The Pentagon briefs the media on strikes against Assad’s chemical weapons facilities.
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A recent intervention by the US, the UK and France is only part of a far broader – and deadlier – campaign.
The “Burney Relief,” which is believed to represent either Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war, or her older sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the underworld (c. 19th or 18th century BC)
Sex was central to life in ancient Mesopotamia. And the authors of Sumerian love poetry, depicting the exploits of divine couples, showed a wealth of practical knowledge about the stages of female sexual arousal.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
President Erdoğan of Turkey is happy to jaw-jaw, but will war-war where necessary.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seeks nothing short of leading the Muslim world, building on Turkey's imperial Ottoman past.
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Guns for hire are back in business – and they're making war even more dangerous.
The conflict in Syria has left more than 6 million people internally displaced.
Rebuilding Syria will be complex and costly. But expertise and extensive funds will be in short supply due the geopolitical absence of the US and other Western countries.
The Syrian conflict is a war of many sides. Here's a rundown of the key players.
If journal editors fail to retract or properly flag data revealed as inaccurate, they leave open the possibility that it'll be cited for years to come.
The government is planning to take part in military action in Syria. But does it need MPs to consent beforehand?
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It's not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.
Saddled with a repressive government that cuts their wages in the name of austerity, Iraq's Kurds are demanding something better.
Memories of pre-invasion Iraq live on.
After the US invasion brought their dictator down, Iraqis' everyday lives were marked by chaos and violence.
Egyptians' revolutionary demands for 'bread, freedom and social justice' are a distant memory.
Protestors stand behind burning barricades during clashes with riot police near the Tunisian capital of Tunis in January 2018. Violent protests over price hikes raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.
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Decentralization in the Middle East and North Africa is supposed to lead to greater public representation in municipal politics. In fact, it is largely strengthening authoritarianism.
Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in an Israeli settlement near Jerusalem in 2017.
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The Trump administration may believe they have the key to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement – when others have failed. But it ignores how Israelis and Palestinians feel about such an agreement.
Everybody needs good neighbours.
With Iran and India on manoeuvres and the war in Yemen still unfolding, Pakistan's stakes in the Middle East are as high as ever.
The movie Nour brings the issue of ‘child marriage’ on the front scene in Lebanon.
Renewed attention is being given to the issue of child marriage in Lebanon as increasing numbers of young refugee girls are being married off as a response to the conflict and forced displacement.
Members of the Iraqi police forces sit outside a building in the city of Fallujah on June 30, 2016 after they’ve recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
Mukhar in Lebanon help citizens navigate the complex administration system.
One way of improving e-government usage could be for the Lebanese government to work better the locally elected agent.
The events of summer 2011 proved that Israel incubates the same sort of socio-economic discontent that upended the wider Middle East.