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PIA announces to start three weekly flights from Karachi to Najaf

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) on Thursday announced to start three weekly flights from Karachi to Iraq's Najaf city. “We are proud to be the only airline from Pakistan flying directly/non-stop to the holy city of Najaf. 3 weekly flights are starting from September 14 from Karachi with convenient connections to and from all over Pakistan,” read a PIA statement. PIA will initially operate three flights a week from Karachi to Najaf providing connections from major cities of Pakistan with convenient…

Iran vows to defend Iraq Shi’ite sites; insurgents battle for refinery

BAGHDAD: Iran's president vowed on Wednesday to defend Shi'ite holy sites in Iraq, where Sunni militants battled their way into the biggest oil refinery in what is rapidly turning into a sectarian war across the frontiers of the Middle East. Sunni fighters were in control of three quarters of the territory of the Baiji refinery north of Baghdad, an official said there, after a morning of heavy fighting at gates defended by elite troops under siege for a week. A lightning advance has seen Sunni fighters rout the Shi'ite-led…