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R5 billion in defence exports to the Middle East are unlocked

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The National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC) has approved multiple defence transactions with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), unlocking billions of...

Congo arrests Middle Eastern national for links to Islamist militia

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Democratic Republic of Congo has said it has arrested a Middle Eastern national for alleged ties to an Islamist militia in the east of...

Cannabis and cocaine seized in big Niger and South Africa drug...

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Drugs with a street value of nearly 100 million euros have been seized in operations in Africa and the Middle East, including two major...

Iran army commandos start drills near mouth of Gulf

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Iranian army commandos and paratroopers started exercises near the mouth of the Gulf on Tuesday, the last full day of US President Donald Trump’s...

Iraq trains US-sanctioned militia leader for army position – sources

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The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, who is under US sanctions for killing protesters, to become a high-ranking...

‘Mercenary’ hacker group runs rampant in Middle East, cybersecurity research shows

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Saudi diplomats, Sikh separatists and Indian business executives have been among those targeted by a group of hired hackers, according to research published on...

Global co-operation needed for counter-terrorism during and after pandemic

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With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community...

Interpol targets pharmaceutical crime

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Close to 20 million illicit pharmaceutical items were removed from the market in a regional operation co-ordinated by Interpol across the Middle East and...

Displacement in Syria reaches record numbers

More people fled fighting in Syria over the past 10 weeks than at any other time in the nine-year-old conflict and Idlib, where many...

Trump supports NATO expansion

US President Donald Trump supports expanding the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to include Middle Eastern nations, as the US seeks to limit its troop...

More US troops going to Middle East

The United States is sending nearly 3 000 additional troops to the Middle East from the 82nd Airborne Division as a precaution amid rising...

Japanese sailors to guard ships in the Middle East

Japan is working on a plan to send 270 seamen to the Middle East to guard ships supplying Japan under a law allowing military...

US turning Gulf region into a tinderbox

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of turning the Gulf region into a “matchbox ready to ignite”, according to Al...

Sale of armed UAVs growing to the Middle East

Countries in the Middle East are increasingly buying armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), especially from countries like China and Turkey which are stepping in...

Despite criticism at home, French arms sales double in the Middle...

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France's weapons sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, a government report showed, as President Emmanuel Macron defied pressure from lawmakers...

Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and...

Middle Eastern country buys DroneGun to combat UAVs

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The ministry of defence of an undisclosed country in the Middle East has bought the DroneGun tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) jammer...

Paramount looking to growth in the Middle East

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Paramount Group is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East in light of increased defence spending and instability and growing...

LMT delivering LM5 armoured vehicle to African countries

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Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) is supplying its LM5 armoured vehicles to two African countries, with deliveries due to be completed in February...

Economic costs of Middle East wars exceptionally high – IMF

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Armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are not only devastating the economies gripped by fighting, but are sapping growth...

Economic costs of Middle East wars exceptionally high – IMF

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Armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are not only devastating the economies gripped by fighting, but are sapping growth...

Middle East, North Africa conflicts threaten two decades of health gains

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The Arab Spring uprising and subsequent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have lowered life expectancy in countries such as...

Without two-state solution, Middle East faces ‘perpetual violence’ – U.N.

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A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more remote than ever, with the risk of generations of violence and radicalism unless...

Boosting Middle East economy is way to beat extremism – Iranian...

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Generating economic growth in the Middle East is crucial to defeating extremism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, putting forward his...

Former U.S. drone operators say strikes feed Islamist militancy

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Lethal U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East are fuelling hatred towards the West and spurring the expansion of Islamist militant groups...

Hollande warns of total war if MidEast conflict not solved

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Europe must live up to the challenge of an upheaval that has forced hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee Syria, where...

Russia to hold special Middle East meeting at UN Security Council

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Russia will hold a special ministerial meeting at the United Nations Security Council on September 30 to discuss conflicts in the Middle...

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North...

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Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and...

First U.S. troops head to Middle East to train Syrian opposition

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 U.S. troops to head to the Middle East in the...

Germany approves export of military vehicles, small arms to Algeria

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The German Security Council (GSC) has approved the sale of 88 sports utility vehicles with 'military capabilities', 1 027 machineguns and 47...

Kerry pushes for Mideast peace, donors pledge $5 billion for Palestinians

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sunday for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal...

U.S. struggles in Middle East, with fewer allies and less influence

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The U.S failure to secure a firm ceasefire in the Gaza Strip despite two weeks of intense diplomacy reflects new regional dynamics...

UN investigators warn of wider sectarian war across Iraq, Syria

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The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents wantonly kidnapping, torturing...

Breakthrough deal curbs Iran’s nuclear activity

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Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday to curb the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief,...

U.N. sees 4 million more Syrians fleeing homes or country in...

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The United Nations expects another 2 million Syrians to become refugees in 2014 and 2.25 million more to be displaced within the...

Cassidian CyberSecurity awarded consultancy contract by major Oil and Gas company...

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Cassidian CyberSecurity has been awarded a consultancy contract by a major Oil and Gas company in the Middle East. The contract consists...

defenceWeb bringing unrivalled coverage to IDEX 2013

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defenceWeb is honoured to be an official media partner of IDEX 2013, the biggest defence show in the Middle East and Africa....

US, Israel to hold major missile defense exercise

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The United States and Israel will hold a major missile defense exercise in Israel this month, sending a message of close cooperation...

Amidst regional changes, the Middle East “arms bazaar” remains open

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While the news coming out of the Middle East over the past year has focused upon the percolations of restless societies, two...

Sarkozy pledges “friendship” to Netanyahu after gaffe

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reaffirm friendship despite what he refers to as their...

Ross exit fresh hit for U.S. Mideast policy

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The flagging U.S. effort to broker new Middle East peace talks took a fresh hit when presidential advisor Dennis Ross announced he...

Clinton: US interests sometimes clash with Mideast reform

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US interests sometimes clash with its support for democracy in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged but she said...

Quartet on mission impossible in Mideast logjam

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World powers trying to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians may be flogging a dead horse and their repeated failure is...

Is a winter of discontent on the way?

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With the "Occupy Wall Street" movement going global and Middle East unrest stirring again, an autumn and winter of discontent looks increasingly...

Cost of “Arab Spring” more than US$55 billion – report

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The uprisings that swept the Middle East this year have cost the most affected countries more than US$55 billion (34.8 billion pounds),...

Hamas steals Abbas thunder with prisoner deal

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Hamas has jumped back into the Middle East spotlight with a prisoner swap deal with Israel that will score points over President...

US defence secretary warns of Israeli isolation

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Defence Secretary warned that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East and said US security commitments should enable it to...

Europe, US in Mideast peace push before UN showdown

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U.S. envoys raced to try to revive Middle East peace talks and avert a Palestinian bid for United Nations membership, but a...

A tale of two speeches in the Egyptian capital

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It was no surprise that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama both chose Cairo to deliver their vision...

New al Qaeda head hails Arab uprisings, says US losing

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New al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri voiced support in an Internet video for popular revolts shaking the Middle East, saying Arabs no...

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