Middle East

Trump Warned Saudis Off Military Move on Qatar

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates considered military action in the early stages of their ongoing dispute with Qatar before Donald Trump called leaders of both countries and warned them to back off, according to two people familiar with the U.S. president’s discussions. The Saudis and Emiratis were looking at ways to remove the Qatari regime, which they accused ...

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Trump Has Dropped Record Number Of Bombs On Middle East

President Donald Trump spoke at the UN on Tuesday about fighting terror but his bombs speak a lot louder than his words.  The United States has dropped a record number of bombs on the Middle East, roughly 10 percent more under Trump than his predecessor, thanks in part to Trump granting the military greater autonomy to conduct airstrikes. The U.S. strategy against ISIS is now defined ...

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Iraq’s top security body rejects Kurdish referendum – Middle East Monitor

Iraq’s National Security Council rejected late Sunday a referendum for the independence of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, citing it is “unconstitutional”. The council, chaired by Abadi, met in the capital Baghdad, said Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office in a statement. According to the statement, the council rejected the Kurdish referendum citing it is “unconstitutional.” It added that ...

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Qatar’s al-Attiyah wins 13th Middle East rally title

Qatar’s Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah has won the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) for the 13th time after winning the Rally Shiraz in Iran.The defending champion won the rally in Iran for the second time, having won it in 2015. Al-Attiyah’s seventh straight MERC title took him within striking distance of the record by Mohamed ben Sulayem — 14 championships.Accompanied ...

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Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts. These fighters, who have received public praise from ...

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Rapid City-based guard unit deploying to Middle East | Local

Rapid City-based guard unit deploying to Middle East | Local | rapidcityjournal.com Already a subscriber? Click on the button below to set up your account or log in if you already have one. Want to become a subscriber? Purchase a digital-only subscription now for unlimited online access to local news and information. You are ...

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Former US Ambassador to Israel speaks on foreign policy, Middle East issues – Tufts Daily

Tufts Daily Former US Ambassador to Israel speaks on foreign policy, Middle East issuesTufts DailyShapiro also discussed the broader issues of U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. He talked about how he has seen Israel change over his lifetime and its transition from a vulnerable new state to a more self-confident power in the region. Shapiro … and more »

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