Middle East

A United Nations report says both Russian-backed Syrian forces and rebel factions committed war crimes in the besieged eastern districts of Aleppo between July 21 and Dec. 22, 2016, when the city was recaptured by the government.

A bomb exploded in Iraq's capital city on Thursday, killing at least 45 people.

It happened on a street filled with car dealerships and garages in southern Baghdad, according to Reuters. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility in a statement released on social media that said the group was targeting Shiites Muslims.

President Trump is encouraging Israel to hold off on new settlement construction. The surprising statement came after the Israeli prime minister vowed to build the first new settlement in the West Bank in many years.

The White House says while it doesn't see settlements as an obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the construction of new settlements and the expansion of those beyond their current borders may not be helpful.

President Trump says he wants a swift and complete victory over the Islamic State, and he inherits the battle at a moment when the extremist group is losing ground in Iraq and Syria. The group's self-declared caliphate is looking increasingly fragile.

Could 2017 be the year the U.S. and its allies break the back of ISIS?

Progress is being made in the war against the Islamic State, according to analysts. But they caution that the U.S. is likely to face a recurring challenge in the Middle East: how to turn battlefield gains into a comprehensive political solution.

Evacuations continue from east Aleppo, as remaining rebels and civilians wait in freezing weather for transportation out of the city.

The end of the evacuations may be coming soon: NPR's Alice Fordham reports that regime forces might be entering the tiny enclave that has been held by rebels as early as Thursday evening.

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad has been a foregone conclusion for weeks now. The question was whether civilians and fighters would be allowed to leave.

As the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad advanced on the last rebel-held section of Aleppo, aid groups and activists described horrific scenes of death and bloodshed.

Now rebel groups say a truce has been reached with Russia, and there's hope that civilian evacuations will be possible on Tuesday night.

America's Military Policy in the Middle East

Apr 28, 2016
Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson / U.S Navy

President Obama has recently announced plans to add U.S Special Operations forces in Syria as well as send additional troops to Iraq. The current relationship between the U.S and the Middle East is the result of a complicated past that continues to shape how the U.S and the region operate together. 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming under heavy criticism for violating academic freedoms after several academics were reportedly arrested for signing a petition showing their opposition to military operations in southeastern Turkey. Two of the people detained are former Ohio State University students.

Destruction of Syria's Ancient Places

Sep 11, 2015
James Gordon / Wikimedia Commons

One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world, located in the city of Palmyra, Syria, has been destroyed by ISIS. Sites like it have been looted and destroyed across the Middle East. 

Destruction of Syria's Ancient Places

Sep 3, 2015
James Gordon / Wikimedia Commons

One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world, located in the city of Palmyra, Syria, has been destroyed by ISIS. Sites like it have been looted and destroyed across the Middle East. 

War on Civilians

Apr 23, 2015
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War has a devastating effect on the civilians inadvertently caught in the crossfire. The horrors are compounded when civilians are purposefully targeted and torn from their lands and homes.

10am Yemen is in turmoil, as various factions are entangled in a civil war. In February, US embassy staff were evacuated. This month, the order came for the withdrawal of around 100 US special forces--the last official American presence in the country. This hour, we hear the latest from inside Yemen and discuss the complicated role that Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the US play in the chaos and in regional conflicts. Guests

Iraq's Refugee Crisis

Mar 22, 2010

The forced migration of Sunni Muslims from Baghdad - a “brain drainâ€? for Iraq and a refugee crisis for Iraq’s neighbors - and the political implications for the Middle East, with NPR foreign correspondent Deborah Amos.

U.S. Middle East Policy

Dec 14, 2009

How to achieve peace in the Middle East, with National Iranian American Council founder and president Trita Parsi.

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