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Mar10

Iran urges Pakistan to act after border attack

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for what he called “decisive” action by Pakistan in the wake of a deadly suicide attack in a border area. During a telephone call on March 9, Rohani told Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that inaction by Islamabad could jeopardize relations between the countries, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. Twenty-seven members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in in a suicide car bombing near the border with Pakistan on February 13. The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack in southeastern Iran. The group claims it is seeking...

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Feb23

US: 400 ‘peacekeepers’ to remain in Syria

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The White House has clarified its plans for U.S. forces in Syria, now saying it will leave 400 troops in the war-torn country a day after saying the number of “peacekeepers” would be 200. A White House official on February 22 confirmed the revised number and said they will be based as part of the Tanf garrison in northeastern Syria. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on February 21 had said that a “peacekeeping” group of about 200 troops would remain in Syria for a “period of time.” There was no immediate explanation for the revised figure of troops. The U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hailed the U.S. decision to keep...

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Feb17

Turkey to purchase Russian missile system

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Turkey’s president has said his country will proceed with plans to purchase the advanced S-400 air-defense system from Russia despite pressure from the United States to scrap the deal. “We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it is out of the question for us to turn back,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara on February 16. U.S. officials had given NATO-member Turkey an informal deadline of February 15 to respond to a rival U.S. offer to purchase a Patriot missile-defense system for $3.5 billion. Erdogan said Turkey was still open to purchasing the Patriot systems, but Washington has said it would withdraw the offer if Turkey...

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