Middle East News

Israel targets Syrian artillery, ammunition truck
Damascus [Syria], June 26 : On the second day of the Israeli military strikes in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defence Forces struck two artillery launchers and an ammunition truck on the Syrian side of the border. Read Full Story

Demands of Saudi an attack to Qatar's sovereignty: Erdogan
Istanbul [Turkey], June 25 : Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dubbed the demands made by Saudi Arabia and three other nations to Doha to end a blockade as an attack to Qatar's sovereignty right. Read Full Story

Egypt President Sisi ratifies Red Sea islands deal
Cairo [Egypt], June 25 : Eypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified the maritime demarcation deal that cedes sovereignty over two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread public criticism of the deal. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia's demands 'infringe upon our sovereignty': Qatar
New Delhi /Doha [Qatar], June 24 : Responding to the list of demands handed over to Qatar by Saudi Arabia as the price for lifting a blockade on trade and diplomacy, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani has asserted that it was an attempt to 'infringe' upon the state's sovereignty. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia makes 13 demands to Qatar for ending blockade
London [U.K.], June 23 : Saudi Arabia has handed down a list of 13 demands to Qatar as the price for lifting blockade on trade and diplomatic embargo. Read Full Story

Gulf crisis: Turkey sends First shipment of aid to Qatar
Ankara [Turkey], June 22 :Turkish economic minister Nihat Zeybekci said that the first Turkish ship carrying aid to Qatar has departed in a bid to break the embargo imposed on Doha by a number of Gulf countries. Read Full Story

Mosul mosque destruction means ISIS admitting defeat: Iraq PM
Mosul [Iraq], June 22 :Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that the ISIS act of destroying the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri amounts to an official announcement that they have admitted their defeat in the eight-month-old battle of Mosul. Read Full Story

Trump, Saudi crown prince discuss Mideast peace
Washington D.C. [United States], June 22 : United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia's new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, to congratulate him on his recent elevation and discussed ways to resolve the ongoing dispute in the gulf region. Read Full Story

Iran objects to Tillerson's call for regime change, delivers protest at UN
Tehran [Iran], June 21 : Iran has objected to the calls made by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of supporting efforts of a regime change in Tehran and also threatening to pursue sanctions on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Read Full Story

Saudi king names son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince
New York [U.S.], June. 21 : In a major reshuffle announcement on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman has named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, as heir. Read Full Story

Israel begins reducing power to Gaza
Jerusalem [Israel], June 19 : Israel on Monday reduced the amount of electricity it provides to the Gaza Strip, acceding to a request from the Palestinian Authority to put pressure on Hamas. Read Full Story

Self-medication misuse looming large in Middle East
Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 19 : There is a massive problem of self-medication misuse in the Middle East, according to a recent study. Read Full Story

Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria
Tehran [Iran], June 19 : Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said that it launched several missiles into Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the attacks in Tehran on June 7. Read Full Story

Saudi bombing kills 24 in Yemen's al-Moshnaq market
Sana'a [Yemen], June 18 : At least 24 people were killed after Saudi warplanes bombed a bustling marketplace in Yemen's extreme northwest, local media reports said on Sunday. Read Full Story

Bahrain to celebrate International Yoga Day with fervor
Manama [Bahrain] June 17 : Bahrain will celebrate International Yoga Day (IYD) here at Sar Mall on June 21. Read Full Story

Turkish FM in Qatar to resolve Gulf diplomatic rift
Doha [Qatar], June 15 : Taking initiative to resolve the Gulf crisis Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has landed in Doha in a first leg to his Gulf tour to mend Qatar's ties with Arab states and said the crisis should be resolved "through peace and dialogue". Read Full Story

Milk crisis: Businessman plans to airlift 4,000 cows to 'isolated' Qatar
London [UK], June. 14 : Amid the blockade by Gulf Arab neighbours, Qatar is slowly entering into a crisis situation. In an attempt to solve the supply-demand woes over milk, a local businessman is working on plans to airlift 4,000 Holstein dairy cows into the country. Read Full Story

Saudi Army officer killed in terror attack
Manama [Bahrain], June 12 : :A Saudi army major has been killed and two other soldiers injured when their night patrol car came under a bomb attack in the country's eastern Qatif province, the Interior Ministry said early Monday. Read Full Story

ISIS leader Baghdadi killed in air strike in Syria: Reports
Damascus [Syria], June 11 : Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has allegedly been killed in airstrikes, the Syrian state television reported on Sunday. Read Full Story

Iran lawmakers briefed on Tehran attacks
Tehran [Iran], June 11 : Lawmakers of the Iranian Parliament were briefed on the recent deadly terror attacks in the country by the Iranian Intelligence and Interior Ministers as well as Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami in a closed-door session of Parliament (Majlis) on Sunday. Read Full Story

Iranian security forces kill mastermind of Tehran attacks
Tehran [Iran], June 11 : The Iranian security forces have killed the mastermind behind the two deadly terror attacks on the country's Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini. Read Full Story

Qatar crisis issue may turn to global problem: Turkish PM
Istanbul [Turkey], June 11 : Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that the Qatar issue might soon turn into a global problem if the tension in the gulf region increases. Read Full Story

Qatar hires ex-U.S. attorney general to rebut accusations of 'supporting terrorism'
Doha [Qatar], June 11 : The Government of Qatar, which has been facing criticism across the world, has hired ex- U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft, in order to rebut the accusations made by U.S. President Donald Trump and its Arab neighbors that it supports terrorism. Read Full Story

Qatar must stop funding terror, extremist ideology: Trump
Washington D.C. [ United States], June 10 : Accusing Qatar of 'sponsoring terrorism at a very high level', U.S. President Donald Trump has said it's time that Qatar stop funding terrorism. Read Full Story

Iraq: Female suicide bomber kills 21 in deadly explosion
Baghdad [Iraq], June 9 : At least 21 people were killed and several others wounded after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in a market south of the capital Baghdad on Friday, according to media reports. Read Full Story

18 Qataris on 'terror list' issued by Saudi-bloc
Doha [Qatar], June 9 (NI):As many as 59 individuals and 12 organisations - either Qatar based or funded by Qatar - on a error list, a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE has said. Read Full Story

U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS enter Raqqa
Raqqa [Syria], June 9 : The Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States have entered Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, in an apparent bid to reclaim the militants' largest stronghold in Syria. Read Full Story

Iran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks 'repugnant'
Tehran [Iran], June 9 : Iran has slammed United States President Donald Trump's response to Wednesday's twin terror attacks in Tehran as epugnant even as the death toll from the ISIS-claimed assaults rose to 16. Read Full Story

Iran intelligence ministry reveals identity of terrorists killed in Tehran attacks
Tehran [Iran], June 8 : Iran's Intelligence Ministry has identified the five terrorists who were killed during the two deadly terror attacks on its parliament and on the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini on Wednesday. Read Full Story

'Stay updated, don't believe rumours': Indian Embassy in Qatar issues advisory
Doha [Qatar], June 7 : In wake of the ongoing 'Gulf crisis', the Indian Embassy in Qatar on Wednesday issued an advisory and assured that the political developments are not something which should worry Indian citizens here. Read Full Story

Iran twin attacks: ISIS claims responsibility, 12 killed
Tehran [Iran], June 07 : Two terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 40 others on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Iran Parliament attack: All four terrorists gunned down
Tehran [Iran], June 07 : All four terrorists who carried out today's attack on the Iranian parliament have been killed in an exchange of gunfire. Read Full Story

Persian Gulf states should resolve regional dilemmas through talks-Ex-diplomat
Tehran [Iran], June 7 : The only way to resolve the ongoing dispute between the Persian Gulf's southern littoral states is to admit that the era of hegemonic aspirations is over and that dialogue is the only way to resolve exisitng problems and differences, a Iranian Middle East and nuclear policy specialist has said. Read Full Story

Tehran Security Council holds emergency post terror attacks
Tehran [Iran], June 7 : The Tehran Security Council has convened an emergency meeting after two terror attacks were reported on the Iranian Majlis and Imam Khomeini Mausoleum respectively on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Three injured after assailant fires at guards in Iranian Parliament
Tehran [Iran], June 7 : At least persons have reportedly been injured after an unknown male assailant fired several rounds at guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Paris' Notre-Dame's assailant reportedly said, 'This is for Syria'
Paris [France], June 7 : The man who attacked an officer on Tuesday at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris said, This is for Syria, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. Read Full Story

Gulf crisis: Trump gloats about his Saudi visit 'paying off'
New Delhi , June 06 : Terming the sidelining of Qatar by Gulf nations as 'the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism', U.S. President Donald Trump gloated about his recent visit to the Middle east, which according to him paved the way for this move. Read Full Story

Kuwait Emir in talks with Saudis, Qataris to resolve Gulf crisis
Doha [Qatar], June 6 : :In an effort to resolve the Gulf crisis, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has held talks with the Saudi envoy and made a phone call to Qatar's ruler after some of the countries severed diplomatic relations with Qatar over individual national security concerns. Read Full Story

Gulf rift may affect US goals in Mideast
Washington [U.S.] June 6 : The Gulf crisis could disrupt American efforts to defeat the ISIS and counter Iran's growing influence in the Middle East. Read Full Story

Turkey's Erdogan calls for dialogue to ease Gulf crisis
Ankara [Turkey], June 6 : : Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for dialogue and negotiation among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to ease the unprecedented diplomatic crisis that has erupted after some of the countries severed diplomatic relations with Qatar over individual national security concerns. Read Full Story

Qataris stock up on food amidst fear of economic blockade
Doha [Qatar], June 6 : Ever since six countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar after accusing the state of supporting terrorism and destabilising the region, residents of Qatar have been stocking up on food, worried that a diplomatic spat with its neighbours could turn into an economic blockade and lead to shortages. Read Full Story

Saudi-Qatar fallout: Emirates to suspend flights to, from Doha
Dubai [United Arab Emirates] June 5 : In the wake of the ongoing diplomatic rift in the Gulf, Dubai-based Airline Emirates is suspending flights to and from Doha beginning Tuesday morning. Read Full Story

Yemen breaks off diplomatic ties with Qatar
Sanaa [Yemen], June 5 : Following a similar move by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, Yemen also broke off its ties with Qatar for working with its enemies of the Iran-aligned Houthi militia, local media reports said. Read Full Story

Qatar regrets Gulf countries decision to cut diplomatic ties
Doha [Qatar], June 5 : Qatar's Foreign Ministry on Monday said that the country regrets the decision of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates' and Egypt to cut off diplomatic ties with it. Read Full Story

Etihad to suspend flights to Qatar amid Gulf diplomatic rift
Abu Dhabi [United Arab Emirates], June 5 : In the wake of the ongoing diplomatic rift in the Gulf, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways on Monday announced that it will cancel all flights to Qatar. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia suspends Qatari troops participation in war in Yemen
Riyadh[Saudi Arabia], June5 : The Arab coalition has said it has suspended Qatar's troops participation in an ongoing war in Yemen. Read Full Story

Qatari diplomats given 48-hours to leave Bahrain
Manama[Bahrain], June 5 : : Severing diplomatic ties with Qatar, Bahrain's foreign affairs ministry on Monday issued an advisory for all Qatari diplomatic staff to leave the country within the next 48 hours and also issued an 14-day ultimatum to Qatari citizens to leave Bahraini territories . Read Full Story

S. Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], June 5 : Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar over allegations that the latter is encouraging terrorism and extremism. Read Full Story

ISIS surrenders leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's hideout in Iraq
Baghdad [Iraq], June 5 : The Islamic State has surrendered the key town of Baaj in north-west Iraq, which was a known hideout of the terrorist group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Read Full Story

Massive explosion leaves 35 injured in Southern Iran
Tehran [Iran], June 03 : A huge explosion at a hypermarket in Iran's southern city of Shiraz wounded at least 35 people on Friday night. Read Full Story

Lebanon officially bans 'Wonder Woman' movie
Los Angeles [USA], June 1 : It looks like 'Wonder Woman' will not get a 'wondrous' start in Lebanon. Read Full Story

At least 13 dead in Turkish military helicopter crash
Sirnak [Turkey], June 1 : At least 13 soldiers were killed after a Turkish military helicopter crashed near Turkey's border with Iraq after hitting a high-voltage transmission line, according to reports. Read Full Story

Gunman kills two inside a school in Riyadh
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], May 31 : At least two people including an American national were reportedly killed after a gunman opened fire inside a school in Riyadh on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Taliban influence already present in nine Afghan provinces, says South Asian expert
New Delhi May 31 : In the wake of the Kabul blast in which around 80 people have been killed and more than 350 other injured, South Asia expert Dr. Waiel Awwad on Wednesday laid stress on the consolidated stemming of the Taliban in the country. Read Full Story

Lebanon calls for a ban on 'Wonder Woman' movie
Los Angeles [USA], May 31 : On one hand, 'Wonder Woman' has started its journey with rave reviews from around the world. On the other hand, the movie is likely to face a ban in Lebanon because of its lead actress Gal Gadot. Read Full Story

U.S. starts delivering arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria
Washington D.C. [USA], May 31 : Despite opposition from Turkey, the United States has started delivering military equipment to the Kurdish fighters within the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), including small arms and vehicles, as part of an effort to take the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa. Read Full Story

24 killed in twin bombing in Baghdad
London [U.K.], May 30 : Twin car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 24 people and injured several dozen in Baghdad on Tuesday.The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the gruesome attack. Read Full Story

ISIS claimed car bomb kills 10 in Baghdad
New York [USA], May 30 : At least 10 people were killed and 40 other were left injured when a car bomb exploded in central Baghdad early Tuesday. Read Full Story

US-led airstrike kills 20 civilians in Syria
Raqqa [Syria], May 29 : At least 20 civilians were killed in a U.S. led airstrike against the Islamic State terrorists in the southern countryside of Raqqa province in Syria. Read Full Story

Suicide bomb attack kills four in Iraq
Diyala [Iraq], May 28 : At least four persons were killed and 18 others injured after a suicide bomber blew himself near a security checkpoint in Iraq's central Baquba city on Sunday. Read Full Story

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