March 15, 2014
The head of the Syrian opposition said Saturday that they need more weapons to fight both Assad's forces and al Qaeda-linked groups.
Eight rockets were fired from Syria into Lebanon Saturday. One person was killed.
Approximately 100 Algerians gathered to protest President Bouteflika in a rare demonstration. Protests are usually violently dispersed by security forces.
Houthi rebels gathered in the town of Omran to protest the central government Friday.
Gaza's single power plant shut down on Saturday because of lack of fuel.
The Syrian ambassador to the U.N. says the opposition must acknowledge the presence of terrorism in Syria before the Syrian government will sit down for talks.
Fighting continued in Tripoli, Lebanon Saturday after sniper fire broke out, killing one Syrian man.
The Syrian army and Hezbollah recently stormed the Syrian town of Yabroud as fierce fighting continues in the strategic town.
Gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in Cairo Saturday, killing at least five policemen.
The Israeli army fired at southern Lebanon in retaliation for a bomb that targeted Israeli soldiers near the border.
The Syrian Electronic Army says they have accessed U.S. military documents by targeting CENTCOM.
March 14, 2014
Representatives of the opposition call out future Syrian elections as a sham
Clashes broke out on Friday in Amman as thousands of demonstrators protested against the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli soldiers.
At a recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting, Saudi Arabia demanded Qatar to shut down several organizations, including Al-Jazeera
A new spate of kidnappings takes place in Libya, with 70 Egyptians abducted
US Secretary of State John Kerry explained on Thursday that sanctions against Iran are still in place and are being enforced
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has reportedly been hospitalized in Lebanon for pressing medical checks
Russia says there is no need for a new timeline as chemical weapons will be out of Syria by April 13
Sunni Islamist rebels claimed responsibility for kidnapping 94 people belonging to the minority Alawite sect
March 13, 2014
Rebel fighters fear losing grip on 'the capital of the revolution'
One officer died and three others were injured in a surprise attack on an Egyptian army bus
Turkish PM comes out against protestors after tens of thousands march to mourn the death of a 15 year old boy
A new bill passed by Syria's parliament paves the way for possible contenders to the presidency other than current President Bashar al-Assad.
Clearing the way for al Sisi: Former chief of staff for the Egyptian army will not run for president
Sami Anan, the former chief of army staff who recently survived an assassination attempt, announced he will not run for president. Many see this as a move to clear the way for Abdul Fattah al Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran "extends a hand of friendship and brotherhood to all regional countries...particularly to the Gulf" during his meeting in Oman this week.
A senior Islamic Jihad official said Thursday that Egypt had managed to reactivate a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.
U.S. President Barack Obama renewed sanctions against Iran this week via the National Emergency Act.
Saudi Arabia's recent declaration of a new additions to its terrorism blacklist is nothing new when you look at the Kingdom's history, says one analyst.
A new U.N. report highlights Libya's contribution to conflicts abroad.
Unknown gunmen in east Cairo shot dead a military officer and injured three soldiers early Thursday morning.
Clashes have erupted between anti-government protestors and riot police in several cities in Turkey, killing two people, including a police officer.
Adly Mansour, Egypt's interim President, said Wednesday that presidential elections will end before the end of July.
Mahmoud Abbas demanded Israel end its military escalation after a series of bombings this week.
Syria has decided to close its embassies in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait due to mounting pressure being put on its envoys in the Gulf states.
Washington is expected to decide within the upcoming days whether to resume aid to Cairo after its decision to suspend funding last year after former Islamist president's Mohammed Morsi's oust.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam may quit politics if the last-minute talks that are seeking to end the government's deadlock over a policy statement fail, political sources said Wednesday.
Israeli air forces launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip late Wednesday, with no immediate reports of injuries. The Israeli air strikes came after Islamic Jihad said that it launched 130 rockets into southern Israel in response to Israel's killing of three of its members on Tuesday.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said that Britain will stand with Israel and will fight all efforts that seek to boycott Israeli goods.
March 12, 2014
Two Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders, Akram El-Shaer and Mohamed El-Qabouty, have been arrested by INTERPOL in neighboring Gulf states, according to a statement issued by the Egypt's prosecutor-general on Wednesday.
Israel has announced plans to build more illegal settlements over the next four years in the occupied Golan Heights, despite warnings by the international community.
Algerian security forces on Wednesday prevented opposition leaders from marching to demand a boycott of next month’s election, in which long-reigning President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking a fourth term in office.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the international community to fight terrorism in Syria, warning that it could soon affect European countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel would respond "forcefully" against a volley of rocket fire launched against Israel, promising to maintain its security.
Dozens of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Wednesday, a day after an Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of people have gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a Turkish teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma. The injuries were sustained after he was hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests last year.
The partitioning of Libya is no longer the concern of pessimists alone but a tangible reality. Islamists are imposing their rule by force and the government and parliament are paralyzed. Is this the biggest mess Libya's been in living memory?
EU sanctions against the eldest sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were upheld by a European court on Wednesday, with officials saying her strong family ties made her inclusion on the sanctions list legitimate.
Egypt's government is cracking down on all links and ties to Gaza, which is ruled by Muslim Brotherhood-backing Hamas, and has closed the Rafah border.
Iran and Russia agreed to a preliminary deal Wednesday for the construction of two more nuclear power plants in Iran's port city of Bushehr.
Israel's Knesset voted Wednesday to compel ultra-Orthodox Jews to serve in the military.
In a rare decision, Syria's President Bashar Al Assad decided to make an unprecedented trip Wednesday to Damascus' suburbs to visit citizens displaced from the country's ongoing civil war.
Ousted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan escaped to Europe Wednesday despite the government's decision to place a travel ban on him Tuesday while he is under investigation for corruption and related irregularities.
The U.N. announced Tuesday in Geneva that the third refugee camp in Jordan for Syrian refugees is expected to open by April 30th in the Azraq area of the Kingdom.
At least two bombs exploded in Egypt Tuesday evening with one detonating near the Israeli embassy.
Syrian regime fighters backed by Hezbollah took "full control" of Yabroud this week, the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border.
MPs in Jordan are demanding a firm response to Israel for the death of Jordanian Judge Raed Zuaiter who died Monday after being shot by a border guard at the Allenby Bridge crossing.
Ousted Prime Minister has been banned by his own government from travelling abroad until his investigation over alleged financial corruption and "other irregularities" is completed.
Bahraini authorities arrested a U.S. national for "attacking" police Tuesday which may put rare rift in Manama's relations with Washington.
March 11, 2014
The death of the 15-year-old Turkish boy Tuesday who was previously wounded in Istanbul's June 2013 protests has spurred renewed protests in Turkey's largest city.
The family of Raed Alaa Addin Zieter who was killed by Israeli forces Monday was laid to rest in Nablus Tuesday. Israel later issued a statement expressing regret for the death, according to related reports.
Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi arrived in the UAE Tuesday after the UAE followed KSA's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.
At least three people from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley were hospitalized Tuesday for injuries received from Syrian rockets.
Syria's President Bashar Al Assad commended its ally Russia for "reestablishing balance in international relations" while suicide bombers in Qamishli killed five and left at least 15 wounded.
Factions of Libya's government met Tuesday to discuss issuing a new motion that would force the current Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to resign after his leadership failed to stop eastern rebels from independently exporting oil abroad.
The Gulf rift will not only affect KSA, Qatar and the related major players. GCC allies will need to carefully calculate their stances-and support-as well.
The Saudi foreign minister threatened to block Qatar's land and sea borders over Qatar's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi government recently designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday that Tel Aviv would not sign any deal with the Palestinians as part of ongoing peace talks until the latter recognizes Israel as the Jewish state.
The Jordanian judge who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Monday on the Allenby bridge crossing did not try to seize the gun of a soldier as Israelis claim, an eyewitness at the scene said Tuesday.
Hamas leadership told media this week that it will "not foster animosity" with Egypt regardless of the fact that Cairo has officially banned the Palestinian group's activities.
Three Palestinian resistance fighters were killed by an Israeli airstrike Tuesday.
A U.S. drone attack on a city in Yemen's central Ma'arib province has left at least two people, both Al Qaeda suspects, dead.
The Nusra Front is threatening to drastically increase attacks inside Lebanon.
Sami Anan, Egypt's former army chief of staff and potential presidential contender, said he survived an assassination attempt.
Pro-opposition activists said that Syrian regime aircrafts dropped a number of bombs and barrel bombs on Yabroud, as well as shelling rebel-held areas nearby.
The Jordanian government demanded Monday that Israel open a full investigation in the killing of Raed Zeiter who was killed on Monday by Israeli forces at Allenby Bridge.
Armed militants continue to disrupt aid to Palestinian refugees inside Syria's Yarmouk Camp.
The Syrian opposition said Monday that 141 women prisoners were freed from regime jails as part of a swap deal involving the release of 13 nuns abducted from the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula.
The Palestinian Fatah movement has expressed support for acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas’ rejection of Israel’s demand to be recognized as a “Jewish state.”
The last Arab summit granted the Syrian opposition a seat at the Arab League. However, the opposition is not yet ready to claim their seat.
UNICEF said Monday that the number of children suffering as a result of the ongoing Syrian conflict has more than doubled over the past year, adding that hundreds of thousands of children trapped in besieged areas of the war-torn country,
Israeli officials are open to a potential joint missile defense with Jordan and Egypt.
March 10, 2014
Israel recently intercepted a ship flying a Panamanian flag because officials believed it was carrying weapons from Iran to the Gaza Strip. Weapons were found aboard.
A Fatah official was shot and killed in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.
The Libyan government has decided to take military action to liberate oil ports that are currently controlled by militia groups.
Israeli bulldozers began earmarking a large piece of land in the Jordan Valley that was previously used for military exercises. It is believed that Israel plans to build more housing settlements on this land.
The Saudi religious police leveled an ancient graveyard in al Baha, a decision that angered many residents.
The man shot at the King Hussein Bridge Monday was a Jordanian Palestinian judge.
Ali Zeidan has threatened to bomb a Korean oil tanker attempting to export oil from a rebel-controlled port.
Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given yet another indication to his intention to run the upcoming presidential elections, reiterating that his nomination would be based on popular will.
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at the Allenby Bridge crossing with Jordan on Monday, Israel's army and witnesses said.
The council of Arab foreign ministers said that they support Lebanon in its resistance to Israeli aggression, and that they would be help support the Lebanese government as it struggles to cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said that considering the current turbulent state of Libyan politics, he will not resigning from politics.
A Fatah official called Hamas "shameful" for its practices of raiding Fatah ceremonies and slammed its allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Syrian regime aircrafts continued to pound the rebel-controlled area of Yabroud Sunday as clashes continues between the government and opposition fighters.
International observers will be sent to Algeria to monitor the upcoming presidential elections set to be held in April, according to reports this week.
Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby has urged Arab countries to take a “firm stand” against Israel’s demand for Palestinians to recognize it as a Jewish state, one week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas publicly stated there was “no way” he would accept a Palestinian capital in an Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.
Weapons experts at Israel's naval base in Eilat were trying to determine the type of rockets found on a ship captured by Israeli naval vessels, officials said. They are set to present their findings later today.
March 9, 2014
Bulgarian officials announced Sunday that they identified the bomber from 2012 airport bus attack that left five Israeli tourists and the driver dead as a Lebanese man.
European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton says there is no guarantee for the achievement of a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers, as she called the ongoing negotiations "difficult".
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed opposition to freezing settlement construction on the Palestinian land as a condition for the extension of talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority.