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Iranian Reformists Win Majority In Parliament and Religious Body

Reformists and moderate conservatives have won a majority of seats in the Iranian parliament following the first elections since the nuclear deal.

March 1, 2016
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Severe Malnutrition Confirmed In Syria’s Madaya, 32 Deaths Reported In Month: U.N.

The U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday confirmed cases of severe malnutrition among children in the besieged western Syrian town of Madaya, where local relief workers reported 32 deaths of starvation in the past month.

January 15, 2016
A rebel fighter inspects aid inside Red Crescent vehicles on their way to al Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province, Syria

‘Heartbreaking Scenes’ Witnessed In Starving Syrian Town

Aid workers who reached a besieged Syrian town spoke of “heartbreaking” conditions being endured by emaciated and starving residents, with hundreds in need of special medical help.

January 12, 2016
People gather at the site of car bomb in New Baghdad

At Least 48 Killed In Attacks In Iraqi Capital, Eastern Town

Gunmen detonated suicide vests inside a shopping complex in Baghdad on Monday and a car bomb exploded nearby in an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 18 people and wounded 40 others.

January 11, 2016
Supporters of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr burn an effigy of King Salman of Saudi Arabia during a demonstration against the execution of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia, in Baghdad, Iraq

Saudi Arabia To Halt Flights, Trade With Iran: Minister

Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran on Monday, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations.

January 4, 2016
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5 Best Things That Happened In 2015

Amidst the domestic sturm und dang of overly hyped fears and hysterical pandering to our worst instincts, continued progress around the world made us safer, healthier and potentially even smarter. So as a public service and a tribute to the truth, let’s dwell on the positive developments of the past year for a moment.

January 4, 2016
Shi'ite protesters carry posters of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration in front of Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia Cuts Ties With Iran As Row Over Cleric’s Death Escalates

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric.

January 3, 2016
A member of the Iraqi security forces holds an Iraqi flag at a government complex in the city of Ramadi

Capture Of Ramadi Complex Could Mark Strategic Victory Over Islamic State, But Will It Hold?

Anti-terrorism troops hoisted the national flag atop the key complex in the long-contested Sunni Muslim city west of Baghdad, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, Iraqi joint operations spokesman, said in a televised statement.

December 30, 2015
Yearend 2015: A Picture and Its Story

Iran Threatens Response To New U.S. Visa Restrictions

Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year’s nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement.

December 28, 2015
File photo of Militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province

Seized Documents Reveal Islamic State’s Department Of ‘War Spoils’

Islamic State has set up departments to handle “war spoils,” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

December 28, 2015
Turkish riot police walk outside the Israeli consulate before a protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, in Istanbul

Turkey Sees No Normalization Of Israel Ties Without End To Gaza Blockade: Spokesman

Turkey sees no normalization in ties with Israel unless its conditions for ending the Gaza blockade and compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish activists in 2010 are met, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.

December 28, 2015
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The 5 Worst Things To Happen In 2015

You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.

December 28, 2015
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How The U.S. ‘Train And Equip’ Program In Syria Collapsed

When the first group of Syrians from a U.S.-trained force intended to combat Islamic State crossed into their country from Turkey in mid-July, they arrived in uniform carrying M16 rifles, mortars and flak vests. But they had no expense money, little food and no clear idea of how they, just 54 men, were to battle the extremists.

December 25, 2015
Vehicles of Iraqi security forces are seen as they advance towards the center of Ramadi city, Iraq

Iraqi Forces Consolidate Position In Ramadi Ahead Of Final Push Against Islamic State

Iraqi troops who have fought their way deep into the Islamic State stronghold of Ramadi were consolidating their positions on Friday ahead of a planned final assault to capture the city.

December 25, 2015
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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Christmas

The truth is there’s not much you can say to bum out your new uncle-to-be who’s wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat. But for any relatives who aren’t immune to facts, you can mention these five points.

December 24, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz hold their hands over their hearts for the singing of the U.S. national anthem before the start of the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015
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Israelis Strike Gaza Strip After Rocket Lands Across Border

Israeli aircraft struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip Sunday night, hours after a rocket fired from the territory exploded in Israel, the military told the Times of Israel.

December 13, 2015
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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

Republicans need to believe that Barack Obama is a failure on par with George W. Bush and nothing you say will change that. But if politics come up at Thanksgiving, make these points for the benefit of your relatives who are not immune to facts.

November 23, 2015
A masked, black-clad militant brandishes a knife in this still image from video

U.S. Reasonably Certain British Is Leader Jihadi John Killed In Syria

The U.S. military said on Friday it was “reasonably certain” a drone strike had killed Jihadi John, Islamic State’s “lead executioner” and a symbol of the militant group’s brutality.

November 13, 2015
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Egypt Army Destroys Dozens Of Gaza Tunnels

Egypt has announced that its army had destroyed 31 tunnels connecting the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt last month, an army spokesman has said.

November 9, 2015
General view of King Abdullah bin Al Hussein Training Center where a Jordanian officer went on a shooting spree on Monday in Mwaqar near Amman

Jordanian Officer Kills Two Americans, One South African At Security Training Site

A Jordanian police officer shot dead two American civilian contractors, a South African contractor and a Jordanian on Monday at a U.S.-funded security training facility near Amman before being killed in a shootout, authorities said.

November 9, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

Netanyahu Expects More Military Aid From Meeting With Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday is being billed as a fence-mending visit after their dispute over the Iran nuclear deal — but analysts see the meeting as something of a victory lap for Netanyahu.

November 8, 2015
The Metrojet's Airbus A-321 with registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, is seen in this picture taken in Antalya

Britain Halts Flights To Sharm el-Sheikh Amid Fears Russian Jet Was Downed By Bomb

Citing concern that a Russian airliner “may well have been brought down by an explosive device,” the British government Wednesday canceled all flights to Britain from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

November 4, 2015
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Winning Isn’t Everything — Especially In Syria

Some people think about foreign relations the way they think about football, with the U.S. as the home team. But sometimes there aren’t any victories.

October 21, 2015
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dunford shakes hands with Israeli army officers in Tel Aviv

Israel, U.S. Signal Security Ties Back On Track After Iran Feud

Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday they were starting to put disputes over the Iran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid for Israel as it hosted Washington’s top general and a joint air force drill.

October 18, 2015
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