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The US has approved a number of arms sales to countries in the Middle East amid objections to their records on human rights.

Egypt is using medical aid as a form of soft power during the coronavirus pandemic.

US approves <em>helicopters</em> to Egypt despite human rights concerns

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US approves helicopters to Egypt despite human rights concerns

President Donald Trump's administration informed Congress on Thursday that it has given the green light to the package to refurbish 43 Apache helicopters.

Trump tweets he's ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats

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Trump tweets he's ordered Navy to destroy Iranian gunboats

US President Donald Trump said he gave orders to the navy to shoot and destroy Iranian gunboats.

Iran says US giving 'Hollywood' account of Gulf encounter

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Iran says US giving 'Hollywood' account of Gulf encounter

The US accused Tehran of dangerous and provocative actions on Wednesday, saying 11 of the Guards' vessels "repeatedly crossed US vessels at ...

The New Arab & agencies

US accuses Iran navy of 'dangerous' harassment in Gulf

The Pentagon has reprimanded Iran's navy for its 'dangerous and provocative' actions after its boats inched close to US Navy and Coast Guard vessels in the northern Persian Gulf.

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Two injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

Two people were injured on Sunday morning when Israeli aircraft struck several positions belonging to Hamas in Gaza, after Palestinian rockets ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey's ever-growing indigenous arms industry

Ankara is making substantial headway toward making the Turkish armed forces largely indigenous and self-sufficient.

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Saudi intercepts six Yemen rebel missiles

Saudi Arabia intercepted six missiles fired by Yemeni rebels at the southern city of Jizan.

Qatari woman heads delivery of <em>Apache</em> choppers from US

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Qatari woman heads delivery of Apache choppers from US

A female Qatari pilot will be the first liaison officer between Qatar and the United States. Stationed at Redstone, she will help co-ordinate ...

Muhammad Shehada

Israeli state terror will fail to pacify Gazans

Comment: Israel is attempting to intimidate and terrorise the civilian population of besieged Gaza for political gain, writes Muhammad Shehada.

Yemen Houthi chief vows 'no surrender' amid Hodeida battle

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Yemen Houthi chief vows 'no surrender' amid Hodeida battle

After six days of intense battles, pro-government forces are pressing even closer to the heart of Hodeida, the Red Sea city controlled by the ...

Yemen forces push towards Hodeida as death toll mounts

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Yemen forces push towards Hodeida as death toll mounts

Yemeni pro-government forces said on Wednesday they had advanced closer to the rebel-held port city of Hodeida.

Stand with Gaza and stop banking on apartheid

Malia Bouattia

Stand with Gaza and stop banking on apartheid

Comment: Forcing HSBC to cut ties with companies profiting from the occupation is another step on the path of successful anti-apartheid efforts ...

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Paul Iddon

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Analysis: With the Islamic State group and domestic opposition largely crushed, foreign powers continue to jostle for power and influence in ...

Paul Iddon

Russia expanding Middle East footprint with Egypt bases

Analysis: Putin's deal with Sisi allows Moscow to project power over the region, while bolstering Cairo's international aspirations, writes Paul Iddon.

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Israeli military pilot killed in helicopter crash

A veteran Israeli army pilot was killed and another soldier seriously injured in southern Israel after a helicopter malfunctioned and crashed ...

Sam Hamad

Hijazi is home, but Egypt's political prisoners languish, forgotten

Comment: In securing Hijazi's release, Trump recognises Sisi’s political terror, but demonstrates that unless US citizens are involved, he's not ...

Liam O'Hare

Information denied: British complicity with war crimes in Yemen

Comment: What's the extent of Britain's support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen? Journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to gain access to ...

US-backed forces enclose IS 'capital' Raqqa after daring airdrop

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US-backed forces enclose IS 'capital' Raqqa after daring airdrop

Apache helicopters, marine artillery, and air strikes were used in the behind the enemy lines airdrop involving SDF troops. ...

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Pentagon plans greater US involvement in Raqqa assault

US plans for the imminent offensive on the IS self-declared capital Raqqa have been revealed, and involves a tricky balancing act between ...

Boiling tensions: Yemen's pro-coalition forces fight for Aden Airport

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Boiling tensions: Yemen's pro-coalition forces fight for Aden Airport

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's forces clashed with UAE-backed factions on Sunday, in bloody fighting that revealed deepening differences ...

Questions surround US military's use of missiles abroad

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Questions surround US military's use of missiles abroad

The missing data raises doubts over the true size of the US' involvement in its conflicts abroad.

Tunisia receives first batch of US anti-terror <em>helicopters</em>

Robert Cusack

Tunisia receives first batch of US anti-terror helicopters

The US State Department sold the helicopters to help fight Islamist insurgency and improve the country's beleaguered security situation.

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