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NYT Middle East
May 23, 2019

Trump Considering Sending More Troops to Middle East to Protect U.S. Forces There
The acting defense secretary, who briefed White House officials on the military options, gave no indication of how many troops are under consideration.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

How U.S. Weapons Ended Up Hitting Hospitals in Yemen
A former senior State Department official sent to monitor the Saudi-led war in Yemen told us he saw firsthand how the Saudis failed to avoid civilian casualties — and how the U.S. chose to look the other way.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

Saudi Warplanes, Most Made in America, Still Bomb Civilians in Yemen
U.S. efforts to reduce civilian casualties have failed to stop allied warplanes with the Saudi coalition from bombing homes and killing families in Yemen.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

U.S. Yet to Find Evidence of New Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria
Officials appeared to edge away from the urgency of an earlier State Department announcement that warned of new chemical attacks by the Syrian government.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

Iran Stiffens Its Resolve as the Trump Administration's Pressure Mounts
Increasing pressure has taken a toll on Iran, but if the goal was to change its behavior or its government, it has so far achieved neither.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

‘When I Sleep, I Dream Of War': A View inside Iran As U.S. Escalates Rhetoric
Over the past month, the U.S. ramped up pressure on Iran. We spoke with Iranians to see how they feel about the threat of war and U.S.-Iran relations.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

Saudi Arabia Negotiating to Buy U.S. Natural Gas From Sempra Energy
The deal would be Saudi Aramco's first large purchase of American gas and signals that the country wants to extend its energy industry beyond oil.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

Qatari Executive Is Charged With Corruption in I.A.A.F. Scandal
Yousef al-Obaidly, chief of the beIN Media Group, was accused of making a payoff to secure hosting rights for the track and field world championships.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2019

Qatari Executive Is Charged With Corruption in I.A.A.F Scandal
Yousef al-Obaidly, chief of the beIN Media Group, was accused of making a payoff to secure hosting rights for the track and field world championships.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2019

U.S. Says Assad May Be Using Chemical Weapons in Syria Again
The State Department cited an attack in which the military might have used the weapons in an offensive on the Idlib area, the final rebel stronghold.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2019

U.S. Says Syria's President May Be Using Chemical Weapons Again
The State Department cited an attack on Sunday in which the Syrian military might have used chemical weapons as part of a broader offensive in the Idlib area, the final rebel stronghold.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2019

U.S. Officials Work to Convince Divided Congress of Iran Threat
American officials said Iran had threatened to target missiles at Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure to drive up oil prices and disrupt international trade.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2019

Syrian Government Documents Show Widespread Abuses, Rights Center Says
In a report, the Syria Justice and Accountability Center said that documents from President Bashar al-Assad's government detailed systematic human rights violations by the nation's security agencies.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2019

U.S. Officials Say Military Moves to Deter Iran Are Working
Lawmakers are divided ahead of intelligence briefings on Capitol Hill focused on rising tensions with Iran and America's deployments to the Middle East.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2019

Palestinian Business Leaders Reject Trump's Economic Overture
The Trump administration is organizing a conference to show Palestinian business leaders the economic benefits of its Mideast peace plan. The Palestinians are saying no thanks.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2019

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold
The regime has gradually cornered rebels, extremist fighters and civilians alike in Idlib Province.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2019

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib
The regime has gradually cornered rebels, extremist fighters and civilians alike in Idlib Province.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2019

2 Batsheva-Bred Choreographers, Speaking in Their Own Tongues
Shamel Pitts and Bobbi Jene Smith, veterans of Ohad Naharin's company, showed their distinctive dance voices in New York performances.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2019

Rocket Hits Green Zone in Baghdad as Tensions Flare Between U.S. and Iran
The nighttime explosion rattled residents, though no one was hurt.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2019

Attack on Tourist Bus Near Egyptian Pyramids Wounds at Least 14
The blast, close to a giant museum under construction, suggested that militants were seeking to undermine the authority of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2019

F.A.A. Urges Commercial Flights to ‘Exercise Caution' Over Persian Gulf
Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, the agency alerted airliners to a growing risk of "misidentification" when flying in the region.

NYT Middle East
May 18, 2019

F.A.A. Warns U.S. Aircraft of ‘Increasing' Risk Over Persian Gulf
Amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, the agency directed airliners to exercise caution when flying in the region to avoid "misidentification."

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Removed Missile Threat From Some Boats
Missiles have been unloaded from at least two small boats in Iranian waters, a move that American officials said could help defuse a brewing confrontation.

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

U.S. Officials Say Iran Has Removed Missile Threat From Boats
Missiles have been unloaded from at least two small boats in Iranian waters, a move that American officials said could help defuse a brewing confrontation.

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

Saudi Oil Infrastructure at Risk as Small Attacks Raise Potential for Big Disruption
Saudi Arabia spent heavily to protect its oil production lines but rapid changes in technology may mean ports and pipelines are increasingly exposed in the turbulent region.

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

Critic's notebook: 2 Batsheva-Bred Choreographers, Speaking in Their Own Tongues
Shamel Pitts and Bobbi Jene Smith, veterans of Ohad Naharin's company, showed their distinctive dance voices in New York performances.

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

To Stay or to Flee: A Syrian Mother's Impossible Choice
Suhair had to decide whether leaving Syria was worth risking her children's lives. Now she is coming to terms with the opportunities and costs of her decision.

NYT Middle East
May 17, 2019

Questions and Answers About Syria's Secret Torture Prisons
Anne Barnard, our former Beirut bureau chief, took to Reddit to share additional insights into her Times investigation of the cruel tactics President Bashar al-Assad uses to crack down on opposition.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

Israel Presses the Case Against Iran, but Not for War
Israel has quietly played an instrumental role in the escalating tensions in the Middle East. But analysts say it wants to pressure Iran, not start a war.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting' in Sectarian Lebanon
The professional basketball season resembles an election campaign, with party colors adorning team jerseys and banners of political patrons hanging in stadiums. Then there are the insults and riots.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

Trump Tells Pentagon Chief He Does Not Want War With Iran
The president's statement came during a briefing on the rising tensions with Tehran, and officials said he was firm in saying he did not want a military clash.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

The Tension Between America and Iran, Explained
Here's what to know about the long-strained relationship that poses the risk of a broader conflict.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

Iran Crisis or ‘Circus'? A Weary Middle East Wonders
A sudden profusion of incidents and warnings has stirred fears that the Trump administration is trying to gin up a flawed case for war, like the Bush administration did in Iraq in 2003.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

Lebanon Dispatch: Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting' in Sectarian Lebanon
The professional basketball season resembles an election campaign, with party colors adorning team jerseys and banners of political patrons hanging in stadiums. Then there are the insults and riots.

NYT Middle East
May 16, 2019

At War: To Stay or to Flee: A Syrian Mother's Impossible Choice
Suhair had to decide whether leaving Syria was worth risking her children's lives. Now she is coming to terms with the opportunities and costs of her decision.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea
The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. But some said the moves could be defensive acts against Washington provocations.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

Iraq, Fearing Another U.S. War, Warns Militias Against Provocation
American warnings and threats about Iran echo those before the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Iraqi militias tied to Iran are a concern.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

In Yemen, Fighting Resumes Between Houthi Rebels and Government Forces
The latest conflict breached a cease-fire and was likely to complicate peace talks aimed at ending the four-year war.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, 98, a Voice for Lebanese Christians, Dies
Cardinal Sfeir, the Maronite Catholic patriarch, supported a compromise that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war but resulted in 15 years of Syrian occupation.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

Despite Troubling Echoes of 2003, Iraqis Think U.S.-Iran War Is Unlikely
American warnings and threats parallel those before the invasion of Iraq, but people on Baghdad's streets and its halls of power think the result will be different.

NYT Middle East
May 15, 2019

U.S. Orders Partial Evacuation of Embassy in Baghdad
The decision came after the Trump administration warned of an increased threat linked to Iran. Officials in Iraq and elsewhere doubted that such a threat existed.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump's New Claims of Threats From Iran
The Trump administration is laying the groundwork for major military action against Iran, but it may have a hard time rallying domestic and international support.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

U.S. Ambassador Says Israel Is ‘on the Side of God'
Ambassador David M. Friedman's comments were the latest sign of the Trump administration's partiality in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Oil Facilities, Escalating Tensions in Gulf
The attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis came after reports of attacks on oil tankers. The incidents stoked fears of a military clash with Iran.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Oil Pipeline, After Reports of Tanker Attacks
The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen carried out a drone attack on Saudi facilities. The incidents stoked rising fears of a military clash with Iran.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia Says Drones Hit Oil Pipeline, After Reports of Tanker Attacks
The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed to have carried out a drone attack on Saudi facilities. The incidents stoked rising fears of a military clash with Iran.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

Eurovision Arrives in Tel Aviv, in Range of Rockets and the Focus of Protests
Hosting an annual international song contest, Tel Aviv has tried to remain an island of secular liberalism divorced from Israel's troubles.

NYT Middle East
May 14, 2019

New Report Shows How a Pro-Iran Group Spread Fake News Online
A research group at the University of Toronto has untangled look-alike websites and bogus news stories that appear to echo the Iranian government's positions.

NYT Middle East
May 13, 2019

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War
The plans call for up to 120,000 American troops but not a land invasion of Iran. They were updated at the request of John R. Bolton, the national security adviser.

NYT Middle East
May 13, 2019

Claim of Attacks on 4 Oil Vessels Raises Tensions in Middle East
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a private company said four ships were struck as the United States ordered forces to the region to counter Iran. But officials did not say who was to blame.

NYT Middle East
May 13, 2019

Saudi Arabia Says 2 Oil Tankers Damaged in Sabotage Attacks
Two tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in attacks that caused "significant damage" to the vessels, Saudi Arabia said.

NYT Middle East
May 12, 2019

U.S. Sanctions Cut Deep, but Iran Seems Unlikely to Budge
President Hassan Rouhani likened the impact of the sanctions to the economic pain Iran suffered during its long war with Iraq.

NYT Middle East
May 12, 2019

They Were ‘Comrades in Arms' Against ISIS. Now the U.S. Is Eyeing the Exit.
The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces hopes U.S. forces will stay in Syria. But if they don't, he is prepared to defend his militia's hard-fought gains.

NYT Middle East
May 11, 2019

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Say They're Withdrawing From Vital Red Sea Port
A withdrawal from Hudaydah, the main port for aid to starving Yemenis, would revive a deal signed in December to help avert a catastrophic famine.

NYT Middle East
May 11, 2019

Inside Syria's Secret Torture Prisons: How Assad Crushed Dissent
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been locked away in filthy prisons where thousands were tortured to death — and the pace of arrests and executions is accelerating.

NYT Middle East
May 11, 2019

Inside Syria's Secret Torture Prisons: How Bashar al-Assad Crushed Dissent
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been locked away in filthy prisons where thousands were tortured to death — and the pace of arrests and executions is accelerating.

NYT Middle East
May 11, 2019

What We Know About Syria's Secret Torture Prisons
Even as the eight-year war ebbs, the pace of arrests and executions is accelerating.

NYT Middle East
May 11, 2019

Inside Syria's Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been locked away in filthy prisons where thousands were tortured to death — and the pace of arrests and executions is accelerating.

NYT Middle East
May 10, 2019

Pentagon Builds Deterrent Force Against Possible Iranian Attack
The Defense Department is deploying an antimissile battery, a limited step taken in part because an intelligence analysis concluded that Iran is trying to provoke the United States into overreacting.

NYT Middle East
May 10, 2019

Trump Considers Them Terrorists, but Some Are Allies
President Trump's proposal to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group risks upsetting American allies from Turkey to Indonesia.

NYT Middle East
May 10, 2019

Cars, Contracts and Debt: What Istanbul's Mayor Found in 17 Days
Before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey forced a do-over of the Istanbul election, the opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu found evidence of wasteful spending by Mr. Erdogan's allies, he said.

NYT Middle East
May 09, 2019

Only 17 Days in Office, Opposition Candidate Saw Spending to ‘Spoil a Mayor'
Before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey forced a do-over of the Istanbul election, the opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu found evidence of wasteful spending by Mr. Erdogan's allies, he said.

NYT Middle East
May 09, 2019

Thousands of ISIS Children Suffer in Camps as Countries Grapple With Their Fate
Tens of thousands of foreign women and children are marooned in Iraq and Syria. Most countries don't want them back.

NYT Middle East
May 09, 2019

Now for Sale on Facebook: Looted Middle Eastern Antiquities
Facebook groups offer ancient treasures from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones, some of which may have been pillaged by Islamic State militants.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

U.S. Issues New Sanctions as Iran Warns It Will Step Back From Nuclear Deal
The announcement by Iran's president does not kill the 2015 deal, but it pushes the confrontation between Washington and Tehran into new and potentially dangerous territory.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

U.S. Threatens New Sanctions as Iran Plans to End Compliance With Parts of Nuclear Deal
The move does not kill the 2015 deal, but it pushes the confrontation between Washington and Tehran into new and potentially dangerous territory.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

Critic's Pick: A Visit to the Unfathomable Past of Auschwitz
The Museum of Jewish Heritage's exhibition about the death camp depicts, in ways large and small, the horrors of the Holocaust.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

Is a Child of ISIS Just a Child? Or a Time Bomb?
Tens of thousands of foreign fighters and their families are stuck in Iraq and Syria. Their countries are grappling with what to do with them.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

What Should Be Done With the Women and Children of ISIS?
Tens of thousands of foreign fighters and their families are stuck in Iraq and Syria. Their countries are grappling with what to do with them.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

Iran Will Stop Complying With Some Parts of Nuclear Deal
The move does not kill the 2015 deal, but it pushes the confrontation between Washington and Tehran into new and potentially dangerous territory.

NYT Middle East
May 08, 2019

Iran Says It Will Stop Complying With Some Parts of Nuclear Deal
The move does not kill the 2015 deal, but it pushes the confrontation between Washington and Tehran into new and potentially dangerous territory.

NYT Middle East
May 07, 2019

Iraq's Militias, Accused of Threatening U.S., Pose a Quandary for Iraq
The militias were critical in pushing the Islamic State out of Iraq, but most have refused to disarm. They range from helpful groups to criminal organizations, and some have ties to Iran.

NYT Middle East
May 07, 2019

Nurit Karlin, Who Found Her Voice in Wordless Cartoons, Dies at 80
Whimsical, thoughtful and caption-less was her style when The New Yorker took her on in 1974. At the time, she was the magazine's only female cartoonist.

NYT Middle East
May 07, 2019

The 52 Places Traveler: The List Said Go to Batumi and Eilat, but I Got Other Ideas
Facing rain on the Black Sea in Georgia and crushing crowds on the Red Sea in Israel the 52 Places Traveler decides to improvise.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

News Analysis: Why Do Israel and Gaza Keep Fighting? Because It's in Their Leaders' Interests.
The cycle of violence-ceasefire-repeat that keeps verging on all-out war may look like pointless destruction. But it's a strange kind of symbiosis.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

New Tensions With Iran Threaten Nuclear Deal and, White House Says, U.S. Troops
The mutual threats escalated action from both the U.S., which warned against attacks, and Iran, which said it would not fully comply with a deal President Trump already abandoned.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

News Analysis: A Strange Symbiosis: Why Israel and Gaza Keep Fighting Brief Battles
Israel and Gaza have fought eight short battles in the past year. Despite the loss of life, analysts say the clashes work in the interest of both sides' leaders.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

Iran Appears Ready to Reduce Compliance With Nuclear Deal
The Iranians hinted that they would reduce their compliance with the Iranian nuclear agreement on the eve of the anniversary of President Trump's repudiation of the deal.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

U.S. Officials Raise Alarm of Iranian Threat Targeting American Troops in Iraq
The White House and Pentagon made the decision after seeing intelligence that showed new activity on the part of Iranian forces since Friday, officials said.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

Fragile Cease-Fire Takes Hold Between Israel and Gaza After Weekend Attacks
Two days of rocket attacks and airstrikes left 22 Palestinians and four Israelis dead, in the worst violence since the 2014 war between the two sides.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

On Muslim Brotherhood, Trump Weighs Siding With Autocrats and Roiling Middle East
Backed by American and Mideast hard-liners, President Trump is considering a terrorist designation for the Islamist movement that other allies consider a legitimate political force.

NYT Middle East
May 06, 2019

After Intense Fighting in Gaza, Israel and Palestinians Observe Ceasefire
The clash escalated into the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza since the 2014 war, killing four Israeli civilians and at least 22 Palestinians.

NYT Middle East
May 05, 2019

Citing Iranian Threat, U.S. Sends Carrier Group and Bombers to Persian Gulf
John R. Bolton, the White House national security adviser, announced the deployment on Sunday night. He and other officials have pushed anti-Iran policies.

NYT Middle East
May 05, 2019

Israel and Gaza Exchange Attacks in Worst Fighting in Years
At least four Israelis and 22 Gazans were killed over the weekend as cross-border violence escalated.

NYT Middle East
May 05, 2019

As Gaza Fighting Intensifies, Israelis and Palestinians Bury Their Dead
In the worst fighting between Israel and Gaza since the 2014 war, four Israeli civilians and at least 22 Palestinians were killed in two days of fighting.

NYT Middle East
May 05, 2019

Israel-Gaza Clashes Intensify as Death Toll Rises
Three Israelis were killed, the first civilians to die in clashes with Gaza since the 2014 war. Gaza health officials say 15 Palestinians have been killed since Friday.

NYT Middle East
May 05, 2019

Clashes Between Israel and Gaza Intensify as Death Toll Rises
Three Israelis were killed, the first civilians to die in clashes with Gaza since the 2014 war. Gaza health officials say 15 Palestinians have been killed since Friday.

NYT Middle East
May 04, 2019

Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes
Palestinian militants launched rockets into southern Israel, and four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, bringing the death toll since Friday to eight.

NYT Middle East
May 04, 2019

Gaza Militants Fire 200 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes
Palestinian militants launched rockets into southern Israel, and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire, bringing the death toll since Friday to five.

NYT Middle East
May 04, 2019

Gaza Militants Fire 150 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes
Palestinian militants launched rockets into southern Israel, and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire, bringing the death toll since Friday to five.

NYT Middle East
May 04, 2019

Gaza Militants Fire Nearly 100 Rockets and Israel Responds With Airstrikes
Palestinian militants launched the rockets into southern Israel from Gaza on Saturday and one Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire, bringing the death toll since Friday to five.

NYT Middle East
May 03, 2019

The Saturday Profile: Khashoggi's Fiancée Seeks Answers and Justice: ‘It Is a Moral Duty'
Hatice Cengiz was preparing to marry the Saudi dissident when he was murdered in Istanbul. Six months later, she is fighting to keep his case in the public eye.

NYT Middle East
May 01, 2019

Trilobites: Gas That Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire Is Turning Up Around the World
A group of scientists have found unusual types of methane escaping from the deep earth in hundreds of locations.

NYT Middle East
Apr 30, 2019

Is the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group?
President Trump wants to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The group says it isn't, an assessment that many experts share.

NYT Middle East
Apr 30, 2019

A Holocaust Story for the Social Media Generation
Eva Heyman kept a diary until she was sent to Auschwitz in 1944. An Instagram version of her story goes live this week, but some Israelis say it trivializes the Holocaust.

NYT Middle East
Apr 29, 2019

ISIS' Mysterious Leader Is Not Dead, New Video Shows
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on video for the first time in five years, reasserting authority in the wake of lost territory and a major attack in Sri Lanka.

NYT Middle East
Apr 29, 2019

ISIS Releases Video of Reclusive Leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears on video for the first time in five years, reasserting his authority in the wake of lost territory and a major attack in Sri Lanka.

NYT Middle East
Apr 29, 2019

ISIS Releases Video Said to Be of Leader
The video is said to show the reclusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If confirmed, it would be the first time he has been seen in a video in years.

NYT Middle East
Apr 29, 2019

Where ISIS Ruled in Syria, Fear and Uncertainty Reign
The Islamic State lost control of eastern Syria, but a visit there found cities in shambles, an uncertain future and ISIS still carrying out deadly attacks.

NYT Middle East
Apr 28, 2019

Trump Accuses Saudis of Giving U.S. a Bad Deal. Is That True?
President Trump said that although the kingdom had spent $450 billion in the United States, Washington still subsidized the Saudi military. We checked the facts.

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