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Idlib - air strikes that hit a school in rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children's agency UNICEF said Wednesday.
The geniuses who brought you the Iraq war are at it again: Washington's bipartisan foreign policy elite are pushing for renewed influence in the next administration, says Robert L. Borosage.

Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, which has received funding from Saudi Arabia, the major financial force providing billions in arms to upend Assad and install a Sunni caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria.
Kaplan is one of the most influential "embedded journalists" of Washington and bears responsibility for the millions of dead and wounded in the Middle East in the "war on terror". In November 2001, while working as a journalist for the Atlantic, he ...
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Martin S. Indyk, executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, answer questions from the audience, ...
Speaking on the BBC's Daily politics last week, the Middle East minister, Tobias Ellwood, said that the Saudi-led coalition air attack on the Sanaa funeral was a case of "deliberate error" and a "gross breach of standard operating procedure".

The use of smoke in warfare is likely as old as war itself but the masks and technology available to Iraqi forces in this conflict leave civilians, especially children, the most vulnerable.
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would "lead to World war Three," because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia. In a Reuters interview ...
Tensions between Russia and the West almost reached a breaking point over the weekend after Russia sent a fleet of warships through the English Channel in the North Sea on Friday.
Did Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, actually read the full text of the Unesco resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger?
Syria, Iraq and Yemen are caught up in war. Turkey and Jordan are inundated by refugees. Russia has reasserted itself as a major player in the region.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has vowed that the next Gaza will be the last, in an interview with Al-Quds newspaper. The interview itself has been the subject of criticism, with some Palestinians saying the newspaper should not have ...
NEW YORK // A new economic initiative for the Middle East - much like the Marshall Plan for Europe after the Second World War - is the only way to tackle the root causes of extremism and decisively defeat ISIL, said a former senior US general. John ...
Mayor of Iraqi city says Friday's strike hit a funeral procession, killing 17; Russian defense ministry places blame on U.S.-led coalition jet.
Into this menacing atmosphere steps Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the U.S. Here is some of what she says in aninterviewon Oct. 12, headlined "Jill Stein: Trump Is Less Dangerous Than Clinton; She Will Start Nuclear war With ...
The head of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday accused pro-Syrian government forces of committing war crimes in their assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, as UN-organised medical evacuations due to take place on Friday morning were ...
rebel-held areas of Aleppo - home to 250,000 civilians - have faced the most intense air campaign of Syria's six-year-long civil war since a seven-day ceasefire broke down last month. The Russian and Syrian air force strikes have killed around 500 ...

Her family are among the thousands who fled the city just before the October 17 start of an offensive by the Iraqi Army and the US-led anti-IS coalition to retake the city from jihadists.
Despite Kerry's words, the Pentagon intensified the war on Oct. 13, when the USS Nitze, a U.S. Navy destroyer, fired "Tomahawk" cruise missiles at Ansarullah-controlled coastal radar sites in Yemen, aiming to disable them.
While all around this little jewel, the Middle East burns - Syria, the occupied West Bank, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, increasingly Egypt and, alas, Turkish Kurdistan - Lebanon glistens brightly in the darkness, largely untarnished by the horrors on the other ...
Shehadi said the Middle East and the Muslim world is far more complex than one can hear from experts and mainstream media in the United States.
Tampa - On the first full day of the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, the former head of U.S.
Russia has announced a "humanitarian pause" in its bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Moscow said it would halt operations in Aleppo on Thursday for an eight-hour span between 08:00 (05:00 GMT) and 16:00.
The West is feverishly seeking someone to blame for the catastrophic situation in the Middle East. Following on from John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced his intention to request that the International Criminal Court ...
Washington and its allies are using the Syrian crisis to play politics, instead of providing real solutions, Vladimir Putin told French TV.
On October 11, the Syrian Army and its allies continued to conduct military operations in Aleppo with the most intense clashes were ongoing south of the Awijah neighborhood and in Sheikh Sa'eed where the army stormed the Sheikh Sa'eed Hill.
Into this menacing atmosphere steps Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President of the U.S. Here is some of what she says in aninterviewon Oct. 12, headlined "Jill Stein: Trump Is Less Dangerous Than Clinton; She Will Start Nuclear war With ...
The head of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday accused pro-Syrian government forces of committing war crimes in their assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, as UN-organised medical evacuations due to take place on Friday morning were ...
This impoverished country, south of Saudi Arabia along the straits between the Red and Arabian seas, is at the epicenter of the shifting international order in the Middle East. Yemen is in the middle of a civil war. Since the beginning of October, the ...
A U.N. panel of experts has found evidence of "well-established networks" of arms suppliers in Eastern Europe and the Middle East that are fueling the war in ...
Despite Kerry's words, the Pentagon intensified the war on Oct. 13, when the USS Nitze, a U.S. Navy destroyer, fired "Tomahawk" cruise missiles at Ansarullah-controlled coastal radar sites in Yemen, aiming to disable them.
While all around this little jewel, the Middle East burns - Syria, the occupied West Bank, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, increasingly Egypt and, alas, Turkish Kurdistan - Lebanon glistens brightly in the darkness, largely untarnished by the horrors on the other ...
The most common answers do not explain Israel's ability to garner support in parts of the world where the Israeli lobby or the fervour of Christian Zionists are non-existent: In India, states in Latin America and Africa, even in the Middle East, Israel ...
There was even a short-lived moment when it seemed Iran was poised to predominate in the Middle East. This was right before the Syrian civil war broke out, as I explain below. That chance collapsed, and Iran has been consigned to a secondary regional ...
Tampa - On the first full day of the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, the former head of U.S.
Russia has announced a "humanitarian pause" in its bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Moscow said it would halt operations in Aleppo on Thursday for an eight-hour span between 08:00 (05:00 GMT) and 16:00.
The West is feverishly seeking someone to blame for the catastrophic situation in the Middle East. Following on from John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced his intention to request that the International Criminal Court ...
The US has accused Russia of war crimes because of its support for the bombing of Aleppo. Moscow has suggested Washington is not really trying to isolate Islamist extremists from more moderate opposition groups.
Our good ally Saudi Arabia, implicated in 9/11, known to support jihadis throughout the world, known to support ISIS in the Middle East, committing war crimes and crimes against civilians in Yemen, with an archaic fundamentalist tribal government, ...
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a news conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades (unseen) at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, October 11, 2016.
The statement explained that the family left their home in the Middle East as their father feared for their safety, but now he feared for their safety in Limerick where he had been seeking refuge.
Otherwise, war is merely 'humanitarian bombing' and the media send engaging photos depicting how successful our heroes are in spreading democracy while they destroy Belgrade, Baghdad or Tripoli," he said.
"In the old days, you know when you had a war, to the victor belong the spoils," he told George Stephanopoulos in 2011, referring to Iraqi oil.
The US launched retaliatory strikes against Yemen in response to missile attacks on the U.S.S. Mason, escalating its involvement in yet another war in the Middle East. American forces are supporting the controversial Saudi-led war against the Iranian ...
On Saturday, an air strike in the Yemeni capital killed 140 people at a funeral hall, in one of the worst single incidents of violence in the 18-month-old civil war between the exiled Yemeni government and Houthi rebels who are in control of the capital.
Washington and its allies are using the Syrian crisis to play politics, instead of providing real solutions, Vladimir Putin told French TV.
A new major conflict between two important U.S. allies in the Middle East threatens to jeopardize the war effort against Islamic State in Iraq, the Pentagon warned Tuesday.
On October 11, the Syrian Army and its allies continued to conduct military operations in Aleppo with the most intense clashes were ongoing south of the Awijah neighborhood and in Sheikh Sa'eed where the army stormed the Sheikh Sa'eed Hill.
BAE Systems is in discussions with Saudi Arabia over a multi-billion pound arms contract, according to an announcement on Thursday.


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