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.

Saudi-led coalition starts military operation against Yemen's Houthis

The conflict is largely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Turkey determined to control social media platforms, Erdogan says

"These platforms do not suit this nation. We want to shut down, control (them) by bringing (a bill) to parliament as soon as possible," he said.

Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia
Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote peaceful dialog in Syria

After worsening violence displaced nearly a million people, Turkey and Russia agreed in March to halt hostilities in northwest Syria's Idlib region. This month, military jets bombed villages in Idlib

A U.S. F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq, July 20, 2015
Iranian-backed militias in Iraq accuse Israel of 'military operations'

Two of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed militias accused Israel and the US of carrying out military overflights of Iraq and have demanded the US leave the country.

A woman walks past the mural showing U.S. flag with barbed wire and the Statue Of Liberty with skull
Iran ramps up its 'maximum pressure' campaign on US, Israel, Saudi Arabia

How does Iran exert maximum pressure against the Americans? It plays the Middle East like a piano, keying in various partners and allies when necessary.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
US will fight, but Iran arms embargo is on death row - analysis

How can the US maximum pressure campaign against Iran remain effective if the conventional arms embargo expires in October?

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks at the Conservative Political Action
Bolton: Russia wants US out of Middle East, plays a weak hand well

Bolton said that if the Russians are indeed attempting to find surrogates to attack US forces, it merits a very serious response.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
At least 17 dead in explosion in medical center in Tehran

The head of the Tehran Emergency Center told Iranian media that three people have been injured in the fire. However, reports on social media have already reported on at least 17 dead.

Iranian court confirms French-Iranian academic's 5-year sentence

Iran does not recognise dual nationality and has rejected France's calls to free the 60-year-old anthropologist detained since June 2019, saying the case is an Iranian domestic legal matter.

Roadside bomb targets Revolutionary Guards in southeast Iran

A local commander from the Revolutionary Guards was wounded in the explosion in Sistan and Baluchistan province, Fadahossein Maleki.

An Iranian carries the Iranian and Hezbollah flags during the commemoration of the 41st anniversary
Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq says it will never surrender weapons

They have fired dozens of rockets at US forces in Iraq, killing three members of the Coalition earlier this year.

Turkey accused of widespread attempt to undermine European democracy

Ankara’s attempt to silence dissidents abroad appears to affect almost every Western country – and most of those countries struggle to keep up their protections of free speech and protests.

 Mourners attend the start of the funeral in Kerbala, Iraq, of Gen. Qasem Soleimani
Iraqi officials release Iran-backed militiamen arrested last week

The three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify how many of the 14 that the military announced were detained had been released.

Pro-Iran Iraqi militias burn images of their PM, Israel and US flags

Shocking photos from Iraq this evening show the men, who were detained on the night of June 25, in crisp new jackets of the Popular Mobilization Forces, trampling and burning the images and flags.

Bahrain prostitutes attempt to get intel. from US sailors - US Navy

The report noted that the claims of intelligence gathering by Bahrain prostitutes came from a a human trafficking training recording for US Navy service members arriving in the country.

Tanzim commander to 'Post': No terror attacks in response to annexation

The Tanzim, he explained, has not received instructions to carry out terror attacks against Israel in response to its intention to apply its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting i
Palestinians: No comment on ‘rumors’ concerning annexation

The officials also refused to comment on reports that claimed that the US administration has informed the Palestinians that the planned annexation would not include the Jordan Valley.

Blast kills at least 23 at cattle market in southern Afghanistan

A spokesman for Helmand's governor said several rockets fired by Taliban insurgents landed close to the cattle market, killing 23 civilians.

Hamas: We have powerful cards to force Israel to free prisoners

Israeli authorities say that many of the released prisoners had resumed terrorism activity, either by joining Hamas or recruiting members to terror cells

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of Soleimani

The killing of Soleimani brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later.

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Lebanon on edge as Israel considers natural gas near disputed waters

Lebanese MP Kassem Hachem called the decision to begin explorations in Block 72 "piracy" and a "declaration of war."

Lebanese security forces investigating explosion near Hariri convoy

An explosion 11 days ago took place near the convoy of former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Hariri's office said on Sunday.

Zeinab Soleimani
Soleimani's daughter marries Hezbollah leader Nasrallah's cousin

Over the weekend, 28-year-old Zeinab Soleimani married Riza Safi al-Din, son of Hassan Nasrallah's cousin, Hashim Safi al-Din.

Uniformed men ride a motorbike as they carry a Syrian flag in Quneitra on the Syrian side of the cea
Southern Syria is a center of new instability and military activity

The area is emerging as potentially of concern to Iran, Russia and the Syrian regime, as well as to the US and Israel.

DOROTHY SHEA, acting principal officer at the US Consulate in Jerusalem, speaks at the school’s inau
US ambassador appears on Lebanese TV despite court-imposed ban

Lebanese media broadcast interviews with the ambassador on Sunday, ignoring a ruling by a judge who banned the diplomat from television over remarks that criticized Hezbollah.

A still image from video footage shows Bavar-373 mobile missile system in Iran
Iran 'mystery' explosion may have been at a secret ballistic missile site

Regional media is now speculating that something worse may have happened when a massive explosion caused light in the night skies over Iran last week.

ranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting, as the spread of the coronavirus
Rouhani: US sanctions, coronavirus make for Iran's toughest year

Rouhani said wearing of masks will become mandatory for two weeks starting next Sunday in "gathering places" that are deemed "red spots".

Growing controversy over Turkey’s invasion of northern Iraq

Turkey has had almost a year of near-constant new conflicts and militarist sabre-rattling.

Iran FM: We will never forget US, Europe complicity with Saddam Hussein

The Iraqi attack on Sardasht, in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, on June 28, 1987, led to the deaths of 30 people, including 109 civilians. Over 4,500 people were injured in the attack.

Iran meddles in US-Iraq strategic talks

On June 11, US and Iraqi officials began a series of talks as part of a “strategic dialogue” on military, trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

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Egypt court jails belly dancer for ‘debauchery’ in social media crackdown

The dancer, 42, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.

Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces
At least nine pro-Iranian fighters killed in alleged Israeli airstrike

The strike targeted location where the IRGC Quds Force commander had visited hours earlier.

A member of medical staff swabs the nose of a Palestinian worker for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Following coronavirus surge, Palestinians in Israel banned from West Bank

Over the weekend, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced a total of 274 new coronavirus cases, 207 were diagnosed on Friday and 67 diagnosed on Saturday.

IRGC commander threatens Israel in rare message from Syria - report

Ghaani said that Iran would continue to fight the “Zionist regime” and the US, and said the US and Israel were supporting ISIS.

Two Afghan human rights workers killed in blast in Kabul

"It is intolerable, assassinating human rights defenders is a war crime in the context of armed conflict," the AIHRC said, adding that staff had previously been the target of attacks.

Coronavirus pandemic may change Gulf aviation-hub business model

Analysts say aviation firms will be affected in many ways, including in their plans for development and diversification.

A woman displays a "Free Iran" sticker as thousands of Iranian opponents in exile stage a protest ag
Several factors behind record drop in Iranian Rial, analysts say

Sanctions, decline in oil exports among reasons for historic devaluation.

Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj meets with Turkish Foreign Ministe
Libya: About the oil, gas, not just security

Experts say el-Sisi’s threat to send in the Egyptian army isn’t serious and security isn’t the only reason for the declaration.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen
Why was there a massive explosion near Tehran in Iran?

Iran’s official story is that a gas storage facility had a minor accident and no one was harmed.

Iraq faces off against pro-Iranian militia in Baghdad

A raid by Iraq security forces on some of their own members on Thursday night resulted in hours of uncertainty in Baghdad.

People pose in front of a display showing the word 'cyber' in binary code, in this picture illustrat
Morocco rejects Amnesty’s allegations on spying on journalist

Moroccan authorities on Friday rejected an Amnesty report saying they have spied on journalist Omar Radi using Israeli-made technology.

Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (front) leaves after peace talks with Afghan sen
Taliban prisoner issue almost resolved, peace talks expected 'soon'

A source close to the Taliban said the group was willing to move forward so long as most of the 5,000 prisoners demanded were released.

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24 hours of war in the Middle East leaves region shaking

The region is undergoing a half-dozen wars at the same time that pit Iran and its proxies against the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Syria's hunger crisis worsens, COVID outbreak could intensify -UN

The World Food Programme (WFP) told a briefing in Geneva that the number of people short of essential foodstuffs had risen by 1.4 million in the past six months.

10 killed in strikes by unidentified aircraft in central Syria - report

The strikes come just two days after alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted a number of sites belonging to Syrian and pro-Iranian forces.

More Yemeni children face malnourishment amid aid shortage, coronavirus

Tens of thousands of people have died, many of them civilians, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis has been called the worst in the world.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
Explosion reported near Tehran, as Iraq detains Iran-backed militia

Videos and pictures posted on social media that were picked up by local news outlets showed a possible explosion with a bright orange flash followed by a large plume of smoke.

Joint List MKs to Congress Democrats: Do all you can to stop annexation

The letter emphasized that responsibility if annexation goes ahead rests with the Americans as much as the Israelis.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wears a protective face mask during a leadership meeting in Rama
PA broadcasted sermon: Warning to the occupation that its end is near

The preacher noted that violent actions on Israeli citizens are not considered terrorism in his eyes, adding that their "divine" religion allows Palestinians to defend themselves from Israeli rule.

Bolton’s book reveals: Trump was first anti-Kurdish US president

The American president, according to former national security adviser John Bolton, is actually anti-Kurdish and dislikes a minority group in the Middle East that has been consistently pro-American.

LIBYANS PROTEST the Turkish parliament’s decision to send its forces to Libya, in Benghazi on Januar
Voice from the Arab press: Is Trump really a racist?

There are thousands of honest expatriates whose employers greatly depend on them.

UN warns it cannot replace the Palestinian Authority

He referenced in particularly the permit system that allowed Palestinians in Gaza to leave the Strip, so they could receive emergency medical care in Israel.

Could Iran’s air force ever be a threat to Israel or Europe?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to spotlight Iran’s air force in recent comments, claiming that if an arms embargo is ended, then Iran’s expanded jet fighters could pose a threat.

Kosovo designates Hezbollah as a terrorist entity

Last year, Kosovo designated its military wing as a terrorist group, but following a proposal by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the parliament decided to designate its political wing as one as well.

PA announces aid package to Palestinians in Jordan Valley

After the meeting, the Palestinians held a rally to protest the annexation plan, the second of its kind this week.

Israeli spyware allegedly used to spy on Moroccan journalist - Amnesty

Continued attacks on Radi's phone were detected even after Amnesty informed NSO Group of Morocco's human rights violations using the company's software.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Istanbul
Turkey and Iran work together on Iraq and Libya, is Israel next?

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif went to Turkey on June 15, one of the most high level meetings he has had during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Jordanian Imam reads the Koran in an empty mosque during Ramadan as prayers by worshipers are susp
Why hasn’t Twitter flagged 'kuffar' as a term of abuse

However, the website continues to host thousands of tweets that use the word “kuffar” or “unbeliever” as a form of abuse.

Women mourn the death of a man who was killed in a Turkish airstrikes in Sheladize in the north of D
Turkey slammed for airstrike that killed three women in Syria

Turkey’s invasion and occupation of part of northern Syria has sowed chaos and instability, including fueling extremist groups and ethnic cleansing.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani: Iran is ready for talks if US apologizes over nuclear pact

"Iran is ready to cooperate with the (International Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA under law," Rouhani said.

Students take part in a protest to denounce an offer by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algerian journalist sentenced 2 years for Facebook posts critical of gov’t

A prosecutor charged him with “insulting state institutions” and “distributing publications harmful to national unity.”

Pro-Iranian militia 'blesses' bombing of liquor stores in Baghdad - report

The US has carried out airstrikes on Kataib Hezbollah after it carried out rocket attacks on bases where US forces are located.

IAF attacks Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, November 20, 2019
Ex-IDF intel chief: Iran will respond to overnight airstrikes in Syria

At least 7 Iranians and Syrians were killed in 2 waves of alleged Israeli airstrikes on sites across Syria overnight.

Palestinian employees of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) take part in a protest again
UNRWA appeals for donor help to combat COVID-19, annexation

“Year after year, month after month, UNRWA is on the edge of a financial collapse. This cannot continue,” UNRWA commissioner-general Philippe Lazzarini said.

With Turkey vs Egypt, Israel should brace for Erdogan unhinged - analysis

With Turkey and Egypt possibly on the verge of war in Libya, an Israeli annexation move is likely to cause Erdogan to spit hellfire.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Rouhani: US demand for talks with Iran is a lie

In early June, US President Donald Trump urged Iran to make a deal with America.

Taliban chief negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (front) leaves after peace talks with Afghan sen
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill hundreds ahead of peace talks

There was a sharp reduction in violence following the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr last month, which officials hoped would pave the way for talks.

Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of Tehran
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant reconnected to grid

This is an achievement, Tehran says. It takes place during the COVID-19 crisis and shows that Iran can continue to advance despite difficulties.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen
Was Iran behind the Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia?

The question now is how Saudi Arabia and its allies will respond.

Iranian versions of the American RQ-170 drone which were used in a military exercise in the Gulf in
Iran maintains local arms industry despite embargo

Iran’s Defense Ministry revealed on Tuesday that the country produces 70% of the products needed for aircraft and helicopters locally.

Republicans sign letter backing Israel’s right to set its own borders

It has garnered 116 signatures out of 198 Republicans in the House.

A Ghadr 1 class Shahab 3 long range missile is prepared for launch during a test from an unknown loc
Drone and missile attack reported on Saudi Arabia

The US mission statement on June 23 said that if people hear explosions, they should take cover. If they live in a building, they should go to the lowest part away from windows or near interior walls

The Bahai Gardens in Haifa
Iran’s regime escalates violent persecution of Baha’is

At least 77 Baha'is face a new wave repression for their religious faith

A missile from the S-300 anti-aircraft system during the International Army Games in Russia
Syrian air defense says it shot at drones near Jebleh

Other media reported on Syrian state media claims it was not entirely clear if the air defense had intercepted anything.

A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Thor in the holy city of Mecca ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage
Saudi Arabia to bar arrivals from abroad to attend the hajj

The announcement means this will be the first year in modern times that Muslims from around the world have not been allowed to make the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

A demonstrator gestures to a Lebanese police officers during a protest
Lebanese activist on trial for allegedly collaborating with Israel

Multiple activists have been arrested for making anti-government statements.

A U.N peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) walks near a poster depict
UNIFIL: Israeli breaches of Lebanese sovereignty could renew hostilities

On Sunday, IDF aircraft were spotted as far north as the Beirut area

Military units of the IRGC Ground Force are seen as they launched war games in the Gulf, December 22
Who is Iran’s Qalibaf and why does he matter?

In 1999 he bragged about his role in suppressing protests, according to one account.

Yemen caught in the crosshairs of Iran and others - analysis

The latest Yemen crisis involves the island of Socotra where UAE-backed supporters are accused of a “coup” by pro-Turkish media.

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Turkey’s airstrikes in northern Iraq threaten Christian villages

The airstrikes now target areas where there has been coexistence between Christians and Kurds, raining down bombs where children play in their parents' yards.

White House national Security Advisor John Bolton listens as U.S. President Donald Trump
Bolton: Dermer said Trump’s Syria withdrawal - ‘worst day’ of Trump admin

The Trump decision to withdraw from Syria caught almost everyone by surprise in December 2018.

A CAPTURED Taliban insurgent is presented to the media after he was detained with car explosive devi
Afghan Taliban kidnap dozens of civilians amid peace efforts

A Taliban spokesman denied kidnapping the civilians.

An internally displaced Syrian girl wears a face mask as members of the Syrian Civil defence sanitiz
900k coronavirus cases, 21,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Middle East

Jordan is a standout with only 1,015 reported cases, but the cases appear to be increasing from back in May when there were only 730.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting
Netanyahu: World is realizing what we said about Iran nuclear threat

“Iran continues to lie to the international community in order to attain nuclear weapons.”

Was the US secretive 'ninja' missile used again in Syria Saturday?

Social media posts sought to link the strike to a series of other US attacks on al-Qaeda affiliates in northern Syria in which US drones have used such a weapon.

Iran’s regime watched Trump’s Tulsa rally for signs of 'deal'

“I told them they can wait,” Trump said of the Iranians, “but when I win the election you will pay a lot more,” Fars News reported.

Palestinian Authority records daily rise of 86 COVID-19 cases

Shtayyeh called on PA citizens to adhere to health guidelines and wear masks, and called on people to not visit cities in the West Bank.

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Iran may offer discounts to lure airlines to fly through its airspace

The planned discounts still have to be approved by the government.

Bolton’s book holds key to how US gave Middle East priority to Turkey

Bolton’s account is important because it illustrates a unique time in US history in the Middle East.

Members of Libya's internationally recognised government flash victory signs after taking control of
Could Egypt and Turkey be headed for war in Libya?

Libya’s conflict is complex, but at its most basic it is a proxy war.

Egypt has a legitimate right to intervene in Libya, Sisi says

"Be prepared to carry out any mission, here inside our borders - or if necessary, outside our borders," he told several air force pilots and special forces personnel at the base.

FILE PHOTO: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting with Russia's For
France, Germany, UK 'accessories' to Trump, Netanyahu, Iran's Zarif says

The UN nuclear watchdog's 35-nation Board of Governors called on Iran in the resolution earlier on Friday to stop denying the agency access to two suspected former nuclear sites.

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Turkey ready for fast reconstruction in conflict-torn Libya - official

A Turkish delegation including the foreign and finance ministers met GNA officials on Wednesday for talks Ankara said aimed to bring about an end to fighting.

UN watchdog presses Iran over nuke violations, Iran threatens retaliation

"Iran fully rejects this resolution and will respond appropriately...those who made this decision will bear responsibility for its consequences," Iranian official Kazem Gharib Abadi said.

Third honor killing in a month sparks renewed calls for law change in Iran

Under Islamic Republic law, a father who kills his child is not considered a murderer and is not liable for the death penalty.

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