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Iraq is heavily reliant on the goodwill of its neighbours for both energy and investments, meaning Baghdad has very little leverage to stand up to other powers.

The state-run Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) confirmed the country had carried out two ballistic missiles tests in the Mediterranean.

US warns Gulf vessels to stay clear of warships

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US warns Gulf vessels to stay clear of warships

Gulf vessels should stay at least 100 metres away from US Navy ships or risk being 'interpreted as a threat', Washington has warned.

Iran defied UN resolution endorsing nuclear deal, US claims

Iran defied UN resolution endorsing nuclear deal, US claims

The 2015 UN resolution calls on Iran not to undertake any ballistic missile-related activities capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Saudi king, Trump scurry to 'reaffirm relations' amid tensions

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Saudi king, Trump scurry to 'reaffirm relations' amid tensions

A phone call took place between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and US President Donald Trump on Friday, amid reports of increasing tensions between ...

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US pulls anti-missile systems from Saudi Arabia amid dispute

The US is reportedly removing two batteries of Patriot surface-to-air missiles as well as fighter equipment and 300 troops stationed in Saudi oil facilities to ward off Iranian attacks.

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Iran military satellite launch 'of significant concern', says UK

The UK has criticised Iran for flouting UN regulations and launching a military satellite using ballistic missile technology.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards vow 'decisive response' to US threat

US President Donald Trump earlier this week said he had ordered the Navy to 'shoot down' any Iranian ships 'harassing' US vessels.

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Oil rallies as Gulf tensions eclipse coronavirus woes

Crude oil prices have risen after US crude futures plummeted below zero earlier this week.

Trump tweets he's ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats

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Trump tweets he's ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats

US President Donald Trump said he gave orders to the navy to shoot and destroy Iranian gunboats.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards say Gulf patrols increased

Tehran has accused the US of 'dangerous adventurism' in the Gulf waters, warning that such activity constitutes a 'red line'.

How has coronavirus impacted conflicts in the Middle East?

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How has coronavirus impacted conflicts in the Middle East?

On Friday, the UN appealed for ceasefires in all conflicts across the world. Antonio Guterres, its chief, warned that ''the worst is yet to ...

UN envoy in talks for Yemen ceasefire over coronavirus

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UN envoy in talks for Yemen ceasefire over coronavirus

The UN envoy to Yemen is attempting to get warring parties into 'virtual' negotiations to deliver a ceasefire that may curb the impact of ...

Yemen in Focus: Houthis' Riyadh attack a 'bargaining chip'

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Yemen in Focus: Houthis' Riyadh attack a 'bargaining chip'

This week we focus on recent escalations between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, a campaign to release prisoners, and more.

Trump warns Iran of 'heavy price' amid troop attacks

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Trump warns Iran of 'heavy price' amid troop attacks

Tehran was warned against carrying out further attacks on US troops in the region on Wednesday, with the US president vowing a "heavy price".

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Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit rebel-held Yemen capital

The Saudi-led military coalition carried out multiple air strikes on Yemen's capital despite UN calls for a ceasefire to protect civilians from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Soleimani successor visits Baghdad as Iran-US tensions rise

The US and Iran appear to be heading for another major confrontation in Iraq.

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Outrage over Saudi-led coalition 'horse massacre' in Yemen's capital

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed dozens of Arabian horses in the Yemeni capital on Monday.

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Saudi-led coalition revenge strikes target Sanaa following Houthi attack

Saudi Arabia launched revenge strikes on Yemen's capital Sanaa on Monday, just days after a Houthi attack targeted Riyadh, Jizan and Asir.

Saudi intercepts Houthi <em>missiles</em> over curfew-locked Riyadh

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Saudi intercepts Houthi missiles over curfew-locked Riyadh

Saudi air defences intercepted Yemeni rebel missiles over Riyadh and a city on the Yemen border, leaving two civilians wounded in the ...

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Saudi forces intercept ballistic missiles over Riyadh

State media confirmed two missiles were intercepted and destroyed over Riyadh, after loud explosions were heard in the capital, while ...

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

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Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

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The Iraq Report: An outbreak of virus and violence

As Baghdad tries to get to grips with the coronavirus, Iran-sponsored groups have been blamed by the US and UK for attacks that claimed the ...

US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

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US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

The US military launched air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack.

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