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Eastern Syria has been viewed as under Iran's sphere of interest, but the resource-rich region remains a lucrative area for Russia too.

A US spy drone was downed by Yemen's Houthis near the border with Saudi Arabia, the rebels said on Sunday.

Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

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Iraqi general who 'abandoned Mosul' released from jail

Iraqi General Mahdi Gharawi, who was accused of desertion and treason for allowing IS to take over Mosul in 2014, was released from prison to the shock of many Iraqis.

Iranian hackers claim major attack on Israeli railway system

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Iranian hackers claim major attack on Israeli railway system

An Iranian hacker group has claimed responsibility for a major cyberattack affecting 28 railway stations in Israel, in the latest in a series of ...

HTS-affiliated petrol company headquarters bombed in Syria’s Idlib province

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HTS-affiliated petrol company headquarters bombed in Syria’s Idlib province

A drone of unknown origin has bombed the headquarters of the Watad Petroleum Company, which is the sole company distributing petroleum in ...

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IS occupies four villages in Egypt's Sinai

Wilayat Sinai, Egypt's Islamic State group affiliate, has occupied four villages in the north of the Sinai peninsula for nearly a week.

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Despite tensions, Hezbollah says all-out war with Israel 'unlikely'

Tensions between Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have been mounting for weeks.

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US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

The visit comes days after a suspected Israeli air raid on Damascus killed five foreign fighters, including a member of the Iran-backed ...

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Turkey frees 2 Czechs jailed on terror charges

Turkey had accused the pair of belonging to the YPG, a Kurdish group Ankara considers a terrorist organisation.

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

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Russian, Iranian fighters killed and injured in Syria airstrikes

Three Russian soldiers have reportedly been injured in a Turkish strike near a Kurdish-controlled town in northeast Syria, while suspected ...

Russian planes 'strike Turkish-controlled city in northern Syria'

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Russian planes 'strike Turkish-controlled city in northern Syria'

Suspected Russian warplanes have bombed the Turkish-controlled city of Al-Bab in northern Syria, one day after a roadside bomb targeted a joint ...

Saudi air strikes in Yemen's Al-Jawf province kill seven

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Saudi air strikes in Yemen's Al-Jawf province kill seven

Since May, tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Houthis.

Roadside bomb targets Turkish-Russian patrol in Syria's Idlib province

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Roadside bomb targets Turkish-Russian patrol in Syria's Idlib province

Turkish soldiers have been patrolling southern Idlib as part of a ceasefire deal.

Houthis have 'bank of targets' in Saudi, UAE, Israel

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Houthis have 'bank of targets' in Saudi, UAE, Israel

Abdullah Yahya Al-Hakim, chief of Houthis' intelligence and reconnaissance body, said the rebel group has a bank of vital targets in Saudi ...

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Yemen's Houthis claim strike on Saudi oil facility

A coronavirus ceasefire for Yemen has broken apart.

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Saudi-led coalition downs missiles and drones from Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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Made in Europe: Saudi soldiers and weapons deals

Comment: The weapons deals and military training France and the UK provide to Saudi Arabia are killing civilians abroad, and harming workers at ...

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Iraqi Kurdistan fears entanglement in Turkey-UAE cold war

Analysis: Iraqi Kurdistan hopes to avoid becoming entangled in a regional cold war.

Israel behind blast at Iran nuclear site, official claims

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Israel behind blast at Iran nuclear site, official claims

Israel's defence minister has said the country is not 'necessarily behind every mysterious incident targeting nuclear and military sites in Iran.

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Iraq sets up border posts to 'prevent Turkish advance'

Ankara has established at least a dozen posts inside Iraqi territory as part of a military campaign to rout members of the PKK.

Houthis threaten to target Saudi military sites following strikes

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Houthis threaten to target Saudi military sites following strikes

The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi rebels has threatened to target military and government strikes in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi-led coalition ...

Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge, analysts say

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Fire at Iran nuclear site hit centrifuge, analysts say

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization sought to downplay the fire, calling it an 'incident' that damaged a construction.

'Incident' damages construction near Iran nuclear facility

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'Incident' damages construction near Iran nuclear facility

Natanz, also known as the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant, is among the sites monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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