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Turkey and Iran diverge over Syria

By: Christopher Torchia ISTANBUL — Turkey and Iran, regional heavyweights and heirs to imperial pasts, expanded trade in the past decade and papered over their traditional rivalry with diplomacy and rhetoric. Now these neighbors have staked out opposing positions in … Continue reading

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Bashar al-Assad’s Syria offers Iran a springboard into the Arab Middle East

By: Simon Tisdall The prospect of direct western military or “humanitarian” intervention, overt and covert, to speed regime change in Syria appears to be strengthening after last week’s UN debacle and the regime’s ensuing violent efforts to finish off its … Continue reading

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Chinese, Iranian press alone back UN Syria veto

The Russian and Chinese veto of the UN draft resolution on Syria is condemned in the Arab, Turkish, Israeli and even Russian press, finding support only in the official Syrian and Chinese media and pro-government newspapers in Syria’s ally, Iran. … Continue reading

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Iraq becomes dollar source for sanctions-hit Iran, Syria

By: Aseel Kami In the money changing shops dotted around Baghdad’s Karrada district, Iraqi merchants dabble in many currencies, but these days some joke that banknotes from neighbouring Iran and Syria are only worth plastering on windows as decorations. Discounted … Continue reading

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As Syria Wobbles Under Pressure, Iran Feels the Weight of an Alliance

By: Rick Gladstone As antigovernment forces in Syria’s violent uprising have increased the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down, Iran, his main Middle East supporter, also finds itself under siege, undermining a once-powerful partnership and longtime American foe. … Continue reading

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Syria and Iran influence Iraq-Turkey row

Disagreement on Syria is one underlying cause of the current diplomatic row between Iraq and Turkey, analysts say, but crucial economic ties are likely to prevent a serious escalation. Despite improving relations and rising trade between their two countries in … Continue reading

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Hardline stance on Syria to inform UN resolution

By: Patrick Martin The battle over Syria’s future shifts to New York this week as the United Nations Security Council is to debate a new resolution calling for an end to the violence in that country and a move toward … Continue reading

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Video: Free Syrian Army says it captured five Iranian soldiers

Members of the Free Syrian Army say they have taken hostage seven Iranians, five of whom were allegedly soldiers complicit in the Syrian government’s military crackdown on protesters in the opposition-controlled city of Homs. The Farouk Brigade of the FSA, … Continue reading

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Report Claims Syrian Rebels Moved Iranian Hostages to Lebanon

By: Robert Mackey A new element was added to the mystery surrounding five Iranians who were abducted by Syrian rebel fighters last month, with a report from Iran on Saturday that the men are now being held in Lebanon. Citing … Continue reading

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EU Formally Publishes New Sanctions On Syria, Iran Including Oil Ban

By: Laurence Norman and Benoit Faucon The European Union has formally published its new sanctions on Iran and Syria, confirming its moves to impose an oil embargo on Iran, to sanction the country’s central bank and to add 30 firms … Continue reading

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