15 years after Saddam's fall, Iraqi hopes fade

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Fifteen years ago, Abu Ali was thrilled to see American soldiers enter Baghdad. "The tyrant is finished," he remembers saying, imagining a bright future for Iraq without Saddam Hussein. But the years that followed have brought only misery, he said, looking at photos of three of his sons killed in attacks in the ensuing chaos. After the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq, freed from nearly a quarter century of dictatorship, descended into violence. Sectarian clashes and jihadist attacks ...

Lawyer: Forensic evidence ties Qatar to hack on prominent Trump ally

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The Qatari government has conducted wide-ranging cyber-attack on a prominent Republican fundraiser and Trump ally, reports say. Washington Free Beacon quoted his legal representatives as saying that they have evidence Doha conducted a series of cyber-attacks on U.S. citizens via agents stationed in Washington, D.C. Legal representatives for Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican fundraiser and philanthropist, informed Qatari leaders that they have uncovered forensic evidence tying the Qatari ...

VIDEO: Fearing mass shootings, some US schools turn to armored equipment

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Linda Bragg wrote a "quote of the day" on the small whiteboard in her classroom, a teaching aid that can double as a bullet-resistant shield in the event of a school shooting. The tablets, made of polyethylene fiber and weighing just three pounds (1.5 kilograms), have been in the classrooms of Worcester Preparatory School in historic Berlin, Maryland since 2013. Berlin, which features a population of 5,000 and is located just miles from some popular Atlantic beaches, calls itself " ...

Ex-UNICEF Iranian-American official returned to prison after medical leave

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

An 81-year-old Iranian-American man sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on charges he spied and cooperated with the United States has been returned to prison after a short medical leave, his lawyer and son said on Tuesday. The decision to send Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and ex-UNICEF official, back to prison, despite the advice of the Iranian government's own medical examiner, is "tantamount to a death sentence," said Jared Genser, an attorney ...

Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor gets up to 125 more years in prison for abuse

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison on Monday for molesting young female gymnasts, capping weeks of horrifying testimony from nearly 200 victims about his decades of abuse. Nassar, who previously received a 40-to-175-year sentence in Ingham County, Michigan, for sexual assault, was sentenced in neighboring Eaton County on Monday on a second set of charges. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions. ...

Who pulled trigger on Russian jet in war zone brimming with arms?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Russian Defense Ministry has claimed that the fighter that was downed in Syria's Idlib province was shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD). While the Syrian government has imported over 16,000 MANPAD systems from Russia and the Soviet Union between 1970 and 2010, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), many more have been supplied to opposition and militant fighters. The United States was quick to deny any supply of MANPADS to opposition ...

US Congressmen call secret Qatar deal into question

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Washington Post reported that members of the Congress, in both parties, are calling agreement a US-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding that was signed six months ago, into question. The newspaper added that they are asking to release the deal that was completed in Doha on July 10 amid US FM Rex Tillerson to mediate over Qatar-terrorism ties crisis, and the State Department has never revealed its content. VIEW: Is the US Secretary of State on Qatar’s side? The newspaper added that ...

Report: US to prove Iran providing missiles to Houthi militias

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The United States administration is setting up an open show of what it is proof that Iran is supplying Houthi militias in Yemen with missiles, as indicated by four US officials to the BBC. According to the officials, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is preparing to reveal this week components of a short-range ballistic missile that Houthi insurgents fired into Saudi Arabia at Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.. ...

Saudi King receives US Secretary of energy

Monday, 4 December 2017

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. At the outset of the reception, the Secretary conveyed to the King and the Crown Prince the greetings of President Donald Trump of the United States of America, while the King expressed his greetings to the President. During the meeting, they reviewed the relations of friendship, the prospects of bilateral cooperation between the two countries and ways of enhancing them.

The American woman who crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia decades ago

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Around four decades ago, American daily The Ames Tribune published a story entitled “She crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia” to narrate the story of an American woman named Claudia Crawford who had to move to Riyadh with her husband. The daily also published a photo of Crawford as she sat with antique sellers in Suk Al Zell in Riyadh. The photo was published on May 31, 1974. The piece featured excerpts from Crawford’s dairies and explained that she moved to Riyadh ...

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