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Thair Abbas
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Turkish cabinet approves deal to open İncirlik Airbase for US-led anti-ISIS coalition

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey’s cabinet on Wednesday formally approved a deal to open up the İncirlik Airbase for use by jets from the US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to Reuters, Washington and Ankara have now signed a deal to formally open the airbase, which lies just 68 miles (110 kilometers) north of the Syrian border, for use by coalition jets. However, Turkish daily Hürriyet reported that Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tanju ...

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Arafat Madabish
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Yemen: Iranian fighters caught among Houthi militias, says Aden governor

Sana’a and Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—The governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province revealed on Wednesday that Iranian fighters have been caught among the Houthi militias currently in control of large parts of Yemen. Naif Al-Bakri told Asharq Al-Awsat forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi “have taken hostage a number of Iranians and fighters from other nationalities” following their recent victories in the Aden, Lahj, and Abyan provi...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Opinion: The Palestinian Girl Who Moved Merkel

Reem Sahwil, the young Palestinian girl who was reduced to tears in front of Angela Merkel, told the German chancellor she didn't know what her own future held so long as her stay ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Thursday, 30 Jul, 2015

Taliban say Mullah Omar dead, appoint successor

Peshawar and Kabul, Reuters—The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant move...

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Obaid Al-Suhaymi
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Manama authorities arrest several people in connection with terror attack

Manama, Asharq Al-Awsat—Bahraini authorities arrested several people on Wednesday, in connection with a terrorist attack which took place on Tuesday and was the deadliest bom...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Lebanon’s Ills Summed Up by Garbage

I remember from my youth the popular Lebanese saying, “Everything in Lebanon is ‘zift’ [asphalt] except the roads!” Metaphorically, asphalt, or rather, “zift,” came...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—We are still a long way before the “deal” on Iran’s nuclear program becomes reality, if ever. However, even if it doesn’t, the process ...

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Asharq Al-Awsat
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Saudi Arabia says Turkey has right to self-defense

Jeddah and Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat/Reuters—Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it supports Turkey’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks, according to the Saudi Pres...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2015

Opinion: Zarif’s Charm Offensive

The officially announced aims behind Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s latest tour of the Gulf include improving relations with some of Iran’s neighbors, explaini...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2015

Saudi FM denounces Iran’s “aggressive” rhetoric following nuclear deal

Riyadh and Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir on Monday criticized recent "aggressive statements" made by Iranian officials towards oth...

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