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Syrian army unit oversees massive drug trade, NYT says

An investigation by the New York Times revealed an elite unit of the Syrian army has been managing the production and distribution of an addictive amphetamine popular in the Middle East.


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Clashes break out between Iran, Taliban at border

Fighting broke out on Wednesday (December 1) between Iran’s border security and Afghanistan’s Taliban over a “border misunderstanding” Iran’s Tasnim News Agency reported.


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'Ongoing wave of arbitrary detention' in Iranian Kurdistan: rights group

Four men were arrested in Iranian Kurdistan in the early hours of Sunday morning (November 14), bringing the total number of civilians detained without a warrant since Thursday to 32, a rights group said.


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Two strong earthquakes hit southern Iran, cause casualties

Two earthquakes hit near Hormozgan province’s Bandar Abbas in the southern Iran on Sunday (November 14), killing at least one person and injuring three others, according to the official IRNA news agency.


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Turkish lira breaks through barrier of 10 to the US dollar

The Turkish lira weakened to more than 10 to the US dollar late on Friday (November 12), breaking through a key psychological barrier for the first time.


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IRGC commander urged acceptance of Iraq election results: Iranian ambassador

Iran's ambassador in Iraq Iraj Masjedi said on Wednesday (November 10) that during a visit to Iraq this week Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Brigadier General Esmail Qaani encouraged Iraqi political parties to accept the results of last month’s parliamentary elections.


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Three killed in Qamishli drone strike

Three people were killed when a vehicle was targeted by a drone in northeastern Syria’s Qamishli city on Tuesday (November 9), according to a local media outlet.


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Man sets wife on fire in Iranian Kurdistan after giving birth to girl

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Monday (November 1) that a man killed his wife in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province by setting her on fire because she gave birth to a girl.


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US imposes sanctions on Iranian drone program

The US treasury department on Friday (October 29) imposed sanctions related to Iran’s drone program on two Iranian entities and four Iranian nationals.


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With Syria invasion by Turkey possible, US and Turkish officials speak

Top US and Turkish officials spoke on Wednesday (October 28) to address disagreements on multiple fronts.


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US kills al-Qaeda leader in Syria drone strike

The US killed an al-Qaeda leader in a drone strike in Syria, military official said on Friday (October 22).


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No casualties in attack on US base in southern Syria

A US base in Syria was attacked using a drone and rockets on Wednesday night (October 20), but did not result in any casualties.


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Turkish lira hits record low, with Erdogan pressuring central bank over interest rates

With the Turkish lira hitting record lows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed three members of an important monetary policy committee on Thursday (October 14).


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Four killed, six injured in Afrin explosion

Four people were killed and six others were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a vehicle detonated in the center of Afrin city on Monday (October 11), according to a local media outlet.


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5.6 magnitude earthquake hits southwest Iran

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s Khuzestan province in the southwestern part of the country on Monday (October 4), according to the United States Geological Survey.


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Woman found dead in Iran’s Kermanshah after going missing

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said on Sunday (September 26) that a 37-year-old woman was found dead in Iran’s Kermanshah Province two days after she went missing.


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Turkey's Erdogan hits out at Biden on Syria, Afghanistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday (September 23) that relations with the United States remain rocky, appearing to attribute some of the discord to Biden personally.


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SDF repels Turkish attack near Syria’s Ain Issa

The Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies attacked the village of Masa'i near Ain Issa on Wednesday (September 22)in attempt to control the strategic highway there.


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Over 1,000 historical artifacts seized in Turkey

Gendarmerie forces seized over 1,000 historical objects in an operation in Turkey's Mediterranean province of Kahramanmaras on Friday (September 17).


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