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Editorial

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Did Obama threaten to shoot down Israeli jet?

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack…

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Current Affairs

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE: IRAN/SYRIA/ISRAEL

Iran opens new front in Syria – with eye on Israel

Ed Blanche reports from Beirut

 

Iranian-led forces, spearheaded by seasoned…

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US & IRAN: A dangerous fait accompli?

The U.S. looks set to present its allies with a dangerous fait accompli on Iran’s nuclear program. The joint statement by Secretary of State Kerry…

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Netanyahu’s Iran nuclear claims discredited by Mossad

Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by…

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Russia hits out at US for fuelling fires of discontent in the Middle East

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) has accused the United States of plunging the Middle East into chaos and fueling the rise of…

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Regional round-up

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Iraq moves against Islamic State in Tikrit

Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies. A…

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Yemen instability puts US counterterrorism efforts at risk — Pentagon

The United States has admitted that “there’s no question” its counterterrorism efforts in Yemen “have been affected” by the country’s political…

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QABOOS

Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Oman prepares for change

One of the Middle East’s longest serving and best loved leaders is in failing health, leading to much speculation that, at the very least, Sultan…

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Business

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EBRD and Bank al Etihad support small businesses and trade in Jordan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a US$ 20 million credit line to Bank al Etihad for on-lending to micro,…

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Oil Flows Resume at Libya’s Largest Field

Libya’s largest oil field and a key oil port have been brought back online, though attacks by Islamic extremists have continued elsewhere in the…

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Qatar awards new Doha metro contracts

Qatar Rail has awarded the turnkey contract for rolling stock and railway systems on Phase 1 of the Doha metro to a consortium is led by Mitsubishi…

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News and Views

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Islamic State lies about looting

It would appear that some but not all of the footage of destruction of priceless works of art in Iraq has been faked. A propaganda video released by…

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Book review – Beyond Syria’s borders

Beyond Syria’s borders
By Emma Lundgren Jorum
Published by I B Tauris
ISBN 9781780767420
Price £ 62.00 hardback

Lebanon, together with the…

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Emir of Qatar speaks out

In an op-ed in The New York Times, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has written:

The Middle East is experiencing perilous times. The…

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Travelog

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Luxury attracts worldwide tourists to Oman

 

Oman has become a must-see destination on the itinerary of world travellers, it embodies all that is beautiful about the Middle East…

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