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New Islamic State group leader identified: Report

Intelligence services have identified the new leader of the Islamic State (IS) group as Amir Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Mawli al-Salbi, British newspaper The Guardian reported on Monday.

Iran's foreign minister cancels attendance at Davos summit

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  • Major General Hossein Salami addressed the members of the Majles in a closed session, the semi-official news agency reported. Salami had been due to explain the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Guards' foreign operations arm, in a January 3 US drone strike in Baghdad, ISNA reported as the session got underway.

    The projectiles were fired 30 seconds apart and explain why the plane's transponder was not working as it hurtled to the ground -- it was disabled by the first strike, before being hit by a second, said the New York Times, which published the verified security camera footage Tuesday.

    The killing of the 3 militant leaders- Laden in 2011, Al Baghdadi in 2019 and recently Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by US military has brought the spotlight back on middle east and the the Islamic ideologies that are at war with each other. India could watch from a distance but should not ignore Pakistan trying to conduct a proxy war against it.

    Iran announced Tuesday its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week, as it struggles to contain the fallout from the disaster that sparked three days of protests.

    Worse would be the likely long-term consequences: faster US withdrawal from Iraq, leaving Iraq as yet another failed state of the region, ready to host resurgence of the Islamic State, and opening the doors for China to entrench itself as a regional powerbroker, along with Russia – it has already conducted joint military exercises with Russia and Iran.

    Some state-affiliated media carried reports of the university protests, which followed demonstrations on Saturday sparked by Iran's admission that its military mistakenly shot down the plane on Wednesday, killing all 176 aboard, at a time when Tehran feared U.S. air strikes.

    Riot police fired teargas at thousands of Iranians who had taken to the streets late on Saturday in the capital and other cities, many chanting "Death to the dictator", directing their anger at Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

    To compensate for the imbalance, Iran has developed "asymmetrical" responses - ballistic missiles, deadly drones and a web of militia allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, among other things - with the aim of being able to inflict pain while avoiding the traditional battlefield.

    ​​"Our aim was not really to kill enemy soldiers. That was not important," the Guards' commander, Hossein Salami, told parliament, referring to last Wednesday's missile operation launched to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general.

    There is a strong spiritual and theological connect between Shias in J&K and Kargil with Iran. With Iranian help, Kargil Shias have set up Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust, which has now become a politically influential organisation.

    In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard.

    There is speculation that Iran may engage in some proxy action in Lebanon or Iraq

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