Category: MIddle East

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Afghanistan’s Booming Meth Industry May Rival Its Heroin Trade

Production of methamphetamine in Afghanistan has boomed in the past three years. However, it is still largely unknown for which market these massive volumes of meth are destined. Recent seizures of heroin and methamphetamine, and information from research into meth markets in eastern and southern Africa, suggest that some of this new influx of Afghan meth is being trafficked into Africa…

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Trump Says Nine Additional Nations Including Saudi Arabia Could Join Israel Peace Deal

President Donald Trump said Tuesday afternoon that up to nine additional nations could join a peace deal with Israel in the near future, including Saudi Arabia. “We have many other countries [that are] going to be joining us and they’re going to be joining us soon,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “We’ll have, I think, I mean I think seven, or eight, or nine. We’re going to have a lot of other countries joining us, including the big ones.”

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Arab League Rejects Palestinian Demand To Condemn New Israel-UAE Peace Deal

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The Arab League on Wednesday refused to endorse a Palestinian draft resolution condemning the United Arab Emirates for its normalization agreement with Israel, a move that is a severe blow to the Palestinians, Ramallah officials said.The proposal was presented by the Palestinians to a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers, and Palestinian officials said some Arab countries objected to it.

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Mounting Evidence Points To Hezbollah Culpability in Beirut Blast

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Within an hour of the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, Hezbollah denied any culpability. Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, considered a close Hezbollah ally, immediately attributed the blast to the presence of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that ignited after a nearby warehouse housing fireworks caught fire… 

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Erdogan Says Turkey ‘Won’t Allow’ Israel To Annex Parts of West Bank

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Israel over its new government’s plan to annex portions of the West Bank. “We are witnessing a new plan of occupation and annexation by Israel that threatens Palestinian sovereignty and is contrary to international law,” Erdogan said in a video address late Sunday for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. “We won’t allow the transfer of Palestinian land to anyone.”

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