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Ismaeel Naar
Ismaeel Naar

Ismaeel Naar is a former Senior Journalist with Al Arabiya English. His reporting usually covers geopolitics and security in the Middle East and North Africa, with a special focus on the GCC. In December 2016, Ismaeel won the Young Arab Award for Outstanding Journalism. He  holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Middle Eastern studies from Northwestern University. Follow him on Twitter at @ismaeelrn

Pompeo says Trump’s Turkey threat won’t alter Syria troop withdrawal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey economically, should it attack Washington-backed Kurdish militia in Syria, would not...

Before & after: Awamiya facelift turns terror-stricken town into model community

Saudi Arabia has nearly completed the modernization and redevelopment project aimed at turning the town of Awamiyah in the Eastern Province of Qatif into a model neighborhood. The project, which took...

Four Kuwaiti newspapers to stop publishing on Saturdays for economic reasons

Editors of four Kuwaiti dailies have announced their agreement to suspend production and circulation on Saturdays in reaction to what they called fierce competition from digital outlets and social...

Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament

Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives. Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower...

Troubled waters: Explaining the complicated, complex history of Crimea

The long-simmering conflict between Russia and Ukraine burst into open once again when Russian coast guards fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews on Nov. 25 off the...

Bahrain cabinet tenders resignation in accordance to post-election rules

Bahrain’s cabinet on Sunday tendered its resignation to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa as required by the country’s constitution after Sunday’s parliamentary elections which formed...

Breaking the glass ceiling: Record number of women elected to Bahrain parliament

Six Bahraini women MP-elects have broken their country’s record of female representation in parliament when official results on Sunday confirmed that they – along with several fresh-faced...

Voter turnout in Bahrain elections estimated at over 67 percent

Polls closed in Bahrain’s general elections on Saturday as citizens headed to the ballot box to cast their votes for the lower chamber of parliament and municipality. Bahrain’s Minister of...