonstration on the Gazan border. Israel has defended the killing of 15 …

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