Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi officially inaugurated the “Persian Gulf Air Defense Headquarters” in the southern province of Bushehr in a bid to further tighten the country’s grip on the region.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has summoned the American charge d'affaires over the US Embassy's "liking" a Twitter message by a fugitive member of a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded a coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif defended his ministry’s policy towards Iran’s neighbors, describing Tehran’s relations with neighboring countries as a top priority for the Islamic Republic.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have taken steps towards indirect talks to defuse tensions in the Middle East, with Riyadh asking Iraq and Pakistan to speak with the Iranian leadership about deescalation, according to the New York Times.
At least 18 more people were killed in Baghdad’s overnight clashes between police and Iraqi protesters demonstrating over public services and unemployment, according to police and medical sources, as government tried to appease public anger with a new reform plan.
Fears of a monetary devaluation in Lebanon, where the exchange rate has been fixed for more than two decades, are on the increase following a dollar shortage and the downgrading of the country's sovereign credit rating.