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US approves $1 bln Qatar arms deal despite Gulf crisis

The United States government on Wednesday approved a $1.1 billion deal to service Qatar’s F-15 fighter jets despite the diplomatic stand-off between the Gulf emirate and its neighbors. Qatar, home to one of the largest US military bases in the Middle East, is locked in a bitter dispute with Washington’s other Arab allies in the […]

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Russia dismisses UN report on Syria sarin attack

Russia dismissed Thursday a report by a UN-led panel that blamed the Syrian regime for a sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhun and said the use of the substance was part of a “theatrical performance” by rebels. A panel including diplomats and military officers presented Moscow’s version of events complete with diagrams and […]


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Islamic State Claims ‘Soldier’ in New York City Truck Attack

The Islamic State has claimed Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant charged with killing eight people in New York City earlier this week with a truck, as one of its own. The terrorist group said in Al-Naba, the group’s weekly newspaper, that the attacker was one of its “soldiers,” but did not provide any evidence […]


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Iranian leader urges all Muslims to fight Israel

By TOI staff Iran’s top religious and political leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged all Muslims to engage in “different methods” of fighting against Israel. In a letter to the International Union of Resistance Scholars, a group that has convened anti-Israel gatherings in the past, Khamenei wrote that the “unforgettable responsibility” for removing Israel “rests upon […]


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Russia Overtakes Saudi Arabia as Top Jihadi Exporter

Russia has replaced Tunisia as the top exporter of foreign fighters to the ranks of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to new figures. A report from the Soufan Group, a security intelligence consultancy based in Washington, D.C., revises down the count for Tunisian foreign fighters in ISIS’s ranks from […]