Jordan in crucible of Middle East peace deal and Syrian refugee crisis

Getty Images Al-Buwayda is a quiet, dusty town on the road from Irbid in northern Jordan to Mafraq. It was here that the wave of Syrian refugees who fled fighting crested in 2015. The population of the area doubled from 95,000 to … Read More

Russia warns U.S. to not ‘look for excuses to start a new conflict’ after report claims Iran Killed 600 U.S. soldiers

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Moscow expressed skepticism toward Washington’s recent allegations that Iran was behind the deaths over 600 U.S. troops in Iraq and warned against launching any new wars in the Middle East. During a Tuesday press briefing at the State Department, Brian … Read More

Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government vowed to take back the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war. Trump’s … Read More

Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria summit

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Islamic State fighters are making their last stand in eastern Syria where their wives and children have fled the so-called ‘Baghouz pocket’ Islamic State fighters are making their last stand in eastern Syria where their wives and children have fled the … Read More

‘Get out of Syria,’ Iran tells U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Senior Iranian figures said on Wednesday that Syria was a top foreign policy priority and American troops should withdraw, as planned by U.S. President Donald Trump. “Whether they want to or not, the Americans must leave Syria,” … Read More

Pompeo says US has helped foster cooperation between Israel and Arab states

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‘We have set the conditions in the Middle East where these countries are now working together across multiple fronts,’ top US diplomat tells Fox News US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is interviewed by Fox News on January 3, 2019. … Read More

Israeli general sees possible threat from Iraq as Iran’s clout grows

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Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn it into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the chief of Israeli military intelligence said on Monday, reports Reuters. Israel sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a … Read More

Iran sanctions cycle set to repeat

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The country is no stranger to its energy industry blowing in the political wind Politics has bedevilled Iran’s energy sector ever since the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9, but even as far back as the premiership of Mohammad Mossadegh in the … Read More

US claims Iran is spending $1 billion a year backing Hezbollah, other allies

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The United States is claiming that Iran spends nearly $1 billion a year providing support to Hezbollah, Hamas, and other allied militant groups in the Middle East. U.S. Ambassador Nathan Sales, a coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, told … Read More

Assad’s Suffering Syria Seeks Reconciliation with the Arab World

While many Arab leaders would have loved to oust Assad and hand Iran a major strategic setback, many are now of the mindset that the Syrian dictator isn’t going anywhere. For the Syrian people, the last eight years have been … Read More

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