Middle Orient

Summary of ISIS Activity around the Globe in 2023

In 2023, there was a sharp decline (about 50%) in the scope of ISIS’s terrorist activityaround the world compared with 2022.2 The downward trend in the volume of activity hadcontinued since 2020. However, 2023 saw the sharpest decline. E_091_24Download

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Gaza: The Donkey and the Fate of Western Civilization

Blackened smoke in the background, the raging inferno ripped through tents long after Israel had bombed another designated “safe” zone for evacuated civilians from north of Gaza. A charred body, of a boy or a girl, pulled from the wreckage, still burning. It’s the “bigger shoah,” the bigger Holocaust, Matan …

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Iran’s allies in Iraq are firing at Israel. Could that trigger a wider war?

Iran-backed Shi’ite armed groups in Iraq have ramped up rocket and missile attacks on Israel in recent weeks, raising concerns in Washington and among some Iranian allies of potential Israeli retaliation and regional escalation should they draw blood. Though the attacks, often from hundreds of miles (kms) away, are not …

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Israel army ‘stretched’ as fighting rages on multiple fronts

On the same scorching day last month, Israeli troops fought street battles with Hamas militants in Gaza, its fighter jets struck Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and soldiers exchanged fire with Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank. As the war in the Gaza Strip nears its ninth month, Israel’s military …

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In rare clash with Iran, China reaffirms solidarity with UAE over disputed islands

Iran seized control of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs several decades ago, though the United Arab Emirates has long claimed sovereignty over the islands, a claim backed by Gulf states and Russia. China reiterated on Monday its support for the United Arab Emirates regarding its dispute with …

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How Raisi’s death will test the unity of Iran’s hardliners

Analysis: Upcoming elections and the succession race for Supreme Leader could deepen infighting among Iran’s conservative political camp. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, 63, died in a helicopter crash in the north-western province of East Azerbaijan province on 19 May, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and six others. To demonstrate …

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Ben-Gvir threatens to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during Jerusalem ‘Flag March’

Israel’s extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has threatened to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque during a far-right ‘Flag March’ on Wednesday. Israel’s extremist National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has threatened to storm the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday, during a provocative ‘Flag March’ through Jerusalem. Israeli settlers are due to …

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Who is ‘Abu Obeida’, the iconic masked spokesperson for Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades?

Abu Obeida attracts a wide audience of Palestinians and Arabs due to his eloquence in the Arabic language and his creativity when he speaks. When a new recording of Abu Obeida, the official spokesperson for Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, is aired, millions of people pay attention and …

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Between hope and anxiety, Palestinians in Gaza look forward to Biden’s ceasefire plan

Separately speaking to The New Arab, Palestinians in Gaza expressed differing points of view, moving between optimism and pessimism, about the new initiative. Between hope, fear, and anxiety, Palestinians in Gaza are following the news about US President Joe Biden’s initiative that was announced on Friday and which could potentially …

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Biden’s secret support for Iran America is far from Israel’s best friend

This past Memorial Day, as Americans honoured their war dead, the Biden administration was running interference for an Iranian regime whose Supreme Leader has described “death to America” as his official state policy. A report in the day’s Wall Street Journal described how the US was “pressing European allies to …

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