Middle East & North Africa

The Iraqi parliament suspended the corrupt 2014 agreement with the Obama administration which invited the US to lead a fake counterterrorism operation directed against the Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh), made up of mercenaries who are funded, trained and recruited by US-NATO, with the support of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Iraq is in the eye of the storm. Washington's "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran and Tehran's response put heavy pressure on the Iraqi government, a partner for both. The US expects Baghdad to resist Iran, and Iran expects Baghdad to resist the US. An almost impossible position.
The financial reaction was immediate. Saudi stocks fell, the oil prices rose, then settled and later fell again. It was an immediate reaction of major banks’ algorithmic speculation with about 10,000 operational hits a second. A trial for larger things to come?
Israel is obviously a major partner of the US and NATO. But there’s another element in US-Israeli relations. Israel also has an unspoken and unofficial alliance with Russia, where Netanyahu has a personal relationship with Putin.
Video: Turkish “Armed Groups” Don’t Help. Syrian Army Liberates Entire Western Aleppo By South Front, February 18, 2020
The United States Supports the Mujahedeen-e Khalk (MEK) Terrorist Organization By Robert Fantina, February 18, 2020
Explaining Syria: It’s Everyone’s Fault Except the U.S. and Israel By Philip Giraldi, February 18, 2020
Bloomberg Defied a Flight Ban to Show Support for Israel, Defended the Country Shelling a School and Killing Sleeping Children By Michael Arria, February 18, 2020
‘The Deal of the Century’ and Its Hidden Secrets By Hazim El-Naser, February 18, 2020
Syrian Forces Secure Aleppo City Completely By Arabi Souri, February 17, 2020
US Pressuring Iraq Not to Reveal Details of Soleimani Killing: MP By Iran Front Page, February 17, 2020
Kill the Culture, Destroy a Nation By Timothy Alexander Guzman, February 17, 2020
How AIPAC Is Losing Bipartisan Support in Washington By Ali Harb, February 17, 2020
Sanders Tells New York Times He Would Consider a Preemptive Strike Against Iran or North Korea By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, February 17, 2020
The Middle East: Ground Zero for Possible Global War? By Stephen Lendman, February 17, 2020
How Trump’s “Peace” Plan Will Redraw Israel’s Borders to Exclude to Non-Jews By Miko Peled, February 17, 2020
UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements in Palestine By Brett Wilkins, February 17, 2020
Video: Turkey Supports Al Qaeda Against Syrian Forces in Idlib By South Front, February 17, 2020
American Citizens Killed and Tortured by Israel? By Philip Giraldi, February 16, 2020
2013 Law Suit: Israel Tried and Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocide By Stephen Lendman, February 16, 2020
“We the People Refuse to Fight”: Abandon the Battlefield! By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, February 14, 2020
Trump’s Senate “Acquittal” Will Embolden Him to Adopt Increasingly Destructive Policies in the Middle East By Michael Jansen, February 14, 2020
New Leaks Shatter OPCW’s Attacks on Douma Whistleblowers By Aaron Mate, February 14, 2020
On Bombing Cultural Heritage Sites, Drone Assassinations, and Spirituality By Prof. Valeria Z. Nollan, February 14, 2020
Trump Regime Hostility Toward Palestinians By Stephen Lendman, February 14, 2020
US Rejects UN List of Firms with Ties to Israeli Settlements By Telesur, February 14, 2020
Video: Battle of Idlib and Prospects of Turkish-Syrian War By South Front, February 14, 2020
Video: Syrian Army Gives Turkey “Flick on Nose” in Nayrab, Secures Entire Aleppo-Damascus Highway By South Front, February 14, 2020
Western Anti-Chinese Propaganda Exaggerates Coronavirus Danger, Creates Panic By Andre Vltchek, February 14, 2020
Regime Change Wars Have No Basis in International Law By Mark Taliano, February 14, 2020
Video: Residents of Syrian Town Open Fire on US Armed Forces Patrol By Almasdar News, February 14, 2020
Israeli-Palestinian
Corporate America in Israel and Illegal Settlements By Stephen Lendman, February 13, 2020
More Lies on Iran: The White House Just Can’t Help Itself as New Facts Emerge By Philip Giraldi, February 13, 2020
Syria Imposes the Astana Deal by Force as Turkish, Russian Tensions Rise By Elijah J. Magnier, February 13, 2020
Crisis in Syrian Idlib Has Firmly Put Turkey Back into NATO’s Sphere By Paul Antonopoulos, February 13, 2020
The Syrian Arab Army Secures Fully Control of the Damascus – Aleppo Highway By Arabi Souri, February 12, 2020
Video: Turkey Fights Back Against ‘Assad Aggression’ in Idlib By South Front, February 12, 2020
Israeli-Palestinian
US Ambassador Sends Strong Message to Netanyahu: Patience, Young Grasshopper, You’ll Annex the West Bank Soon By Sarah Abed, February 12, 2020
How The 1979 Revolution Reshaped Iran and Saudi Arabia By David Hearst, February 12, 2020
Turkey Sends Reinforcements to Protect ISIS-Daesh in Idlib, Syria By Stephen Lendman, February 12, 2020
War or Peace: Turkish backed Terrorists, Erdogan’s Decision on Idlib By Steven Sahiounie, February 12, 2020
The Moroccan Atlas Mountains: Where Tradition Meets Climate Change By Nicolas Pantelick, February 12, 2020
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Slams Donald Trump’s Israel Plan as Apartheid By BDS South Africa, February 12, 2020
The Russia-India Oil Deal Is an ‘Unpleasant Surprise’ for Iran, Not the US By Andrew Korybko, February 12, 2020
Israeli Blocking of Palestinian Exports to Jordan Shows Reality of Apartheid that the Kushner Plan Would Only Cement By Juan Cole, February 12, 2020
Angry and Vindicated By James J. Zogby, February 12, 2020
The Mideast’s Place in Russia’s Greater Eurasian Partnership By Andrew Korybko, February 11, 2020
Democrats Ignore Trump’s Real Violations By Rep. Ron Paul, February 11, 2020
Video: The Battle for Idlib is Ongoing. Turkish Forces to the Rescue of “Peaceful Al Qaeda Militants” By South Front, February 11, 2020
Hollywood and Syria: The Uses of Enchantment in Crimes Against Peace By Miri Wood, February 11, 2020
The Siren Call of a ‘System Leader’ By Pepe Escobar, February 11, 2020
‘Bombshell’: Iraqi Officials Say ISIS —Not Iran— Likely Behind Rocket Attack Trump Used to Justify Soleimani Assassination By Jake Johnson, February 10, 2020
It’s No Big Deal that There Are Some Limits to Russia-Israel “Cooperation” in Syria By Andrew Korybko, February 10, 2020
In Oman the Old Monarch Passed Away, but the New One Will Guarantee Continuity By Andre Vltchek, February 10, 2020
‘Low Point in US Politics’ as Pence Shares ‘Crazy Conspiracy Theory’ About Iran, that Soleimani was Behind the 9/11 Attacks. By Middle East Monitor, February 10, 2020
Gas Wars in the Mediterranean By Mike Whitney, February 10, 2020
Israel Charged with War Crimes and Genocide. Complete 2013 Judgment of the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal By Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, February 10, 2020
The United States: A “Destroyer Of Nations” By Daniel Kovalik, February 09, 2020
South Africa’s Government’s Firm Stance against “Israeli Apartheid” By BDS South Africa, February 09, 2020
NATO Allies Hold Emergency UN Security Council Meeting to “Save Al-Qaeda” in Idlib By Miri Wood, February 09, 2020
UK Foreign Secretary Condemns Any Forced Annexation of the West Bank but Home Secretary Said to Approve of Such Illegal Land Grab By Hans Stehling, February 09, 2020
Iran Attack on Two US Bases, The “Evil Empire” Strikes Back. The Casualties? By Larry Romanoff, February 09, 2020
Expansion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Tehran Wants to Build “the Golden Ring” By Andrew Korybko, February 07, 2020
Break-up of Astana Partnership Was Inevitable. The Turkey-Russia Relation in Jeopardy? By Michael Jansen, February 07, 2020
Video: “The Deal of the Century”, Palestine and International Law: UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk By Michael Lynk and Michael Welch, February 07, 2020
CBP Lied About Iranian-American Detentions, Leaked Memo Suggests By Scarlet Kim and Hugh Handeyside, February 07, 2020
Iraq Is on the Brink of an Energy Crisis By Simon Watkins, February 07, 2020
Syria and Turkey Face War as Syrian Arab Army Poised to Take Idlib By Steven Sahiounie, February 07, 2020
Canada, Palestine and the ‘Deal of the Century’: Four Statements By Canada Palestine Association, Independent Jewish Voices, CJPME, and Canada Talks Israel Palestine, February 07, 2020
China, Iran and North Korea Are Almost Encircled by 500 US Military Bases By Shane Quinn, February 07, 2020
Syrian Army’s Offensive in Idlib Deepens Rift Between Russia and Turkey By Paul Antonopoulos, February 06, 2020
Video: Syrian Army Advance in Idlib Province. Netanyahu and Erdogan to the Rescue of Al Qaeda By South Front, February 06, 2020
The ‘Deal of the Century’: Revealed and Reviled By Hasan Abu Nimah, February 06, 2020
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) Lawyers Question Legality of Saudi Arms Ship Due to Dock in UK By CAAT - Campaign Against Arms Trade, February 06, 2020
Draft UN Resolution Condemns Trump Middle East ‘Peace’ Plan By Telesur, February 06, 2020
Trump and Balfour Compared By James J. Zogby, February 05, 2020
Duh, Jared! So Who Built the PA as a ‘Police State’? By Jonathan Cook, February 05, 2020
EU Rejects Trump Middle East Peace Plan, Annexation By Telesur, February 05, 2020
US Policy Vs. Iran: Apex Desperation By Tony Cartalucci, February 05, 2020
Video: Human Shields: Turkish Forces Suffer Casualties in Syrian Army Attack on Idlib By South Front, February 04, 2020
political sanctions
Trump Green Lights Greater Israel By Philip Giraldi, February 04, 2020
“Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East By Israel Shahak and Prof Michel Chossudovsky, February 04, 2020
The Shame of the Century: Kushner’s Deal Is Dead on Arrival By Steven Sahiounie, February 04, 2020
Trump’s “Deal of the Century”: Turning West Bank “Cantons” into Mini Gaza Extermination Zones? By Karin Brothers, February 04, 2020