Category: World » Middle East

Aid Obstacles A 'Matter Of Life And Death' For Besieged Syrians

17 Feb 09:02 | World

Assurances have been given to humanitarians by the Syrian Government that obstacles to aid deliveries will be removed across the war-torn country.read more »

Afghan medical leadership expresses pride in progress

17 Feb 07:33 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 10, 2017) � Medical leaders from the Afghan National Army and U.S. coalition came held a medical logistic and leadership conference here last week.read more »

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 8, 2017)

11 Feb 03:15 | World

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Dyamond P. Khammanivong signals an SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75). The ship is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alyssa Weeks (Released) 170208-N-KP948-196read more »

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 9, 2017)

11 Feb 03:15 | U.S. News

Capt. Nate Moyer gives remarks during an all-hands call on the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). The ship is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response force for any type of contingency. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaleb R. Staples (Released) 170209-N-GR361-029read more »

Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave

9 Feb 13:17 | World

Excavations in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran, near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second Temple period were hidden in the cave, and were looted by Bedouins in the middle of the last century. With the discovery of this cave, scholars now suggest that it should be numbered as Cave 12.read more »

Adapting To Increased Military Pressure, ISIL Shifts To 'Dark Web'

8 Feb 2017 | World

The terrorist group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), is on the defensive militarily in several regions, but is also adapting to military pressure by resorting to covert communications such as the ‘dark web,’ UN officials have warned. read more »

Israeli Legislation On Settlements 'Violates International Law'

8 Feb 2017 | World

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has 'deeply regretted' the adoption by Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset, of the so called “Regularisation bill,” saying the measure contravenes international law and will have “far-reaching legal consequences” for the country.read more »

Top inspector: New Afghan soldier tracking system protects U.S. investments

8 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 3 2017) � U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John F. Sopko on Thursday visited the headquarters of the 209 Corps at Camp Shaheen to observe the execution of their personnel asset inventory.read more »

Refugees Fleeing Danger Are 'Not Dangerous Themselves'

7 Feb 2017 | World

The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution. read more »

Casualty Figures Spike In Afghanistan In 2016

7 Feb 2017 | World

Attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and pro-Government troops killed or injured more children and other civilians in 2016 than at any other time since the United Nations began keeping records, it was announced. read more »

Afghan forces prepare for spring campaign

6 Feb 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb. 5, 2017) � Afghan forces are looking ahead, building their capabilities ahead of their spring campaign against the Taliban.read more »

BOSPHORUS STRAIT (Feb. 2, 2017)

3 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) transits the Bosphorus Strait. Porter is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170202-N-JI086-077read more »

Fact Sheets: United Arab Emirates

3 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The UAE plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a keread more »

Fact Sheets: Oman

3 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet January 9, 2017 More information about Oman is available on the Oman Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-OMAN RELATIONS The United States and Oman concluded a treaty of friendship and navigation in 1833. It was replaced in 1958 by the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights, and the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. Oman plays an important role in helping the United States read more »

Fact Sheets: United Arab Emirates

2 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The UAE plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a keread more »

Fact Sheets: Oman

2 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet January 9, 2017 More information about Oman is available on the Oman Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-OMAN RELATIONS The United States and Oman concluded a treaty of friendship and navigation in 1833. It was replaced in 1958 by the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights, and the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1972. Oman plays an important role in helping the United States read more »

Fact Sheets: Bahrain

2 Feb 2017 | World

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about Bahrain is available on the Bahrain Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-BAHRAIN RELATIONS The United States established diplomatic relations with Bahrain in 1971 following its independence from the United Kingdom. The U.S. embassy at Manama was opened September 21, 1971, and a resident ambassador was sent in 1974. The Bahraini Embassy in Washington, D.C., opened in 1977. Theread more »

Fact Sheets: Algeria

2 Feb 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Fact Sheet February 2, 2017 More information about Algeria is available on the Algeria Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet. U.S.-ALGERIA RELATIONS The United States established diplomatic relations with Algeria in 1962 following its independence from France. Algeria severed relations with the United States in 1967 in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War, but reestablished relations in 1974. Algeria is a strategically located and capable partner with which the United States read more »

Cut Off By Fighting, Thousands Of Yemenis Urgently Need Aid And Protection

1 Feb 2017 | World

The senior humanitarian official in Yemen has voiced extreme concern about the safety and well-being of citizens in the south-eastern part of the country, where military operations are cutting off services and causing harm to civilians.read more »

SACEUR visits Resolute Support mission

1 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 31, 2016) � Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti visited Afghanistan to witness the efforts of coalition members executing the Resolute Support mission from Jan. 23-26.read more »

Anti-corruption efforts get another boost

30 Jan 2017 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 29, 2017) � The Afghan Anti-Corruption Justice Center here opened new facilities today, where the staff held an inauguration and prepared to push even harder against corruption.read more »

Your IMF Update: Press Release - Spain

30 Jan 2017 | Business

New item in your series of interest:IMF Executive Board Concludes 2016 Article IV Consultation with Spain http://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2017/01/30/pr1729-IMF-Executive-Board-Concludes-2016-Article-IV-Consultation-with-Spain*************************************************************** read more »

New Afghan National Army graduates prepare for assignment in Helmand

29 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan (Jan. 26, 2017) � The Afghan National Army is taking the fight to the enemy, sending nearly 600 trained soldiers to Helmand province here soon.read more »

Korean ambassador visits, announces funding commitment

29 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 18 2017) � Korean ambassador Chin Ki Hoon visited the Counter Improvised Explosive Device program here last week, where he addressed senior Afghan leaders regarding their countries� relationship and similarities.read more »

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Jan. 25, 2017)

27 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) ride in a rigid-hull inflatable boat with Hellenic navy Commodore Georgios Tsogkas, third from right, during a tour of the ship. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams (Released) 170125-N-JI086-090read more »

Afghan engineer equipment operators ready to increase infrastructure construction

25 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan 25, 2016) � Afghan construction engineer equipment operators and supervisors completed their training on Caterpillar 246 D skid loader operation this week at the Ministry of Defense compound here.read more »

Security Council Alarmed At Destruction In Syria's Palmyra

23 Jan 2017 | World

Amid the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, the United Nations Security Council has reiterated that the terrorist group must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence, and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.read more »

ANA, coalition make commitment to medical care in Parwan province

23 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

The Afghan National Army announced plans to re-open the Bagram Military Educational Hospital (BMEH), restoring access to state-of-the-art medical care and establishing a long-term commitment in an important region for Afghan forces.read more »

Fact Sheets: Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism

21 Jan 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Bureau of Counterterrorism January 21, 2017           1. We build foreign counterterrorism capacity in the civilian sector and contribute to efforts in the military and defenseread more »

Press Releases: A Conversation With John Kerry: Diplomacy in an Era of Disruption with Tom Friedman

17 Jan 2017 | World

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Davos, Switzerland January 17, 2017 MR SCHWAB: Good afternoon, and before we start our session – and I know, Mr. Secretary, you will be in very good hands with my friend Tom Friedman – but allow me to be very personal. It’s your last session in your official capacity here in Davos, and I want to use this opportunity to thank you. You have been such a great friend and partner of the World Economic Fread more »

More Than 90 Per Cent Of Children Reaching Italy's Shores Are Separated Or Unaccompanied

17 Jan 2017 | World

Noting that the number of children arriving in Italy by themselves via the sea in 2016 more than doubled over the previous year, UNICEF called for urgent and special measures to protect them from trafficking, exploitation and abuse.read more »

2017-01-14 03:34:32 (m4.5) Sucre, Venezuela 10.7 -62.3 (29192)

13 Jan 2017 | World

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EPA Analysis Shows Decreased Toxic Chemical Releases in Connecticut in 2015

12 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

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Migrants Battling Exposure As Freezing Temperatures Grip Europe

12 Jan 2017 | World

Sounding the alarm over the situation of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring extreme cold conditions across Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has appealed for immediate action to save them from freezing to death.read more »

Fact Sheets: The IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative and the NPT

12 Jan 2017 | World

The IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative and the NPT May 1, 2015 The Initiative The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) in 2010 to raise extrabudgetary contributions in support of Agency activities that promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The PUI supports implementation of Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which requires NPT States Parties that are “in a position to do so” to “cooperate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.” Participation At least 18 IAEA Memread more »

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on U.S. Sanctions Designations for Syrian Regime Chemical Weapons Use

12 Jan 2017 | World

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations for 18 senior Syrian regime officials in response to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports last year that confirmed the regime’s use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in 2014 and 2015 through an independent and neutral expert investigation.  This is the first time the United States is sanctioning specific Syrian officials in connection with Syria’s violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118.  We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. The Asad regime’s barbaric continued attacks demonstrate its willingness to defy basic standards of human decency, its international obligations, and longstanding global norms. read more »

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on U.S. Sanctions Designations for Syrian Regime Chemical Weapons Use

12 Jan 2017 | World

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions designations for 18 senior Syrian regime officials in response to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports last year that confirmed the regime’s use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in 2014 and 2015 through an independent and neutral expert investigation.  This is the first time the United States is sanctioning specific Syrian officials in connection with Syria’s violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118.  We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons. The Asad regime’s barbaric continued attacks demonstrate its willingness to defy basic standards of human decency, its international obligations, and longstanding global norms. Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention after its horrifying sarin chemical attack onread more »

FACT SHEET: The Obama Administration’s Record on the Trade Enforcement

12 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

WTO Case Announced by USTR Builds on Strong Trade Enforcement Record From day one, President Obama and his Administration have vigorously worked to build a far more capable trade enforcement system.  The result has been a strong record of enforcement victories that are helping to level the playing field for American workers and businesses.  The Administration has enlisted all relevant agencies and used all the tools at its disposal to identify, monitor, enforce, and resolve the full range of international trade issues, so that American workers, farmers, and businesses receive the benefits they are due under our trade and investment agreements and to prevent American jobs from being threatened by unfair trading practices.  Aggressively Pursuing – and Winning – Cases at the World Trade Organization:  Today, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is laread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With the United Arab Emirates

11 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 The United Arab Emirates is a vital U.S. partner, coordinating closely with the United States on a variety of regional issues. The UAE is an indispensable component of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s counterterrorism efforts, and its contributions to regional security in the Middle East are significant and growing. Building on the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit, we are working with the UAE and its GCC partners to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. The United States remains steadfast in our commitment to improve partner security — stanread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Saudi Arabia

11 Jan 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role in maintaining security in the Middle East, due to its economic, political, and cultural importance and its strategic location. Given the complex and dynamic security challenges facing the region, including countering violent extremism from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as well as other extremist groups, the United States will continue to work with Saudi Arabia to support counterterrorism efforts and a shared interest in regional stability. In addition, building on the May 14, 2015 Camp David Summit, we are working with the Gulf Cooperation Council to increase cooperation on maritimeread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Qatar

11 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 The U.S.-Qatar Security Cooperation relationship is critical to achieving shared security objectives in the region. The United States and Qatar share a common goal of working collectively to establish a stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East, partnering on a range of urgent issues, including countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and working to support the moderate opposition in Syria. The partnership facilitates ongoing U.S. operations and contingency planning through the access, basing, and overflight provided by Qatar. Qatar is an important partner in the counter-ISIL coalition, and, as a member of the Gulfread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Oman

11 Jan 2017 | World

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 Oman is a vital U.S. partner on a wide range of regional, political, and security issues facing the Middle East. The country plays a key role in the Gulf Cooperation Council’s counterterrorism efforts to secure peace in the region. As follow up to the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit, we are working with the GCC to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. The United States is committed to helping Oman improve its security and enabling Oman to work with its GCC partners to address the complex and dynamic security challenges facing the Middle East.read more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Kuwait

11 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 The United States and Kuwait have a longstanding relationship to promote security and stability in the Middle East. Kuwait is a key partner in U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and is an active participant in the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Building on the May 14, 2015 Camp David Summit, we are working with Kuwait and its Gulf Cooperation Council partners to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. The United States is committed to our shared efforts at combatting terrorism in the Middle East and working to buildread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Security Cooperation With Bahrain

11 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of Political-Military Affairs March 1, 2016 Bahrain plays an important role in the security architecture of the Gulf region and is a vital U.S. partner on a number of major defense initiatives. A founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet and supports U.S.-led military coalitions, including the current international effort against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. As follow up to the May 14, 2015 Camp David summit, we are working with Bahrain and its GCC partners to increase cooperation on maritime security, military preparedness, arms transfers, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism. U.S. assistance enables Bahraread more »

Fact Sheets: U.S. Support to Africa through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative

11 Jan 2017 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation Washington, DC August 6, 2014 The Initiative During 2010, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) to raise extra-budgetary funds for Agency activities that promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. For its part, the United States announced a $50 million five-year pledge to the PUI and challenged other donors to contribute an additional $50 million. The PUI supports implementation of Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),read more »

OPEC Output Slumps In December

11 Jan 2017 | World

Oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) slumped 280,000 barrels per day (b/d) in December, due to hefty falls in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, a month before the group's pledge to rein in production.read more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace's Passing the Baton 2017: America's Role in the World

10 Jan 2017 | World

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC January 10, 2017 read more »

ARABIAN SEA (Jan 9, 2017)

10 Jan 2017 | World

After being sprayed with Oleoresin Capsaicin (OC) Spray, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Tauren Terry demonstrates a takedown on Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 2nd Class David McDowell during security reaction force basic training aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72). The ship is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford (Released) 170109-N-CS953-032read more »

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 8, 2017)

10 Jan 2017 | World

Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) lower a retrievable exercise (REX) torpedo onto the MK 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube (SVTT) loading tray. Wayne E. Meyer is part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) who will report to U.S. 3rd Fleet, headquartered in San Diego, while deployed to the western Pacific as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of 3rd Fleet into the region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelsey L. Adams (Released) 170108-N-RM689-249read more »

YOKOSUKA, Japan (Jan. 9, 2017)

10 Jan 2017 | World

Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Jess Vistro, right, poses for a photo with celebrity chef Linkie Marais in the bake shop of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Three celebrity chefs worked alongside Reagan's culinary specialists to prepare, cook, and serve more than 3000 specialty meals for the crew. Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class MacAdam Kane Weissman (Released) 170109-N-AC117-303read more »

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