Middle East/Levant & Turkey


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Cars wait at a checkpoint at the Syrian-Iraqi border point of Al-Tanf, northeast of Damascus, Syria, on October 2, 2004.

Drones attack US-led coalition base in Syria

The coalition intercepted one drone while another exploded without any injuries or damage reported

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Syrians rally outside a Turkish army position in the opposition-held village of al-Mastumah, south of the city of Idlib, northwestern Syria, on August 12, 2022.

Thousands in rebel-held northern Syria protest Turkish ‘reconciliation’ call

'We have suffered under this 'Turkish' criminal for 11 years and we will continue with our revolution'

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Trucks wait to exit Syria at the Nassib/Jaber border post with Jordan on the day of its reopening, on September 29, 2021, after two months of closure due to fighting in southern Syria.

Syria says IS leader killed in south

Al-Iraqi had been the military chief of the extremist group in the country's south

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A traditional "hakawati" story-teller performs late after midnight during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, at the historic Dar Halabia hotel (restored after damage during the Syrian conflict) in the Bab Antakya (Antioch Gate) area of ​​the old city of Syria's northern Aleppo, on April 12, 2022.

Syrian tourism increases despite ongoing civil war

Number of visitors to Middle Eastern country up in 2022 compared to previous year

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Members of Kurdish security forces in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in the northeastern Hasakeh province, Syria, on July 25, 2022.

Turkish drone strike kills 4 in northeast Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attack struck a Kurdish hospital

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The Turkey-flagged Abdulhamid Han, an ultra deepwater drillship owned and operated by the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, is anchored off the port of Tasucu, prior to setting off to begin its hydrocarbon exploration in the Mediterranean Sea on August 9, 2022.

Turkey sends drill ship on first Mediterranean mission in 2 years

Vessel will explore for natural gas in undisputed waters until October 7

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Lebanese protesters take part in a demonstration at the Lebanese southernmost border area of Naqura, on June 11, 2022, days after Israel moved a gas production vessel into an offshore field.

Hezbollah threatens to ‘sever’ Israel’s hands over gas rig dispute

'Lebanon's oil, gas and water resources must remain under its control,' Hassan Nasrallah says

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Leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters through a giant screen during a rally to mark Ashura, in Beirut's southern suburb, Lebanon August 9, 2022.

Hezbollah warns Israel against targeting Palestinian militants in Lebanon

'Any attack on any human being will not go unpunished or unanswered,' says Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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Palestinian official Said Alaadin (R) shakes hands with head of the Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine during a ceremony in the southern Lebanese town of Ghaziyeh, on June 6, 2022.

Palestinian security official assassinated in Lebanon

Said Alaadin was shot dead in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following talks in Moscow, Russia, on March 10, 2017.

Kremlin calls on Turkey not to 'destabilize' Syria

'Turkey has legitimate concerns for security reasons, which we, of course, take into account'

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Relatives of victims of the deadly 2020 Beirut port explosion hold portraits of loved ones and an altered Lebanese flag to mark the second anniversary of the massive blast, outside the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2022.

Thousands of protestors mark two years since Beirut blast

'What happened was not a mistake, it was a massacre. It destroyed an entire city'

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Part of the grain silos in the port of Beirut in Lebanon collapses, on August 4, 2022.

Parts of damaged Beirut silos collapse on deadly blast anniversary

The collapse comes days after a similar incident, and on the second anniversary of the 2020 port explosion

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Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai prays at the Maronite church in Bkirki, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon, on October 17, 2021.

Lebanon: Archbishop, bags of cash spark fresh sectarian spat

'Hezbollah... is determined to show it continues to be the major player among all'

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A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest outside the parliament building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on April 26, 2022.

World Bank calls Lebanese politicians 'cruel' for deposit promises

'A significant portion' of peoples’ savings were 'misused and misspent over the past 30 years'

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An aerial picture shows a view of the heavily damaged grain silos at the port of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on July 31, 2022, following a partial collapse due to an ongoing fire since the beginning of the month.

Beirut's blast-damaged grain silos partially collapse

'Two towers have collapsed so far, and another two are in danger of collapsing,' says Ali Hamieh

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Yaïr Lapid a survolé mardi la plateforme de gaz naturel de Karish le mardi 19 juillet 2022, a indiqué son bureau dans un communiqué.

Hezbollah airs drone footage of Israeli ships in disputed maritime area

The video ends with footage of a rocket and the words 'the target is within range’ in Arabic and Hebrew.

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A worker holds a handful of wheat at the Modern Mills of Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 12, 2022.

Grains docked in Lebanon not stolen from Ukraine, says import official

Moscow denies Ukrainian allegations that it stole grain from its eastern European neighbor

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Young Druze armed men patrol the village of Rami in the southern province of Sweida, Syria, on October 4, 2018.

At least 17 dead in rare clashes in southern Syria

Sweida's Druze majority usually remains mostly shielded from Syria's bloody conflict

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A Turkish military delegation attends the opening of the Joint Coordination Center for Ukrainian grain exports in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 27, 2022.

Ukrainian grain export coordination center opens in Istanbul

The first shipment of grains and fertilizers is expected to depart from Black Sea ports within days

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Vehicles park outside the Turkish consulate in a residential district of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on July 27, 2022.

Rocket fire targets Turkish consulate in north Iraq

No casualties were reported

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Nora, a former detainee at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp where relatives of suspected Islamic State group fighters were held, at her home in Syria's northern city of Raqa on June 4, 2022.

Syrian Kurds hand IS-linked women, children to Tajikistan

Thousands of foreign extremists joined Islamic State in 2014, often bringing their wives and children

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The first session of the Lebanese parliament's newly-elected assembly at its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 31, 2022.

Lebanon passes 'watered down' amendments to banking secrecy law

The bill allows government bodies to lift banking secrecy in cases of criminal investigations

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Une capture d'image prise à la télévision al-Manar du Hezbollah le 8 juin 2021, montre le chef du parti chiite libanais Hassan Nasrallah prononçant un discours télévisé pour marquer l'anniversaire de la chaîne de télévision

Nasrallah threatens Israel over offshore oil rigs

'All of Israel’s gas fields are under threat from our missiles - not just Karish'

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An Iraqi woman takes a photograph at an oil refinery near the village of Taq Taq, in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, on May 31, 2009.

Rockets hit UAE gas complex in north Iraq

Three Katyusha rockets targeted a gas complex owned by Emirati energy company Dana Gas