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Syria's regime has rejected calls for a withdrawal of pro-Assad foreign forces from Iran, following calls from Russia and the US for a pull-out.

The new measures come a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tehran would be hit with the 'strongest sanctions in history'.

UN chief urges <em>Hizballah</em> to halt Syria military action

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UN chief urges Hizballah to halt Syria military action

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticised Hizballah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon

Israel 'first country' to use US-made F-35 in combat

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Israel 'first country' to use US-made F-35 in combat

Israel was the first country outside the United States to acquire the F-35 after receiving the first two planes in December 2016.

How Iran's role differs in Syria and Yemen war

Austin Bodetti

How Iran's role differs in Syria and Yemen war

Analysis: The differences in Iranian involvement in the Syrian and Yemeni wars offer insights into Tehran's priorities, writes Austin Bodetti.

The New Arab

US promises 'strongest sanctions in history' against Iran

The US will apply "unprecented financial pressure" on Iran, he new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his first policy speech since taking office.

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Iran: 'No one can force us to leave Syria'

Bashar al-Assad is heavily reliant on the ground on Iranian-led foreign fighters from Iraqi, Pakistani and Afghan militias, along with Lebanon's ...

The New Arab

Putin assures Assad 'all foreign forces' will leave Syria

Russia's Vladimir Putin has told Syria President Bashar al-Assad that 'all foreign forces' will soon leave the war-torn country.

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Comment: It would be naive to forget the actions and deep-rooted bonds of Sadr's past, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Paul Iddon

Could Iran sustain a war against Israel in Syria?

Analysis: Any full-scale Israel-Iran war that begins in Syria will not end there, writes Paul Iddon.

Iran says new US sanctions will only stiffen resolve

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Iran says new US sanctions will only stiffen resolve

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has said that new US sanctions on Iran's central bank governor will only make Iran 'more determined'.

US, Gulf states slap terror sanctions on <em>Hizballah</em> leader

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US, Gulf states slap terror sanctions on Hizballah leader

The United States and Gulf states have imposed terror sanctions on Lebanon's Hizballah, including on the group's leader Hassan ...

US slaps sanctions on Iran's central bank governor

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US slaps sanctions on Iran's central bank governor

Washington's Tuesday announcement is the second in less than one week targeting Iran.

Return to Syria? Refugees draft grassroots proposal

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Return to Syria? Refugees draft grassroots proposal

A group of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is working to buid international support for 'safe return zones' in Syria amid ever-worsening living ...

Austin Bodetti

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

In-depth: Baghdad's corrupt political system, heavily influenced by Tehran, can do little to stop Iranian narcotrafficking in Iraqi cities, reports Austin Bodetti.

The New Arab & agencies

Hariri aides out after poor showing in Lebanon vote

Three key aides of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri were fired or resigned, a week after a disastrous showing in the country's first general ...

The New Arab & agencies

Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria

Thursday's airstrikes in Syria were the largest since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Sam Hamad

Could a defunct Iran deal be good for Syrians?

Comment: Syrians might hope Trump's withdrawal from the deal works in their favour, but the international consensus has already sacrificed them ...

Explainer: Golan Heights - What 's the big deal?

Florence Dixon

Explainer: Golan Heights - What 's the big deal?

Explainer: The Golan Heights has a political and strategic importance. We take a deeper look into what it is and why it is so significant ...

CJ Werleman

It's time to talk about Israel's nuclear weapons

Comment: While the United States fixates on Iranian nuclear ambitions, it ignores the only actual credible nuclear threat in the region: Israel, ...

World leaders respond to Israeli-Iranian tensions in Syria

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World leaders respond to Israeli-Iranian tensions in Syria

World leaders scrambled to respond to escalating Israeli-Iranian tensions in war-torn Syria after a series of overnight airstrikes.

The Iraq Report: Elections without participation is no democracy

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The Iraq Report: Elections without participation is no democracy

Election 2018 special edition of our weekly round-up of events in Iraq.

Russia unlikely to 'limit Israeli actions' in Syria

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Russia unlikely to 'limit Israeli actions' in Syria

Israel's military has struck targets in Syria more than 100 times since 2012, largely targeting weapons convoys intended for Lebanon's ...

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