Middle East

  • U.S. backs away from commitment to Palestinian state
    U.s._backs_away_from_commitment_to_palestinian_state 2017-02-15 23:08:56 UTC
    By Luke Baker and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a longstanding bedrock of Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime...
  • United States to issue new Iran sanctions
    United_states_to_issue_new_iran_sanctions 2017-02-02 23:47:39 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump is poised to impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities, seeking to ratchet up pressure on Tehran while crafting a broader strategy to counter what he sees as its destabilizing behavior, people familiar with th...
  • Nobel laureate Malala condemns Trump’s anti-refugee policy
    Malala_global_gathering 2017-01-29 19:07:58 UTC
    In a powerful statement, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemns Trump’s anti-refugee policy. Donald Trump’s executive order which reportedly bans people from several majority-Muslim countries—along with his explicit promise to prioritize Ch...
  • Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in East Jerusalem
    Israel-palestinians_un 2017-01-22 19:28:30 UTC
    By Maayan Lubell | JERUSALEM Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements in expectation that U.S. President Donald Trump will row back on the previous administration's criticism of such pro...
  • Iraqi forces 'retake Mosul University' from ISIS
    Iraqi_forces_'retake_mosul_university'_from_isis 2017-01-14 21:33:04 UTC
    Army says it has seized strategic university complex used as base by ISIS fighters following two days of fierce clashes. By Isabel Coles and John Davison (Reuters) | MOSUL, IRAQ/BAGHDAD Iraqi special forces drove back Islamic State militants...
  • Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_push_further_into_northeast_mosul 2017-01-11 23:56:40 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in eastern Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on Wednesday, military officials said, keeping up the momentum of a renewed offensive in the jiha...
  • Israeli Settlements are Illegal.
    Obama_un 2016-12-28 22:08:29 UTC
    Israeli officials are vowing to build thousands of new settlement homes on occupied Palestinian land, in defiance of a United Nations resolution passed Friday condemning such construction as a "flagrant violation under international law." The Secu...
  • BREAKING NEWS:Russian rescue team finds suspected crash site of missing plane in Black Sea near Sochi coast: Interfax
    Russian_military_plane_crashes_en_route_to_syria_with_92_on_board 2016-12-25 09:00:59 UTC
    (Reuters) - A Russian Defence Ministry TU-154 plane that had disappeared from radar over the Black Sea with 92 people on board has crashed, and it was unlikely there would be any survivors, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday. A rescue ...
  • United States has abandoned Israel after U.N. vote: Steinitz
    U.s._has_abandoned_israel_after_u.n._vote 2016-12-24 09:37:23 UTC
    (Reuters) - Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Friday the United States had abandoned Israel by abstaining in a United Nations Security Council vote which adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. "This is not a ...
  • Putin ordered increased security at all Russian missions
    Putin_ordered_increased_security_at_all_russian_missions 2016-12-20 09:21:58 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire. Pre...
  • Assad Says Trump Could Be 'Natural Ally' In Battle Against Rebels
    Syria_conflict-_assad_hopes_for_'anti-terror_ally'_in_trump 2016-11-16 06:13:27 UTC
    Syria's Bashar al-Assad said in an interview aired on Tuesday that Donald Trump will be a "natural ally" if the US president-elect fulfills his pledge to fight "terrorists". In his first reaction to Trump's election victory last week, the Syria...
  • Syria Kurds launch campaign to take Raqqa from ISIS
    Syria_kurds_launch_campaign_to_take_raqqa_from_isis 2016-11-06 17:21:21 UTC
    By Rodi Said | AIN ISSA, SYRIA A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian armed groups said on Sunday it had launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State in Syria. The new offensive ratchets up pressu...
  • Iraqi forces retake six neighborhoods and nearing mosul airport
    Iraqi_forces_retake_six_neighborhoods_and_nearing_mosul_airport 2016-11-06 17:18:57 UTC
    Iraqi security forces drove Islamic State fighters from the center of a town just south of the militants' main stronghold of Mosul on Saturday and reached within a few km (miles) of an airport on the edge of the city, a senior commander said. ...
  • Iraqi troops battle ISIS inside Mosul
    Mosul_battle-isis 2016-11-01 16:31:27 UTC
    EAST OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces battled ISIS fighters on the eastern edge of Mosul on Tuesday as the two-week campaign to recapture the jihadists' last main bastion in Iraq entered a new phase of urban warfare. Artillery and air strikes pounde...
  • Iraqi troops broke through ISIS defenses into Mosul
    Iraqi_troops_broke_through_isis_defenses__taking_the_battle_into_mosul 2016-10-31 21:51:38 UTC
    Iraqi troops broke through ISIS defenses, taking the battle into Mosul. Advancing Iraqi troops broke through Islamic State defenses in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgents' stronghold into the city limits f...
  • Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on eastern Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_resumed_an_offensive_on_the_eastern_front_of_mosul 2016-10-31 08:23:33 UTC
    Reuters - Iraqi troops including elite counter terrorism forces resumed an offensive on the eastern front of Mosul on Monday, a military statement said, targeting the eastern bank of the Tigris river which divides the northern Iraqi city. The e...
  • Aleppo fighting spreads amid accusations of gas attack
    Aleppo__syria's_biggest_pre-war_city 2016-10-31 04:15:46 UTC
    AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels opened a new front in Aleppo as fighting spread on the third day of a major insurgent counter-attack to break the government's siege of the opposition-held part of the city, and each side accused the other of...
  • U.S. angry about Turkey's actions against the Syrian Kurds
    U.s._angry_about_turkey's_actions_against_the_syrian_kurds 2016-08-30 05:11:07 UTC
    (REUTERS) By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON The United States scrambled on Monday to get its feuding allies, Turkey and Kurdish YPG militia, to focus their firepower on ISIS "Islamic State" instead of each other after clashes that have threatened to u...
  • Turkey begins operations against ISIS and Kurdish fighter
    Turkish_tanks_roll_into_syria__pushing_islamic_state_out_of_key_border_town 2016-08-24 21:57:57 UTC
    (REUTERS) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor. ...
  • Turkish military, US airstrikes launch operation in northern Syria
    Turkish_military_supported_by_us_airstrikes_launch_operation_in_northern_syria 2016-08-24 05:17:13 UTC
    Syrian, Jarablus (REUTERS) - Turkish special forces units supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, a Turkish government press off...
  • Germany has proof Turkey's Erdogan is supporting ISIS
    Germany_has_proof_turkey's_erdogan_is_supporting_isis 2016-08-18 08:37:25 UTC
    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday defended a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups and ISIS. Turkey and Germany have had a series of disputes in recent months, just as the European Union h...
  • Russia, U.S. may join forces in Aleppo
    Russia__u.s._may_join_forces_in_aleppo 2016-08-15 18:05:37 UTC
    MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in Syria's Aleppo, according to Russian news agencies. Fighting for control of Aleppo has intensified in recent weeks and there have b...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga push to capture Mosul from ISIS
    Kurdish_peshmerga_push_to_capture_mosul_from_isis 2016-08-14 20:07:32 UTC
    REUTERS - Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a fresh attack on ISIS "Islamic State" forces early on Sunday as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants' de facto capital in Iraq, Kurdish officials said. The advance began after heavy she...
  • U.S. 'killed ISIS leader in Afghanistan'
    Peshawar__pakistan_washington 2016-08-12 21:52:56 UTC
    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The leader of Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday after the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan announced the news...
  • U.S. backed forces seized full control of Manbij from ISIS
    U.s._backed_forces_seized_full_control_of_manbij_from_isis 2016-08-12 23:40:04 UTC
    REUTERS - U.S.-backed forces say they seized full control of northern Syrian city Manbij after last Islamic State fighters pulled out. U.S.-backed forces have seized full control of northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border after the last...