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Bergen: It wasn't Trump but this general's elite soldiers who defeated ISIS

<b>Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi is virtually unknown outside Iraq, but he is a hero in his own country. When the three-star general walks into the lobby of a guesthouse in Baghdad he is quickly surrounded by well-wishers who want to take selfies with him. Iraqis know that the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Why Trump moving the US embassy to Jerusalem could finally make peace

• <b>President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make piece likelier. He's just not making a convincing argument.</b>• <b><br>The recognition helps rebuff the notion that Jews are invaders or foreign crusaders, an argument that remains an impediment to peace.</b>• <b><br>There's been no</b> …

Israel

Ethiopia has blocked social media sites as new Oromo protests hit the country

Ethiopia’s government has blocked the internet following days of protests and unease that resulted in deaths and injuries in universities and towns across the East African nation.<p>In Chelenko town in Oromia region, media reports noted the killing of 16 people aged between 15 and 60 years, including …

Africa

12/15 Links Pt2: It is time to cut off financial support to Abbas; The Uncomfortable Truth About Swedish Anti-Semitism; What if America Won a War and No One Cared?

From Ian:<p>Kevin Williamson: It is time to cut off financial support to Abbas<p>Abbas boasts that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian National …

Amid Jerusalem fallout, Trump envoy heads to Israel to try salvage peace push

WASHINGTON — Amid violent regional protests over US President Donald Trump’s decision last week to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, …

Israel

Turkey’s indigenous TFX fighter jet to fly twice the speed of sound by 2023

ISTANBUL<p>Turkey’s indigenous fighter jet TFX is set to fly at twice the speed of sound in 2023, daily Habertürk reported on Dec. 15.<p>The fighter jet’s …

Aerospace

10 unmentioned yet obvious facts about Jerusalem for clueless journalists and pundits

To all you editorial writers, self-professed Middle East exports, diplomats and others:<p>1. Trump's declaration did not destroy the peace process. …

Sultans’ bath discovered in Topkapı Palace

Ömer Erbil – ISTANBUL<p>A Turkish hamam used as a bath by five Ottoman Sultans has been uncovered during restorations in Topkapı Palace—the first and …

Archaeology

NGO tweets picture of Jews at Kotel as "Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump"

The "Institute of Middle East Understanding," which claims to be an independent organization meant to provide accurate information about the Middle …

Attempted stabbing attack near Ramallah

A terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near Ramallah on Friday afternoon.<p>According to initial reports, an IDF soldier was lightly …

Israel

CHP leader cites seven problems in Middle East

ISTANBUL<p>The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) introduced seven problem areas and related solutions for the current unrest in the Middle …

Middle East

UN blames Damascus for ‘golden opportunity missed’ at Syria peace talks

The UN envoy for Syria acknowledged on Dec. 14 that the latest round of peace talks for the war-ravaged country had failed, and blamed Damascus for …

Syria

Palestinians get really upset when Arab leaders don't fall into line

When you live your entire life knowing that you have hundreds of millions of Arabs publicly supporting your every word, you tend to get a bit …

12/15 Links Pt1: Abbas Defies Oslo Agreements, Demands Full UN membership; Jerusalem, Israel's Capital: Watch the Masks Fall

From Ian:<p>The Anti-Semitic Invective of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas<p>Palestinian President Accuses Jews of ‘Counterfeiting History and …

Boeing, Airbus Sales Imperiled as Trump Administration Formulates Iran Plan

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is advancing a strategy that could derail efforts by Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to sell hundreds of jetliners to Iranian airlines, U.S. officials said.<p>The two aerospace giants have lined up deals over the past 15 months that have been left in limbo as the White …

Iran

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union and Congress …

Middle East

Iraq hangs 38 ISIS, Al Qaeda militants in mass execution

More than three dozen ISIS and Al Qaeda militants were hanged by Iraq on Thursday after being on death row for terrorism charges.<p>The 38 executions, which took place at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, were the most in a single day since Sept. 24, when Iraq killed 42 militants due …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Turkey announces it will open an embassy in EAST Jerusalem

When Netanyahu invited other countries to follow the US and move their embassies to Jerusalem, this isn’t what he had in mind:<p><b>LA TIMES</b> – Escalating …

Israel

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen

PARIS (Reuters) - France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions.<p>The United States on Thursday presented for …

Iran

Mohammed bin Salman's ill-advised ventures have weakened Saudi Arabia’s position in the world

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is the undoubted Middle East man of the year, but his great impact stems more from his …

Middle East

Iran accuses US of trying to hide own role in Yemen war

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States on Friday of trying to divert attention from its own responsibility for the deadly war in …

Middle East

There is no place for a Hezbollah clone in Yemen

The death of Ali Abdullah Saleh has opened a new chapter in Yemen’s conflict, depriving the Zaidi militants of their once powerful ally. More than …

Middle East

Ex-minister Tzipi Livni calls for freeze on Israeli settlements

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni called for a freeze on Israeli settlements and a revival of the peace process with the Palestinians. "Peace is in the Israeli interest," she told Antoine Mariotti in Tel Aviv.

Israel

Reza Aslan’s Human God

THESE DAYS it may seem like people are abandoning religion to the fundamentalists, but they’re not. Religion has been around forever, and it’s not …

Theology