Middle East

  • Trump's aggressive policy on Iran could complicate the US-led fight against ISIS
    Trump_aggressive_policy_on_iran_could_complicate_the_us-led_fight_against_isis 2017-09-12 05:39:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Iran’s forces, its Shi‘ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups, according to six current and former U.S. officials. The proposal was ...

  • Iran Seeks Deal for Long-Term Syria Garrison: Israel
    President_assad_is_ready_to_permit_iran_to_set_up_'long-term_military_bases'_in_syria 2017-09-11 16:00:41 UTC
    HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - The Israeli intelligence minister said on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad was ready to permit Iran to set up military bases in Syria that would pose a long-term threat to neighboring Israel. While formally neutral on the six-year-old Syrian civil war, Israel ...

  • U.S. Backed Forces and Syrian Army Advance on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor
    Forces_advance_is_deir_al-zor 2017-09-09 17:13:02 UTC
    John Davison, Rodi Said BEIRUT/AL SHADADI, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias and the Syrian army advanced in separate offensives against Islamic State in eastern Syria on Saturday, piling pressure on shrinking territory the group still holds in oil-rich areas near the Iraqi border. Syr...

  • Palestinians and Israel Compete for Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem
    Muslim_pilgrims_jerusalem 2017-08-31 15:45:59 UTC
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On any given day, Muslim pilgrims arrive at a Middle East airport on a journey to one of Islam’s holiest sites. At Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, they rub shoulders with larger groups of visitors - diaspora Jews and Christian tourists - many of them headed for the same de...

  • IAEA Rejects Trump Demands To Check Iran Military Sites
    Iaea_rejects_trump_demands_to_check_iran_military_sites 2017-08-31 19:32:28 UTC
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and so far they do not, officials say. Last week, ...

  • Turkey Purges Hundreds of Civil Servants
    Erdoganjpg-thumb-large 2017-08-25 16:25:35 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey dismissed hundreds civil servants and boosted President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the MIT national intelligence agency in two decrees published on Friday, the latest under emergency rule imposed after last year’s attempted coup. Turkey has sacked or suspended mor...

  • Turkey will never be a member of the EU under Erdogan says German FM
    Turkey_will_never_be_a_member_of_the_eu_under_erdogan_says_german_fm_sigmar_gabriel 2017-08-25 01:11:16 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Tayyip Erdogan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, accusing the Turkish president of failing to take accession talks with the bloc seriously. His remarks in an interview wi...

  • Kurds Impossible Issue for Tillerson in Turkey
    Secretary_of_state_rex_tillerson_wants_montenegro_to_be_a_member_of_nato 2017-08-23 15:24:36 UTC
    ANKARA—(The Atlantic) Before Jim Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, set off on a trip to strengthen ties with America’s allies in the Middle East and Europe, the Pentagon released a statement saying he would “look for ways to help Turkey address its legitimate security concerns,” including the f...

  • Trump Lacks Options on Pakistan's "terrorist" havens
    Trump's_infrastructure_plan_is_nothing_more_than_a_scam 2017-08-22 19:24:09 UTC
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say probably won't change Pakistan's strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington doe...

  • He Won!: US Is Moving Away From Its Anti-Assad Course
    Us_is_moving_away_from_its_anti-assad_course 2017-08-22 01:33:25 UTC
    The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. And the winner is: Assad. The Syrian president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to countries wanting to rejig their relationship with Syria. On Sunday, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad gave a...

  • Netanyahu refuses to denounce Nazis to avoid damaging Trump
    Netanyahu_refuses_to_denounce_nazis_to_avoid_damaging_trump 2017-08-21 01:50:18 UTC
    As anger mounted in Israel last week over President Donald Trump’s and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the country’s communications minister urged Israelis to prioritize their support for Trump over their denunciation of...

  • Insulting Germany Shows Why Erdogan Is Not A Democratic Leader
    Insulting_germany_shows_why_erdogan_is_not_a_democratic_leader 2017-08-08 04:25:57 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities. "Germany is abetting terrorists," Erdogan told a conference in the Black Sea prov...

  • Turkish assault will draw Kurds away from the battle vs ISIS
    Turkish_assault_will_draw_kurds_away_from_the_battle_against_isis 2017-08-07 18:17:46 UTC
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Days after a reshuffle of Turkey's top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State. Kurdish militia are spearheading an assault against...

  • Israel plans to close Al-Jazeera's offices
    Israel_plans_to_close_al-jazeera's_offices 2017-08-06 16:46:32 UTC
    Israel has announced plans to close the local offices of Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based international news network. Israeli officials have long accused the broadcaster of bias against the Jewish state. Israel's communications minister announced on Sunday that he wanted to shut down the operations...

  • Iraq Massacre: Blackwater Murder Conviction Thrown Out
    Iraq_massacre-_blackwater_murder_conviction_thrown_out 2017-08-05 07:10:37 UTC
    Former Blackwater security contractor Nicholas Slatten has had his first-degree murder conviction overturned by a federal appeals court. Nicholas Slatten was involved in the 2007 slaying of 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Four Blackwater security contractors sentenced for their part in a 2007 m...

  • Kurds in Syria sets local and assembly election dates
    Kurds_in_syria_sets_local_and_assembly_elections_dates 2017-07-30 16:00:16 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has set dates for local council and regional assembly elections, an official said on Saturday, in an apparent move to consolidate its growing autonomy. Kurdish groups and their allies control swathes of northern Syria in areas...

  • Iran interprets U.S. rhetoric as bad faith
    Iran_interprets_u.s._rhetoric_as_bad_faith 2017-07-28 17:39:56 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Friday U.S. accusations that its test of a rocket that can put satellites into orbit violated a U.N resolution and said Washington's "rhetoric" was a sign of bad faith towards Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Na...

  • Iran & Iraq signed agreement to step up military cooperation
    Iran___iraq_signed_agreement_to_step_up_military_cooperation 2017-07-23 17:54:06 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington. Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart E...

  • Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line
    Iran_announced_the_launch_of_a_new_sayyad_3_production_line 2017-07-22 16:23:52 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran. The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 miles) and travel up to 120 km (74 miles), Iranian de...

  • Iran sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges
    Iran_sentenced_a_u.s._dual_national_to_10_years_in_jail_on_spying_charges 2017-07-16 22:14:18 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian court has sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges, Iran's judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, the latest case involving dual nationals held on security charges in the country. The spokesman did not name the person or give details about ...

  • Iraq Celebrates Victory Against ISIS in Mosul
    Iraq_celebrates_victory_against_isis_in_mosul 2017-07-09 15:48:08 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over the terror group "Islamic State" which is also known as ISIS, after nearly nine months of urban warfare, bringing an end to jihadist rule in the city. ISI...

  • Turkey preparing to use military force against Syria Kurds
    Kurdish_ypg_and_syrian_democratic_forces_(sdf)__near_raqqa 2017-07-05 23:33:55 UTC
    QAMISHLI, SYRIA/ANKARA — The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a "declaration of war" which could trigger clashes within days. Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus retor...

  • Death toll from cholera outbreak in Yemen rises to 1,500
    Death_toll_from_cholera_outbreak_in_yemen_rises_to_1_500 2017-07-03 06:06:50 UTC
    The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization's (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led co...

  • ISIS is losing its "State"
    Islamic_state_-_isis_is_losing_its_%22state%22 2017-06-30 16:38:46 UTC
    MOSUL, RAQQA ( IRAQ/ SYRIA ) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pressed ISIS "Islamic State" fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Friday, while in Syria the militant group launched a counter-attack against an alliance of militias trying to oust it from its de facto capital of Raqqa. In Iraq, do...

  • The deadliest battle for Mosul and the end of ISIS's "Caliphate"
    The_deadliest_battle_for_mosul_and_the_end_of_isis's_%22caliphate%22 2017-06-25 06:32:14 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ — Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate. U.S.-trained urban warfa...