Pompeo to accuse Iran of Al-Qaeda links in Tuesday speech

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to use newly declassified US intelligence on Tuesday to publicly accuse Iran of ties to Al-Qaeda, two people familiar with the matter said, as part of his last-minute offensive against Tehran before handing over to the incoming Biden administration.

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Hamas arrests Palestinian for taking down banner of Iran’s Soleimani in Gaza

The Palestinian militant group Hamas arrested on Thursday a man for tearing down a banner of slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani which was put up ahead of the first anniversary of his death by the group, according to a relative of the detainee.

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China and Iran embark on joint military drills in Russia

Chinese and Russian forces will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later this month along with troops from Armenia, Belarus, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and others, China’s Defence Ministry announced on Thursday.

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Iran to arm naval forces with long-range cruise missiles

The director of the Marine Industries Organization of the Iranian Ministry of Defense, Admiral Amir Rastakari, said that the army destroyers will be equipped with a vertical launch system for long-range cruise missiles.

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Qatar and Iran – suspicious relationship and intersecting interests

Geography plays an important role in shaping the relationship between Qatar and Iran, bringing the two countries together via maritime borders in the Arabian Gulf. Accordingly, they also share close economic relations, linked to the oil and gas industries, as a large part of Qatari energy comes from a common field with Iran.

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