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Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village Wed, 22 May, 2019

 Syrian opposition fighters said they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area.

Yemen rebels say their drone hit arms depot at Saudi airport

Yemen rebels say their drone hit arms depot at Saudi airport Tue, 21 May, 2019

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they launched a bomb-laden drone into Saudi Arabia, targeting an airport with a military base — an attack acknowledged by the kingdom as Mideast tensions remain high between Iran and the United States.
Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'

Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran' Mon, 20 May, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the "genocidal taunts" of US President Donald Trump will not "end Iran", as tensions spike between the two countries.
Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria

Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria Mon, 20 May, 2019

Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern jihadist bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there.
Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict

Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict Mon, 20 May, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to Tehran, tweeting that a conflict would be the "official end" of Iran, as Saudi Arabia warned it stood ready to respond with "all strength" and said it was up to Iran to avoid war.
UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital Fri, 17 May, 2019

The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital.
Egypt's President Sisi pardons 560 prisoners

Egypt's President Sisi pardons 560 prisoners Fri, 17 May, 2019

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 560 prisoners, the majority of whom were accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, two judicial sources said.
Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack

Saudi-led warplanes pound Yemen rebels after pipeline attack Thu, 16 May, 2019

Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa,  two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom.
Iran says US sanctions 'unacceptable' amid Gulf tensions

Iran says US sanctions 'unacceptable' amid Gulf tensions Thu, 16 May, 2019

 Iran's foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.
Fighting grips Yemen's Hodeidah port, complicating peace moves

Fighting grips Yemen's Hodeidah port, complicating peace moves Wed, 15 May, 2019

Houthi fighters and Saudi-backed pro-government forces battled in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah , breaching a ceasefire and potentially complicating a troop withdrawal agreement intended to pave the way for wider peace talks.
US orders embassy staff from Iraq amid Iran 'threat'

US orders embassy staff from Iraq amid Iran 'threat' Wed, 15 May, 2019

The US  ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, ramping up alarm over an alleged Iran threat even as allies appeared less than convinced.
U.S. pressures Baghdad over Iran-backed militias

U.S. pressures Baghdad over Iran-backed militias Wed, 15 May, 2019

 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi'ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.

Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks

Saudi shuts major oil pipeline after Huthi drone attacks Tue, 14 May, 2019

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Yemen rebels shut down one of Saudi Arabia's major oil pipelines, further ratcheting up Gulf tensions after the mysterious sabotage of several tankers.
Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar

Saudi oil tankers hit by 'sabotage attacks' as Gulf tensions soar Mon, 13 May, 2019

 Saudi Arabia said Monday two of its oil tankers were damaged in mysterious "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf as tensions soared in a region already shaken by a standoff between the United States and Iran.
Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored Sun, 12 May, 2019

Israel reopened its crossings with the blockaded Gaza Strip after closing them during a deadly escalation earlier this month, an official said, as a fragile truce held.
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