Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 4

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has captured an Iraqi oil tanker for carrying "smuggled" fuel in the Gulf, official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Based on the video was availed to IRNA on Sunday, the vessel, carrying 700,000 liters of "smuggled" fuel to the customers in neighboring Arab states, belonged to Iraq. (Iran-Iraq-Oil Tanker)

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JERUSALEM -- Parliament members with Israel's Likud ruling party said Sunday they will only support Benjamin Netanyahu as their candidate for prime minister, "regardless of the election results."

The Likud, Netanyahu's party, released a statement saying all of its lawmakers and candidates for the Knesset, or parliament, in the upcoming September elections have signed "a unity petition." (Israel-Likud-PM)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkish military forces will enter the eastern part of the Euphrates river in Syria.

"We entered Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates," Erdogan said at an event in the northwestern city of Bursa. (Turkey-Syria-Operation)

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DOHA -- The United States and Afghanistan's Taliban group resumed their eighth round of talks in the Qatari capital of Doha on Sunday, hoping to halt 18 years of fighting, state-run Qatar News Agency reported.

According to a Taliban source, efforts were under way to organize a direct meeting between the U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Mullah Baradar, a co-founder of Taliban. (Qatar-U.S.-Taliban) Enditem

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