Category: Middle East

Trump Triggers Palestinian Fury & Anti-US Protests in Turkey, Jordan

Anti-US protests erupted almost immediately after Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – with greater demonstrations expected across the Muslim world, united in their support of the Palestinian cause. Palestinians were first to take to the streets following Trump’s Jerusalem decision – a potentially fatal blow to their future statehood ambitions – as their leaders called for three...

Crown Prince bin Salman ‘Bribed’ Trump, Saudi Twitter Whistleblower Claims

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally bribed Donald Trump with $1bn during the US president’s visit to Riyadh in May, an anonymous Saudi commentator, who uses the Twitter handle Mujtahidd, has claimed. Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration’s favour in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who was heir...

Iraqi Forces Taking Over Kirkuk ‘A Declaration of War’ – Kurdish Peshmerga

Iraqi soldiers have raised their country’s flags over key buildings in Kirkuk, and Baghdad has declared the Kurdish city be under government control. The Kurdish Peshmerga forces called the takeover “a flagrant declaration of war” and vowed that Iraq will pay a “heavy price.” The Iraqi government forces have taken full control of Kirkuk, Al Jazeera and Sky News Arabia...

Over 90% of Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence

Some 91.83 percent of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan supported the idea of independence from Baghdad, as 3.4 million ballots were counted, the referendum commission said on Tuesday. It was earlier reported that a total of 3.4 million people voted in the referendum that was held on Monday. The commission noted that highest level of “yes” answers was recorded in the Kirkuk province, which nominally...

‘Dramatic Humanitarian Crisis’: UN Chief Visits Gaza, Urges Israel to End Decade-Long Blockade

The UN Secretary-General has called on Israel to end its 10-year blockade of Gaza, calling it one of the worst humanitarian crises he’d ever seen. Speaking from Gaza Wednesday, Antonio Guterres says he hasn’t seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza for years. “Yesterday I was in Ramallah. Today I am in Gaza, unfortunately, to witness one of...