Middle East

Thousands of Iraqis Call for US Troops to Leave, But Protests Smaller Than Planned
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Baghdad Friday calling for U.S. troops to leave Iraq. The protests come as James Jeffrey, U.S. special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, acknowledged that the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq is paused, and the American and coalition troops stationed there are now focused on self protection amid rocket attacks from Iran. VOA’s diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.
Cindy Saine
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 22:01
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, talks during a joint news conference with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,…
Given that Libya is 2,000 kilometers from Turkey, one military expert questions whether Ankara is capable of sustaining a hot conflict
Dorian Jones
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:53
Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Thousands of supporters of an…
Demonstrators demand US military leave or be expelled at urging of Shi’ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr
Heather Murdock
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 17:05
Lebanese Protests Default to Social Media
In Lebanon, where most media outlets have strong political leanings, the largest anti-government protests in decades have been unfolding amid a virtual blackout of domestic news-media coverage
U.S. Soldiers stand at a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.
Military officials say half of injured troops have returned to duty in Iraq but rest are still being treated
Jeff Seldin
Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:45
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi and Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmit attend a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria, June 28, 2019.
On Jan. 15, Britain, France and Germany reluctantly triggered the accord’s dispute resolution mechanism to force Iran into discussions on possible violations of the deal
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:05
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Jan. 5, 2020.
Palestinians say plan is a non-starter
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:08
This picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows passengers wearing masks prepare to disembark from a flight from Hong Kong on…
China has shut down Wuhan and other cities in the Hubei province, which is the center of the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:19
Palestinians visit vandalized mosque in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in east Jerusalem, Jan. 24, 2020.
The mosque is in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa, in annexed east Jerusalem
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 08:19
FILE - In this March 25, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump smiles at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation at the White House in Washington.
President is to announce the plan before Tuesday’s White House meeting with Netanyahu and Israeli opposition leader Gantz
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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 02:43
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet each other at the World Holocaust Forum in…
The White House has invited Israel's prime minister and his main political rival to Washington next week to discuss the 'prospect of peace' with the Palestinians, who have already rejected the administration's long-awaited peace plan
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 19:24
FILE - An anti-government protester checks his mobile phone in front of a wall of graffiti in Arabic that reads, "I am the revolution leader," in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 21, 2019.
In a country where most media outlets have strong political leanings, some activists create their own outlets while established papers seek donations
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:40
FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi delivers an address at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017.
El-Sissi, who became president in 2014, spoke at the annual ceremony celebrating Police Day, which falls on Jan. 25
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 12:16
U.S. Soldiers and journalists stand near a crater caused by Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base, in Anbar, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2020.
A withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq would be a victory for Iran, and Tehran has long pursued a strategy of supporting anti-U.S. militias that carry out attacks
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 09:40
Syrian paramedics carry away on a stretcher a wounded man following a regime air strike on a vegetable market in Syria's last…
'The renewal of the offensive in Idlib, including repeated air strikes and shelling targeting civilians are unacceptable and must cease,' an EU spokesman said in a statement
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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:32

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