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Top diplomats to join Iranian nuclear talks by weekend: diplomatic source

VIENNA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Some foreign ministers of the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are expected to meet here on Friday to promote the final round of Iranian nuclear talks, diplomatic source told Xinhua on Monday.


Diplomats: Iran nuke talks make little progress

VIENNA - Talks over Iran's nuclear program are making little headway, with Tehran resisting US-led efforts to crimp activities that could be turned toward making weapons, diplomats said yesterday.


Shi'ite cleric Sadr wants Maliki's bloc to choose new Iraq PM candidate

(Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition should withdraw its support for his third term bid and pick another candidate, urged Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, amid parliamentary deadlock over the formation of a new government.

Maliki has come under mounting pressure since Islamic State extremist militants rampaged through the north and west of the country last month and declared a mediaeval-style caliphate on land they and other armed groups captured in Iraq and Syria.In a statement published on his website late on Saturday, Sadr said Maliki "has involved himself and us in long security quarrels and big political crises" and suggested that preventing Maliki from serving a third term would be a "welcome step".


Iranian regime Qods Force warns Iraqi groups to unite behind Maliki

Iran will help Iraq overcome its current security crisis and will not allow the fall of Baghdad, a senior Iranian military leader has pledged in secret talks with the Iraqi Shi-ite coalition.

Details of the meeting from June 22 to 25 were revealed by a leading figure in Shi'ite Moqtada al-Sadr group in a report by Kuwaiti Daily al-Seyassa.


Iraqi Sunni tribal rebels advancing on Baghdad, says spokesman

Baghdad (Asharq Al-Awsat) —Anti-government Iraqi Sunni tribes are marching on Baghdad with the objective of toppling Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and forming a national “salvation” government, a tribal spokesman told Asharq Al-Awsat.

Abu Abed Al-Naimi, spokesman for the “Iraqi Tribal Rebels,” said: “Our aim is to topple Maliki’s government, end Iran’s intervention [in Iraq] and form a salvation government.


Allawi warns Iraq could be 'dismembered' unless Al-Maliki leaves

ISTANBUL(Reuters): Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi (pictured), called on incumbent Nouri Al Maliki yesterday to give up his bid for a third term in power or risk the dismemberment of Iraq.


Iranian regime IRGC pilot killed in Iraq

An Iranian pilot has been killed  in Iraq, state-run IRNA news agency reported on Saturday. This is the first report by state-run media on military casualty of the Iranian regime during fighting militants in Iraq.

The report said Colonel Shoja’at Alamdari Mourjani was killed last week in Iraqi city of Samera.


Why Iraq is imploding?

By: Ali Khedery*, Source: The Washington Post
To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki — and why the US has supported him since 2006.

I have known Al Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have travelled across three continents with him. When Al Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the US ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for prime minister. In 2008, I organised his medevac when he fell ill, and I accompanied him for treatment in London, spending 18 hours a day with him at Wellington Hospital. In 2009, I lobbied sceptical regional royals to support Al Maliki’s government.


'For Suleimani, Iraq is a lose-lose situation'

"Qassem Suleimani, the supposed strategic genius of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, has blundered disastrously. By overreaching in Iraq and Syria and triggering a violent reaction, Iran now faces dangerous instability on its border for years to come," writes Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.


Amnesty International calls for the release of political prisoner on hunger strike in Iran

Amnesty International has called for the unconditional and immediate release of Latif Hasani, a political prisoner on hunger strike in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj. Mr. Hasani who is serving a nine-year prison term has been on hunger strike since may 18 in protest at the treatment of political prisoners in Iran.


Yemen: Seven Iranian regime military intelligence experts arrested in 2013

At least seven Iranian regime's military and intelligence experts have been arrested since January in different locations around Yemen, a top Interior Ministry officials told Yemen Post.

Last month, President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said that the Iranian regime is meddling within the country's affairs.


Iran: 7 IRGC members killed in Syria buried in Iran in 9 days

NCRI - At least seven members of the Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guards Corp who have been killed fighting against Syrian people have been buried in a number of cities across Iran.

Three IRGC members, Reza Mirzaei, Abbas Alizadeh and Seyed Hossein Mousavi were buried in the northeastern city of Mashhad on July 3.


Video: Senator Menendez demands protection for Camp Liberty Iranians

NCRI - United States Senator Robert Menendez has demanded that the residents of Camp Liberty be able to live without fear of terrorist attacks and are protected by the Iraqi government and the West.

The Democrat politician and Chairman of the US Committee on Foreign Relations also praised the important role of the MEK (The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran - PMOI) in exposing the 'duplicity' of the Iranian regime, which he branded a state sponsor of terrorism and a destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East.