Middle East
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U.S. threatens to close embassy in Baghdad

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/30/20, 06:25 pm

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said on Wednesday if the United States shutters its diplomatic mission in the country, other nations might follow. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi that the Trump administration would close the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad if they didn’t take steps to stop recurring attacks.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul (file)

Not-so-peaceful peace talks

International | Violence plagues Afghanistan despite U.S.-brokered negotiations
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/20, 05:06 pm

When an Afghan airstrike hit a Taliban fighter’s home and set fire to a nearby house with a family inside, neighbors gathered at the scene to help. Then came a second airstrike.

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A Middle East moment

Middle East | New Arab-Israeli deal makes peace possible
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/24/20, 02:25 pm

For many Americans the prospect of travel to the Holy Land is reason enough for an Israel at peace with its neighbors. And that’s no trivial thing. Religious sites for Jews, Christians, and Muslims helped bring 4.5 million visitors to Israel in 2019, pilgrimages driven by Israel’s history and its Western-style welcome. 

Street-level perspective helps to understand the geopolitics driving the Arab world’s move to normalize relations. It’s an issue as important as Arab worry over Iranian aggression and falling oil prices.

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