Trump meets regional and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia: Can he say “counterterrorism” without biting his tongue?

Trump in Riyadh_Saudi Arabia_May 2017

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : On day two of his visit to Saudi Arabia, U.S.-President Donald Trump has a number of individual meetings with several of the region’s political leaders and participate in a roundtable session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). At the roundtable session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), there will be exchanges More...

by Christof Lehmann | Published 1 week ago
Trump receives medal from Salman_Saudi Arabia_May 2017
By nsnbc On Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Trump and Salman sign nearly $110 billion US – Saudi defense deal

nsnbc : Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and U.S. President Donald Trump signed a nearly $110 billion defense deal on Saturday to bolster Saudi Arabia’s military capabilities amidst rising More...

Hassan Rouhani_Iran_May 2017
By nsnbc On Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Rouhani wins Iran’s presidential election

nsnbc : President Hassan Rouhani has won the country’s presidential elections over his main rivals Ebrahim Raisi, Mustafa Hashmi Taba and Mustafa Mir Salim. Rouhani vowed he would continue opening the country’s More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Friday, May 19th, 2017

US-led coalition bombs unspecified “pro-regime forces” in Syria

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : US-led coalition air forces carried out air strikes against what was described as pro-regime forces near An-Tanf in Syria on May 18, in one of Syria’s de-escalation zones, allegedly More...

Beneficiary photo: Hanan, UNRWA microfinance recipient, Jaramana camp, Damascus, Syria. Courtesy UNRWA CG
By nsnbc On Thursday, May 18th, 2017

An untold economic success story in Syria

Pierre Krähenbühl  (nsnbc) : Hidden almost literally under the rubble of the civil war in Syria is an economic success story that is rarely told. Hanan Odah is a thirty-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jaramana More...

By Christof Lehmann On Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Pakistani media and social media activists targeted for criticizing military’s involvement in terrorism

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Pakistani authorities intensified their crackdown against media and social media activists accused of criticizing or ridiculing the military in online postings. This includes criticism More...

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By nsnbc On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

UN special envoy for Afghanistan met Hekmatyar to promote peace

nsnbc : Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan met with the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Kabul on Tuesday to promote peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country. More...

PYD leader and co-chair Salih Muslim. (archives)
By nsnbc On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Syrian Kurdish PYD won’t attent Geneva talks: Salih Muslim

nsnbc : The Syrian Kurds will not be able to attend the next round of Geneva talks on Syria due to Turkey’s anti-Kurdish sentiment said Salih Muslim, co-chairman of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic union Party More...

Incirlic_Turkey_May 2017_German Air force in Turkey
By nsnbc On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Merkel considers moving German planes from Turkey to Jordan

nsnbc : After Turkey’s AKP government denied German parliamentarians access to the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey to inspect planes and troops there, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin will explore More...

Hashd al-Shaabi fighters backed by Baghdad and Tehran in Mosul (archives)
By nsnbc On Monday, May 15th, 2017

Barzani warns Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi “Stay away from Yezidi areas in Shingal”

nsnbc : After the Iraqi federal government and Iranian backed Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi started its campaigns to control villages around the Yezidi town of Shingal over the weekend, the President of the Kurdish Autonomous More...