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#Middle East

# middle-east - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Irish Government 'equally condemns' attacks from both Israel and Gaza
# Escalating Violence
# Escalating Violence

Irish Government 'equally condemns' attacks from both Israel and Gaza

Jul 9th 2014, 3:53 PM 6,956 Views 158 Comments

The death toll in Gaza after two days of Israeli air strikes has climbed to more than 40.

# middle-east - Thursday 3 July, 2014

While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state
# Vote
# Vote

While chaos reigns in Iraq, the Kurds want to form an independent state

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:58 PM 5,699 Views 35 Comments

Forces on the ground are struggling to break the stalemate with militants.

Riots, tension, and fears of retaliation as killing of Palestinian teenager sparks rioting
# Tensions
# Tensions

Riots, tension, and fears of retaliation as killing of Palestinian teenager sparks rioting

Jul 3rd 2014, 8:36 AM 5,578 Views 63 Comments

“The current spiral of violence, loss and suffering must stop now,” said the head of the Red Cross.

# middle-east - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack
# Escalation
# Escalation

Palestinian teenager forced into car and killed in apparent revenge attack

Jul 2nd 2014, 8:14 AM 9,675 Views 169 Comments

The youth was seen being kidnapped from the Arab half of Jerusalem.

# middle-east - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you'll open the gates of hell
# Retaliation
# Retaliation

Israel: Hamas will pay. Hamas: Start a war and you'll open the gates of hell

Jul 1st 2014, 7:37 AM 7,553 Views 111 Comments

The Middle-East is on high alert after the three missing Israeli teenagers were found dead in the West Bank.

# middle-east - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Opinion: An opponent like ISIS cannot be defeated through standard military action
# Iraq Crisis
# Iraq Crisis

Opinion: An opponent like ISIS cannot be defeated through standard military action

Jun 29th 2014, 12:00 PM 17 Views 57 Comments

Conventional military action by America, along the lines of their previous tactics in Iraq, will be ineffective in defeating ISIS.

# middle-east - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

US troops flow into Iraq as ISIS continues advances
# Iraq
# Iraq

US troops flow into Iraq as ISIS continues advances

Jun 25th 2014, 9:14 AM 6,532 Views 21 Comments

Another four teams will arrive in the coming days.

# middle-east - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabalise other countries
# ISIL
# ISIL

Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabalise other countries

Jun 22nd 2014, 5:55 PM 5,987 Views 88 Comments

The US President has said the unrest in Iraq could spill over in other countries such as Jordan.

# middle-east - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Opinion: As a former Israeli soldier, I had to speak out about the injustices I participated in
# Middle East
# Middle East

Opinion: As a former Israeli soldier, I had to speak out about the injustices I participated in

Jun 19th 2014, 1:00 PM 173 Views 66 Comments

After serving as an IDF combat soldier and commander, Yehuda Sahul questioned the morality of the military action in the West Bank.

Drones are ruled in, troops are ruled out but Obama still can't decide on Iraq
# Hard Choices
# Hard Choices

Drones are ruled in, troops are ruled out but Obama still can't decide on Iraq

Jun 19th 2014, 7:18 AM 4,396 Views 22 Comments

The President would not need Congressional approval regardless of his decision.

# middle-east - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

Iraqi militants attack country's main oil refinery
# Isis
# Isis

Iraqi militants attack country's main oil refinery

Jun 18th 2014, 8:21 AM 3,662 Views 27 Comments

Militants attacked parts of the refinery complex, leading to heavy clashes.

# middle-east - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Nightmare for Obama as US confirms that troops will return to Iraq
# Going Back
# Going Back

Nightmare for Obama as US confirms that troops will return to Iraq

Jun 17th 2014, 7:43 AM 12,934 Views 95 Comments

275 US military personnel are being deployed to Baghdad to protect American personnel and the embassy.

# middle-east - Monday 16 June, 2014

Israel arrests Palestinian politician in giant manhunt for kidnapped teenagers
# Tensions
# Tensions

Israel arrests Palestinian politician in giant manhunt for kidnapped teenagers

Jun 16th 2014, 7:58 AM 6,012 Views 164 Comments

More than 150 Palestinians have been arrested in the search for the three teenagers who were snatched from a settlement on Thursday night.

# middle-east - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Tony Blair: Syrian war to blame for Iraq violence, not 2003 invasion
# It Wasn't Me
# It Wasn't Me

Tony Blair: Syrian war to blame for Iraq violence, not 2003 invasion

Jun 15th 2014, 9:18 AM 6,138 Views 129 Comments

Arguments that there would be no crisis if Saddam Hussein remained are “bizarre” he said.

# middle-east - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to Pope's attempt to revive peace talks
# Middle East
# Middle East

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agree to Pope's attempt to revive peace talks

May 25th 2014, 12:57 PM 4,469 Views 17 Comments

Pope Francis has invited Mahmoud Abbas Shimon Peres to the Vatican.

# middle-east - Saturday 24 May, 2014

The 9 at 9: Saturday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

May 24th 2014, 8:58 AM 9,223 Views 3 Comments

Morning, folks. Here’s everything you need to know on this election count day.

Pope Francis won't be using bulletproof vehicles on his visit to the Middle East
# Bon Voyage
# Bon Voyage

Pope Francis won't be using bulletproof vehicles on his visit to the Middle East

May 24th 2014, 7:44 AM 5,924 Views 60 Comments

The visit is aimed at boosting ties with Muslims and Jews.

# middle-east - Thursday 22 May, 2014

Eamon Gilmore calls for support on UN Syria, but Russia's already said no
# Diplomacy
# Diplomacy

Eamon Gilmore calls for support on UN Syria, but Russia's already said no

May 22nd 2014, 7:00 AM 3,193 Views 28 Comments

The resolution will seek to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.

# middle-east - Monday 19 May, 2014

30% of Irish people 'think Jews talk too much about the Holocaust'
# Judaism
# Judaism

30% of Irish people 'think Jews talk too much about the Holocaust'

May 19th 2014, 11:41 AM 19,039 Views 163 Comments

That’s one of the findings from a worldwide survey on anti-Semitism.

# middle-east - Saturday 17 May, 2014

How Jordan hopes that a brief visit from Pope Francis will help bring in the money
# All About The Benjamins
# All About The Benjamins

How Jordan hopes that a brief visit from Pope Francis will help bring in the money

May 17th 2014, 5:30 PM 7,398 Views 6 Comments

(Even though he’s only going to be there for a few hours).

# middle-east - Tuesday 13 May, 2014

Irishman in Dubai to be deported for flicking his middle-finger at a motorist
# Public Obscenity
# Public Obscenity

Irishman in Dubai to be deported for flicking his middle-finger at a motorist

May 13th 2014, 10:44 PM 64,712 Views 124 Comments

Conor Hayes will deported after he spends one-month in prison for public obscenity.

# middle-east - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Syrian rebels abandon last positions in Homs
# Syrian Civil War
# Syrian Civil War

Syrian rebels abandon last positions in Homs

May 7th 2014, 9:55 PM 5,054 Views 43 Comments

Homs was once the “capital of the revolution”. Now it is back in the hands of Bashar Assad.

# middle-east - Monday 28 April, 2014

'Blood money' has saved 358 Iranians from the death penalty
# Blood Money
# Blood Money

'Blood money' has saved 358 Iranians from the death penalty

Apr 28th 2014, 7:15 PM 8,869 Views 21 Comments

The payment is made under the Islamic sharia law of diya and allows a victim’s family pardon a criminal.

Column: Western powers should not intervene in Syria
# Syria
# Syria

Column: Western powers should not intervene in Syria

Apr 28th 2014, 7:00 AM 236 Views 40 Comments

High-tech western military force does not end conflicts – it changes them.

# middle-east - Thursday 24 April, 2014

Israel says Palestinians have 'turned their back on peace' with new unity deal
# Middle East
# Middle East

Israel says Palestinians have 'turned their back on peace' with new unity deal

Apr 24th 2014, 2:21 PM 5,497 Views 120 Comments

The country is considering its retaliation.

# middle-east - Sunday 6 April, 2014

The world's first weather report described rain and loud, unstoppable storms
# Weatherwatch
# Weatherwatch

The world's first weather report described rain and loud, unstoppable storms

Apr 6th 2014, 4:00 PM 14,991 Views 11 Comments

But no – it wasn’t in Ireland.

# middle-east - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Column: Three years into civil war, families deprived of food are forced to eat stray cats
# Three Years On
# Three Years On

Column: Three years into civil war, families deprived of food are forced to eat stray cats

Mar 15th 2014, 12:00 PM 28 Views 12 Comments

The Syrian conflict is the world’s largest humanitarian disaster. After three years of conflict, basic services like healthcare are completely collapsing, writes Peter Power of UNICEF.

Three years on and tens of thousands dead: Syria's bloody civil war continues
# Syria
# Syria

Three years on and tens of thousands dead: Syria's bloody civil war continues

Mar 15th 2014, 9:15 AM 4,777 Views 29 Comments

The bloody civil war that has raged for the past three years began on Saturday 15 March 2011, when pro-democracy protests were staged in the capital Damascus.

# middle-east - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Al Qaeda has 'put down roots' in Lebanon - a gateway to strike at Israel
# Middle East
# Middle East

Al Qaeda has 'put down roots' in Lebanon - a gateway to strike at Israel

Feb 1st 2014, 10:15 AM 6,500 Views 57 Comments

The terrorist group is gaining influence as the country sees increasing sectarian violence and spillover turmoil from the Syrian war.

# middle-east - Friday 31 January, 2014

Almost 2,000 people have died since the start of the Syria talks — NGO
# No Peace
# No Peace

Almost 2,000 people have died since the start of the Syria talks — NGO

Jan 31st 2014, 11:45 PM 6,549 Views 21 Comments

The alarming estimate comes as a government and opposition negotiators wrap up talks in Switzerland today.

# middle-east - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Why was Ariel Sharon's funeral such a lonely affair?

Jan 26th 2014, 8:30 AM 497 Views 93 Comments

Psychopath or a good soldier? The ‘no show’ of global leaders at his final goodbye nods to a life of contradictions.

# middle-east - Friday 24 January, 2014

'Big oil' welcomes new 'sexy' relationship with Iran in Swiss Alps
# Oiled Up
# Oiled Up

'Big oil' welcomes new 'sexy' relationship with Iran in Swiss Alps

Jan 24th 2014, 2:44 PM 8,915 Views 26 Comments

The CEO of oil company Total has spoken to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who told him to ‘be ready’ for the lifting of embargoes.

# middle-east - Monday 20 January, 2014

Iran "must support transition" in order to attend Syria talks
# Geneva II
# Geneva II

Iran "must support transition" in order to attend Syria talks

Jan 20th 2014, 9:40 AM 2,474 Views 3 Comments

The main Syrian opposition has warned it will not attend this week’s talks if Iranian government representatives show up.

# middle-east - Monday 13 January, 2014

Up, up, up: Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport
# Air Traffic
# Air Traffic

Up, up, up: Passenger traffic at Dublin Airport

Jan 13th 2014, 8:18 PM 11,440 Views 38 Comments

As a result of the passenger rise, DAA will pay a €5.6 million rebate to airlines who saw passenger growth in 2013.

# middle-east - Sunday 12 January, 2014

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Damien Kiberd: So what if Kenny and Bruton didn't lecture Middle East on human rights?

Jan 12th 2014, 8:30 AM 17 Views 57 Comments

Were they not correct to put the business interests of Ireland first? And what about those other human rights abusers Ireland conveniently chooses to ignore?

# middle-east - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

First shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syria
# Chemical Weapons
# Chemical Weapons

First shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syria

Jan 7th 2014, 7:55 PM 5,572 Views 13 Comments

Syria agreed last year to a US-Russian deal to hand over its chemical weapons.

# middle-east - Monday 6 January, 2014

Iraqi PM urges residents of Fallujah to expel militants to avoid "major attack"
# Iraq
# Iraq

Iraqi PM urges residents of Fallujah to expel militants to avoid "major attack"

Jan 6th 2014, 10:54 AM 3,762 Views 28 Comments

Security forces in Iraq plan to retake the city, which fell to rebel forces a week ago.

# middle-east - Sunday 5 January, 2014

US pledges help to Iraqi forces in Al-Qaeda battle but insists "it is their fight"
# Iraq
# Iraq

US pledges help to Iraqi forces in Al-Qaeda battle but insists "it is their fight"

Jan 5th 2014, 10:25 AM 5,865 Views 76 Comments

Iraq lost control of Fallujah to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters, a city where US forces repeatedly battled insurgents.

# middle-east - Thursday 2 January, 2014

Vital organs of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon are failing says Tel Aviv hospital
# Ariel Sharon
# Ariel Sharon

Vital organs of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon are failing says Tel Aviv hospital

Jan 2nd 2014, 9:47 AM 8,353 Views 65 Comments

Sharon has been in a coma for nearly eight years but his condition worsened yesterday.

Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed by exploding safe
# Prague
# Prague

Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed by exploding safe

Jan 2nd 2014, 7:48 AM 12,947 Views 45 Comments

It is believed Jamal al-Jamal was attempting to open an old safe which had been brought from the previous embassy building.