Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on July 17 that he hopes Yemen’s war will not spark direct confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and that they can work together to end the conflict in the country and Syria
Russia has said it is willing to deploy monitors to prevent any violations of a ceasefire in southwestern Syria by Syrian government forces, a senior U.S. official has said.
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘The Baghdad Eucharist’ by Sinan Antoon, translated by Maia Tabet (Hoopoe, American University in Cairo Press, 136 pages, $15)
Category: MUSTAFA AYDIN
Nearly nine months after the start of the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to retake Mosul after three years, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory and government control of his country’s second largest city on July 9.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on July 13 wrapped up a four-day mission to the Gulf with little sign of progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced on July 9 "victory" over Islamic State Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the city of Mosul, his office said
Category: MURAT YETKİN
The map of the Middle East was radically changed almost 100 years ago at the end of the First World War.
Chants against the Saudi royal family and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) mingled with the traditional cries of “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” at Jerusalem Day rallies across Iran on June 23
Category: GWYNNE DYER
Public-spirited businessman Moutaz al-Hayat is flying 4,000 cows into Qatar from the United States and Australia to boost milk supply in his country, which is being blockaded by most of its Arab neighbors in the Gulf. It will take 60 flights, and is definitely not cost-effective.
Category: NURAY MERT
The Qatar crisis is no surprise for those who follow the Middle East closely and know enough about this small country’s curious rise as a regional player.
Category: YUSUF KANLI
Thinking of the Qatar problem. Considering the probable role Al-Jazeera played in the build-up to this crisis. Bribe/purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of death machines from the United States by the Saudis and later by the Qataris.
Category: GÜVEN SAK
The sudden embargo on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates perplexed us all this month. It was a half-baked regional response to the half-baked American ideas presented during President Donald Trump’s recent visit
Sanctions and a Saudi-led campaign to isolate Qatar have resulted in the division of a number of families, some of those affected have told the Hürriyet Daily News.
Category: VERDA ÖZER
We are all confused by the successive crises in the Middle East.
A 59-name blacklist that the countries led by Saudi Arabia announced on June 9 further escalated tension between themselves and Qatar.
Category: CANSU ÇAMLIBEL
Now that the U.S. has finally pushed the button for the long-planned Raqqa operation in Syria to dismantle the so-called caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the genie is out of the bottle.
Category: SELİN NASİ
In a dramatic move this week, eight countries under the leadership of Saudi Arabia cut their diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar.
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Crimes of Honor, Drunken Brawls and Murder: Violence in Istanbul under Abdülhamid II’ by Roger A. Deal (Libra, 218 pages, 70TL)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected Donald Trump’s condolences for deadly attacks in Tehran, calling the U.S. president’s words repugnant.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia was behind twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed at least 12 people and injured 43, a statement published by the Guards said.
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