Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major ...
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Major General Mordechai threatens Hamas

COGAT message to Hamas heads: 'Stop violent border disturbances. IDF will take harsher measures.'

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Vice President Mike Pence confirmed as AIPAC conference speaker

Vice President Mike Pence has been confirmed as keynote speaker for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference.

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Iranian wrestler temporarily banned after intentional loss to avoid Israeli opponent

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Israelis being terrorized by immigrants, top diplomat says

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Turkey warns Syrian army against helping Kurdish YPG in Afrin

By Angus McDowall and Tuvan Gumrukcu BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Monday it would confront Syrian government forces if ...
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Turkey warns Saudi-Iran tensions will hurt ‘powder keg’ region

People demonstrate outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, on January 3, 2016Turkey on Monday urged Iran and Saudi Arabia to calm tensions in their diplomatic crisis, saying the hostility between the two key Muslim powers would only further escalate problems in an explosive region. "We want both countries to immediately move away from the situation of tension that will obviously only add to the already severe tensions existing in the Middle East," Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in Ankara's first reaction to the crisis. "The region is already a powder keg," Kurtulmus, who is also the government spokesman, said after a cabinet meeting, quoted by the Anatolia news agency.


Saudi-Iran crisis a rebuke for US policy

Iranian women gather during a demonstration against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr (portrait) by Saudi authorities, at Imam Hossein Square in the capital Tehran on January 4, 2016Washington's single-minded pursuit of the Iran nuclear deal damaged its alliance with Saudi Arabia, experts say, and fed the escalating crisis in the Gulf. The United States failed to manage its traditional Sunni Arab allies in the region while it reached out to mend ties with their bitter Shiite foes in Tehran. As a result, experts warn, Washington has suffered a loss of influence at a time when it needs to implement the nuclear accord and work with both Tehran and Riyadh to end the Syrian war.


U.S. raised concerns with Saudis before cleric execution: White House

The United States had raised concerns with Saudi Arabia ahead of the recent execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric that worsened tensions between the Sunni kingdom and Iran and deepened the sectarian divide in the Middle East, the White House said on Monday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest also said the United States “certainly would condemn any country that’s carrying out mass executions” and warned that the dispute between Tehran and Riyadh would make it more difficult to push warring sides in the Syrian conflict toward a political solution. “There have been direct concerns raised by U.S. officials to Saudi officials about the potential damaging consequences of following through on the execution — on mass executions, in particular, the execution of” the Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Earnest told a news briefing.