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Turkey’s S-400 Purchase Raises Concerns in NATO

Brandon Becker
Update: On July 24, Congress finalized a defense authorization bill that includes a provision barring Turkey from obtaining F-35 fighter jets until the Pentagon submits...

Pakistani Taliban Announces New Leader

Brandon Becker
The Pakistani Taliban named former deputy leader Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud as the new chief in a statement released on Saturday. The leadership change...

Former Israeli Minister Indicted After Spying for Iran

Brandon Becker
Israeli authorities indicted a former Minister of Energy and Infrastructure for multiple charges of spying for Iran, the Israel Security Agency (ISA) reported in...

Arab Coalition Launches Offensive on Yemeni Seaport

Brandon Becker
Yemeni pro-government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive Wednesday to secure the port city of Hodeidah from the Iranian-backed Houthis. Control...

Saudi Arabia Issues First Drivers Licenses to Women

Brandon Becker
Saudi Arabia granted ten women driver’s licenses on Monday, a first for one of the most conservative states in the Arab world. King Salman...

Sadr Emerges as Front-runner in Iraqi Elections

Michael Johnson
Iraqis went to the polls on Saturday to pick new parliamentary representatives from a list of 7,376 candidates for 328 seats. Preliminary results suggest...

Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Transferred to Saudi Arabia

Michael Johnson
The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it had relocated a detainee held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Saudi Arabian authorities. The...

Belgian Firms in Court for Syrian Chemicals Transfer

Michael Johnson
Belgium’s federal customs administration announced this week that it had filed charges against three companies for exporting chemicals to Syria that can be used...

PLO Names Potential Abbas Replacement

Shep Gerszberg
Members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Central Council designated Mahmoud al-Aloul as the future - and temporary - successor to lead the Palestinian...

Bahraini Court Sentences Prominent Dissident

Shep Gerszberg
A Bahraini court sentenced human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison on Wednesday for a series of tweets he posted in...

Polish Senate Passes Bill to Absolve Government’s Holocaust Role

Shep Gerszberg
The Polish Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would criminalize blaming the Polish government for the killing of Jews during the Holocaust. Polish...

Erdogan’s Move Against Kurds Signal Wider Ambitions

Shep Gerszberg
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would “clean” its border with Syria, implying that the offensive waged against Kurdish militias...

Turkey Launches Another Offensive Against Syrian Kurds

Michael Johnson
The Turkish military launched an offensive against Kurdish forces this week, firing artillery across its border into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin. Ankara...

Moscow to Secure Air Rights in Egypt

Michael Johnson
The Russian government published details of a reciprocal agreement on Thursday that would allow Moscow to use Egyptian air bases and airspace. The draft...

Lebanon’s PM Resignation, A Warning to the West

Michael Johnson
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on Saturday in a televised speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia. Media reports indicated a possible plot to...

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