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Middle East

Israeli silence on Syria is strategic

altMilitary secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday's mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach.

Al Qaeda calls on Iraqi Sunni protesters to take up arms

altAl Qaeda's Iraqi wing on Thursday urged Sunni protesters to take up arms against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, adding fuel to growing sectarian unrest in the world's fastest-growing oil exporter.

Kurdish militants dismiss Turkey withdrawal reports

altA Kurdish militant group said media reports about the withdrawal of its fighters from Turkey under a peace process to end a 28-year-old insurgency were "lies" and part of a "psychological war".

Exclusive: Iran crude oil exports rise to highest since EU sanctions

altIran's crude oil exports in December leapt to their highest level since European Union sanctions took effect last July, analysts and shipping sources said, as strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion helped the OPEC member dodge sanctions.

Pakistan admits to holding 700 militants without charge

altPakistan is holding 700 suspected Islamist militants without charge under a law that has come under fire from human rights groups, said its attorney general.

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