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    1. July 13, 2016

      It is too early to declare that Isis is on the run

      News that the US is sending 560 more troops to Iraq as part of the push to recapture the northern city of Mosul from...

    2. June 15, 2016

      America manages to infuriate both Sunni and Shia

      After world powers led by the US reached the nuclear deal with Iran that came into effect in January — accompanied by...

    Special Reports

    1. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
    2. Education in the Arab World

      Literacy rates are low across the region and young people lack the skills their econom...
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    1. June 1, 2016

      How Israel can marshal the ‘good news’ from the Middle East

      It is not often I hear the words “good news” associated with the Middle East. In fact, I can’t think of anything that...

    2. May 25, 2016

      American sanctions are hitting the wrong target in Lebanon

      Lebanon has been at risk of getting sucked into the vortex of the ethno-sectarian war raging across its border with...

    3. May 13, 2016

      Hizbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine killed in Syria

      A top Hizbollah commander has been killed in an explosion in Syria, the Lebanese Shia force said, in the most...

    4. April 17, 2016

      Israel will never give up Golan, says Netanyahu

      Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, said on Sunday the Golan Heights would “never” be returned to Syria, as he...

    5. March 8, 2016

      Saudi Arabia turns the screw on Lebanon’s economy

      Saudi Arabia is ratcheting up a campaign against Iran’s regional Lebanese proxy Hizbollah by squeezing Lebanon’s...

    6. February 19, 2016

      Riyadh suspends multibillion-dollar aid package to Lebanon

      Saudi Arabia’s $3bn aid package to Lebanese security forces has been suspended amid the fallout between regional powers...

    7. January 7, 2016

      Russia helps shift balance against rebels in southern Syria

      President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making a new push in southern Syria with the help of Russian air cover in a move...

    8. January 7, 2016

      The Saudi-Iran paradox that haunts the west

      The reaction of the US and European policymakers to the confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been visibly...

    9. January 4, 2016

      Hizbollah says it attacked Israeli army near Syrian border

      Hizbollah has claimed responsibility for planting an improvised explosive device that detonated near Israeli army...

    10. December 28, 2015

      Hundreds of civilians and fighters evacuated from Syria

      Hundreds of fighters and civilians were evacuated from two besieged areas of Syria on Monday in a UN-brokered deal...

    11. December 26, 2015

      Syrian rebel leader killed in air raid

      A senior commander of the powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam has been killed in an air raid on eastern Ghouta,...

    12. December 20, 2015

      Israel shelled after militant Samir Kantar dies in Syria strike

      Rockets were fired into Israel from southern Lebanon on Sunday evening, hours after a suspected Israeli air strike...

    13. December 7, 2015

      Why the west’s view of the Saudis is shifting

      Something is changing in the west’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. You can read it in the newspapers. You can hear it...

    14. November 20, 2015

      West looks for splits in Russia’s alliance with Iran over Syria

      One of the most important unanswered questions in the search for an end to Syria’s bloody war concerns the durability...

    15. November 12, 2015

      Beirut suicide bombings kill at least 37

      At least 37 people were killed and more than 180 wounded in two blasts that rocked Beirut on Thursday evening. The...

    16. November 10, 2015

      Syria regime forces claim recapture of key airbase

      Syrian government forces fighting Isis militants said they had lifted a three-year siege on a strategically important...

    17. October 21, 2015

      Tehran’s alliance with Moscow may be shortlived, say experts

      Iran’s new military co-operation with Russia may prove to be little more than a short-term alliance, say experts in...

    18. September 27, 2015

      Iraq and Russia to collaborate in fight against Isis

      Iraq announced on Sunday that it had signed an agreement to exchange intelligence with Russia, the latest sign of...

    19. September 23, 2015

      Israel is the biggest loser in Russia’s Syria build-up

      By deploying troops, aircraft and weapons to Syria, Russia has over the past fortnight surprised the US, outmanoeuvred...

    20. September 4, 2015

      Iran deal not such a failure for Israel’s Netanyahu

      Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, this week suffered what on the face of it would appear to be one of the...

    21. August 20, 2015

      Israel points finger at Iran over exchange of fire

      Fighting flared in Israel’s northern borderlands on Thursday evening as the Jewish state’s forces bombed and shelled...

    22. August 19, 2015

      Spotlight falls on Corbyn’s foreign policies

      At a campaign rally for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn began with a lengthy description of his meeting with...

    23. July 16, 2015

      The fate of a febrile Middle East is in Iran’s hands

      The historic deal over Iran’s nuclear programme has taken years to negotiate; its repercussions will likewise take...

    24. June 24, 2015

      Syria edges towards partition

      On a visit to Syria early this month, Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds force of the Islamic...

    25. May 31, 2015

      Power vacuum in Lebanon highlights threat to Christians

      Lebanon is the one country in the Middle East with a Christian president, and it has not had one for a year. This...

    26. May 8, 2015

      Lebanon’s Hizbollah and Yemen’s Houthis open up on links

      They are hundreds of miles apart and their local struggles have little in common, yet Lebanon’s Shia force Hizbollah...

    27. February 15, 2015

      Ten years on, Hariri assassination still resonates in Lebanon

      On Valentine’s Day 10 years ago, a ball of fire in Beirut’s main hotel district caused a massacre. A bomb attack on a...

    28. January 30, 2015

      Golan dangers mount as Hizbollah ditches battle ‘rules’

      For Israelis and Lebanese, Hizbollah’s border attack this week brought back uncomfortable memories of the start of...

    29. January 28, 2015

      Hizbollah and Israeli strikes leave 3 dead

      Hizbollah attacked a Israeli military convoy on Wednesday morning, prompting Israel’s military to strike targets in...

    30. January 27, 2015

      Israel fears retaliation as rockets from Syria hit Golan Heights

      Israel’s military said that at least two rockets hit its territory in the sensitive Golan Heights border region after...

    31. January 20, 2015

      Iran threatens to retaliate for Israel attack in Syria

      Iran on Tuesday threatened to retaliate in response to an Israel attack in southern Syria on Sunday that killed an...

    32. January 19, 2015

      Tensions rise between Israel and Hizbollah

      Tensions between Israel and the Iranian-backed militant organisation Hizbollah have mounted following an Israeli...

    33. October 26, 2014

      Lebanese army steps up fight against Sunni militants in Tripoli

      Lebanese security forces used helicopter gunships in an assault on Islamist militant strongholds in northern Lebanon at...

    34. October 25, 2014

      Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli

      BEIRUT, October 25 – Two Lebanese soldiers died from their wounds on Saturday as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen...

    35. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    36. August 6, 2014

      Saudi Arabia gives Lebanon $1bn in military aid to fend off Isis

      Saudi Arabia has agreed to give Lebanon $1bn in military aid to help it fend off an advance by the Islamic State of...

    37. May 25, 2014

      Lebanon political wrangling leaves presidency vacant

      Michel Suleiman, Lebanese president, finishes his term on Sunday with no one to replace him, as political wrangling...

    38. May 18, 2014

      Rebels kill head of Syria’s air defence force

      The head of Syria’s air defence force has been killed in a rebel attack on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition and...

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