Category Archives: Near East

Turkey prepares to send troops to Qatar in conflict with Saudi Arabia

By Halil Celik and Alex Lantier

After a coalition of Persian Gulf sheikdoms led by Saudi Arabia presented an ultimatum to Qatar on Monday and blockaded its economy, the Turkish parliament approved two military deals with Qatar, enabling deployments of the Turkish military to Qatar. Turkish forces will also train the Qatari gendarmerie.

Iran will über Syrien Korridor ans Mittelmeer schaffen

Iran will über Syrien Korridor ans Mittelmeer schaffen. Der jüngste Angriff der US-Koalition auf einen schiitischen Konvoi in Syrien könnte in Zusammenhang mit der iranischen Strategie stehen.

Der Iran will die Route seines Landkorridors über sein Territorium und Syrien bis ans Mittelmeer verlegen. Ausschlaggebend für diese Entscheidung Teherans ist die erhöhte US-Militärpräsenz im Nordosten von Syrien, die die geplante Route der Iraner blockiert.

US Forces Using White Phosphorus in Populated Areas of Iraq and Syria

by Jason Ditz

Iraq claimed credit for videos earlier this week showing the use of white phosphorus munitions in densely populated parts of the Old City in Mosul, but their use is becoming even more widespread, with new reports suggesting that the US is also using such shells in both Iraq and Syria.

Saudi Arabia | After Riyadh summit, Sunni unity crumbles

by Sharmine Narwani

The glowing orb stunt should have been a sign that all was not what it seems. Theatrics, in the world of politics, usually suggest an illusion needs to be spun for audiences somewhere.

Did millions of Muslims march against the Islamic state?

Reports that millions of Muslims protested against ISIS and that the news media ignored the event are misleading.

CLAIM

Millions of Muslims protested against the Islamic State in November 2016, but a “media blackout” prevented people from hearing about the event.