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#Middle East

# middle-east - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

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

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

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

Another four teams will arrive in the coming days.

# middle-east - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Obama warns that Iraqi extremists could destabalise other countries

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 This post contains images

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# middle-east - Saturday 24 May, 2014

The 9 at 9: Saturday

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

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

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'

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

(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

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

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

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

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

The country is considering its retaliation.

# middle-east - Sunday 6 April, 2014

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

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

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 This post contains images

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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"

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 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

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

Palestinian ambassador in Prague killed by exploding safe

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

# middle-east - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

The 9 at 9: New Year's Eve

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know on the final day of 2013.

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners under peace talks

The 26 inmates had served 19 to 28 years for killing Israeli civilians or soldiers.

# middle-east - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

Car bomb targeting Christmas mass in Baghdad leaves 17 dead

A further 34 were injured in the attack, which happened in the Dura area of the Iraqi capital.

Column: What was the Christmas Star?

According to the Bible story, the Star of Bethlehem – or the Christmas Star – led the Three Wise men to the birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago. But was it an actual astronomic event?