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SYRIA POLITICS: US, Allies Sending Them More Arms to Fend Off Iran Threat: Syrian Rebels Say

SYRIA POLITICS: US, Allies Sending Them More Arms to Fend Off Iran Threat: Syrian Rebels Say

The stakes are high as Iran seeks to secure its influence from Tehran to Beirut in a “Shi’ite crescent” of Iranian influence through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, where Sunni Arab states have lost out in power struggles with Iran.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Don’t Abandon Us or they will Finish Us, Shiite Muslims cry out to Southern Leaders

NIGERIA POLITICS: Don’t Abandon Us or they will Finish Us, Shiite Muslims cry out to Southern Leaders

Leaders of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, otherwise known as Shiites, have cried out to Southern leaders not to abandon them as they create and strengthen alliances in agitating for a better deal for their people in the country.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

Iraq’s Shi’ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish to hold a referendum on independence after defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim said.

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BAHRAIN POLITICS: Trump Understands the Region Than Obama: Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa Says

BAHRAIN POLITICS: Trump Understands the Region Than Obama: Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa Says

“We feel like we are being punished for no reason, just for sticking addressing issues that every country has,” Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Deal to Evacuate Shi’ites, Sunnis

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Deal to Evacuate Shi’ites, Sunnis

“This is a demographic change on a sectarian basis,” said Rami Abdulrahman, Observatory director, calling it the biggest population swap agreement of its type. “There is great discontent over the agreement in Madaya,” he said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Aid Convoys Enter Mosul, Bringing Relief, Suspicion

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Aid Convoys Enter Mosul, Bringing Relief, Suspicion

The trucks carrying food, water and blankets from Shi’ite cities in southern Iraq are welcomed by hungry and war-weary residents of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major Iraqi stronghold.

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YEMEN POLITICS: Iran Sends Advanced Weapons, Military Advisers to Yemen’s Rebel Houthi Movement

YEMEN POLITICS: Iran Sends Advanced Weapons, Military Advisers to Yemen’s Rebel Houthi Movement

Iranian official said Major General Qassem Soleimani says, “Winning the battle in Yemen will help define the balance of power in the Middle East.”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Discovered! Mass Grave of Shi’ite Inmates Killed By Islamic State

“Initial checks of the mass grave revealed remains with prison uniforms and lined up in a way that indicates they were shot dead in groups,” said Karim Nouri, spokesman for the Hashid Shaabi.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Official! FG Declares Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Security Threat

NIGERIA POLITICS: Official! FG Declares Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Security Threat

The federal government says IMN it is not substantially different from the Boko Haram terrorist group that has killed about 100,000 people since 2009.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Abadi Rejects Calls By Iran Allies in Iraq to React to Trump Travel Ban

IRAQ POLITICS: Abadi Rejects Calls By Iran Allies in Iraq to React to Trump Travel Ban

Abadi said at a news conference that Iraq was best served by preserving U.S. alliance. “We are in a battle and we don’t want to harm the national interest.”

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LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

LEBANON POLITICS: Michel Aoun Says Ties With Saudi Arabia Recovering

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, ally Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, visited Saudi Arabia to mend relations with Sunni Muslim monarchy.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Soldiers Spray Shi’ite Graffiti In Mosul, Residents Shocked

IRAQ POLITICS: Soldiers Spray Shi’ite Graffiti In Mosul, Residents Shocked

“Look at this. The army should be neutral and not painting such things on walls,” said Abdullah Shuwaib, a Sunni blacksmith who fled the fighting.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Parliament Passes Contested Law On Shi’ite Paramilitaries

IRAQ POLITICS: Parliament Passes Contested Law On Shi’ite Paramilitaries

Iraq’s parliament approved a law that will transform Popular Mobilisation forces mostly Iranian-backed coalition of Shi’ite militias that played a role in fighting Islamic State.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Paramilitaries Close To Cutting Mosul Supply Route

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Paramilitaries Close To Cutting Mosul Supply Route

The Mosul campaign is turning into the biggest battle in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Police, Shi’ite Muslims Clash In Kano, 9 Dead

NIGERIA POLITICS: Police, Shi’ite Muslims Clash In Kano, 9 Dead

“At first we used tear gas on them. They attacked one of our personnel, who sustained a fatal injury,” Kano state Police Commissioner Rabiu Yusuf said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Javad Zarif First To Meet Michel Aoun Lebanon’s New President

IRAN POLITICS: Mohammad Javad Zarif First To Meet Michel Aoun Lebanon’s New President

Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif became first foreign minister to meet Lebanon’s new president, a move that underscored Tehran’s tussle for influence in Beirut.

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IRAQ: Iraqi Troops At Mosul’s Gate, Baghdadi Promises Victory

IRAQ: Iraqi Troops At Mosul’s Gate, Baghdadi Promises Victory

Winning back the country’s second biggest city would mark the defeat of the Iraq wing of a crossborder caliphate.

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IRAQ: Shi’ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

IRAQ: Shi’ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest in 13 years of turmoil unleashed in Iraq by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.

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IRAQ: Parliament Votes To Ban Alcoholic Beverages

IRAQ: Parliament Votes To Ban Alcoholic Beverages

“Forbidding the import, manufacture and sell of all kinds of alcohol drinks,” the bill said.

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