Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

Hundreds from Utah National Guard's aviation units head to the Middle East

WEST JORDAN, Utah – More than 230 soldiers from one of the Utah National Guard’s aviation units left for the Middle East Friday. They will be supporting Operation Spartan Shield. “This is an extremely complex mission merging nine units from seven states,” said Lt. Col. Chad Koon, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation. “We […]

Saudi Crown Prince attends World Cup match

Saudi Crown Prince attends World Cup match

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was among dignitaries in Moscow on Thursday as his country’s team suffered a 5-0 defeat against hosts Russia in the opening match of the 2018 World Cup. Bin Salman, who is known as MbS, had not been seen in public since late April, when an influential Saudi blogger known […]

The Middle East in Trump's Wake

The Middle East in Trump's Wake

by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding the region has come to pass. In fact, the Middle East today is worse than […]

Dutch company gave Syria chemicals used to make deadly weapons

Dutch company gave Syria chemicals used to make deadly weapons

A Dutch company exported 38 tonnes of chemical materials to the Syrian regime which were used to manufacture chemical weapons without obtaining the necessary licenses, Netherlands’ Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) reported yesterday, “A Rotterdam-based company has exported 38 tonnes of banned acetone, which is being used in the production of chemical weapons, to Syria without […]

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

NPR Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Estrin shares Middle East insights during trip home to St. Louis

Like other journalists based in Jerusalem and the region surrounding the ancient city, Daniel Estrin is often associated with one overarching, ongoing news headline: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He’s covered many of the latest developments within that continuing story during his time reporting in the Middle East. But there have been many other stories for him to tell […]

World Cup: Diplomatic Crisis in Middle East Stokes Fears of Piracy

World Cup: Diplomatic Crisis in Middle East Stokes Fears of Piracy

When Saudi Arabia plays host nation Russia in the World Cup’s opening match Thursday, millions of Saudi soccer fans may have no choice but to use illegal means to watch their team because of an ongoing diplomatic crisis. With just a day to go before kickoff, Saudi authorities have yet to strike a deal with […]

eBay partners with Dubai billionaire for Middle East sales

eBay partners with Dubai billionaire for Middle East sales

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:16 p.m. EDT DUBAI (Reuters) – ebay Inc will sell products on a relatively new Middle Eastern e-commerce venture, founded by a Dubai billionaire, from the second half of this year, the venture said on Tuesday. eBay has agreed to list popular products from the United States and elsewhere on noon.com […]

Crisis Response Marines in Middle East Focused on Operations in Syria, Afghanistan

Crisis Response Marines in Middle East Focused on Operations in Syria, Afghanistan

U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command train in Jordan on Feb. 26, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo ARLINGTON, Va. — The Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Crisis Response force in U.S. Central Command is becoming increasingly distributed […]

UN imposes sanctions on 6 human traffickers in Libya

UN imposes sanctions on 6 human traffickers in Libya

The UN has imposed sanctions on six key human traffickers in Libya in a bid to take action against trafficking rings selling migrants as slaves. The motion, presented by the UK, included an asset freeze and a global travel ban for those listed. “This is the first time the UN has imposed sanctions against human […]

Canon Middle East launches in KSA

Canon Middle East launches in KSA

Canon Middle East (CME), a provider of imaging technologies and services, has announced that it is expanding its regional presence by establishing direct operations in Saudi Arabia. The announcement came during a signing ceremony between CME and Ali Zaid Al-Quraishi & Brothers to formally establish Canon Saudi Arabia. Canon Saudi Arabia will operate from Riyadh […]