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Iran Focus

London, 19 Aug - Meetings to negotiate a new alliance have been taking place between senior officials from both Iraq and Saudi Arabia over the past six months. The discussions have focused on leading Iraq away from Iran, whose influence has grown in that country since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein. This alliance would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding war-torn Iraq, and boost Baghdad’s credentials across the region. In fact, Riyadh may play a significant role in the reconstruction of the predominantly Sunni cities of Mosul, Fallujah, Ramadi and Tikrit.

Iran Focus

London, 17 Aug - The Taliban wrote an open letter to Donald Trump advising him against sending more troops into Afghanistan would be self-destructive as the military situation is "far worse than [he] realizes".

A senior Taliban official told Reuters that they had chosen to directly address Trump on Tuesday to coincide with the White House debates on American policy towards Afghanistan.

In the letter to Trump, the Taliban wrote: "Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than the further destruction of American military and economic might.”

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London, 17 Aug - The extremist ideology exhibited by the Iranian Regime is medieval and poses a threat to nation states in the Middle East, according to a Saudi Journalist.

Mohammed Al Shaikh wrote an op-ed for Al Arabiya, entitled “Extremist ideologies bane for nation states”, in which he assesses that prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution the countries in the Middle East lived in relative harmony.

He wrote: “Since the advent of this clerical regime, sectarian strife among members of the same religious community, both in the Arab and Islamic countries, has increased. The ongoing sectarian conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen prove my statement… It is a historical fact that before Khomeini’s revolution in Iran, Arab societies lived in peace and harmony.”

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London, 17 Aug - A Saudi official announced that they have never requested Iraqi mediation in its affairs with the Iranian Regime and that any claim to the contrary was just fake news.

In a statement on Wednesday, the SPA official said: “Saudi Arabia affirms its strong stance which rejects any association in any shape or form with the Iranian regime which spreads terrorism and extremism in the region and internationally, and interferes in other countries’ matters.”

Earlier this month, comments attributed to the Iraqi Minister of Interior, Qassem al-Aaragi, suggested that during the recent visit of Iraqi Prime Minister, Haydar al-Aabadi, to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had asked Aabadi to mediate with the Iranian Regime for them.

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London, 16 Aug - The Iranian Regime is building a long-range rocket factory in Syria, according to a report on Israeli television.

The Channel 2 television news report, which aired on Tuesday, showed satellite images of the site under construction in northwest Syria near to the Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas.

It said that the construction indicated that explosives would be stored there and compared images of buildings that it said were of a rocket factory near Tehran to structures at the Syrian site to showcase the strong resemblance between them.

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