Tuesday, Aug 25


ISIS’s destruction of Roman temple in Syria is war crime: UNESCO

Beirut, Reuters—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) demolition of a renowned ancient Roman temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra is a war crime that targeted an historic symbol of the country’s diversity, the United Nations’ cultural…

Friday, Aug 21


Turkey’s Erdoğan says he will call a new election for Nov. 1

Ankara, AP—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday that the nation will hold an early election on November 1, after no group won a majority from voters in June and Erdoğan’s party was unable to find a coalition partner. Erdoğan…

Sunday, Aug 16


Iraq: Suicide attacks, clashes kill 17 troops near Fallujah

Baghdad, AP—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Sunday launched an attack against government troops outside the militant-held city of Fallujah, killing at least 17 troops, officials said. Four suicide attackers drove…

Saturday, Aug 15

Yemen: Government loyalists say capture Taiz

Sana’a and Al-Hudaydah, Asharq Al-Awsat—Forces loyal to Yemen’s exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said on Friday they had captured most of the western city of Taiz after fierce clashes with Houthi militants and forces loyal to ex…

Thursday, Aug 13


European shares rally after China calms yuan fall

London, Reuters—European shares bounced on Thursday after a 4 percent fall this week, tracking global equities higher on efforts by China’s central bank to slow the sharp descent of the yuan that has rocked markets worldwide. The pan…

Tuesday, Aug 11


Iraq’s parliament approves reform plan in rare show of unity

Baghdad, AP/Asharq Al-Awsat —Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved an ambitious reform plan that would cut spending and eliminate senior posts, including the three largely symbolic vice presidencies, following mass protests…

Monday, Aug 10


US consulate in Turkey targeted as wave of attacks kills nine

Istanbul and Diyarbakır, Reuters—Two women shot at the US consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic…

Sunday, Aug 9

Iraq’s Abadi proposes clear-out of top government posts

Baghdad, Reuters—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet on Sunday to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to reduce corruption and save money in the face of mounting unrest. After…

Thursday, Aug 6


Opinion: Migration to and from Europe

European leaders have recently been preoccupied with the crisis of boat migrants as more asylum seekers continue to cross into Europe from Africa via the Mediterranean. By choosing to take the perilous journey, those illegal migrants risk…

Wednesday, Aug 5


Obama: Iran deal builds on diplomacy that won Cold War

Washington, AP—President Barack Obama on Wednesday launched a blistering denunciation of opposition to his Iran deal, arguing that none of the criticism stands up to scrutiny and warning that if Congress blocks the accord it will put the…


Turkey says coalition to launch “comprehensive battle” against ISIS

Istanbul and Bierut, Reuters—Turkey said on Wednesday a US-led coalition will soon launch a “comprehensive battle” against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from Turkish airbases, but Syria said any military action not…

Tuesday, Aug 4


Yemen: Pro-Hadi loyalists retake strategic base from Houthis

Sana’a and Aden, Asharq Al-Awsat—Forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi on Monday captured the strategic southern Al-Anad military base from Houthi militias who had held it for over four months.…

Monday, Aug 3


New UK bill requires landlords to evict illegal immigrants

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—A new UK immigration bill announced by the government on Monday gives landlords the authority to evict their tenants if they lose their right to stay in the country, the BBC reported. Under the proposals, landlords…


Kerry pushes Iran deal in Qatar

Doha, AP—US Secretary of State John Kerry brought the Obama administration’s case for the Iran nuclear deal to wary Arab officials in Qatar on Monday. Kerry was meeting with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the…

Friday, Jul 31


Cameron under fire for remarks on migrants

London, AP/Reuters—British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing criticism for using the word “swarm” to describe migrants trying to get into Britain through the Channel Tunnel. Cameron told ITV News that the situation is “very testing,”…

Thursday, Jul 30


Taliban say Mullah Omar dead, appoint successor

Peshawar and Kabul, Reuters—The Afghan Taliban have appointed Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency, two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant movement’s most senior figures said on Thursday, following…

Tuesday, Jul 28

NATO backs Turkey’s fight against ISIS

Brussels and Istanbul, Reuters—NATO offered political support for Turkey’s campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signaled the alliance may have a “duty” to…

Sunday, Jul 26


Turkey, US to begin joint offensive against ISIS in Syria: sources

Beirut and Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Turkey and the United States are to begin a joint offensive that will see them coordinate airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), informed Turkish sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday…


Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf states

Dubai and Manama, Reuters/Asharq Al-Awsat—Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began a charm offensive in the Gulf on Sunday to defend a nuclear deal seen by some Arab states as heralding greater Iranian support for armed groups…

Saturday, Jul 25


Turkey strikes ISIS, Kurdish militants in drive for “safe zone”

Ankara, Reuters—Turkish fighter jets and ground forces hit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) camps in Iraq overnight on Saturday, in a campaign Ankara said would help create a…

Friday, Jul 24


Turkey says jets strike ISIS targets in Syria

Ankara, AP—Turkish warplanes struck the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group targets across the border in Syria on Friday, government officials said, a day after ISIS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost, killing a soldier…

Wednesday, Jul 22


John Kerry: US will “push back” against Iran’s role in region

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Next month, US Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Qatari capital Doha to assure the US’s Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. As Tehran continues its support for…

Tuesday, Jul 21


UN Council backs Iran nuclear deal but Tehran hardliners object

United Nations and Dubai, Reuters—The United Nations Security Council on Monday backed Iran’s nuclear agreement with world powers but the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard attacked the resolution, underlining powerful opposition to…

Sunday, Jul 19


Yemen cabinet members arrive in Aden

Aden, Asharq Al-Awsat—Members of Yemen’s government met with local officials from Aden on Saturday, the first such meeting in the city since government loyalists captured it from Houthi rebels last week. A provincial official from Aden…


Nuclear deal will not change Iran’s relations with US: Supreme Leader

Dubai and Beirut, Reuters—Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday the nuclear deal with world powers did not signal any wider shift in Iran’s relationship with Washington or its policies in the Middle East. The…

Friday, Jul 17


Exiled Yemeni officials arrive in “liberated” Aden

Riyadh and Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Senior members of Yemen’s government-in-exile arrived in Aden from Riyadh in the early hours of Friday following the liberation of the southern city from Houthi rebels, a Saudi security source told Asharq…

Thursday, Jul 16


Obama defends Iran deal

Washington, Paris and Cairo, AP/Asharq Al-Awsat—President Barack Obama launched an aggressive and detailed defense of a landmark Iranian nuclear accord, rejecting the idea that it leaves Tehran on the brink of a bomb and arguing the only…

Wednesday, Jul 15

Opinion: Iran nuclear deal opens the gates of evil in the Middle East

As one Saudi official recently told Reuters, it would be “a happy day” for the Middle East if the nuclear deal stopped Iran gaining a nuclear arsenal. After all, no one in the region and the world will reject the deal if it succeeds in…


Analysis: Iran Nuclear Saga—No Deal Yet

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—After almost two years of intense diplomacy regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Iran and the P5+1 group led by the United Sates have produced a 159-page document, labeled a “deal” designed to curb Iran’s program in…

Tuesday, Jul 14


Iran, big powers clinch historic nuclear deal

Vienna, Reuters—Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an “historic surrender”. Under…