Middle East

The Foreman Forecast: Iran, you ran, we ran

When it comes to changing jobs, homes, or social circles, I have a rule: Don’t just run away from something bad — run toward something better. A more promising profession. A more welcoming domicile. Friendlier friends. Sure, it’s fun in a fit of pique to storm off, but that...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 5:01am

Trump didn't understand implications of his Jerusalem decision: Advisers

President Trump didn't fully understand the ramifications of declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Yesterday, the president made the declaration and said the U.S. would begin the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:55pm

Here’s why Jared Kushner secretly went to Saudi Arabia

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, made a secret visit to Saudi Arabia last week with other Trump officials. The unannounced four-day trip was Kushner’s third to the Saudi Arabia this year and focused on brokering peace in the Middle East, Politico...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:43pm

Attackers bomb Iran parliament and mausoleum, at least 12 dead: Iranian media

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing at least 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic, Iranian officials and media said. Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:05pm

Trump's goal in Israel is 'lasting peach'

President Donald Trump's trip to the Middle East is going about as well as expected: In two days, there have been three embarrassing memes, a questionable 15-figure arms deal and one significant misspeak that potentially compromised U.S./Israeli military intelligence. The latest gaffe comes...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:33pm

Dozens of cities, tech companies file challenge to Trump's travel ban

With President Donald Trump's new travel ban set to take effect Thursday morning, 24 cities and more than 50 tech companies have filed amicus briefs in Seattle to challenge the restrictive executive order.The modified order now restricts immigrants from six majority-Muslim nations — Iran, Libya,...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:15pm

'Muslim slayer' threatens Brooklyn mosque

Police are investigating after a letter threatening to "kill non-whites" was sent to a Brooklyn mosque.Signed "Muslim Slayer," the note states, "I have a dirty little secret. I fantasize about killing non-whites. It really turns me on and I'm afraid you're on my list."Just in: NYPD is investigating...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:29pm

Kuwait denies it imposed travel ban praised by Trump

Kuwaithas denied a media report which said it had imposed a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, a story which President Donald Trump praised on Facebook."Smart!" a post on Trump's official Facebook page said on Thursday, linking to a report on Jordanian news website Al...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 5:19pm

Woman faces deportation from UAE for checking husband's phone

A woman was fined and ordered to be deported from the United Arab Emirates for breaching her husband's privacy by checking his cellphone to see if he was cheating on her, Gulf News reported on Wednesday.The unnamed Arab expatriate was fined 150,000 dirhams ($40,843) by the criminal court in the...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:21pm

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strongly object to...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 4:03pm

No Saudi interest in upsetting global economy over 9/11 bill: White House

The White House expressed confidence on Monday that Saudi Arabia would not follow through on a reported threat to sell U.S. assets if Congress passed a bill that could hold the kingdom responsible for any role in al Qaeda's Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.The New York Times reported on Friday that Saudi...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 5:08pm

As ISIS is pushed back in Iraq, worries about what's next

As U.S.-led offensives drive back ISIS in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilize liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network.One major worry: not enough money is being committed to rebuild...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:18pm

Kerry calls ISIS atrocities genocide

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday declared that violence by ISIS against religious minorities was genocide, saying the United States would do everything it could to hold the militant group accountable."In my judgment Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for genocide against groups ... under its...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 7:24pm

US checking reports of capture of American ISIS militant: Official

The United States is in contact with Iraqi and Kurdish authorities about the reported capture in northern Iraq of an American who was fighting with ISIS, a State Department official said on Monday.The Islamic State fighter, who was identified by CBS News as Muhammad Jamal Amin, 27, of Virginia,...

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:31pm

ISIS defector brings 'goldmine' of details on 22,000 supporters

A disillusioned former member of ISIS has passed a stolen memory stick of documents identifying 22,000 supporters in over 50 countries to a British journalist, a leak that could help the West target Islamist fighters planning attacks.Leaks of such detailed information about ISIS are rare and give...

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 4:27pm

Report says ISIS commander still alive, contradicts US claim

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that Islamic State's military commander was badly wounded but still alive, appearing to contradict U.S. officials who said he was likely killed in a U.S. airstrike.The U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as...

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:54pm

Israel confirms it plans to seize West Bank land

Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel's...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 5:27pm

Three Americans reportedly abducted in Iraq

Security forces in Baghdad were hunting for three U.S. citizens who Iraqi lawmakers said on Monday had been kidnapped, which, if confirmed, would make them the first Americans abducted in the country since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011.Unknown gunmen seized the trio from a private apartment on...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 3:54pm

Hingham native released by Iran, returns to US

After being held for 40 days in Iran, a Hingham native and Boston University graduate has arrived back in the United States. Matt Trevithick, 30, was freed from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison on Saturday after Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the Iranians for his release, according to...

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:52pm

US soldiers have been released: Iran

Iran released ten U.S. sailors on Wednesday after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 5:35am