Vaccine rollouts lay bare the Middle East’s deep inequalities

The Middle East is a microcosm of that global problem. The first Arab countries to begin vaccinating their citizens and residents were also the richest: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman. The UAE stands out. The country of almost 10 million, which has one of the highest GDPs per capita … Read more

Afghanistan foils ISIS plan to assassinate the top US envoy to Kabul

The US Charge d’Affaires in Kabul, Ross Wilson, was the target of the planned attack on Monday, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement released on Tuesday. All four ISIS members, who were also planning to assassinate other Afghan senior officials, have been arrested in an NDS special military operation in Kama … Read more

Iran unveils underground missile base on Gulf coast, state media says

Video broadcast by state media Friday showed the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, touring what appears to be a long underground tunnel lined with missiles and missile launchers. Iran’s ballistic missiles arsenal is one of the flashpoints in Tehran’s long-running disputes with its Arab neighbors and the United States. Saudi … Read more

Arab countries agree to end years-long feud with Qatar that divided Gulf

Three Gulf Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates — along with Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in mid-2017 after accusing it of supporting terrorism. Qatar has repeatedly denied the accusations. The boycotting countries, known as the Arab quartet, also cited political differences with Qatar over Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. … Read more

Iranian conservative cleric dies, according to state-run media

The Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute, which Mesbah Yazdi headed, said he had been hospitalized over the past few days with a disease to his digestive system. The prominent cleric played a major part in the 1979 uprising that overthrew the Western-backed Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, according to Iran’s state-run Press TV. … Read more

At least 22 killed in attack on Yemen’s Aden airport after new government arrives

The blasts killed at least 22 people and injured scores more, Rajeh Badi, the spokesman for the new government, told CNN. All the Cabinet members are safe, according to Yemen Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalek. It is unclear if the explosions were caused by missiles fired on the airport. Badi told CNN that the investigations have … Read more

Top Palestinian DJ detained as party at Muslim holy site sparks angry scenes and scapegoating claims

PA security forces detained DJ Sama Abdul Hadi and several others at the party on Saturday at Nabi Musa, the site where Moses is believed to be buried, which lies in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho. Videos were posted on social media of the event, sparking anger from local Palestinians. This footage, together … Read more

Rockets fired at Baghdad Green Zone in ‘terrorist act,’ Iraq says

Eight rockets were fired at the heavily fortified area, with at least one Iraqi soldier injured when a rocket landed near an Iraqi security checkpoint, according to a statement from the Iraqi military. The military said most of the rockets hit the Qadisiya residential neighborhood near the US Embassy, damaging several buildings and cars. The … Read more

Lebanon’s prime minister charged over deadly Beirut blast

Diab, as well as two former public works ministers and an ex-finance minister, were accused Thursday of criminal neglect “that led to the death and harm of hundreds of people” in the blast on August 4, according to Lebanon’s state-owned National News Agency. These are the most high-profile indictments in the investigation of an explosion … Read more

Seven dead in protests over unpaid salaries in northern Iraq

Seven dead in protests over unpaid salaries in northern Iraq

Six protesters were killed after local security forces opened fire to disperse crowds in various parts of Sulaymaniyah province. A security officer also died of his injuries after clashing with protestors. At least 12 other people were wounded. Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in the city of Sulaymaniyah and nearby towns, saying they have not received … Read more