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: Turkey’s War on Syria. Bluff or Reality? By South Front, February 21, 2020
Russia and Turkey, “Allies” Fighting One Another: On Opposite Sides of the War on Syria By Stephen Lendman, February 21, 2020
U.S. and Iran Increase Competition to Influence Afghanistan By Paul Antonopoulos, February 21, 2020
Is Iran Ill-advised to Finance Its Regional Allies While Under Sanctions? By Elijah J. Magnier, February 21, 2020
Revealed: The British Government’s Covert Media Propaganda Campaign in Syria By Ian Cobain and Alice Ross, February 21, 2020
The War On Syria is Not Over: SAA Forces and Russia Confront US Sponsored “Jihadists”, Turkey’s Phony “Safe Zone”, Israel Threatens “Escalated Aggression” By Stephen Lendman, February 20, 2020
The Axis of Resistance Holds Firm as Washington Faces Retreat By Prof. Tim Anderson and Steven Sahiounie, February 20, 2020
Putin vs. Erdogan: Who’s Going to Blink First? By Mike Whitney, February 20, 2020
Video: Aleppo City’s Countryside Fully Secured, Syrians in Aleppo Celebrate the End of Terrorism By Eva Bartlett, February 20, 2020
Netanyahu in the Dock Set for March 17. What Happens if Convicted of Bribery, Fraud? By Stephen Lendman, February 20, 2020
Video: Syrians Are in Desperate Race to Outrun Brutal Regime Offensive By South Front, February 20, 2020
Trump’s Deal Is a Show Hiding the Real Problem: Ongoing Israeli Apartheid By Richard Falk, February 19, 2020
The Unbreakable Bond of Ireland and Palestine By Creede Newton, February 19, 2020
US Middle East “Peace Deal” Designed to Perpetuate Conflict By Tony Cartalucci, February 19, 2020
EU Nations Push for Bloc’s Recognition of State of Palestine By Telesur, February 19, 2020
NATO Wars Against Freedom, Justice and Humanity By Mark Taliano, February 19, 2020
Video: Towards The Liberation of Idlib City By South Front, February 19, 2020
Russia Needs to Prioritize Greece as Relations Rift with Turkey By Paul Antonopoulos, February 19, 2020
UN List of Firms Aiding Israel’s Settlements Was Dead on Arrival By Jonathan Cook, February 19, 2020
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