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6th February 2016 - The New York Times

Iranian Commander Dismisses Saudi Role in Syria

A top Iranian commander reacted with ridicule to Saudi Arabia’s suggestion that it was prepared to take part in ground operations in Syria, saying Saturday that the kingdom would not dare send troops there.

7th February 2016 - Voice of America

Turkey’s Kurdish Fight Complicates IS Battle

Turkey’s complicated and controversial fight against Kurdish factions at home and in Syria is making its battle against the Islamic State group more difficult. It also leaves Ankara in a weakened stance to combat terror, analysts say.

7th February 2016 - Reuters

Hundreds more candidates allowed to contest Iran election

Iran's powerful election vetting body, the Guardian Council, decided on Saturday to allow hundreds more candidates to take part in a parliamentary election this month, in a move that rekindled the hopes of reformists and moderates.

7th February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

North Korea’s Rocket Launch Triggers Missile-Defense Moves

North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket sparked international condemnation and prompted Washington and Seoul to formalize talks over deploying an advanced missile shield to South Korea, a move China strongly opposes.