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Aziz Esber was assassinated by Israeli spies who believed the chemical weapons director was developing specialised missiles for Iran, according to an anonymous intelligence source.

Oman's foreign affairs head met with the US defence secretary in Washington with the intention of de-escalating tensions between the US and Iran and mediating between the two adversaries

Iranian General <em>Soleimani</em> tells Trump Tehran 'ready' for war

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Iranian General Soleimani tells Trump Tehran 'ready' for war

Responding to Trump's all-caps Twitter threat, Qassem Soleimani warned that should Washington start a war, Iran would be the one to end it.

US responds to Iran threats to close strategic waterway

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US responds to Iran threats to close strategic waterway

Iran's President Rouhani yesterday threatened to jeopardise regional oil exports using the strategic Persian Gulf.

The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

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The Iraq Report: Iraqi democracy smoulders amid political violence

Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

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Hariri says Iran should not interfere in Lebanon's affairs

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has criticised Soleimani, saying Iran's meddling in Lebanon's internal affairs was "not in their interest".

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Top Iran general in Baghdad after ballot warehouse 'arson'

The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has reportedly arrived in the Iraqi capital after a "deliberate" fire ravaged a warehouse storing ...

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Iraq's Sadr forms alliance ahead of electoral probe

Iraq's decision to call for a manual recount has not stopped coalition agreements continuing, as populist Shia cleric Muqtada Sadr make headway.

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The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week focuses on negotiations to form a government after no one party won an overall majority.

Iran will 'punch Pompeo in the mouth'

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Iran will 'punch Pompeo in the mouth'

Iran has hit back against US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments that the republic will face 'strongest sanctions in history'.

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Iraq election winner Sadr meets pro-Iran bloc leader

Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads an anti-Iran coalition, met political rival Hadi al-Amiri on Sunday to discuss the formation of the next government.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their ...

Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr named winner of Iraq election

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Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr named winner of Iraq election

A political bloc headed by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has been named as the lead coalition following the Iraq election.

Top Iranian general in Baghdad 'to shape new government'

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Top Iranian general in Baghdad 'to shape new government'

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani is in Baghdad to push for the formation of a new 'friendly government' in ...

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Scrapping nuclear deal 'weakens moderates, emboldens hardliners' in Iran

Iran's President Rouhani staked his legacy on efforts to end decades of tension with the West. With the landmark nuclear deal unravelling, what hope is there for his political future?

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The Iraq Report: 15 years of failure

Far from spreading seeds of democracy, the US-led invasion of Iraq, 15 years ago, allowed dangerous forces to supplant the previous Baathist ...

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Operation Iraqi Freedom: The death of an army

Comment: The US' disastrous 2003 intervention saw America squander its opportunity to contain Iranian influence in Iraq when it took control 15 ...

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Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections loom

Iranian-backed Shia militias allied with the Baghdad government also appear set to gain influence, with Sunnis worried about waning influence.

Qassem <em>Soleimani</em>: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

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Qassem Soleimani: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

Shia Iran's most notorious general Qassem Soleimani has lashed out at his country's arch-rival Sunni Saudi Arabia, saying it has sold ...

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The spark that triggered Iran's Revolution 40 years ago

Forty years on, Iranians look back on the moment that sparked Iran's historic 1979 revolution.

The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

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The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

CIA chief Pompeo meets with King Salman in Riyadh

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CIA chief Pompeo meets with King Salman in Riyadh

King Salman of Saudi Arabia met with director of the CIA Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on Monday night.

Qassem <em>Soleimani</em> 'prepared to support Palestinian forces against Israel'

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Qassem Soleimani 'prepared to support Palestinian forces against Israel'

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani said Tehran is ready to extend support to Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, ...

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