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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of using its row with Tehran to "negatively affect" peace talks on the Syrian conflict.

 

Two years after the kidnapping of no fewer than 200 school girls, the government of Nigeria has awoken to the need to negotiate with the Boko Haram.

 

Where the besieging of Charlie Hebdo in Paris could capture the media glare, and for long, the western ignorance of Boko Haram, another lethal Islamic terror organisation, was conspicuous by the wilful ignorance that was casted on it. We should care and investigate the crimes of injustice when we know for a fact it is a reality, even though is it not directly concerning us, writes Tuva Julie E. Smith for South Asia Monitor.

 

Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

 

Saudi Arabia’s alleged 34-nation Islamic alliance against terrorism is neither a game changer nor a serious attempt at combating Islamist terrorism.

 

It would be in Tehran’s interest to stop playing into Riyadh’s plans to ratchet up tensions in the region

 

The scenario in the Middle East is changing fast and at the centre of it is neither the United States or the coalition of countries it leads nor Russia but Saudi Arabia, the Wahabbi country which had so long acted as the source and ultimate prop of many Islamist activities in the Arab world, writes Amitav Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 


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