• Pentagon sends B-52 bombers to the Middle East after U.S. drones attacked al-Qaeda-linked

    Pentagon sends B-52 bombers to the Middle East after U.S. drones attacked al-Qaeda-linked "explosives experts" in Somalia

    US military forces are drawing down to 2,500 in Iraq and Afghanistan before January 20th.
  • The Pentagon is concerned about potential Iranian attack

    The Pentagon is concerned about potential Iranian attack

    The Pentagon is concerned that Tehran could take advantage of the presidential transition and U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan: overactive Taliban propaganda at the time of peace talks

    Afghanistan: overactive Taliban propaganda at the time of peace talks

    Jalaluddin Haqqani, 'great reformer and conqueror' of Afghanistan. The elegiac documentary dedicated to the founder of the eponymous network, accused of the worst atrocities, highlights how much the Taliban's propaganda has progressed and evolved: they now portray themselves as competent administrators as they negotiate the country's future in Doha.
  • Israel, United Arab Emirates sign visa waiver agreement

    Israel, United Arab Emirates sign visa waiver agreement

    The measure, unprecedented between an Arab country and the Hebrew state, was announced during a visit by an official Emirati delegation to Israeli territory, angering the Palestinians.
  • Trump Announces ‘Dawn of the New Middle East’ after Signing Peace Deal with Bahrain, UAE, Israel

    Trump Announces ‘Dawn of the New Middle East’ after Signing Peace Deal with Bahrain, UAE, Israel

    President Trump on Tuesday touted the “dawn of the new Middle East” at a signing ceremony for peace accords between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. “We’re here this afternoon to change the course of history,” Trump told attendees of the ceremony at the White House. “After decades of division and conflict, we mark …
  • Biden Commits to Maintaining 1,500-2,000 Troops in Middle East Longterm

    Biden Commits to Maintaining 1,500-2,000 Troops in Middle East Longterm

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that while he supports reducing the number of troops in the Middle East, that if elected president, he cannot promise full withdrawal of troops in the near future because of complicated conditions in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. “These ‘forever wars’ have to end. I support drawing down the …
  • Tlaib Slams Israel-U.A.E. Deal: ‘We Won’t Celebrate Netanyahu for Not Stealing Land’

    Tlaib Slams Israel-U.A.E. Deal: ‘We Won’t Celebrate Netanyahu for Not Stealing Land’

    Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) slammed the Israel-U.A.E. agreement announced on Thursday, which commits the two countries to establishing full diplomatic relations and commits Israel in particular to suspending its annexation of territory in the West Bank. The agreement makes the U.A.E. the third Arab Middle Eastern nation to establish formal ties with Israel, joining …
  • Trump Announces Israel, U.A.E. Agree to Full Diplomatic Ties, Suspension of West Bank Annexation

    Trump Announces Israel, U.A.E. Agree to Full Diplomatic Ties, Suspension of West Bank Annexation

    President Trump announced on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties, the first such agreement between Israel and an Arab Gulf country. The leaders of all three countries “spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” according to …
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Cabinet Resign in Aftermath of Beirut Explosion

    Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Cabinet Resign in Aftermath of Beirut Explosion

    Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced his resignation Monday, hours after his Cabinet stepped down in the wake of last week’s deadly explosion in Beirut. “Today I announce the resignation of this government,” Diab said in a news conference. “May God protect Lebanon.” The government’s resignation comes in the face of mounting backlash after an …
  • Uber’s Middle East business cuts 31 percent of workforce

    Uber’s Middle East business cuts 31 percent of workforce

    Uber Technologies’ Careem subsidiary said on Monday it was cutting 536 jobs this week, representing 31 percent of the Dubai-headquartered company’s workforce. The announcement came hours after Uber said it was shuttering its Eats delivery business in several markets, including the Middle East, and laying off dozens of staff. Careem, which operates ride-hailing and delivery …