Saturday, March 28, 2015
Middle East
Yemen Situation

Cartoon: Situation Report From Yemen

It’s everybody against everybody in the Middle East.

March 27, 2015
obama netanyahu

Obama Says US Must Re-Evaluate Mideast Stance After Netanyahu’s Comments

Obama and other officials have called out Netanyahu for his rejection of the two-state solution and a remark made about Israel’s Arab citizens that had racial overtones.

March 25, 2015
An Arab citizen of Israel looks at a list of parties running in Israel's 2015 parliamentary elections on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Arab citizens of Israel voted in record numbers Tuesday to propel a newly formed unified list of Arab parties to the third-largest party in Knesset, Israel's parliament. (Daniella Cheslow/McClatchy/TNS)

Palestinians Denounce Netanyahu, Vow To Keep Up Statehood Push

Palestinians are predictably displeased with the results of Israel’s election.

March 18, 2015

Cartoon: Basic Training

The military prepares for our new Middle East policy.

March 16, 2015
A pilot with the Royal Jordanian Air Force preparing to taking off after a scramble exercise, May 12, 2014 (AFP/Ssgt Brigitte N. Brantley)

Jordan Warplanes Strike IS After Pilot Murder

Jordan has launched new strikes against IS, after vowing ‘all-out war’ against the terrorists.

February 5, 2015
Photo: Activists carry posters with a portrait of the Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS militants, during a rally calling for the release of Al-Kassasbeh, in Amman on February 3, 2015 (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)

IS Claims To Have Burned Jordanian Pilot Alive

The Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive.

February 3, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

Mother Pleads With Islamic State; Deadline For Killing Hostages Passes

Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa’s fates still remain unknown.

January 23, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

IS Threatens To Kill Japan Hostages, Tokyo Vows Not To Give In

Learn more about the latest IS hostage crisis.

January 20, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow on December 19, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine And Middle East Crises

John Kerry is trying to jump-start diplomacy with Russia.

January 2, 2015

Palestinians Fail To Win Enough Votes To Pass U.N. Resolution

The Palestinians were unable to meet the threshold to pass a resolution through the U.N. Security Council.

December 30, 2014
Israel's Future

Cartoon: Israel’s Future

Cartoon: Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud look ahead.

December 22, 2014
Luke Somers

Al-Qaida Group Threatens To Kill American Hostage Luke Somers In Video

Time appears to be running out for American hostage Luke Somers.

December 4, 2014
Kerry Zarif

The Urgent Need For Diplomacy With Iran

America owes it to its armed forces to see these negotiations through.

November 28, 2014
Israel soldier

Israeli Woman Killed In West Bank, Soldier Wounded In Tel Aviv

An 18 year old from the Askar refugee camp in Nablus incites more violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

November 10, 2014
Kurdish soldier

Feminist Fighters: Kurdish Women Battling ISIS In Kobani

Courageous Kurdish women, answering the Islamic State’s abuse of their gender with force.

October 20, 2014

Here We Go Again In The Middle East

Why America’s new bombing campaign is like kicking an ant pile.

September 30, 2014
Obama UN meeting

Obama Admits U.S. Underestimated IS Threat

Find out what else the president had to say about the fight against IS.

September 29, 2014
Our Saudi Allies

Our Saudi Allies

Meet our “friends” in the Middle East.

September 29, 2014
afp photo Wakil Kobsar

Two Americans Killed In Kabul Suicide Bombing

Washington (AFP) — Two Americans were among those killed in a Taliban suicide bombing Tuesday that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul near the U.S. embassy, a defense official told AFP. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify if the American victims were soldiers or civilians. The NATO-led coalition had […]

September 16, 2014
John Kerry

U.S. Presses Arabs For Support As Obama Vows To Hit ISIS

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry pressed key Arab states Thursday to support an expanded American military campaign against Islamic State jihadists including U.S. air strikes in Syria. The top U.S. diplomat arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port city of Jeddah and said “I’m confident” as he was greeted by […]

September 11, 2014

Five Potential Pitfalls In Obama’s Plan To Combat The Islamic State

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sounded confident about his multi-pronged strategy to defeat the Islamic State. He said the United States would bomb the extremists whether in Iraq or Syria, train local partners to conduct the mop-up effort on the ground, expand humanitarian aid to suffering communities and work […]

September 11, 2014

Case Raises Questions About Afghanistan’s Response To Sex Crimes

By Ali M. Latifi and Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan — A case stemming from rapes that generated national outrage and brought swift convictions for seven assailants might seem like a milestone in Afghanistan, where such crimes often result in punishment for the women, if there is any punishment at all. Yet the […]

September 10, 2014
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Syria’s Violence Prompts Worse Humanitarian Crisis In A Century

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Nearly half of Syria’s population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue Committee. The complex civil war, which has now […]

August 29, 2014

Israel, Palestinians Agree To Long-Term Cease-Fire In Gaza Conflict

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TEL AVIV, Israel — The warring parties in the Gaza Strip agreed Tuesday to a long-term cease-fire, both sides said, raising hopes that a 50-day-old conflict that has killed more than 2,200 people might be at an end. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the accord, mediated by Egypt, […]

August 26, 2014

Palestinians Say Long-Term Gaza Truce Agreed With Israel

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) — The Palestinians have reached agreement with Israel on a “permanent” truce for Gaza, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday, in a move Hamas hailed as a “victory.” There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end seven weeks of deadly conflict in and around the […]

August 26, 2014