The Middle East is a transcontinental region which includes Western Asia, and all of Turkey and Egypt. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East beginning in the early 20th century. The broader concept of the "Greater Middle East" also adds Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, the Maghreb, Transcaucasia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan into the region. The term "Middle East" has led to some confusion over its changing definitions.
Israel's ruling right-wing government on Tuesday moved swiftly to embrace Washington's backing for Israeli settlements, even as Palestinians and Arab leaders condemned the step as a threat to the.. Reuters - Published
Jordan's foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, warned that a U.S. change of position on Monday on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would have "dangerous consequences" on the prospects of.. Reuters - Published
General Kenneth McKenzie is the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East. Wednesday, he offered fresh details about the raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Commandos killed five..
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out about the death of leader from the Islamic State. He said the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was a hard blow for the terrorist organization. Yet he also said..
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran..
The five-year-old daughter of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has returned home to the UK after more than three years living in the Middle East. Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been living with..
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US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East. Mr Trump declared US troops..
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President Trump said U.S. troops being pulled out of Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent an ISIS resurgence. With Turkish forces moving south and Russian-backed Syrian units advancing.. CBS News - Published
Some Kurds living in the U.S. said they feel abandoned after the president decided to pull U.S. forces out of northern Syria. Manuel Bojorquez visited Nashville, the city with the largest concentration.. CBS News - Published
The United States' killing of Islamic State's leader is important progress, but the world should not rest on its laurels in the fight against terrorism, China's special envoy to the Middle East said on.. Reuters - Published
Russia's FSB security service has identified 2,000 Russian nationals who are relatives of militants in the Middle East and could try to return to Russia, posing a terrorist threat, the FSB's head said.. Reuters - Published
Sen. Rubio says Saudi Arabia plays a central role in the Trump administration’s Middle East strategy, and any reaction to Khashoggi will be based on the strategy, not personal business ties. CBS News - Published
Italy is set to ban flights by Iran's Mahan Air, an Iranian industry official said on Saturday, as the United States seeks action against the airline accused by the West of transporting military.. Reuters - Published
As tensions with Iran continue to escalate, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin got rare access to U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. His report begins at Prince Sultan Air Base.. CBS News - Published
Hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Asia living in a freezing camp in the forests of Bosnia are short of food and bedding and at growing risk as the bitter Balkan winter approaches, aid.. Reuters - Published
Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? That's one of the questions Mike Wallace poses to Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Arafat discusses the PLO's reputation for.. CBS News - Published
In the aftermath of 9/11, Ed Bradley reports on how the residents of Dearborn, Mich. -- one of the biggest Arab communities outside of the Middle East -- have been affected by the terrorist attacks... CBS News - Published
In 2003, one out of every three American servicemen and women deployed in the Middle East were part-time soldiers, members of the Reserves and National Guard. Steve Kroft reports on the unique.. CBS News - Published
Terrorism. Civil war. A refugee crisis. Geopolitics. That's the situation in the Middle East and right on Jordan's doorstep. Scott Pelley interviews the country's leader, King Abdullah II. CBS News - Published
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down for an interview with CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi during an international summit on the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland. Saberi joins CBSN's "Red.. CBS News - Published
The U.S. State Department's top diplomat for the Middle East on Tuesday called Egypt's treatment of a prominent journalist and activist "outrageous," saying he had raised the issue with Egyptian.. Reuters - Published
Highlights of this day in history: 'Black Tuesday' on Wall St. as the Great Depression begins; Osama bin Laden admits ordering the Sept. 11th attacks; Suez crisis heats up Mideast; McKinley assassin.. USATODAY.com - Published
The killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is of considerable importance, experts believe, but the underlying reasons for his jihadist group's existence remain and attacks in the Middle.. Reuters - Published
Afghanistan welcomed the killing of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a major blow to terrorism that is expected to weaken the South Asian branch of the Middle Eastern militant group. Reuters - Published
Germany's defense minister has suggested creating a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure the fight continues against Islamic State militants, the first time Berlin.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, his first trip to the key Middle East ally since taking the job this summer, as tensions simmer between Washington and Tehran, and.. Reuters - Published
France's president on Friday decried NATO's inability to react to what he called Turkey's "crazy" offensive into northern Syria and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it.. Reuters - Published
Japan said on Friday it will not join any U.S. coalition to protect merchant vessels in Middle Eastern waterways, but will instead send a separate force of ships and planes to guard ships supplying.. Reuters - Published
Japan has decided to dispatch its own self-defense troops to the Strait of Hormuz area instead of joining the U.S.-coalition to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways,.. Reuters - Published
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his Middle East policy, as he comes under bipartisan criticism over his administration's move to withdraw U.S. troops from northeast Syria and an.. Reuters - Published
European Union leaders' two-day summit in Brussels starting on Thursday will be dominated by last-gasp efforts to seal a deal on Britain's exit from the bloc despite a raft of other pressing issues,.. Reuters - Published
After decades of trying to prove their toughness on national security, the candidates described an allies-first, tough-on-Russia foreign policy. But many of them, too, want to withdraw from the Middle.. NYTimes.com - Published
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet believes Turkey is "acting against" U.S. interests in the Middle East. In an interview with CBS News campaign reporter Musadiq Bidar, the Colorado.. CBS News - Published
A group of Russian journalists who investigated the activities of a secretive group of Russian mercenaries in Africa and the Middle East have been subject to a campaign of physical threats and.. Reuters - Published
President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's.. Reuters - Published
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia can play a key role in the Middle East as it has good relations with Iran and the Arab world, he told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV in an interview broadcast on.. Reuters - Published
Australia and Fiji will send a joint United Nations peacekeeping mission to a disputed region in the Middle East as soon as next week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said over the weekend. Reuters - Published
Having upended Middle East policy, the president is now trying to find a way to reverse the consequences as Turkish forces bombard the Kurdish fighters who helped overpower ISIS. NYTimes.com - Published
Turkey's incursion into Syria is an opportunity for Russia to dial up its influence in the region as Washington appears to be pulling back, but the risks to Moscow's diplomacy will rise the longer the.. Reuters - Published
U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to stand aside as Turkey sends troops into Syria and fights Kurds allied with Washington has some Israelis wondering whether they too might eventually pay a price.. Reuters - Published
President Trump faces bipartisan criticism for withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria. Mr. Trump is being criticized for abandoning Kurdish fighters who have helped fight ISIS. Amy Austin Holmes,.. CBS News - Published
American troops are pulling back from positions in Northern Syria under an order from the White House. The move precedes an expected incursion but Kurdish allies believe the U.S. has abandoned them... CBS News - Published