Tag: Middle East

U.S. and British Warplanes Again Strike Houthi-Linked Targets in Yemen

The United States and Britain carried out another round of large-scale military strikes Saturday against multiple sites in Yemen controlled by Houthi militants, U.S. officials said. The strikes were intended to degrade the Iran-backed militants’ ability to attack ships in sea lanes that are critical for global trade, a campaign they have carried out for […]

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U.S. Strike Killed Afghans Recruited to Fight for Iran

It was a memorial for the “martyrs” killed when the U.S. struck military bases in Syria, according to Iranian state television. A small crowd sat in rows of folding chairs, men in the front and women in the back, at the main cemetery in Tehran, the Iranian capital, earlier this month. Children milled around and […]

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$15 Million Dubai License Plate Sits On A Mansory Rolls-Royce Cullinan

$15 Million Dubai License Plate Sits On A Mansory Rolls-Royce Cullinan | Carscoops <!—-><!– –><!– –><!—-><!—-> The luxurious British SUV has a dramatic two-tone turquoise and matte black paint scheme https://www.carscoops.com/author/bradcarscoops-com/ <!––> by Brad Anderson February 16, 2024 at 09:34 <!––> <!– –> In April last year, a Dubai license plate sold for a staggering […]

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A Blinken Visit Puts U.S.-Israeli Tensions on Full Display

As Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken sat down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel this week, American and Arab officials were expressing cautious optimism over the latest proposal from Hamas for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. But just hours after speaking to Mr. Blinken, Mr. Netanyahu appeared more intent on delivering a […]

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Is Joe Biden Uniquely Indifferent to Palestinian Suffering?

The Biden administration has claimed repeatedly that it is working to reduce civilian casualties, increase humanitarian aid, and press the Israelis to conduct the war in a less indiscriminate way. That may be, but the numbers speak for themselves, and while the administration is sending one message from its podiums, it has repeatedly circumvented Congress […]

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Houthi Attacks and U.S.-Led Strikes Dash Hopes for Quick Yemen Peace Deal

For nine years, Yemen was torn by a war that erupted when the Houthis, a Yemeni militia supported by Iran, ousted the government and took control of the country’s northwest. Alarmed by an Iran-linked group taking control across the border, Saudi Arabia assembled a military coalition and launched a bombing campaign, backed by American weapons […]

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The G.O.P. Bumper Sticker: Trump First. Putin Second. America Third.

Every so often there is a piece of legislation on Capitol Hill that defines America and its values — that shows what kind of country we want to be. I would argue that when it comes to the $118.3 billion bipartisan compromise bill in the Senate to repair our broken immigration system and supply vital […]

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Lucid Air Police Car Revealed In Saudi Arabia With A Drone Carrier On Its Roof

Lucid Air Police Car Revealed In Saudi Arabia With A Drone Carrier On Its Roof | Carscoops <!—-><!– –><!– –><!—-><!—-> Saudi Arabia will soon have a fully electric fleet of police cars supplied by Lucid 1 hour ago <!––> <!– –> Lucid Motors may be facing challenges in terms of stock prices and car deliveries […]

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U.S. Strikes in Yemen, Syria and Iraq: A Timeline

The United States has led a major wave of retaliatory strikes in the Middle East, hitting scores of targets belonging to Iranian-backed armed groups since Friday. The strikes are a sharp escalation of hostilities in the region, one that President Biden had sought to avoid since the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza began […]

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Photo: Biden Sees Dignified Transfer of 3 Troops Killed in Jordan

A stillness lingered under a cloudy sky as a team of Army soldiers slowly emerged from the large gray C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft. They walked in step at a smooth and steady pace. Their eyes remained forward. The flag-draped transfer cases were held level with the weight distributed evenly among the six service members conducting […]

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A Biden Doctrine for the Middle East Is Forming. And It’s Big.

There are two things I believe about the widening crisis in the Middle East. We are about to see a new Biden administration strategy unfold to address this multifront war involving Gaza, Iran, Israel and the region — what I hope will be a “Biden Doctrine” that meets the seriousness and complexity of this dangerous […]

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New fellowship to help advance science journalism in Africa and the Middle East

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT has announced a new one-semester fellowship — the Fellowship for Advancing Science Journalism in Africa and the Middle East — that will start this year. The fellowship, developed through a generous gift from the global publishing company Springer Nature, was created in honor of the influential Egyptian science […]

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UNRWA Is Imperiled by Accusations of Terrorism

Leaders of the largest United Nations agency in Gaza warned on Monday that it may soon run out of money as new allegations emerged about Hamas’s influence on the organization. As U.N. officials fretted over the future of UNRWA, the main aid agency for Palestinians, Israeli officials debated whether it made sense to publicly air […]

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From Opposite Sides of War, a Hunt for Elusive Facts

In the frantic early hours of Oct. 7, amid wailing sirens and word of gunfights along Israel’s southern border, Achiya Schatz rushed with his toddler and heavily pregnant wife into a bomb shelter near Tel Aviv. He did not stay long. The first reports of the Hamas attack were already fusing with rumors, sweeping into […]

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This Rare Lamborghini Sian Roadster Is Perfect For A Rich Oil Tycoon

This Rare Lamborghini Sian Roadster Is Perfect For A Rich Oil Tycoon | Carscoops <!—-><!– –><!– –><!—-><!—-> While it may be based on the Aventador, the limited-run model is capped to just 19 units worldwide https://www.carscoops.com/author/bradcarscoops-com/ <!––> by Brad Anderson January 24, 2024 at 15:01 <!––> <!– –> Few automakers do limited-run models as well […]

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Houthis’ Propaganda Is Going Global

Soon after Yemen’s Houthi militia hijacked a commercial ship in the Red Sea, taking it and its 25-member crew hostage, the armed group used the vessel to record a music video. In the slick production, called “Axis of Jihad,” a drone camera pans over the hulking ship. Then a famous Houthi poet appears on the […]

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U.S. Expands Attacks on Houthis With New Strikes in Yemen

The United States and Britain carried out large-scale military strikes on Monday against about a dozen sites in Yemen controlled by Houthi militants, according to two senior U.S. officials. The strikes signaled that the Biden administration intends to wage a sustained and, at least for now, open-ended campaign against the Iran-backed group that has disrupted […]

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US Declares Two Missing Navy SEALs As Dead in Somalia

The U.S. military said on Sunday that it had declared two Navy SEALs dead after they went missing 10 days ago during an operation at sea to intercept weapons from Iran headed to Houthi fighters. They are among the first known U.S. fatalities in Washington’s campaign against the Houthis, who have launched dozens of attacks […]

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Iran’s Leaders Say They Don’t Want a War. Should We Believe Them?

The war in Gaza has now gone where many feared it would, expanding into conflict in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Red Sea. With America’s repeated strikes against the Houthis in Yemen this month, fears of a larger regional conflagration are steadily growing. Present in each of those arenas is Iran — and the question […]

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As U.S. and Militias Engage, White House Worries About a Tipping Point

Mr. Biden’s team is trying to manage all those flashpoints at the same time it is trying to find a way to press Israel to scale back its war against Hamas to a more surgical operation with fewer civilian casualties. So far, according to Gaza health officials, more than 25,000 people have been killed, some […]

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War Has Already Hurt the Economies of Israel’s Nearest Neighbors

In the Red Sea, attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi militants on commercial ships continue to disrupt a crucial trade route and raise shipping costs. The threat of escalation there and around flash points in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and now Iran and Pakistan ratchets up every day. Despite the staggering death toll and wrenching misery of […]

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At Davos, War Is on the Agenda, but the Focus Is on A.I. and Elections

Each day this week has brought a new and fleeting reminder to the executives and politicians at the annual World Economic Forum meeting of the two wars threatening global security and clouding the economy. Ukraine’s president spoke on Tuesday. Israel’s spoke on Thursday. Neither was able to hold the collective attention of a gathering that […]

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Why Iran Is the Common Link in Conflicts From Gaza to Pakistan

Israel and Gaza. Yemen and the Red Sea. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq — and now Pakistan, too. At every flashpoint in a set of conflicts spanning 1,800 miles and involving a hodgepodge of unpredictable armed actors and interests, there’s been a common thread: Iran. Tehran has left its imprint with its behind-the-scenes-backing of combatants in places […]

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Iran’s Missile Capability Is Forcing the West to Weigh a Response

When Iran launched a barrage of airstrikes this week into Iraq, Syria and Pakistan, it was not just showing off the reach and sophistication of some of its newest missiles but also staking a claim: This is a new era in which Iran can flex its muscles at will and, as an added benefit, bolster […]

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After Strikes, Iran Says It Won’t Hold Back on Using Military Might

Iran said it had launched the missiles at targets connected to a major terrorist attack earlier this month, the country’s deadliest ever, as well as in retaliation for the targeted killings of Iranian and Iran-allied commanders, which Iran has blamed on Israel. Analysts say Iran is walking a fine line, hoping to flex its strength […]

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Is Israel Part of What It Means to Be Jewish?

Last month, on the first night of Hanukkah, more than 200 people packed an old ballroom on the third floor of a restored synagogue in Brooklyn. A few came fresh off the subway from a protest in Manhattan that was organized by left-wing Jewish groups calling for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war. They were […]

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U.N. Warns Gaza Is Heading for Famine as Specter of Wider War Looms

The twin specters of a widening regional war and intensified suffering of civilians loomed over the Middle East on Saturday as the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen threatened to respond to American airstrikes, and a senior U.N. official warned of a “horrific” humanitarian crisis in Gaza that he said was hurtling toward famine. An American […]

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After U.S.-Led Strikes in Yemen, How Wide Will the Middle East War Get?

From the outbreak of the Israeli-Hamas war nearly 100 days ago, President Biden and his aides have struggled to keep the war contained, fearful that a regional escalation could quickly draw in American forces. Now, with the American-led strike on nearly 30 sites in Yemen on Thursday and a smaller strike the next day, there […]

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Biden Faults Austin for Judgment Lapse, but Says He Still Has Faith in Him

President Biden said on Friday that he maintained confidence in Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, but faulted him for not notifying the White House for days this month about his hospitalization after complications from prostate cancer surgery. Mr. Biden made the succinct remarks, his first in-person comments on a matter that has raised grave […]

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The Regional War No One Wanted Is Here. How Wide Will It Get?

From the outbreak of the Israeli-Hamas war nearly 100 days ago, President Biden and his aides have struggled to keep the war contained, fearful that a regional escalation could quickly draw in American forces. Now, with the American-led strike on 16 sites in Yemen early on Friday morning, there is no longer a question of […]

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Iranian Navy Says It Seized an Oil Tanker off the Coast of Oman

Iran’s Navy said it had seized a vessel loaded with crude oil off the coast of Oman on Thursday after an armed group wearing military-style uniforms and black masks boarded the ship. The vessel, previously named the Suez Rajan, was seized last year by the U.S. government over allegations that it was carrying Iranian oil […]

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