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Tillerson praises military, encourages fair elections during Egypt visit

13 February, 2018

The US envoy voiced his support for fair elections in Egypt, but made no mention of human rights or the political situation during his meeting with President Sisi.

Syria fighting escalated since UN call for ceasefire

12 February, 2018

The UN made an urgent plea last Tuesday for warring sides in Syria to temporarily lay down their arms to allow for aid deliveries to desperate civilians.

Sisi's Sinai operation is counter-democracy, not counter-terrorist

12 February, 2018

Comment: The real purpose of Sisi's operation is to reassure and intimidate voters, to glorify the president, and to distract from the regime's failings, writes Robert Springborg.

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after airstrikes

12 February, 2018

Israel has reiterated its refusal to accept Iranian military domination in Syria after an Israeli war-plane was shot down.

Iraq seeks $88.2 billion for post-IS reconstruction

12 February, 2018

The country is still reeling from the dramatic rise of Islamic State and the punishing fight to recapture territory, with swathes of Iraq in ruins and millions of people displaced.

Tillerson kicks off 'difficult tour' of tense Middle East

12 February, 2018

Flying into Egypt on Sunday, the US Secretary of State has started a five-nation tour in the Middle East, amid heightened tensions and unease over Trump's policies in the region.

Syria regime renews airstrikes on besieged Eastern Ghouta

11 February, 2018

Since early February, Bashar al-Assad's regime has intensified its bombardment of the besieged enclave outside of Damascus, killing more than 245 civilians including dozens of children.

Syria eases strikes on Ghouta after 'no-holds-barred' bombing campaign

10 February, 2018

Syrian regime strikes on a rebel enclave near Damascus dropped on Saturday after five days of bombing left more than 240 dead.

UN Security Council to demand 30-day Syria ceasefire

10 February, 2018

Rights group accuse the Assad regime of resorting to starve-and-siege tactics against rebel-held areas.

Iraq looks to private sector for post-IS reconstruction

10 February, 2018

Baghdad is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring Kuwait from 12 to 14 February after announcing the defeat of IS late last year.

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