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The U.S. "war on terror" has always been a bait-and-switch scam on the American people, with Washington putting the desires of its Mideast allies ahead of defeating al Qaeda and ISIS, Gareth Porter reports for Middle East Eye. By Gareth Porter. New ...
One of the most controversial and understudied aspects of Winston Churchill's life - his involvement in the Middle East - is to be the focus of a major new permanent exhibition staged by the Imperial war Museum in London. The exhibition blends ...
US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say.
Make no mistake: After 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped. Sure, Washington traded ...
A Hezbollah fighter holds an RPG as he takes his position between orange trees, at the coastal border town of Naqoura, south Lebanon, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
In a statement released to Italy's AKI news agency on Monday, the sources said: "According to Russian sources, the number of victims of young Alawites in the war launched by the regime six years ago has reached nearly 150,000, meaning the elimination ...
The Cold War is long over. Regional rivalries between Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia have replaced U.S.-Soviet contention and Arab nationalism as the drivers of events in the Middle East. Intra-Muslim sectarian warfare is spreading. terrorism with ...
The charges of Iranian "destabilization" stem from Iran's objective position as Washington's rival for regional hegemony in the Middle East and its participation, alongside Russia, in defending the government of Syria against the US-orchestrated war ...
Despite a few qualms, the Obama administration approved $278 billion in arms sales, the most of any administration since World War II, including $115 billion to Saudi Arabia alone. And the closest Congress comes to debating arms sales is to call for ...
Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children.
Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped. Sure, Washington traded ...
FILE - In this April 11, 2017 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon. Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the ...
On his weeklong trip, Mattis will reaffirm "key U.S. military alliances, engage with strategic partners in the Middle East and Africa, and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations," the ...
The UK's attorney general is planning to go to court to demand that Tony Blair should not be prosecuted for his role in the Iraq war, according to reports. The proposed intervention from Jeremy Wright QC comes after a judge ruled in November last year ...
It happened when a vehicle loaded with food arrived and started distributing crisps, attracting many children, the BBC's Middle East correspondent Lina Sinjab said. Another vehicle then exploded. She said it was not clear how the vehicle could have ...
At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday's bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say.
Jerusalem (AP) - Christians celebrated Easter on Sunday across the Middle East, where many are struggling to maintain their embattled communities in the face of war, religious violence and discrimination. Thousands of worshippers flocked to ...
Donald Trump has made major changes to the US military presence in the Middle East since stepping in the White House two months ago, and could soon increase the US war footprint even more, MEE analysis of data shows. March, the second month of ...
A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, killing about 75 people, state media said.
By Ronald Baygents WASHINGTON, April 13 (KUNA) -- A bipartisan panel of former ambassadors and US officials with deep experience in the Middle East discussed the future of Syria on Thursday and agreed that the end of the six-year conflict is "nowhere ...
The Syrian government and rebel groups have begun an operation to move people away from four besieged towns, activists say. People from Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns in the north-west, have arrived in Rashideen, west of Aleppo, AFP ...
The protesting students argued that the U.S. has fueled destabilization in Syria and the Middle East through military attacks, funding insurgents and mercenaries, regime changes and imposing Syrian economic sanctions.
Civilians forced to eat cats in war-torn Mosul. April 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Published in: Iraq, Middle East, News. Iraqi civilians take refuge at a refugee camp as the operation to retake Iraq's Mosul from.
The goal of the project is to prevent Hamas militants from infiltrating Israel through their maze of underground tunnels, something which they tried - and have mostly failed to do - after they were caught several times, with some fighters killed ...
A week after the Trump administration made the decision to launch a cruise missile strike against Syria's Shayrat air base, it is no surprise that the attack dangerously increased tensions in the Syrian civil war and emboldened forces that aim to ...
The weekend bombing of a Syrian air force base at President Donald Trump's order was meant to send a message to Syria, Russia and the rest of the world that the U.S.
But by far the worst scars left on us as a people were left by the bloody eight-year war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. I remember the sirens, the panic, running to bunkers, people trapped under rubble.
As a private citizen and candidate, Donald Trump opposed U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Since taking office, President Trump approved two military strikes in both Yemen and Iraq in the fight against terror group Islamic State.
Ultimately, all of this only further confirms the self-defeating nature of the war on drugs. One doesn't need an advanced degree in economics to understand how the principle of supply-demand dictates market forces.
G7 nations are meeting in Italy to try to hammer out a unified approach to the Syria conflict, in the wake of last week's suspected chemical attack.
At least 36 people have died in Egypt after blasts targeted Coptic Christians on Palm Sunday. Today's attack is just the latest strike in the war on Christians in the Middle East. As Jonathan Sacks observed: 'until recently, Christians represented 20 ...
nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists and their state sponsors may not be the only threat from the Middle East. But in the coming years, it definitely ranks first on the list.
The US envoy to the UN has warned America may take further action after bombarding a Syrian air base suspected of using chemical weapons.
"The Trump administration must explain to the American people exactly what this military escalation in Syria is intended to achieve, and how it fits into the broader goal of a political solution, which is the only way Syria's devastating civil war ends ...
Still, most Americans know little about why the United States fought in World War I, or why it mattered. The "Great war" that tore apart Europe and the Middle East and took the lives of over 17 million people worldwide lacks the high drama and moral ...
Much of the peril we face today is rooted in the period during which World War I was fought. Russian communism, leaders of which still control that country, seized the opportunity war presented. Partitioning of the Middle East by World War I's victors ...
"The only reason why she is arguing that because Britain is leaving the European Union, and then Britain needs to find basically new markets to be able to boost its economy," said Catherine Shakdam, the programs director of Shafaqna Institute for ...
This past Sunday, with great fanfare, Israeli politicians and military leaders finally announced to the Israeli public - and to the country's enemies - that they had successfully layered the nation's airspace with the most sophisticated anti-missile ...
Video footage of Syrian children choking to death in agony in a chemical attack on the north-western town of Khan Sheikhoun has alarmed the international community, triggering calls for tougher actions in the war-torn country. The chemical assault on ...
Iran frequently accuses other nations of being behind tensions and terrorism in the Middle East. This is part of its classic strategy to divert attention from actual issues and to buttress its four-decade-old argument that it has enemies.
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The Sykes-Picot Agreement, also known as the Asia Minor Agreement, might seem to have little relevance in today's times, as it dates back to the World War I era. However, this agreement is still one of the major factors of unrest in the Middle East.
... fled the country and more than six million are internally displaced, the UN says. "This is the most complex and the most violent conflict in our times," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said at the conference in Brussels.
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Shortly after Trump's election, I published a long article in The Washington Quarterly arguing that Trump would find it far more difficult than he expected to change America's role in the Middle East. Enduring American interests and limitations, the ...
Organised by Standing Together, an umbrella movement consisting of pro-peace organisations and left-wing parties, the protest marked 50 years since the Six-Day war. In a statement, the movement said the action was to "protest against the continued ...
When Tony Ekman, a Swedish volunteer, signed up to fight alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) in Iraqi Kurdistan, he never thought he would one day be asked to battle against former comrades.
Early last week, news broke that Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner would be tasked with a multitude of responsibilities that sound a hell of a lot like the president was outsourcing his entire job to the kid sleeping with his favorite daughter ...
Saudi fighter pilots are to receive a pay rises of up to 60 percent, as a military campaign led by the kingdom in neighbouring Yemen entered its third year.


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