Category Archives: Near East

With Nearly 400,000 Dead in South Sudan, Will the US Finally Change Its Policy?

The Trump administration has remained largely silent about the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, maintaining a quiet diplomacy with the country’s leaders despite a recent report that nearly 400,000 people have died in the country’s civil war.

Saudi Arabia | CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi murder

The CIA has concluded in an assessment that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The US agency said it had collected multiple sources of intelligence indicating that the crown prince, known as MBS, issued the instructions for the killing, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Egypt Hosts ‘Arab Shield 1’ Military Exercise

A delegation from eight Arab countries arrived at Egypt to participate in major joint Arab military exercise titled ‘Arab Shield 1’ which will take place from 3 to 16 November, according to armed forces spokesperson Tamer El-Refai.

Yemeni war deaths underestimated by five to one

by Nicolas J S Davies

In April, I made new estimates of the death toll in America’s post-2001 wars in a three-part Intrepid Report series I estimated that these wars have now killed several million people. I explained that widely reported but much lower estimates of the numbers of combatants and civilians killed were likely to be only one fifth to one twentieth of the true numbers of people killed in U.S. war zones. Now one of the NGOs responsible for understating war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it was underestimating them by at least five to one, as I suggested in my report.

Saudi Arabia | Saudi journalist tortured to death in prison

Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday.

Reporting human rights sources, the news site said that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and royal family.