Middle East

The region known as the Middle East has been conquered and reconquered by every super power in the West. This has created a region rich in a culture of resistance and thousands of ethnic groups looking for their piece of land. This has created a complicated region and Jpost's Middle East News simplifies it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at "Common Security in the Islamic World" forum
Iran: We are ready for full prisoner swap, 'ball is in the US’ court'

"After getting our hostage back this week, fully ready for comprehensive prisoner exchange," Zarif said.

By REUTERS
09/12/2019
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran
Is Iran's advanced uranium centrifuge a game-changer? - analysis

Is Iran's latest claim of "50 new achievements" in the nuclear sector a sign of scientific achievements or a mere public relations tactic?

Saudi Arabia ends gender-segregated entrances for restaurants

Saudi Arabia required all restaurants to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own.

By REUTERS
08/12/2019
Lebanon's Hariri reemerges as prime minister candidate as Khatib withdraws

President Michel Aoun responded by postponing until Dec. 16 consultations with lawmakers that had been expected to result in Khatib being named prime minister on Monday.

By REUTERS
08/12/2019
At least 5 Iran-backed militia members killed on Iraqi border

Five militia members were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

08/12/2019
Turkey’s changing story on Syria: From self-defense to long-term control

Turkey’s narrative is slowly changing on its expanding role in northern Syria.

Iranian pro-government protesters burn an U.S. flag as they attend a demonstration in Tehran, Iran
Iran hostage taking appears to work as Western states keep silent

Xiyue Wang was greeted by the US ambassador having been held for three years by Iran, who accused him of being connected to foreign governments, despite an absence of evidence.

Israel planned to terminate other officials in the Islamic Jihad

Egyptian officials cited in "The New Arab" claimed that Israel violated its promise not to assassinate Baha Abu al-Ata. They further claimed that other members of the organization were targeted.

By YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
07/12/2019
Rocket hits Iraqi cleric's home following deadly Baghdad attack

Friday and Saturday's attacks came days after Iraq's prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, said he would resign.

By REUTERS
07/12/2019
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures beneath a poster of the late leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Authority welcomes House resolution backing two-state solution

The PA also called on the US administration to back down on its “erroneous” policies regarding the status of Jerusalem, settlements and the two-state solution.

Prison cell block
Chinese-American freed from Iran, Iranian freed from US in prisoner swap

The prisoner swap took place at a time of particularly strained relations between the longtime foes.

By REUTERS
07/12/2019
  QAIS AL-KHAZALI, leader of the Iran-supported force Asaib Ahl al-Haq, speaks during a celebration
Khazali: The anti-Israel, pro-Iran leader in Iraq who the US sanctioned

Sanctions against Khazali target the leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia that has targeted the US and threatened Israel.

David's Sling Weapons System Stunner Missile intercepts target during inaugural flight test
Zarif: Israel carried out nuclear missile test aimed at Iran

Images shared on social media on Friday morning showed projectile streaking through Israel’s skies.

State Department: Iran may have been behind attack on Iraq's Balad base

On Tuesday, five rockets landed on Ain Al-Asad air base, which hosts U.S. forces in Anbar province in western Iraq without causing any casualties.

By REUTERS
06/12/2019
Saudi king orders compliance with US probe on Navy base shooting incident

The shooting, which played out over two floors in a classroom building at the base, marked the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military installation this week.

By REUTERS
07/12/2019
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump adjusts his jacket as he welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Washington blacklists Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders over protests

The sanctions target Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Iran-backed militia and his brother Laith al-Khazali, another leader of the group.

By REUTERS
06/12/2019
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iran deal limps on as Europeans delay sanctions blow

With Tehran angry over a lack of European protection from U.S. sanctions, there appears scant scope for compromise.

By REUTERS
06/12/2019
Iraqi cleric says no foreign meddling to choose new PM, in nod to Iran

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments followed reports that a senior Iranian commander had been in Baghdad this week to rally support for a new government.

By REUTERS
07/12/2019
A Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter sits as medics treat his comrades injured by sniper fire
Story of Syria's female medics working in underground bunker told in film

'The Cave', which tells the story of Amani Ballour, will be released in Britain on Friday

By REUTERS
06/12/2019
Riyadh offers citizenship to non-Saudi talents

Under Vision 2030 plan, naturalization to be available to scientists, senior specialists

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
US, Sudan exchange ambassadors for first time in over two decades

Obstacles still ahead in establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
A SCENE FROM ‘Gaza,’ being screened at the Sundance Film Festival
Gaza Human Rights Film Festival revives Palestinian cinema

Despite last-minute venue cancellation, the Red Carpet festival brings cinema to a Gaza street and the message "I am human" to the world

By SANAA ALSWERKY/THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
HAS HE won in Syria?
UAE expresses official support for Syrian gov't

Strongest expression of government support to date might signal a shift by other Gulf states

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
Fintech Start-ups: The Creative Fixers
First Palestinian Fintech start-up developed by a woman

Entrepreneur Shurouq Qawariq co-founds Rumman to provide financial technology services

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
Members of a Taliban delegation leave after peace talks with Afghan politicians in Moscow, May, 2019
Taliban: We will win through either peace talks or war

Expert says US looking for "face-saving narrative" in order to exit Afghanistan

By ARSHAD MEHMOUD/THE MEDIA LINE
06/12/2019
Iraq's soccer team brings unity to divided country

Unlike days of Saddam Hussein, players no longer fear punishment for poor performance – let alone political expression

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
05/12/2019
US says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests

Tehran’s clerical rulers have blamed “thugs” linked to its opponents in exile and the country’s main foreign foes - the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia - for the unrest.

By REUTERS
05/12/2019
Palestinians to resume protests along Gaza-Israel border

The High National Commission for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege announced that Friday’s demonstrations will be held under the banner: 'The March is Continuing.'

This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website
Iran is secretly moving missiles into Iraq, US officials say - report

Iraq is suffering from protests, ISIS threats and the need to find a new prime minister after Adel Abdul Mahdi resigned earlier this week, and Iran wants to exploit the power vacuum in Iraq.

Iranian clerics watch the firing of a Shahab-3 missile during a war game in a desert near Qom
Iran's nuclear missile development 'inconsistent' with UN resolution

France, Germany and the United Kingdom have written to the UN's Secretary General, asking him to inform the Security Council of Iran's actions.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
05/12/2019
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters during a public appearance at a re
Hezbollah helping Iran's Soleimani find new Iraqi PM - report

Hezbollah official Kawtharani, who is responsible for the terrorist group's Iraqi file, has joined Soleimani and "is also playing a large role in persuading Shi'ite and Sunni political forces."

05/12/2019
Missiles and drone aircraft are seen at an exhibition at unidentified location in Yemen
US seizes Iranian guided missile parts headed to Yemen - report

US officials are considering deploying more naval ships and up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East in order to fight against Iranian hostilities as early as this month.

By REUTERS
05/12/2019
Supporters of Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
Revolution to revolution: Iran from Carter to Trump

The Islamic Republic of Iran is the latest incarnation of Persia, which pre-dates Christ. Reza Shah Pahlavi came to power during WWII.

By DARLENE CASELLA
04/12/2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Lisbon, December 4,
Netanyahu: Israel ‘actively countering Iranian aggression’

Arabic news outlets report explosion of IRGC arms depot on Syria-Iraq border

Explosion strikes Iranian weapons depot in Syria - report

No information about the extent of the damage or any casualties has been reported.

05/12/2019
Lebanon to convene talks on new prime minister on Monday

Sunni businessman Samir Khatib is seen as the frontrunner.

By REUTERS
04/12/2019
AN EMPLOYEE in a branded helmet is pictured at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia
Voices from the Arab Press: Saudi Arabia Aramco idea and deal

Saudi Arabia today is far more innovative, open-minded, and tolerant than ever before.

By MEDIA LINE
04/12/2019
Iran wants to challenge western navies in Gulf with China and Russia

Iran's Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced a joint naval drill with Russia and China, after the US and France have both planned maritime security initiatives in the Gulf.

Iranian pro-government protesters burn an U.S. flag as they attend a demonstration in Tehran, Iran
Is Iran readying to strike US interests to tip the scales? - analysis

According to the report, the signs include significant movements of Iranian weapons which could be used for such a strike.

Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei will compete in Israel next month – report

Even before coming to Israel, Mollaei will possibly face Israeli judoka Sagi Muki at the Qingdao Masters in China next week.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks to deliver a speech during the Conference of Government’s Ach
Iran's Hassan Rouhani calls for release of innocent protesters

Tehran has given no official death toll, but Amnesty International said on Monday it had documented the deaths of at least 208 protesters.

By REUTERS
04/12/2019
Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah shakes hands with Iran's
Iran is making a play for new Gulf outreach with Oman and Qatar - analysis

Reading between the lines, it seems Oman is now the most important diplomatic country in the Middle East, at least in terms of being able to talk to Israel, Iran, the US and everyone else.

ISIS leader Baghdadi's deputy arrested by Iraqi forces

"A unit from the Hawija police in the province of Kirkuk has arrested the terrorist known as ‘Abu Khaldoun’ inside one of the apartments in the March 1 area."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
03/12/2019
Trump backs Turkey, slams France on NATO issues

Trump now appears as a sudden "champion" of NATO as he seeks closer relations with Ankara and speaks of potential talks with Moscow

Iran acknowledges security forces killed protesters in nationwide unrest

State television acknowledged killings of protesters, some hours before U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran "is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak."

By REUTERS
03/12/2019
Damage is seen on Iranian-owned Sabiti oil tanker sailing in the Red Sea, Oct. 2019
Iran will respond to tanker attack 'at right time, place'

According to the deputy commander, Iran has documents about the parties directly and indirectly involved in the attack and Iran is dealing with the issue through diplomatic channels.

03/12/2019
Bethlehem set for a Merry Christmas: more rooms, inns and part of its manger back

But even after three years of relative peace and prosperity, people are still nervous in the small Palestinian town, a few miles south of Jerusalem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

By REUTERS
03/12/2019
Iran arrests group planning unrest at Tehran universities

During the recent protests, the group had planned to draw students off the campus of Tehran University to create unrest, a ministry statement said. It gave no further details.

By REUTERS
03/12/2019
Iran's Embassy in UK denies ambassador is threatening journalists

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry last week, claimed that Iranian employees working for foreign broadcasting companies are "proof of collaboration in terrorist actions with the enemies of Iran."

IRGC: 'Great Satan' US, 'Zionist' Israel behind protests in Iran

It is one of the first major comments in which Iran directly blamed Israel.

State Dept: US condemns harassment of Iranian reporters abroad

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the intelligence agency "harassment" toward Iranian journalists who are based abroad, especially toward those working out of Britain.

US urges probe of 'excessive' use of force in Iraq

The unrest is Iraq's biggest challenge since Islamic State militants seized swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory in 2014.

By REUTERS
03/12/2019
Hezbollah fighter walk near a military tank in Western Qalamoun, Syria August 23, 2017.
Israel's war with Iran will cause never-before-seen images

Former senior Air Force officer warns that while Israel’s foes have no interest in war, they may try taking advantage of government-less Israel

People walk past a damaged building in the city of Idlib on May 31, 2019.
Syrian air strikes on Idlib markets kill at least 11

Photos and videos posted by the group on Twitter showed victims being carried away from demolished produce stands and charred vehicles.

By REUTERS
02/12/2019
Russian military police wounded near Kobani, Syria

The three Russians received light injuries and the vehicle was damaged.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with
Where have Hassan Rouhani and Javad Zarif gone?

Zarif met Oman’s Foreign Minister and spoke with the Taliban, but he and President Hassan Rouhani haven’t been seen much since the protests.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on the phone at the Presiden
Turkey is trying to take over the Mediterranean, through Libya

Turkey says a new deal with Libya has “proven its capabilities to the world in a manner that is compatible with international law but also signaled its future intentions in the region."

Iran charges families for bullets used to kill protesters

The estimated death toll of the protests ranges from at least 161 protesters to over 366 protesters.

02/12/2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspect Sukhoi Su-57 fif
Turkey says new Russian missile deal to happen before too long

Moscow hopes to seal a deal to supply Turkey with more S-400 missile systems in the first half of next year.

By REUTERS
02/12/2019
MeToo protest in South Korea
Tunisian #MeToo movement gives voice to thousands of victims

The movement started after a politician was filmed allegedly masturbating near a school.

By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
02/12/2019
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during a symbolic funeral ceremony of Major General Ali
Iraqi Parliament accepts resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi

The parliament has called on the country's president to nominate a new prime minister in his stead.

By REUTERS
01/12/2019
An Iraqi demonstrator carries the Iraqi flag during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad
Iraq: 400 killed, 15,000 injured, one Prime Minister out

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has lost control of Iraq, a country that continues to look ungovernable after years of instability and war.

Yazidi woman kept as sex slave by ISIS confronts her rapist

"Do you have feelings? Do you have honor? I was 14 years old, as old as your daughter, your son, or your sister. You destroyed my life."

01/12/2019
Hezbollah uses Germany to finance terrorism, weapons purchases

Some 30 mosques and cultural centers in Germany have links to Hezbollah, according to a 2019 Hamburg intelligence agency report.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout)
Egypt to allow Hamas leader to leave Gaza

Haniyeh's exit comes amid reports of progress in mediation efforts to consolidate ceasefire understandings reached earlier this year with Israel.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
IRGC's Qassem Soleimani visits Baghdad as Iraqi PM resigns - report

Soleimani was also sent to Iraq in October to help advise the government on the crackdown.

01/12/2019
PLO invites Israelis to Ramallah on Partition Plan anniversary

Fatah General Jibril Rajoub praised the Israelis; a Neturei Karta rabbi was booed by the crowd.

By LEON SVERDLOV
01/12/2019
Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar salutes as he participates in General Security confer
Libyan Foreign Minister: We hope for normal relations with Israel

Tripoli's government enjoys the support of Russia, France, Egypt, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, among others.

By GIDEON KUTS / MA'ARIV
01/12/2019
Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
US ambassador calls for sanctioning EU-Iran business groups

It is unclear if Norway’s ambassador, who participated in the Brussels event, was meant as a target for US Treasury sanctions in Grenell’s tweet.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the crowd of people in Yazd, Iran
Iranian opposition leader compares Supreme Leader to toppled Shah

He called on the government to "pay attention to the repercussions of the Jaleh square killings" of 1978.

By REUTERS
01/12/2019
A satellite image showing damage to oil/gas Saudi Aramco infrastructure at Khurais, in Saudi Arabia
Has Iran admitted it bombed Saudi Arabia’s Aramco as a message to Israel?

Reuters reported last week details from inside the planning rooms behind the attack.

PA urges all EU members to recognize Palestinian state

Erekat: Two-state solution was a painful Palestinian concession.

Protesters burn tires in southern Iraq in renewed anti-government rage

Iraq's semi-official Human Rights Commission said that those responsible for the killings of protesters must be brought to justice and that it would gather evidence for prosecution.

By REUTERS
30/11/2019
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a joint news conference after meeting with Norway's Fore
US ambassador slams Norway for praising bypass of Iran sanctions

Nordrum’s tweet lauding INSTEX electrified Twitter with criticism of the ambassador's push for business with Iran's regime at the expense of human rights.

People walk past a damaged building in the city of Idlib on May 31, 2019.
With Turkey distracted, Syrian regime and Russia pressure Idlib

Over the last week increased airstrikes in Idlib have seen civilians driven from homes and claims in local and regional Arabic media that the Syrian regime is preparing for a major offensive.

Iraqi PM tenders resignation amid continuing protests

The decision was made after Shi'ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a change of leadership on Friday, according to Al Arabiya.

29/11/2019
Vehicle torched in Tayibe in alleged price tag attack
'Price tag' attacks reported in Palestinian villages

Price tag attacks were reported in the Palestinian villages of Deir 'Ammar and as-Sawiya and the Arab-Israeli city of Tayibe in which cars were vandalized and an olive tree grove was uprooted.

29/11/2019
Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (front) leaves after peace talks with Afghan sen
Taliban ready to resume peace talks after Trump's Thanksgiving visit

"The Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them," Trump told reporters after arriving in Afghanistan on Thursday.

By REUTERS
29/11/2019
Jordan's King Abdullah (wearing a black shirt) and Crown Prince Hussein pray as they take part in a
Jordan simulates war with Israel in army 'maneuver'

The exercise's name is "Swords of Karama," which is reportedly named after Israel's 1968 operation against Fatah.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
29/11/2019
Hate crime suspected in Arab-Israeli town as dozens of cars vandalized

The incident is being investigated by police as a hate crime.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
29/11/2019
A demonstrator carries a sign as teachers and students take part in a protest
Algeria jails artist ahead of Dec. 12 elections

The move has been heavily criticized by activists, who consider it part of the overall crackdown on free expression and political dissent in the country.

29/11/2019
Iraqi forces kill 28 protesters after Iranian consulate torched

Increasing violence highlights growing tension between protestors and Iranian-backed authorities throughout the country.

By REUTERS
28/11/2019
EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT Anwar Sadat (
Voices from the Arab Press: Anwar Sadat's historic visit to Israel

I believe it is our historical duty to recognize Anwar Sadat’s huge political accomplishments and to apologize for all those Arab leaders who defamed him for his actions.

By MEDIA LINE
28/11/2019
Basij forces meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Nov. 27, 2019
Khamenei: Iran's quashing of protests 'hard blow' to Zionism

Iranian leader claimed that "the enemies" spent a large amount of money designing the "conspiracy and were waiting for an opportunity to implement it with destruction, killing and villainy."

28/11/2019
Qatar
Will a soccer tournament solve the crisis between Saudi Arabia and Qatar?

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain engage in ‘low risk diplomacy’ with diplomatic adversary Qatar at region’s premier sporting event.

By TARA KAVALER/THE MEDIA LINE
28/11/2019
Turkey not implementing laws to protect women, protesters say

Government promised new program to look at violence amid public outcry over recent killings.

By KRISTINA JOVANOVSKI/THE MEDIA LINE
28/11/2019
Turkey not backing down in NATO defense plans dispute

Turkey wants NATO to recognize the YPG militia as terrorists before giving it support.

By REUTERS
27/11/2019
Iraq protesters torch Iran consulate in Najaf, curfew imposed

The protests that began in Baghdad on Oct. 1 and have spread through southern cities are the most complex challenge facing the Shi'ite-dominated ruling class

By REUTERS
28/11/2019
Members of a Taliban delegation leave after peace talks with Afghan politicians in Moscow, May, 2019
Globetrotting Taliban go to Iran to get U.S. to leave Afghanistan

Tasnim news reported the Taliban talks in Tehran and said it was the second since US-Taliban peace negotiations had broken down in September.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends India-Iran business forum in New Delhi, India,
Iran’s FM Zarif encourages 'resistance' to Israel in phone call to PIJ

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the third or fourth largest Palestinian movement but it has obtained advanced rockets and cash through Iranian support over the years.

Pompeo: We'll continue to sanction Iran officials for human rights abuses

Pompeo also addressed the regime’s decision to shut down the Internet in the country.

Turkey tests S-400 radar, says it wants more locally-made weapons

Qatar’s security and defense cooperation are the backbone of the Doha-Ankara alliance, Erdogan said. “We have deep relations in the Gulf.”

Lebanon's PM Hariri wishes to quit, President Aoun searches replacement

Lebanon's president Michel Aoun will hold binding consultations with members of parliament on Thursday to designate the country's next prime minister.

By REUTERS
26/11/2019
Human Rights Watch head slammed for tweet on Iran’s attack on Saudi

The Head of HRW called Iran's attack on Saudi Arabia “far better than the Saudi crown prince’s attacks on Yemen.”

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