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.
Iran launches new air defense HQ in south
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said enemies were trying to drive a wedge between Tehran and Baghdad in a tweet on Monday following deadly unrest in neighboring Iraq.
Leader: Enemies seek to ‘sow discord’ between Iran, Iraq
Trump says ‘too costly’ to back Kurdish militia
US pulls back troops in northeast Syria, opening way to Turkish attack
Dozens of Israeli settlers have violated the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of East Jerusalem al-Quds under the tight protection of regime forces.
Over 120 settlers violate Aqsa Mosque protected by Israeli forces
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.
Turkey summons US diplomat over embassy's 'liking' Gulenist tweet
The governor of the Iraqi capital province of Baghdad, Fallah al-Jazairi, has stepped down in the wake of demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services in the country.
Baghdad governor quits amid demonstrations in Iraqi capital
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.
Iran deems ties with neighbors a top priority: Zarif
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.
Saudi Arabia, Iran take steps towards talks
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.
Iraqi govt. pledges reforms amid rising protest toll
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.
Is the Lebanese pound at risk of devaluation?

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