Middle East

Turkey ends military operation in Syria, PM Yildirim says

Turkey has now ended the "Euphrates Shield" military operation it began in Syria last August, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday.<p>In an interview with broadcaster NTV, Yildirim said the operation had been successful, and he added that any further operations would be carried out under a …

Turkey

US-Turkey deal on ISIS assault? Why that's a tough sell for Tillerson.

On the secretary of State's agenda in Ankara Thursday is the Raqqa, Syria, offensive. But his real challenge is Turkey's disappointment that Trump's …

Turkey

Germany Weighs Alternatives to Turkish Air Base

BERLIN—The German government is weighing alternative locations to Turkey for its forces involved in fighting Islamic State amid rising tensions between the two countries.<p>Berlin has identified eight possible alternatives to Incirlik Air Base in Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus, according to an official …

Turkey

Amal Clooney calls for collection of evidence of Isis atrocities

Human rights lawyer stresses importance of safeguarding evidence of massacres, gang rapes and slave markets to ensure Islamic State is held to account<p>Evidence of Islamic State atrocities needs to be collected urgently to ensure it is not lost and that those responsible for “the worst crimes of our …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Great Female Rulers of Ancient Egypt

Women in ancient Egypt had more rights than in any other ancient culture and were valued with greater respect. This is evident not only in the …

Ancient Egypt

ISIS uses terrified civilians as massive human shield in Syrian city

BEIRUT — Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State’s de facto capital …

North Africa

Isis in Egypt's Sinai beheads two elderly men for 'witchcraft' and 'apostasy' in execution video

The video was released via the islamists' Telegram communication channel on 28 March.<p>A new Isis video shows the beheading of two men who were …

Egypt

Low Oil Prices' Role in the Middle East's Geopolitical Thaw---Energy Journal

Here’s your morning jolt of news, insight and analysis on the global energy business.<p>Send us tips, suggestions and complaints:EnergyJournal@wsj.com<p>Sign up for this newsletter: http://on.wsj.com/EnergyJournalSignup<p>IRAN, GULF STATES AIM TO ERASE STRAINS<p>The downturn in oil is one reason Iran and …

Iran

Saudi Aramco's $2 Trillion Valuation Has Too Many Assumptions

Changing a tax system that has endured since the 1970s is no small matter, especially when it concerns what could be the world’s most valuable company. Saudi Arabia’s announcement on Monday that it was cutting the tax rate on large oil companies to 50 percent from 85 percent is crucial for the fate …

Oil

A Culinary Tour Of Dubai, An Unlikely Junk Food Mecca

I’ve flown halfway around the world† and one of my first observations is this: Emiratis love Cheetos. At my first lunch in Dubai, at Parker’s, an American fast food-style burger joint in the Dubai Mall, it was Flamin’ Hots, covered in red dust, sprinkled atop bowls of mac and cheese. At SALT, …

Dubai

Turkey’s Dangerous Path Away From Democracy

Authoritarian leaders have long appreciated the power of fanning fears of real or perceived enemies to garner popular support. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is good at this. He has exploited a conflict with Kurdish insurgents and a failed coup to win elections and wage a brutal crackdown …

Turkey

Shares of Turkey's Halkbank sink after executive arrested in U.S.

| ISTANBUL<p>Shares of Turkish state lender Halkbank suffered their biggest one-day fall on Wednesday after U.S. prosecutors charged a senior executive with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate sanctions against Iran.<p>Halkbank, Turkey's fifth-largest listed bank by assets, confirmed Deputy …

Turkey

Anarchist bitcoin hacker flies to Syria to join a 4-million person anarchist collective the size of Massachusetts

Amir Taaki is a well-known anarchist bitcoin hacker whose project, Dark Wallet, is meant to create strong anonymity for cryptocurrency transactions; …

Syria

Gulf Arab States Push to Develop Their Own Defense Industries

Wealthy Gulf Arab states have a warning for Western suppliers of military equipment: If they want business, they have to transfer technical knowledge to local companies that are part of a rising, home-grown defense sector.<p>Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with troops fighting in …

Saudi Arabia

Is Saudi Arabia Safe For Tourists? US Issues Travel Warning

The U.S. State Department warned Americans Wednesday to think twice about traveling to Saudi Arabia due to the risk of terrorism. The State …

Saudi Arabia

Defeated Isis leave behind only scorched earth and crucifixion stands

You can’t mistake the front line between the Syrian army and Turkey’s occupation force east of Aleppo. The Syrians drove Isis out just a month ago …

Syria

Sitting across from ‘the Ghost of ISIS’

The fight against ISIS generates a lot of headlines. But we know frustratingly little about the individuals who run the terrorist group.<p>Like Abu Islam al-Iraqi, who was at the very heart of the ISIS mission in northern Iraq. Abu Islam was an emir, a religious leader, who ran sleeper cells in …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The Latest: US envoy at Arab summit: Mideast peace possible

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local):<p>8:20 p.m.<p>Donald Trump's international envoy has told officials at an Arab summit that the U.S. president believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is possible and would "reverberate positively throughout …

Israel

Etihad Airways is giving some customers a major perk to defy the US government's laptop ban

Etihad's US bound passenger will soon have an easier time accessing the internet.<p>On Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based airline announced that first and business class passengers on all flights to the US will soon have access to loaner iPads and free WiFi.<p>"To help guests keep in touch with work, friends …

Airlines

Lawmakers Aren’t Asking A Lot Of Questions About A US Strike That Killed Hundreds

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers charged with overseeing the Pentagon and its war operations spent more time Wednesday inoculating the US military against criticism that its air strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul may have killed hundreds than asking for details about the strike.<p>Multiple members of the House …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Ex-Writer: Breitbart Broke the Law

A Breitbart News writer complained to the DOJ that the media site was allegedly cutting shady deals with its landlord, a wealthy Egyptian politician.<p>A former Breitbart News writer alleged the site was acting as an illegal influence operation for its Washington, D.C. landlord, an obscure Egyptian …

Government

U.S. envoy to U.N.: Syria's Assad 'hindrance to moving forward'

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said on Wednesday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is a "big hindrance in trying to move forward" to find an end to the country's six-year conflict.<p>"I'm not going to go back into should Assad be in or out, been there, done that, right, in …

Syria

Dick Cheney lashes out at Russia for “act of war” as neocons try outreach to liberals

Former vice president and leading neocon hawk joins bipartisan coalition comparing Russian hacking with bombing<p>Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the few elite Republicans who endorsed Donald Trump for president early in the 2016 campaign cycle, is speaking out against the Russian government …

Russia

King Oil Is Dead; Long Live The King, Part 2: Drill, Baby, Drill

North American oil producers are leaner than they used to be, as technological advances have lowered breakeven levels.<p>North American well drill …

Oil

Iran provides a rare moment of bipartisanship

At Monday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Iran there was, given the political environment, rare and welcomed unanimity. Ranking member Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) remarked that although he voted against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran, he doesn’t think it would be …

Iran

Iranians, engines of U.S. university research, wait in limbo

Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new …

College & University

How the ban on large electronic devices may re-route long-haul air travel

The Long Way to Beat the Laptop Ban<p>By Richard Weiss<p>Business travelers face longer trips and higher ticket prices if they’re to circumvent the ban on …

Airlines

U.S. Bombs Syrian Village—And Shrugs

The U.S. tries to avoid civilian casualties, whether in Iraq or Syria. But when it’s got bad intelligence or bad analysis, it’s a question of garbage in, carnage out.<p>ISTANBUL—Mahmoud al Birkawi remembers the moment the U.S. airstrikes began in a north Syrian village. He was in the kitchen of a …

Syria

Engineers repair Syria's Tabqa dam spillways after shelling

| TABQA DAM, Syria<p>Spillways at the Tabqa Dam in Syria are working normally after engineers managed to carry out repairs, a local alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias said on Wednesday, despite shelling by Islamic State that temporarily halted their work.<p>A media official with the U.S.-backed Syrian …

Syria

Iran Is the ‘Greatest Long-Term Threat to Stability,’ Army General Warns

"I believe that Iran is operating in what I call a gray zone," he said. "And it's an area between normal competition between states— and it's …

Iran