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South Korea's construction in the Middle East played a vital role in helping the country's economy to rebound from its oil crisis. It also led to more ... Turkey joined the Korean War, which was between North and South Korea, under the UN command to support South Korea. The Turkish army sent a brigade of ...
The evolution of the Syrian conflict from peaceful uprising to civil war to regional proxy war with jihadis and great powers in between has produced a staggering level of complexity that has even made it hard to ascertain who is fighting whom, on whose behalf, and why. Syrians have paid an unimaginable ...

Follow the series and download episodes for free on Apple Podcasts. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the region has been unstable. And the past decade has been a period of change and instability in the wider Middle East. But where does an emerging power like the UAE fit into this? Ayham Kamel ...
UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (Xinhua) -- UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Thursday warned of the danger of another war in the Gaza Strip after weeks of violence on the border with Israel. "This combination of the security, development and humanitarian ...
Another destructive war between Israel and Hezbollah has been a real possibility since the second Lebanon war in July/August, 2006. Many pundits assert that another war is “inevitable” or that the parties are “on the brink” of a devastating confrontation. Others conflate the Syrian and Lebanese theaters ...
The United States Senate has confirmed CIA director Mike Pompeo, the hawkish former Kansas congressman, as secretary of state. He replaces Rex Tillerson, who was fired via Twitter on March 13. As a former Middle East analyst at the State Department, I believe that having Pompeo as America's top ...

Amid the crises, alliances, proxy wars, obscure happenings, the shift in the balance of powers, including the withdrawal of international powers, the future of the Middle East and the wider region is opening up various possibilities. In the main, the prospect is for further deterioration, especially in light of ...
Israel did not claim responsibility, but the raid was widely seen as its first direct attack on Iranian assets and a worrying sign of how Syria's seven-year conflict could escalate into a wider regional war. The Middle East is mired in what the International Crisis Group calls a dangerous "gap in perceptions that ...
With so many crazy contradictions illuminated by the rocket's red glare and the bombs bursting in air over Syria on Friday night — the lack of any coherent American or allied policy in that nation's ruthless 7-year civil war, the lack of any legal justification for the United States to attack the regime of the ...
Power struggles in Lebanon have traditionally been between Shiite Muslims, Sunni Muslims and Christians, says Randa Slim, director of conflict resolution at the Middle East Institute. Now Hariri has begun to position himself in a governing alliance with Lebanese President Michel Aoun – a contentious ...
This mainly symbolic display of military might will intensify geopolitical conflicts in the region and internationally, bringing the world closer to a wider war--and it sets the stage for Trump and his war cabinet to ramp up hostilities with Iran and North Korea in the weeks and months to come. The U.S.-led attack ...
BEIRUT: Syrian air defense systems intercepted incoming missiles just after midnight Tuesday morning in a raid that the Hezbollah run War Media Center reported was targeting the Shayat airbase in Homs. you've reached a subscriber-only article. Sign up now and access the full breadth of The Daily Star ...
The addition of uber-hawkish fresh faces to President Donald Trump's national security team raised justifiable worries that the president was assembling a “war cabinet.” But as the limited targets of the U.S. missile strikes against Syria on Friday show, a continuation of the essence of Trump's foreign policy ...
This mainly symbolic display of military might will intensify geopolitical conflicts in the region and internationally, bringing the world closer to a wider war--and it sets the stage for Trump and his war cabinet to ramp up hostilities with Iran and North Korea in the weeks and months to come. The U.S.-led attack ...
Clearly, with the U.S. fighting in six countries, Commander in Chief Trump does not want any new wars, or to widen any existing wars in the Middle East. But he is being pushed into becoming a war president to advance the agenda of foreign policy elites who, almost to a man, opposed his election. We have ...
asked the American nation hours before they entered into a complex war in middle east, by launching deadly missile strikes into Syria. ... embroiling the world's leading power in a complicated domestic fight with even greater international repercussions that some are warning could launch a third world war.
No two wars or crises are alike, but there's an easy comparison between the standoff in the Middle East and that on the Korean peninsula. The North Koreans know they have China on their side. Yes, China's President Xi Jinping, unlike Russia's President Vladimir Putin, does not want conflict in Korea to ...

To find a situation comparable to the Middle East today, with so many involved countries, and so many interrelationships between internal and external political issues, one has to go back to World War I, not an entirely comforting thought. The situation right before that war had many distinct yet related ...
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such "chaos" that it has become a threat to international peace and security -- and Syria "represents the most serious threat." The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the ...
Syrian rebel groups have pulled out of more towns in the Eastern Ghouta, as the government tightens it grip on the enclave outside Damascus. Buses carrying fighters, their families and others left the area late on Saturday, leaving the city of Douma as the last rebel-held stronghold. The evacuations followed a deal between ...
Remarks to Media: Geert Cappealaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, returning from a field visit to Yemen [EN/AR] ... I wanted to also share with you the impact that three years of brutal war and decades of chronic underdevelopment is having on 11 million Yemeni boys and ...
The US military likes to leave souvenirs around the countries it favours, but under Obama and now under Trump they have tried hard to turn away from the Middle East. You can make the argument that Russia, purveyor of air support, diplomatic muscle and Cyrillic baseball caps, has become the region's ...
The anti-diplomacy, pro-torture, pro-war initiatives they have supported have cost lives and created instability in the Middle East to the detriment of US ... Trump would need the unlikely approval of Congress for any major intervention, but the intervention does not have to be on a regular armed conflict.
John Bolton remains a keen enthusiast for regime change in the Middle East. In January, while still a pundit for Fox News (one wonders if, in Trump's reality TV show of a White House, he will be allowed to keep that role), he argued that not only should the president tear up the Iran nuclear deal and resume ...
Around dinner tables and cafes in Beirut these days, discussions are increasingly turning to one topic: the likelihood of another war with Israel. It has been an ongoing debate for several years now, gaining renewed vigor each time Israeli and Hezbollah leaders publicly promise to inflict more harm on each ...
At a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, on 21 March 2018, War Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented that the possibility of conflict is breaking out. He said that the Zionist soldiers may have to operate deep in Lebanese territory and manoeuvre on the ground on ...
The United States needs to determine its goals and priorities in the Middle East. For instance, will Washington choose to maintain a military presence in Syria, and if so, to advance what objective? Alternatively, will the United States choose to focus on the humanitarian fallout from the war? Or will regional ...
After US president Donald Trump fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, March 13, many analysts have focused on how this high-level ouster took place: unceremoniously, on Twitter, not in a face-to-face meeting. As a former Middle East analyst at the State Department, though, I think the real drama of ...
The UAE foreign minister is not known for his expertise in Ottoman and World War I history, nor is the memory of the 16th-century Ottoman conquest of Egypt recent enough to impact on ... Selim I came to Egypt as a conqueror in circumstances of fierce conflict over the future of the Arab–Islamic Middle East.
Fifteen years ago this month, the United States spearheaded a fantastically bloody war on Iraq as part of its ongoing effort to ensure the Iraqi nation's ... As it turned out, the Americans had failed to read up on bathroom traditions in the Middle East, or to realise that in many parts of the world, defecation is not ...
Turkish-backed forces have taken full control of the centre of the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin. Fighters waved flags and tore down the statue of a legendary Kurdish figure after claiming the city centre on Sunday. The two-month Turkish-led operation aimed to rid the border region of a Kurdish militia that ...
... as they evacuate from the town of Jisreen on Saturday. Many women have been abandoned by or separated from their husbands during the war. .... Ostensibly their situation is another outcome of war and their only solace is that they survived at all. But for most of them survival offers no comfort, with their ...
But I believe he understood, as many other policy analysts did, that backing out of the nuclear deal would destabilize the Middle East – and potentially put the world at risk – because Iran ... I doubt Mideast war is the outcome Pompeo and Trump would seek by ending the Iran deal, but it may be just the disaster they create.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz is to become the first high-ranking official from the Middle East to visit Washington after ... recently fired his country's top military leaders in a move seen as a sign of frustration with the stalemate in the war against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in ...
With shock and awe, we attacked and invaded Iraq, supposedly in order to destroy WMD, liberate the Iraqi people, establish democracy and win our global war on terrorism. Our troops are still there and still being deployed there. And in Afghanistan. And in other war-ravaged countries of the Middle East.
After U.S. president Donald Trump fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, many analysts have focused on how this high-level ouster took place: unceremoniously, on Twitter, not in a face-to-face meeting. As a former Middle East analyst at the State Department, though, I think the real drama of replacing ...
Saudi Arabia and its adversaries in Yemen's armed Houthi movement are holding secret talks to try to end a three-year-old war that has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis, diplomats and Yemeni political sources said. A Saudi-led coalition is fighting to counter the influence of Riyadh's arch-foe ...
More than half of the country's prewar population, some 12 million people, have fled Syria or been internally displaced, prompting a refugee crisis. To mark the seventh anniversary of the start of the war, Al Jazeera looks back at some of our best documentaries charting the conflict's many faces, from political ...
Seven years ago, Syrians inspired by Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt protested in Damascus and other Syrian cities, calling for democratic reform. The demonstrations, modest rather than massive, were dispersed by security forces. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, which overthrew their presidents, ...
According to the newspaper, many Syrian children have lost their relatives or parents in the war, and need people to take care of them. Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional director of the Middle East and North Africa said “the Syrian war has left many children with disabilities, and there is no end to their ...
Tillerson has been strongly critical of Iran, condemning its regional aggression and its meddling in the Syrian civil war. But I believe he understood, as many other policy analysts did, that backing out of the nuclear deal would destabilize the Middle East – and potentially put the world at risk – because Iran ...
Of Syria's estimated 10 million children, 8.6 million are now in dire need of assistance, up from about half a million after the first year of war. .... incredible, unacceptably brutal impact upon children,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa told The Associated Press.
Senate Democrats on Tuesday questioned the Trump administration's failure to appoint ambassadors to numerous countries in the Middle East amid concern over escalating violence in Syria. “In terms of diplomacy ... isn't the lack of ambassadors in the area, the lack of sufficient diplomatic capacity in this ...
Weapons imports to the Middle East and Asia have boomed over the past five years, fuelled by war and tensions in those regions, a new study showed on Monday. In the period between 2013 and 2017, arms imports to the conflict-ridden Middle East more than doubled, jumping by 103 percent compared ...
Hezbollah rained some 4,000 rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006, while Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza have fired thousands of rockets into Israel from the south. Last month, Israel intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria during a clash that caused an Israeli F-16 warplane ...
Saudi Arabia is targeting children in the brutal war in Yemen with a "growing sense of impunity", a charity chief has warned as the country's key power player completed a high-profile visit to the UK. Killing and subjecting minors to appalling violence is becoming "normalised" in conflict zones around the ...
A UN convoy has successfully delivered aid to the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria which has been under intense bombardment, officials say. For the first time since Monday, food supplies got into the town of Douma, the Red Cross said. It follows a pause in Syrian government air strikes overnight, with the ...
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Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam has agreed to evacuate jihadist fighters being held in its prisons in besieged Eastern Ghouta, a statement says. The group says the decision was made in consultation with a delegation that entered with a UN aid convoy. The Syrian government has stepped up efforts to ...
(March 8, 2018 / JNS) The Israeli and U.S. militaries are in the midst of a large-scale missile-defense exercise, designed to simulate responses to a Middle East war on multiple fronts. The scenario at the heart of the planned, biannual drill involves the Israeli home front coming under heavy enemy fire from several directions ...


 

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