Middle East

  • Trump Looks For the Arab-Israeli Alliance Against Iran
    Trump_looks_hopeful_for_the_arab-israeli_alliance_against_iran 2017-05-22 18:26:52 UTC
    JERUSALEM — U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and...
  • Ankara criticizes US over Turkey's 'brutal attack' on peaceful protesters
    Ankara_criticizes_us_over_turkey's_'brutal_attack'_on_peaceful_protesters 2017-05-22 18:10:35 UTC
    Ankara — Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. During Erdogan's visit to Washington to mee...
  • Final Phase: Iraqi Forces Close to Full Control over Mosul
    Final_phase-_iraqi_forces_close_to_full_control_over_mosul 2017-05-14 19:01:21 UTC
    Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS "Islamic State" militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat. The militants have now been dislodged fr...
  • Rouhani faces current and future challenges in Iran
    Iran_president_hassan_rouhani 2017-05-08 16:32:47 UTC
    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin | LONDON — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani's trip to the coal mine in northern Iran was all going to plan, until the crowd massed in front of his car chanting "it's a day of mourning for workers". Seconds later, shaky f...
  • Iran minister warns Saudi Arabia after 'battle' comments
    Iran_minister_warns_saudi_arabia_after_'battle'_comments 2017-05-07 19:26:29 UTC
    Iran will leave no part of Saudi Arabia untouched except holy Muslim sites if Riyadh "does anything ignorant", Iran's defense minister was quoted as saying after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran. "If the Saudis do anything...
  • Israeli Airstrikes Hit Iran's Weapon depot near Damascus
    Israeli_airstrikes_targeting_damascus_airport-_lebanese_media 2017-04-27 06:37:02 UTC
    BEIRUT — A massive blast near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday was caused by an Israeli air strike hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran ...
  • US Syria's attack "was just one step away from clashing with Russian military"
    Us_syria's_attack_was_just_one_step_away_from_clashing_with_russian_military 2017-04-26 16:01:04 UTC
    MOSCOW — The U.S. president Donald Trump's missile strike against the President Bashar Al- Assad, was just one step away from clashing with Russian military and had posed a threat to our troops, said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Sh...
  • Turkish Airstrikes Kill US-Backed Kurdish Peshmerga
    Turkish_airstrikes_kill_us-backed_kurdish_peshmerga 2017-04-25 16:28:08 UTC
    ERBIL — Five Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed in a Turkish air raid on a nearby position of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) fighters on Tuesday in northern Iraq, Kurdish sources said. The airstrikes started at 2:00 a.m. (7 p.m. ET o...
  • Turkey's Erdogan Praises Trump, Vilifies Obama
    Turkey's_erdogan_praises_trump__vilifies_obama 2017-04-20 01:23:39 UTC
    ANKARA — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump next month, hoping for stronger ties with the U.S. after being "deceived" by former U.S. President Barack Obama. Erdogan made the comments in...
  • Turkish Referendum: 2.5 Million Votes Might be Manipulated
    Turkish_referendum-_2.5_million_votes_might_be_manipulated 2017-04-19 08:29:28 UTC
    Up to 2.5 million votes could have been manipulated in Sunday's Turkish referendum that ended in a close "yes" vote for greater presidential powers, an Austrian member of the Council of Europe observer mission said on Tuesday. However Turkish a...
  • Erdogan Seeks A 'One-Man Regime', Despite 'Deeply Divided' Turkey
    Erdogan_seeks_a_'one-man_regime'__despite__'deeply_divided'_turkey 2017-04-17 17:41:34 UTC
    ANKARA/ISTANBUL — In Ankara convoys of cars honking horns clogged a main avenue as they headed toward the AK Party's headquarters, their passengers waving flags from the windows, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to g...
  • Turkish people bang pots and pans in protest at vote outcome
    Turkish_people_bang_pots_and_pans_in_protest_at_vote_outcome 2017-04-16 20:26:59 UTC
    Residents in several neighborhoods of Turkey's largest city Istanbul banged pots and pans from their windows on Sunday in a traditional form of protest as President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in a tightly-fought referendum. Residents protes...
  • Turkey Referendum: Three Largest Cities And Kurdish Southeast Set To Vote "No"
    Turkey_referendum-_three_largest_cities_and_kurdish_southeast_set_to_vote_%22no%22 2017-04-16 19:02:38 UTC
    ANKARA/ISTANBUL — Turkey's Erdogan has called prime minister, leader of nationalist opposition to congratulate them on referendum outcome. Votes for constitutional change to hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers held a narrow lead with ...
  • US dropped a GBU-43/B (MOAB) "MOTHER OF All BOMBS"
    Us_dropped_a_gbu-43_b_(moab)__nicknamed_the_%22mother_of_all_bombs%22_ 2017-04-14 05:58:27 UTC
    <h2>BREAKING NEWS:</h2><h3>U.S. 'mother of all bombs' killed 36 Islamic State militants: defense ministry.</h3> The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in eastern Afghanistan on ...
  • 51% of Turks will vote "Yes" to grant Erdogan new powers: Poll
    Poll-_51__of_turks_will_vote__22yes_22_to_grant_erdogan_new_powers 2017-04-13 08:39:33 UTC
    A narrow majority of Turks will vote "Yes" in Sunday's referendum on changing the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, an opinion poll published on Thursday showed. The April 16 plebiscite will decide on the bigge...
  • Syria Crisis: Tillerson Struggling To Establish US Leadership
    Tillerson_struggling_to_establish_us_leadership_in_syria_crisis 2017-04-11 18:25:44 UTC
    By Steve Scherer and Andrew Osborn | LUCCA, ITALY/MOSCOW U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson carried a unified message from world powers to Moscow on Tuesday, denouncing Russian support for Syria and taking up America's traditional role as lead...
  • Trump open to additional strikes on Assad's Syria
    Donald_trump_says_he_has_changed_his_position_on_assad 2017-04-10 21:06:15 UTC
    U.S. President Donald Trump is open to authorizing additional strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons again or deploys barrel bombs in the country, the White House said on Monday. "The sight of people being gassed and blown awa...
  • CIA Files Prove: US Supported Iraq's Use of Chemical Weapons Against Iran
    Cia_files_prove-_us_supported_iraq's_use_of_chemical_weapons_against_iran 2017-04-10 08:13:38 UTC
    The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes in Syria. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devast...
  • Deadly Blasts At Christian Churches In Egypt
    Deadly_blasts_at_christian_churches_in_egypt 2017-04-09 19:45:33 UTC
    By Arwa Gaballa and Ahmed Tolba | TANTA,EGYPT/CAIRO — At least 44 people were killed in bomb attacks on the symbolic cathedral seat of the Coptic Pope and another church on Palm Sunday, prompting anger and fear among Christians and troop deplo...
  • No Income Taxes In Saudi Arabia, Says Saudi FinMin
    No_income_taxes_in_saudi_arabia__says_saudi_finmin 2017-04-09 18:04:37 UTC
    Saudi Arabia's finance minister said on Sunday that citizens would not pay taxes on income and Saudi companies would not see their profits taxed under sweeping economic reforms being introduced in the oil-rich kingdom. The collapse in oil price...
  • Trump Wants “Regime Change” in Syria
    Trump_wants_the_%e2%80%9cregime_change%e2%80%9d_in_syria 2017-04-09 07:40:09 UTC
    By Timothy Gardner | WASHINGTON — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview that she sees regime change in Syria as one of the Trump administration's priorities in the country wracked by civil war. Defeating I...
  • Erdogan Vows To Go "Into Syria And Iraq To Wipe Out Kurdish Fighters"
    Erdogan_vows_to_go_into_syria_and_iraq_to_wipe_out_kurdish_fighters 2017-04-07 23:17:02 UTC
    By Daren Butler | DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY — In rallies from the Kurdish southeast to the northern Black Sea coast, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has seemed to attempt the impossible: win over Kurds with threats to make spring a "black winter" ...
  • Trump Chose The Minimum Option For Punishing Assad
    In_a_secure_room_at_trump_mar-a-lago_estate_in_florida 2017-04-07 22:21:02 UTC
    By John Walcott and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH — U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis presented Trump with three options, which were quickly narrowed to two: bomb multiple airfields or ju...
  • Bernie Sanders: It's easier to get into a war than to get out of one
    Bernie_sanders-_%22it's_easier_to_get_into_a_war_than_get_out_of_one%22 2017-04-11 03:22:58 UTC
    Sen. Bernie Sanders said he's "deeply concerned" that President Donald Trump's unilateral military action against the Syrian government will once again drag the U.S. "into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East." <...
  • Trump's First Major Foray Into The Syrian Civil War Was At Risk OF Clashing With Russian Military
    Trump's_first_major_foray_into_the_syrian_civil_war_was_at_risk_of_clashing_with_russian_military 2017-04-07 18:32:46 UTC
    By Steve Holland, Andrew Osborn and Tom Perry | MOSCOW — U.S. cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base were one step away from clashing with the Russian military, Russian Prime Minister Medvedev said, underscoring risks in President Trump...