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US-led air strikes have cut IS oil revenues: US military WASHINGTON: US-led coalition air strikes against Islamic State oil facilities have cut the militant group's oil revenues by about 30 percent since October, a coalition spokesman said on Wednesday.In October, the U.S. military launched an intensified effort to go after oil infrastructure controlled by Islamic State, dubbed "Tidal Wave II."That effort has consisted so far of 65 air strikes, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led campaign, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, said in a news briefing."We assess this operation has reduced their revenue by about 30 percent," Warren said. Islamic State was producing 45,000 barrels of oil per day prior to the campaign, compared to about 34,000 bpd now, Warren said.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Iran DOHA: Qatar has recalled its ambassador to Iran following an attack on the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, state media in Doha said on Wednesday."Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled today Qatar's Ambassador to Tehran following the attacks on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Tehran and general consulate in Mashhad," said foreign ministry director, Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Hamar, quoted by the Qatar News Agency.The response by Doha is similar to action ...

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Iranian diplomats have left Saudi Arabia: state media RIYADH: Iranian diplomats have left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom severed all ties with Tehran following attacks on its mission in the Islamic republic, Saudi state media said on Wednesday.The staff of the Iranian embassy in Riyadh and those of the consulate in Jeddah left "on board a private Iranian plane," state news agency SPA reported.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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25 Iraq fighters killed thwarting IS assault: commander BAGHDAD: At least 25 Iraqi fighters have been killed repelling a major three-day offensive by the Islamic State group in the western region of Haditha, security sources said Tuesday."We have given 25 martyrs in 72 hours," a tribal commander, Sheikh Abdallah Atallah, told AFP by phone from Haditha, an area that includes a key dam and has held off IS since 2014."It was one of the biggest offensives we have seen. It came from three ...

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Arab League to hold emergency talks on Iran-Saudi row CAIRO: The Arab League will hold emergency talks at the request of Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss attacks in Iran on the kingdom's embassy and consulate, its deputy head said.The weekend talks are aimed at "condemning the violations committed by Iran against the sanctity of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad," Ahmed Ben Helli told reporters on Monday.The meeting, which comes after Saudi Arabia broke off ties with the Islamic ...

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Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of stoking regional 'tension' TEHRAN: Iran's foreign ministry accused Saudi Arabia of stoking regional tension Monday after the kingdom gave Iranian diplomats 24 hours to leave the country."Saudi Arabia sees its life in pursuit of crises and confrontations and attempts to resolve all of its internal problems by exporting them to the outside," said a ministry spokesman in Tehran.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Iran 'sponsors terror', has 'no shame': Saudi RIYADH: Saudi Arabia accused Iran of sponsoring terror and undermining regional stability, as a diplomatic spat between both countries escalated Saturday over the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shia cleric. "The Iranian regime is the last regime in the world that could accuse others of supporting terrorism, considering that (Iran) is a state that sponsors terror, and is condemned by the United Nations and many countries," said a foreign ministry spokesman in a statement carried ...