Middle East


UNIFIL says 'no appetite' for war as Lebanon, Israel talk about border dispute (09.03.2018)

Lebanon and Israel have been holding talks nearly every day over a border dispute that has raised tensions between the two enemy states, according to the U.N. peacekeeping force on the frontier that is mediating their discussions.

UN peacekeeping chief wraps up three-day visit to Lebanon (27.02.2018)

The head of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations has wrapped up a visit to Lebanon with a call on leaders from Lebanon as well as Israel to take advantage of the role UN peacekeeping can play in finding political solutions to conflict.

Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit (20.02.2018)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In a rare address to the UN Security Council, he said the situation was "no longer bearable" for Palestinians. Israel's ambassador however said direct...

‘There is no plan B,’ says Guterres, reiterating UN’s commitment to two-state solution (20.02.2018)

After over a century of hostilities including 50 years of continued military occupation, Israelis and Palestinians are still no closer to peace, a United Nations special envoy said on Tuesday, warning that even as many in the region have lost hope for positive change, the enemies of peace are...

NATO to expand Iraq military training mission (15.02.2018)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday announced that the alliance will expand its military training mission in Iraq and help the conflict-ravaged country develop new academies and schools for its armed forces.

Trump wants to cut funds for UN missions in Middle East (14.02.2018)

US President Donald Trump's administration is seeking to decrease its financial contributions to the Middle East in 2019, most notably to UN missions in Lebanon, the occupied Golan Heights, and Western Sahara. The plan, revealed on Monday, is unlikely to make it past sceptical politicians in...

Global donors pledge $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq (14.02.2018)

[…] The figure announced on February 14 fell short of the $88.2 billion Iraqi officials have said they need, but it would allow Baghdad to begin reconstruction after years of war, culminating with a declared victory over Islamic State (IS) extremists after three years of fighting.

Amid ‘difficult reality’ in Middle East, two-state solution more important than ever – UN chief (05.02.2018)

International consensus on a two-State solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be eroding “at a time when it is more important than ever,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling the ‘question of Palestine’ one of the longest unresolved issues on the agenda of the...

EU adopts new strategy (22.01.2018)

The Council adopted conclusions establishing a new strategy on Iraq, following the joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission on elements for an EU strategy on Iraq adopted on 8 January 2018.

IS poses threat to Iraq one month after 'liberation' (18.01.2018)

Barely a month after Baghdad declared victory over the Islamic State group, the jihadists could still recapture areas of Iraq, especially near the border with Syria, experts and officials say. Ali al-Bayati, a commander of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which fought alongside Iraqi...