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2022

LEBANON

LEBANON

Nasrallah Claims Israel Still Occupies 2.5 sq km of Lebanese Waters, Which Lebanon Must “Liberate” After the final signature of the Lebanese-Israeli maritime demarcation agreement, Hassan Nasrallah said on October 31 that no security guarantees were given to Israel and that there is a disputed area of “2.5 square kilometers” still not resolved. Nasrallah claimed […]

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syria

SYRIA

Russians and Assad Step Up Bombardment of Displacement Camps, Making Camp Conditions Unliveable The Russian military has stepped up its bombardment of displaced persons camps in northwest Syria in recent weeks, launching cluster munitions and ballistic missiles to cause mass casualties.  Russian airstrikes, combined with the Assad regime’s artillery attacks, leave civilians dead or wounded

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ARAB LEAGUE

ARAB LEAGUE

Tension at Arab Summit Over Yemen and Over Iranian and Algerian Supply of Drones to Western Sahara Separatists The Arab League Summit held in Algeria last week was attended by 15 Arab leaders, led by Egypt, Tunisia, and Qatar, along with guests such as UN Secretary General Guterres, the president of Somalia, and the president

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GULF REGION

GULF REGION

Germany Reverses Harsh Comments About Qatar and the World Cup  The FIFA World Cup 2022 to be held in Qatar faced some political turbulence in recent days.  In public remarks on October 27, Germany’s Interior and Sport Minister Nancy Faeser said that Qatar should not have been awarded the hosting of the World Cup because

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IRAQ

IRAQ

Iraqi Narco Trafficking on the Rise One worsening issue that will confront the new government is the increasing wave of Iranian narcotrafficking in Iraq–especially crystal meth, a menace that has brought social catastrophies such as abductions and rape of children. An Iraqi secret agent in Basra told the Washington Post on October 12 that the

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Yemen

YEMEN

Houthis Continue Warfare According to official reports by the Yemeni government in Aden, about 130 civilians were killed or wounded by fire and landmines of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Taiz since the end of the truce in Yemen in early October. The United Nations Security Council condemned the October 21 Houthi attack on the

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NorthAfrica

NORTH AFRICA

Massive Protests Against Army-Brokered Deal in Sudan “Thousands took to the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, Wad Madani, El Obeid south of the capital, Gedaref and Port Sudan in the east, Atbara in the north and Nyala in the southwestern Darfur region, this week, to mark the first anniversary of a military coup that upended

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turkey

TURKEY

Turkish Drones May Soon Shoot Down Iranian Drones in Ukraine Meanwhile, the Turkish military drone manufacturer Bayraktar announced on October 30 that an impending integration of air defense missiles to the Bayraktar TB2 drone will create a low-cost air patrol capability to shoot down kamikaze drones and attack helicopters without having to rely on high-cost

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