1. Obama says U.S. will be loyal partner for Iraq
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Iranian influence and Syria’s instability looming over Iraq as U.S. troops pack up to go, President Barack Obama assured Baghdad on Monday the United States would remain a strong partner beyond the withdrawal.
  2. NATO to stop training Iraq army when U.S. troops leave
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will end its seven-year troop training mission in Iraq at the end of December, the alliance said on Monday, a move that will coincide with the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
  3. US ‘virtual embassy’ is espionage trap: Iran spy chief
    TEHRAN — A website the United States touts as a “virtual embassy” for Iran is really an “espionage trap,” the Islamic republic’s spy chief said in media reports Monday.
  4. Iran says it’s almost done decoding US drone
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian experts are in the final stages of recovering data from the U.S. surveillance drone captured by the country’s armed forces, state TV reported Monday.
  5. Saudi crown prince meets Iran intelligence minister
    RIYADH — Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz met with Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi on Monday at a time of strained relations between their two Gulf states, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
  6. Bahrain’s diabetes ranking drops
    Cases of diabetes in Bahrain have dropped considerably, with the kingdom dropping to eighth position globally in terms of the spread of the ailment, a recent study has said.
  7. Iraq to buy 18 more US F-16 warplanes
    WASHINGTON — The United States plans to sell Iraq 18 more F-16 fighter jets as Baghdad seeks to secure its airspace after the full withdrawal of US forces this month, a US official said Monday.
  8. Bahraini 6-day-old Girl Martyred with Poison Gas by Al-Khalifa Regime + Tragic Photo
    Bahraini activists said the six-day-old baby ‘Sajida Faisal Javad’ martyred of asphyxia from inhaling tear gas fired on protesters in a residential area near the capital Manama on Thursday.
  9. Iran, Iraq swap 93 bodies from 1980s war
    The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq have exchanged the remains of 93 soldiers killed during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
  10. Iran Is Asked to Return U.S. Drone
    President Obama said on Monday that the United States had asked Iran to return an American surveillance drone that the Iranians say they captured on Dec. 4. It was Mr. Obama’s first public comment about the drone, a remote-controlled spying aircraft, in a case that has raised American tensions with Iran.