Israel

Date: March 31st 2013

The government of Israel was kept busy during the Jewish holiday of Passover this week, which coincided with “Land Day” protests by Palestinian activists, who were marking government-backed land confiscations that happened in 1976. The Israeli military is also on high alert along its northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, and ...

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Turkey

Date: March 25th 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran has expressed its displeasure following this week's successful resumption of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Turkey and Israel. A top Iranian commander claimed that the United States is using Israel and Turkey to "affect further resistance in the region." Also this past week, an official ...

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Syria

Date: March 25th 2013

The Islamic Republic of Iran issued a statement on March 22 condemning the bombing that killed staunch Assad ally and top Syrian Sunni Muslim cleric Mohamed Saeed al-Bouti in Damascus. Shia clerics sent by Hezbollah and Iran eulogized al-Bouti at his funeral on March 23, demonstrating the important role that the ...

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Saudi Arabia

Date: March 25th 2013

A suspected spy ring has been dismantled by authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia according to a statement from the country's interior ministry, released on March 19. The individuals arrested include sixteen Saudis, an Iranian, and a Lebanese" who authorities say were working for an unspecified foreign country. On the ...

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Israel

Date: March 25th 2013

With US President Barack Obama's first official visit to Israel having taken place this week, the topic of Iran was high on the agenda for officials from both countries. President Obama made clear that the US stands with Israel in the face of the Iranian threat, and Israeli President Shimon Peres ...

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Iraq

Date: March 25th 2013

The political landscape of the Republic of Iraq is strikingly different from a decade prior, as the country quietly marks the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion in 2003. The Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has built strong ties with Tehran in recent years. US Secretary of State John ...

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Bahrain

Date: March 25th 2013

On March 18 seventeen anti-government Shiite protesters were handed fifteen year jail terms for their alleged involvement in a bomb attack against four policemen in April 2012. In the meanwhile, anti-government protests erupted once again on March 22 near the national capital of Bahrain, with thousands of Shiite demonstrators calling for ...

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Iran

Date: March 25th 2013

Iran  Various news agencies reported that on March 17, the Islamic Republic of Iran launched a domestically-built destroyer warship in the Caspian Sea, which borders Iran, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran was quoted as saying that the destroyer ...

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Jordan

Date: March 23rd 2013

President Obama paid a visit to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, arriving in Amman on March 21. Syria dominated the discussions between Obama and King Abdullah II, who lashed out earlier in the week at powerful regional leaders including Egypt’s Mohamed Mursi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In addition, King Abdullah reiterated the ...

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