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Past articles by Raf:

France withdraws all troops from Iraq amid coronavirus and militia attacks

France is withdrawing all 200 of its troops from Iraq in the latest Western drawdown in the face of the coronavirus outbreak and attacks by Iranian-backed militia forces. → Read More

Egypt 'torturing hundreds of children in mass crackdown'

Egyptian security forces have detained and tortured hundreds of children in recent years, including electrocuting them on their tongues and genitals and making them stand on beds of nails, according to a new report. → Read More

26 Iraqi fighters 'dead in retaliatory strike' after British and American soldiers killed by rockets

At least 26 Iraqi militiamen were reportedly killed by a suspected US airstrike in Syria in retaliation for a rocket attack on Wednesday which killed a British soldier and two Americans at a military base in Iraq. → Read More

Turkish president threatens 'imminent' assault on Syrian forces in Idlib

Turkey has threatened to launch an “imminent” counter-offensive against Bashar al-Assad’s advancing forces in Idlib province, raising the prospect that weeks of tension between Turkey and the Syrian regime could escalate into all-out military conflict. → Read More

Violence flares in Jerusalem and West Bank days after Trump's Israeli-Palestinian plan

A dozen Israeli soldiers were wounded in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem last night and a Palestinian teenager was killed by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank in a surge of violence a week after Donald Trump released his Middle East plan. → Read More

Donald Trump hands swathes of land to Israel in Middle East peace plan

Donald Trump laid out a sweeping plan to give Israel permanent control over Jerusalem and large swathes of the occupied West Bank on Tuesday while offering the Palestinians only the possibility of a future state on fragments of the land they hoped for. → Read More

Netanyahu charged with corruption hours before Trump unveils Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has been formally charged in his criminal corruption case just hours before President Trump is due to unveil his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at the White House. → Read More

Palestinian president refuses to take Donald Trump's call as peace plan looms

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, refused to take a call from Donald Trump as the US president prepares to roll out his long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, a Palestinian minister said Monday. → Read More

Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for Israeli-Palestinian peace plan talks

Donald Trump has invited Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to Washington next week ahead of what appears to be the release of his long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. → Read More

Saudi accounts call for boycott of Amazon after hacking allegations against Mohammed bin Salman

Calls to boycott Amazon were trending on Saudi social media on Thursday amid suspicions that Mohammed bin Salman’s allies had activated their cyber army to react furiously to allegations he was personally involved in hacking the phone of Jeff Bezos. → Read More

Saudi crown prince hinted he knew of affair to try and 'intimidate' Jeff Bezos, claim UN

Mohammed bin Salman personally attempted to “intimidate” Jeff Bezos with a WhatsApp message implying he had incriminating information about the Amazon chief’s extramarital affair in the weeks after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, UN investigators claimed to The Daily Telegraph. → Read More

Jeff Bezos hack: How MBS targeted the world's richest man

Mohammed bin Salman could be forgiven for thinking there was no one who could touch him. → Read More

Tensions between president Rouhani and Iran's Revolutionary Guard spill into open

Tensions between the Iranian government and the Revolutionary Guard spilled into the open on Monday as the president’s office accused the elite military force of misleading them over the accidental shooting down of a civilian airliner. → Read More

Iran crisis latest news: US has 'encouraging intelligence' that Iran is backing down

The US has “encouraging intelligence” that Iran has ordered its Shia militia proxies in Iraq not to attack Western forces as Tehran seeks to de-escalate after days of brinksmanship with the US, vice president Mike Pence said Thursday. → Read More

Iran missile Q&A: What happens next? Is this enough to satisfy Tehran's need for revenge?

What happened? → Read More

US sends B-52 bombers to British territory Diego Garcia as Iran tensions mount

Donald Trump could order airstrikes on Iran from the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia without asking for permission from the UK government, Downing Street acknowledged on Tuesday. → Read More

Iran crisis: US withdraws troops from Baghdad as Jeremy Hunt warns of 'biggest ever cracks' in Western alliance

The US-led task force fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has announced it is pulling out of Baghdad. → Read More

Booming Istanbul hair transplant scene dubbed an 'epidemic' by healthcare specialists

In the years leading up to his fortieth birthday, John Sullivan found himself glancing himself increasingly often in the mirror to monitor the retreat of his hairline. → Read More

Kurds attacked by Turkish-backed fighters day after Trump boasts of 'permanent' ceasefire

Kurdish forces yesterday accused Turkish-backed fighters of violating the ceasefire in northeast Syria with a “vast” new ground offensive and pleaded with the US “to intervene immediately” to stop the assault. → Read More

Benjamin Netanyahu given first chance to form Israeli government after stalemate election

Benjamin Netanyahu has been given the first chance to form Israel’s government after last week’s stalemated election, offering the prime minister a difficult but not impossible path to continue holding on to power. → Read More