Middle East

Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video. (Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Ksokhn + Thebikekitchenbeirut/via Reuters)
When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used in the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups such as the Taliban for improvised explosives
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:54
Aftermath of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area
Blast hit the port area of Lebanon's capital, injuring at least 4,000 people and damaging buildings across the city      
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Wed, 08/05/2020 - 06:53
A rescue worker tends to an injured man following an explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. - Two enormous…
The ambulance crossover continues at an incessant pace, accompanied by the howl of sirens, vehicles entering the disaster area to leave loaded with victims
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 21:37
An anti-government protester shouts slogans while wearing a mask with the colors of the Lebanese flag in Beirut, Lebanon, July 2, 2020.
Lebanon, whose capital Beirut was rocked on Tuesday by huge explosions that killed dozens, is mired in its worst economic crisis in decades and unprecedented social unrest
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 17:42
Firefighters spray water at a fire following an explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Gulf nations were among the first to react, with Qatar promising to send field hospitals to support the medical response
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 17:06
A landmine is exploded during Turkish demining operations in an area south of Tripoli, Libya, June 15, 2020. The U.S. military has accused mercenaries of the Russian state-backed Wagner group of laying landmines and other explosive devices in Libya.
Booby traps, counterfeit currency and military ammunition said to be among things Russian mercenaries in Libya are known for
Salem Solomon
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 14:16
Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020.
Blast rippled through several parts of city and causing widespread damage and injuries
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:48
Israeli soldiers work on tanks in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, not far from Lebanon border,…
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman claims 15 pro-Iranian militiamen were killed in eastern Syria 
Edward Yeranian
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 13:33
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital…
Blast nearly wiped out the Lebanese capital’s port and damaged buildings across the city
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 12:19
A photo of Jamshid Sharmahd,  an Iranian-American broadcaster based in Los Angeles, shared on Wikimedia Commons.
Family tells Associated Press that man was apparently first smuggled into Oman, and then taken to Islamic Republic
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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 09:32
Taliban prisoners watch through the door inside a prison after an attack in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan,…
The discussions included the issue of Taliban prisoners whose release by the Afghan government the insurgents are demanding
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Mon, 08/03/2020 - 21:24
A general view of al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
Turkish intelligence agents in July infiltrated al-Hol camp in northeast Syria to smuggle out a Moldovan woman and her four children
Sirwan Kajjo
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 21:34
Despite government bans on slaughtering animals this year outside of designated butcheries, many Egyptians gathered on the streets for the ritual, in Cairo, July 31, 2020. (Hamada Elrasam/VOA)
In Cairo, locals followed bans on large gatherings, but many still sacrificed their animals in public or at home
Heather Murdock
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:59
Mask-clad Iranians gather in a street in the capital Tehran, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic crisis, July 19, 2020.
Death rate is three times higher than Health Ministry reported, leaked documents show 
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Mon, 08/03/2020 - 08:30

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