- Russia, Iran, Syria share same vision: Assad
Damascus (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he shares the same goals as Iran and Russia when it comes to the brutal war tearing apart his country.
- Iran summons Turkish charge d’affaires over Erdogan comments
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Turkey’s charge d’affaires on Sunday after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East, Iranian media reported.
- Iran says US drone kills 2 advisers in Iraq; US denies claim
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says a U.S. drone strike killed two of its advisers near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a major offensive is underway against the Islamic State group, but the U.S. said Monday its coalition conducted no airstrikes in the area during the time of the incident.
- Pakistan to join Saudi coalition against Yemen rebels – senior official
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday.
- Kerry Sees ‘Tricky Issues’ Pushing Iran Talks Into Deadline Day
(Bloomberg) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “tricky issues” remain to be resolved if diplomats are to meet their timetable and reach an outline agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of Tuesday.
- Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters/Ipsos poll
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Yemen strikes will continue until Hadi can rule – Saudi spokesman
RIYADH (Reuters) – Air strikes in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia will continue until Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who left the country on Thursday, is able to rule, a Saudi military spokesman said on Sunday.
- Nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars, says EU official
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A nuclear deal with Iran may spur proxy wars in the Middle East as Sunni Muslims try to counter an increasingly wealthy and powerful Shi’ite Iran, the European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator said on Monday.
- Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region’s complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there.
- Analysis: Formation of pan-Arab military force could backfire
The last time an Arab-led force marshaled armies from across the region against a common enemy –- Israel — the result was a resounding defeat that would shape the Mideast for decades to come.