While we were watching Boston, the Mideast did not lock-down: regional news roundup
On the weekend of 19 April 2013 while all eyes were fixed firmly on the U.S.’s east coast, in the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, it was business as usual in the Middle East. Audiences tuned into the Bostonian drama unfolding, transfixed to every twist, turn, tip-off and tweet and the Massachusetts suburb of Watertown hogged the headlines from East to West. It’s no surprise we were gripped: just when we were sure it was a domestic issue, some Chechen flavor was thrown into the melting pot to re-awaken those global Jihad watchers. This was the most-wanted search of the century, second only to OBL’s 10 year ‘marathon’ manhunt and distilled into 48 hours of high-speed cop-chase. But there was no let-up in the Middle East news-ticker. From Baghdad to Bahrain, Syria to Saudi, it was all kicking off in the region where the camera crew never snoozes.
- New start? No chance: Spruced-down NY party as the ME braces for a sobering 2013
- الشرق الأوسط لم يغب عن الساحة لحساب انفجارات بوسطن
- Palestinian Leadership Says Ceasefire Part of Comprehensive Package
- At Wales summit, Obama garners NATO support for U.S. military actions in Iraq
- Regional ripple: Mideast feels the tremor from Iran’s giant quake