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Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power


MOSCOW Russia's politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims.


Iran deploys Russian-made S-300 missiles at its Fordow nuclear site - TV 29 Aug 2016

ANKARA Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, Iranian state media reported on Monday.


Exlusive - Iraq plans to sell oil through Iran if talks with Kurds fail 28 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq's government would consider selling crude through Iran should talks with the autonomous Kurdish region on an oil revenue-sharing agreement fail, a senior oil ministry official in Baghdad told Reuters.

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace envoy who riled Shi'ite militias 28 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq asked Saudi Arabia on Sunday to replace its ambassador in Baghdad after his comments about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs and the alleged persecution of Sunni Muslims angered local Shi'ite Muslim politicians and militia leaders.


Iraq says still set on expanding oil output to gain market share 27 Aug 2016

BAGHDAD Iraq is willing to play an active role within OPEC to support oil prices but will not sacrifice its goal of expanding market share and will continue to ramp up output, its oil minister said on Saturday.


Iranian refugee detained in Papua New Guinea wins cartooning award 27 Aug 2016

SYDNEY An Iranian refugee held at an Australian-funded detention centre in Papua New Guinea has won a political cartooning award for his work depicting life inside the camp.

Death penalty failing to deter drug trafficking in Iran - official 27 Aug 2016

DUBAI The death penalty has failed to reduce drug trafficking in Iran, a senior Iranian judiciary official said on Saturday shortly before the scheduled execution of 12 people for narcotics-related offences.


U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel 25 Aug 2016

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. | Video


Oil up on U.S.-Iran scare, dlr; Saudi output stance cuts gains 25 Aug 2016

NEW YORK Oil prices rose 1 percent on Thursday on U.S.-Iran military tensions in the Gulf and speculation the dollar will fall on a monetary policy speech due from the U.S. Federal Reserve chair.


Iran minister defends encounter with U.S. warship 25 Aug 2016

BEIRUT Iran's defence minister said on Thursday four of his country's vessels accused of harassing a U.S. warship were only doing their job, and Tehran would contront any American ship that entered its waters.


Turkey signals no let up in Syria campaign, despite Western concerns

ISTANBUL Turkey's army chief signalled no let up in a Syria offensive Washington has criticised for targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters as well as jihadists, and said its successes showed last month's failed coup had not dented the military's power. | Video