Middle east

U.S., Israeli, Emirati Officials Meet in Washington

The top diplomats from the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates meet today (Times of Israel) in Washington to mark…

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Party of Prominent Shiite Cleric Leads Iraqi Election Results

Preliminary results suggest Muqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner (WaPo) in parliamentary elections, while an Iran-aligned bloc fell behind. Turkey: President Recep…

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Iran Holds Military Drill Near Border With Azerbaijan

The move comes amid Iranian concerns about Azerbaijan’s ties with Israel and tensions that arose when Azerbaijan imposed a tax (Al…

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Meeting to Draft Syrian Constitution Set for October 18

The UN-facilitated initiative (AP) comes after five previous meetings of the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil society representatives failed to produce…

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House Democrats Strip Funding for Israel’s Air Defense System

After pressure from progressive Democrats, the funding was removed (ABC) from a bill to prevent a government shutdown, which the U.S. House…

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EU Condemns Houthi Trial, Executions

The European Union (EU) condemned public executions (Al-Monitor) that Yemen’s Houthi rebels conducted for nine people allegedly linked to the killing of…

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Jordanian, Syrian Officials Hold Rare Security Meeting

Syria’s defense minister visited Jordan to discuss border stability as the Syrian government consolidates control of formerly rebel-held areas in…

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Iran Angles for Entry Into Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is attending a summit of the China- and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which Iran is expected…

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Russia-Led Bloc Says It Will Not Host Afghan Refugees

Kazakhstan said members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which also includes Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and other former Soviet republics, will not…

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Iran, IAEA Reach Deal on Servicing Surveillance Cameras

Tehran’s agreement to allow nuclear-site inspection cameras to be serviced (NYT) by the United Nations’ nuclear monitor, the International Atomic Energy Agency…

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Lebanon Announces New Government

The country’s president and prime minister announced a new cabinet (Al Jazeera) after thirteen months of political deadlock and a spiraling economic…

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Morocco Holds Elections

Morocco holds parliamentary elections (AFP, France 24) today, with some 64 percent of voters expected to abstain, according to a recent poll.…

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Taliban Announce Caretaker Government With Longtime Leaders in Top Positions 

The Taliban announced a caretaker cabinet (NYT) that includes many hard-line figures who held authority when the group last ruled Afghanistan in…

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Israeli Forces Search for Palestinian Prison Escapees

Israeli security forces launched an operation to recapture (Guardian) six Palestinians who they said escaped from one of the country’s highest-security prisons.…

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Israel Objects to U.S. Reopening Consulate for Palestinian Affairs

  Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that reopening a U.S. consulate in Jerusalem for Palestinian affairs is a “bad idea”…

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Drone Strike From Yemen Wounds Eight at Saudi Airport

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen’s civil war said that a drone attack from Yemen wounded eight people (Al Jazeera) at Saudi…

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UN Commits to Staying in Afghanistan, Warns of Humanitarian Crisis

The United Nations announced that its humanitarian operations in Afghanistan will continue (UN News). Some eighteen million people, almost half of…

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Biden Calls Afghanistan Evacuation a Success

In a speech about the end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Biden called the evacuation of Kabul an “extraordinary…

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Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia to Hold Naval Drills

The countries’ navies will participate in joint drills (Reuters) in the Caspian Sea in November, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said.

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France’s Macron Visits Mosul After Baghdad Summit

Speaking in Mosul, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to increase France’s reconstruction support (AFP) in Iraq. His visit followed a Baghdad summit…

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