Middle East

The Middle East is the world’s crossroads. It encompasses the Arabian Peninsula, the mountains of Iran, the plains of Turkey and the deserts of the Levant.

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Saudi Arabia’s bot army flourishes as Twitter fails to tame the beast

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By: Marc Owen Jones One of the Middle East’s oldest and most prolific disinformation networks is still going strong on Twitter - and no one seems to know why. The so-called Diavolo network, which...

Jihadist defenses collapse east Idlib as Syrian troops capture several towns

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a new advance in Idlib last night after capturing several areas earlier in the day. Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Russian Air Force,...

Britain, France, Germany meet in Brussels for crisis Iran talks

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The British, French and German foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday to hold urgent talks over Iran as they prepare their reaction after Tehran’s decision to scrap the...
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Russia is building a new military base in Syria, near Palmyra

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The Russian military in Syria is preparing to build a "permanent military base" near the historic city of Palmyra (Arb. Tadmor) in the Homs region, in the center of...

Massive Beirut blast kills at least 50, injures hundreds

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A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. At least 50...
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U.S. halts secretive drone program with Turkey over Syria incursion

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By: Humeyra Pamuk, Phil Stewart  The United States has halted a secretive military intelligence cooperation program with Turkey that for years helped Ankara target Kurdish PKK militants, four U.S. officials...
An Israeli flag flutters above the wreckage of an Israeli tank sitting on a hill in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights (Photo by Jalaa Marey / AFP)

Jordan Threatens to Reconsider Relations With Israel Over Country’s West Bank Plans

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Having formed a unity government divided between political rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, Israel has announced that it will extend its sovereignty over parts of West Bank beginning...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with soldiers October 15, 2013 in the Israeli-occupied territory of Golan Heights. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Netanyahu warns of ‘crushing blow’ to Iran in Lebanon and Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that his country will continue to confront Iran’s attempts to base itself in Syria and will not tolerate...
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Iranian official reveals Iran’s plan to confront Israel

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Sayyid Hossein Nahgavii Hosseini, the spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament, revealed on Saturday the details of...
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MILITANTS SHOT DOWN SYRIAN MILITARY HELICOPTER NEAR SARAQIB

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A few moments ago, forces led by Hayat Tahrir al-sham shot down a Syrian military helicopter (reportedly Mi-8) near the town of Saraqib in the Syrian province of Idlib....
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NY lawmakers voting to strip Cuomo’s COVID powers amid nursing home, sex harass scandals

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The Democratic-led New York state Legislature is expected to pass a measure today that will neuter Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers — granted last year to...
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Pentagon claims 1 ‘Iran-backed’ fighter killed during east Syria strike

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Last week’s US strike at the presumed facility of “Iran-backed” militia on Syria’s territory near the border with Iraq killed one fighter and injured...
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Russia is building a new military base in Syria, near Palmyra

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The Russian military in Syria is preparing to build a "permanent military base" near the historic city of Palmyra (Arb. Tadmor) in the Homs...
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Press review: Will China join a military alliance with Russia and oil market awaits...

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China is not planning on creating a united front with Russia against NATO, the Chinese Defense Ministry announced. Its spokesperson stressed that military ties...
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Continued Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow’s patience, Tel Aviv would do well...

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Scott Ritter How Russia responds to Israel's attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria could make all the difference as to whether the region boils over...