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Islamic State claims car bomb at U.S. Consulate in Erbil

A deadly day in Iraq: Three car bombs in two cities kill at least 30

Yemen crisis day 24 : Sanaa is a ghost city, one resident says

Yemen resident : We're running out of food in Sanaa

Erbil Blast: Car Bomb Explodes Outside U.S. Consulate in Iraq, Official Says

An American is among eight people wounded when a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil, a Kurdish medical official said. Two people were killed in the blast.

Dr. Zawand Al Rasheed of Erbil's West Emergency Hospital said the eight wounded were brought to his hospital …

Middle East

Meet the Palestinians Trying to Keep Jews from the Temple Mount, Judaism's Holiest Site

After Israel’s 1967 war with five Arab armies saw it gain control over East Jerusalem, the Jewish state did something unprecedented: it returned …


Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations

WASHINGTON: Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where …

Addressing America's Challenges in the Middle East, Hillary Clinton Backs Diplomacy with Iran

In a discussion with Saban Forum Chairman Haim Saban before an audience of Americans and Israelis, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …

Middle East

'Isis' among names removed from UN list of hurricane names

'Isis' has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes as it was now deemed inappropriate because of the eponymous militant …


04/17 Links Pt1: A Hamas State of Palestine in Gaza (For Now); Hamas: It’s ‘our right’ to abduct Israelis

From Ian:
Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas's Plan: A Hamas State of Palestine in Gaza (For Now)
Palestinian political analysts believe that it is only a matter

Middle East

A Child Sex Abuse Panic In Jerusalem

What appears to be another child sex abuse panic is now ongoing in the haredi neighborhood of Sanhedria Murchevet.

Menachem Kaiser has piece in Tablet …

Child Abuse

MEMRI: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas Awards Medals Of

MEMRI Special Dispatch | 6026 | April 17, 2015
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas Awards Medals Of Honor To
Fatah TerroristsAhead of …

Middle East

Car bomb explodes outside U.S. Consulate in northern Iraq

A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomy zone.

There was no immediate word on casualties. A U.S. official said no consulate personnel or guards were killed or injured in Friday's blast. The official spoke on condition of …

Middle East

Palestinian solidarity group holds first Latin American congress in Venezuela

Venezuela has been a strong defender of the Palestinians, both under the late President Hugo Chavez and current President Nicolas Maduro.

Latin America

A time to heal

Instead of arguing over the genocide word, Turks should mend fences with the Armenians

NOTHING inflames the present like the past. When Pope Francis …


Haass: 'Tenacity' propels ISIS forward in Iraq

This week, Gen. Martin Dempsey suggested that maintaining control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, was not central to the U.S. and Iraqi …

Middle East

Never forget

Forthrightness about a past atrocity provokes a strong reaction

IN 1915 Pope Benedict XV wrote to Mehmed V, the Sultan of the Ottoman empire, saying …

Pope Francis

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah: "#Saudi lying on its successes in #Yemen & Houthis have not weakened. #Lebanon #اليمن

Winning the Peace in Iraq Is Bigger Than Winning the War

When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sat down with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the two had plenty to discuss. …

Middle East

World Bank Cuts Turkey’s Growth Outlook

STANBUL—The World Bank on Friday cut its economic growth forecast for Turkey this year to 3% from 3.5%, and warned that restoring confidence through reforms was crucial to boost investment and increase the economy’s medium-term potential.

“The unexpected inventory buildup and a series of poor …

World Bank

Israeli military networks breached by hackers: researchers

Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:13pm EDT

By Joseph Menn

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat …


Breakaway Turkish Cypriots pick leader as peace talks loom

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Uncertainty reigns as Turkish Cypriots vote for a new leader this weekend: There’s no clear favorite and no way of knowing whether …


Has the U.S. Abandoned Americans in Yemen?

Unlike China and India, the United States has conducted no large-scale evacuations of its citizens since the civil war began. Now Yemeni Americans say their relatives are stranded.

For most Americans, Yemen’s civil war is the latest flashpoint in what seems like a remote, never-ending crisis in the …

New York

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as …

There Is No ‘Good’ Shia Militia in Iraq

If the Americans want to work with Shia militias that are not too cozy with Iran, and they do, they may wind up in bed with Moqtada Sadr.

Sudden setbacks around the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq have blown a hole in the recent optimism of the Pentagon and the Baghdad government. The war against …

Middle East

US Navy Secretary Wants to Stop Using Fighter Pilots in Favor of Drones

Manned fighter jets may have a limited future. The secretary of the US Navy has announced that the new F-35 Lightning II “should be, and almost …

U.S. Navy

Iraqi PM walks back criticism of Saudi Arabia - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Author: Barbara Slavin Posted April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, concluding his first official visit to the United …

Middle East

Iran: where next on nukes and the region? - ECFR Events | European Council on Foreign Relations

Paul Pillar, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute and former CIA Intelligence Officer

Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst on Iran, International Crisis Group


Middle East

Putin’s targeted strike

The meaning of Russia’s weapons sale to Iran

HOW revealing of the unsteady allegiances in the Middle East these days that, when Russia announced on …


Why the Lausanne deal protects both Israel and Iran

Israelis don’t seem to understand that the Lausanne agreement will allow them to maintain nuclear ambiguity, while providing Iran with a last-ditch

Middle East