Middle East

Middle East

Christian man shot dead by suspected Islamists in home in northern Sinai, Egypt – hundreds of Christians have fled area due to surge of sectarian killings 

Egyptian real estate companies say housing deals with Saudi Arabia suspended due to increasing political tensions between countries, Saudi official refutes claim 

Israeli soldier who shot dead wounded Palestinian terrorist sentenced to 18 months in prison, military court last month ruled him guilty of manslaughter 

Elder of Ziyon: Human Rights Watch celebrates Iran for letting women watch volleyball match while observing Islamic law, double standard as other countries criticized harshly  

Saudi Arabia exported more oil than ever during 2016, on average 7.65 million barrels per day, total production 10.46 million barrels per day 

Marine Le Pen in Beirut to meet president Michel Aoun and representatives for persecuted Christians 

Coptic teacher killed by gunmen on his way to school in Egyptian city of el-Arish, second deadly attack against Christians in less than a week 

At least 72 dead and 250 injured in suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistani province Sindh, IS terrorists claim responsibility 

United Arab Emirates present 100-year plan for building city on Mars, aims to stimulate research and entrench passion for space in youths 

90% of cotton sold as Egyptian not genuine according to Cotton Egypt Association 

Benjamin Netanyahu likely to be prosecuted for corruption within weeks according to Israeli TV sources, has been questioned by police three times and will be questioned again 

Israeli archaeologists explore twelfth cave in Qumran believed to have contained ancient scrolls, cave already looted — first similar discovery since 1956 when latest Dead Sea scrolls were found 

Four injured in mass shooting at market in Petaẖ Tiqwa outside Tel Aviv, Palestinian man arrested 

At least 20 killed and 41 injured in suicide bombing outside Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul, no immediate claim of responsibility for attack that targeted court's employees 

13,000 executed in secret prison in Syria from 2011 to 2015 according to Amnesty International who says government authorized activities 

Iran takes final delivery of 149 tons of uranium from Russia, has imported a total of 359 tons since Obama nuclear deal came into effect in January 2016 

Hamas bomb making chief dies in explosion, terror group describes event as work accident, says preparations for all-out war with Israel will not slow down  

Ballistic missile hits military base outside Riyadh in what is taken to be response to Saudi intervention in Yemen, Saudi authorities try to cover up by claiming explosion was earthquake 

More than 100 dead in Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands after heavy snowfall, two Afghan villages buried in avalanches 

Snowstorm and 10 cm snow cover in United Arab Emirates, several Gulf countries experience lightning strikes, sandstorms and rough seas 

Jews and Arabs march arm-in-arm through Tel Aviv to protest Israeli government demolishing Arab homes built without permission 

US attack on al Qaeda in Yemen fiasco despite three months of planning and success declared by Trump, air support called in as special forces detected and fired upon before reaching target 

Kuwait announces that citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan will not obtain visas to the country until security situation is improved 

Kamran Bokhari: Despite rhetoric of Trump administration on nuclear weapons, Iran's economic growth is the primary threat to America's balancing of power strategy in Middle East 

Israel Defense Forces require settlers evacuate Amona within 48 hours after Supreme Court decision in 2014 that settlement be demolished not later than February 8, 2017, similar demolition in 2006 caused riots and clashes between settlers and authorities 

Lebanon judge expresses support for decriminalizing homosexuality, says sexuality is personal choice and not punishable offense, current statue can yield prison up to one year 

One US soldier killed and three injured in raid against senior al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen, 14 terrorists neutralized according to Pentagon 

Israel moves towards legalization of cannabis, fines and tutoring replacing prosecution are first steps towards more lenient legislation 

Uzay Bulut: Yazidi girls sold for a few packs of cigarettes while women in West march against Trump, feminists ignore islamists' violence against women 

Elder of Ziyon: Iran builds Shia settlements in Syria contrary to Geneva convention, hypocrisy when Israel is falsely accused for same crime 

Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art with 100,000 objects reopens after being damaged in bomb attack in 2014, restoration also funded by UNESCO, United Arab Emirates and United States 

Unnoticed by the West, crisis in Yemen generates large refugee flows to Somalia, Oman, Saudi Arabia and other African countries 

IS terrorists destroy the world-famous Tetrapylon and Roman Theater in Palmyra, recaptured the ancient city from Syrian government troops in December 

Female Iranian bodybuilder arrested for posting un-Islamic workout photos on Instagram — court deems muscle posing in tank top and pants as nude act 

Iraqi government troops prepare to retake western Mosul, last urban outpost of IS terrorists 

Iran trains and commands up to 18,000 Afghan Shiites in its war in Syria  

Hamas and Fatah announce plans to establish Palestinian unity government after talks in Moscow, believe that Russia can play role in region 

UN announces death toll from war in Yemen to have reached 10,000 and underlines need for peaceful solution as soon as possible 

Young Gazan burns himself in protest against Hamas, dissatisfied with lack of electricity, more protests expected 

Israel and Palestinian Authority sign agreement for water supply to West Bank, fourth agreement in various areas to improve infrastructure 

Houthi militia leader admits to Iran training their troops, commanded rocket attacks on al-Nihm district in Yemen 

Saudi Arabia planning privatizations and cultural reforms in Vision 2030, Grand Mufti warns of development, believes legalization of cinemas risks promoting "atheistic or rotten" influences 

Gazans conduct daily protests against Hamas due to electricity shortage in what is a particularly cold winter 

Hamas threatens AFP photographer who covered anti-regime demonstration in Gaza 

Ban Ki-Moon concerned that Iran has violated nuclear agreement by smuggling weapons to Hezbollah, says confidential report leaked to Reuters 

Conflict between Hamas and Fatah leads to power shortages in Gaza, citizens have access only to three hours of electricity per day 

Israel critical of planned peace conference for Middle East in Paris, wants to negotiate directly with its counterpart and boycotts conference, unclear whether Palestinians will participate 

At least nine dead, ten injured in Egypt as garbage truck loaded with explosives hits security checkpoint outside police station in northern Sinai 

Iraqi special forces take bridge across Tigris in Battle for Mosul, offensive that began in October continues to encounter stiff resistance from IS-terrorists 

Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at age of 82 following a heart attack, his demise blow to reformist movement in country 

At least four dead, 16 injured as truck is driven into group of soldiers in southern Jerusalem, terrorist shot and killed by civilian and soldiers 

Israeli soldier who shot dead wounded Palestinian terrorist convicted of manslaughter in military court, Netanyahu expresses support for pardon 

Fatah celebrates 52nd anniversary of organization's first act of terror, children in uniform paraded and images of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi were shown 

52,369 killed in Iraq during 2016, another 21,795 wounded, figures resembles those of 2015, where 52,045 were killed and 19,651 were wounded 

At least 39 dead, 57 injured in car bomb explosion in Iraqi capital Baghdad, third consecutive day with deadly terrorist attacks in country 

Christmas tree in Eastern Jerusalem decorated with Palestinians who died while carrying out acts of terror against Israel 

Erdogan claims he has evidence of US-led forces supporting IS terrorists, claims to have images, photographs and video footage proving statement 

Israel recalls ambassadors from New Zealand and Senegal in response to UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements on occupied land 

UN Security Council declares Israeli settlements on West Bank to be illegal, no veto from US, resolution meets sharp criticism from US Republicans 

Turkish military liberate al-Bab in northern Syria from IS terrorists, more than 1,000 terrorists killed, part of offensive begun in August 

Israeli insider at UN claims Obama and Kerry took part in planning UN vote today on condemning settlements 

Egypt launches UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, Netanyahu urges US to veto 

Elder of Ziyon: Palestinian organization Miftah distributes neo-Nazi materials in Arabic, funded in part by Sweden 

IS terrorists have special programs where children are taught to kill, says 15-year-old boy arrested during failed suicide attack against Iraq arena in August 

At least 30 Yemeni soldiers killed in suicide bombing at base in Aden, second attack in eight days against government capital of southern part of country 

Suicide bomber kills 13 soldiers, injures 56 more in Kayseri, Turkey 

Syrian army apprehends officers of Saudi, Israeli, Turkish and US nationality in eastern Aleppo 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Syria alternatives are overcentralized and autocratic but nominally democratic regime or theocratic islamofascism, massive propaganda campaign ongoing in West for latter option 

Jonathan Marcus: Syrian army continues to weaken despite recent successes, regime increasingly dependent on more or less autonomous sectarian and private militias, as well as Russia and Iran 

Saudi woman without headscarf arrested after tweeting selfie, breaking country's law on dress code meets both calls for her execution and comparisons with Rosa Parks 

Syrian army now controls 98% of formerly rebel-controlled eastern Aleppo, says government source 

Arabian leopards threatened with extinction as their habitat is invaded by people in search of frankincense, exclusive resin ingredient in incense used by churches 

Muslim call to prayer in East Jerusalem limited to volume & time restrictions under bill forward in Israel's parliament 

Intensive work is underway to improve Mosul Dam, 11 billion cubic meters of water risk destroying city, experts warn collapse is inevitable and Tigris Valley should be evacuated 

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 Yemen soldiers at Aden base, IS terrorists claim responsibility for attack  

IS terrorists moves on Palmyra nine months after losing control over ancient Syrian city, launched offensive earlier this week, civilians flee area 

Juan Cole: Proposal for splitting Syria into new countries speculative, small size of country, lack of clear internal geographic boundaries, small size of Druze population and Turkish resistance to Kurdish state makes partitioning unlikely 

Egypt sends 200 officers and military advisors to Syria according to Islamist paper Assabeel, said to be part of security cooperation 

Lebanon legislators take first step toward repealing law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying victims 

50,000 IS terrorists estimated to have fallen in Syria and Iraq during last two years according to US military source who also says bombings of Mosul might increase 

Twelwe Iranians sentenced for sharing images on Instagram which are considered unislamic, in total 170 arrested since March as part of new government crackdown on unsuitable internet activities 

IS terrorists assault Palmyra and conquers territory four kilometers from city, at least 34 syrian soldiers dead in battles 

Twelve fashion workers jailed in Iran for "spreading prostitution" and "promoting corruption" after publishing photos online, sentenced to between five months and six years in prison 

Weapons from Iran smuggled to Houthi rebels in Yemen via Somalia according to research group CAR, Iran denies the charges 

Early Netanyahu statements on Israel wildfires as terror was attempt to conceal scandal around purchase of German submarines and encouraged further arson, says Knesset member Zehava Gal-On 

Israeli air force destroys IS terrorist vehicles after attacks on Golan outpost in first battle between IS and IDF 

20 million Shia muslims march to Karbala south of Baghdad despite IS terrorist threat, celebrates martyr Imam Hussein who refused to swear fealty to Umayyad caliphate in year 680 

44 dead and 103 injured after collision between passenger trains east of Teheran, low temperature may have caused mechanical error in one of the trains 

At least 100 killed, many of them Iranian pilgrims, in suicide truck bombing near Iraqi city Hilla, IS terrorists claim responsibility 

More than 75,000 evacuated close to Haifa, Israel after forest fire, four arrested on arson suspicion 

Armed conflict in Yemen resumes after 48-hour cessation, according to UN spokesman 

At least 32 dead and 50 wounded in suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Kabul, IS terrorists claim responsibility 

Aggression and violence among children schooled in areas controlled by IS terrorists, math exercises presented in terms of weapons, at least five years required to reset indoctrination according to teacher 

Russian MiG-29 crashes in Mediterranean near aricraft carrier due to technical malfunction, pilot ejected safely 

At least 52 dead and 105 injured in bomb attack against Muslim shrine in Pakistan, IS terrorists claim responsibility 

At least 4 dead and 120 wounded in Taliban attack against German consulate in northern Afghan city Mazār-e Sharīf, Taliban claims retaliation for NATO air strikes which killed more than 30 last week 

Palestinian Authority prepares to claim Dead Sea Scrolls through UNESCO, according to Israeli radio 

Students thrown out of Egypt schools after refusing to wear hijab or failing to recite Quran, mostly Christian but also Muslim students affected 

Saudi Arabia to execute man involved in political protest, 23-year-old said to be partially blind and completely deaf after being beaten by police 

Party leaders from pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP in Turkey arrested along with nine other MPs