Middle East


Renewed violence hits Lebanon amid ongoing economic crisis (15.01.2020)

Protesters in Lebanon have again taken to the streets amid an economy in tatters and political disagreements over the creation of a new government.

German defense minister pushes to keep German troops in Iraq (15.01.2020)

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has said German troops are ready to stay in Iraq — should the Iraqi government wish it. The German parliament has also signaled its support for troops to stay put.

Security Council renews UNMHA mandate (13.01.2020)

The UN Security Council unanimously extended for six months the political mission overseeing the peace agreement in Yemen between the government and Houthi militias, United Nations Mission to Support the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA).

Iraqi PM tells US to decide mechanism for troop withdrawal (10.01.2020)

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the U.S. secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.

UN investigators find Yemen's Houthis did not carry out Saudi oil attack (08.01.2020)

Yemen’s Houthi group did not launch an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities in September, according to a confidential report by UN sanctions monitors seen by Reuters on Wednesday, bolstering a U.S. accusation that Iran was responsible.

Counter-ISIS Coalition countries temporarily withdrawing personnel from Iraq (07.01.2020)

Members of the U.S.-led Coalition against Islamic State are pulling troops from Iraq as training of both the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga are paused due to security concerns and uncertainty over the future of the multinational mission.

Yemen southern separatists quit agreement to secure pro-government alliance (02.01.2020)

A prominent Yemeni southern separatist group has declared its withdrawal from Saudi-brokered negotiations to shore up the military coalition against the country’s Houthi rebels.

US immediately sending more troops to Mideast (31.12.2019)

The Pentagon is immediately sending 750 more troops to the Middle East after pro-Iranian protesters tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.

Saad Hariri says will not be Lebanon PM again as tensions rise (18.12.2019)

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced he would not seek the top post again, on the eve of twice-delayed talks to name a new prime minister that were expected to lead to his selection.

Only ‘concrete action’ will stop fraying of Israel-Palestine peace prospects (18.12.2019)

Obstacles to any lasting deal between Israel and Palestine continue to mount, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told Security Council members on Wednesday, and only “concrete action” towards a two-State solution will change that dynamic.