Middle East

Iranian Environmental Activist Dies in Prison

WASHINGTON —  An Iranian academic and environmental activist imprisoned by Iranian authorities last month has died in prison, his son wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Kavous Seyed-Emami was the managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran’s rare animals, and a U.S.-trained scholar in sociology. …

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Responding to ‘New Israeli Aggression’

Syria’s state media said Saturday Syria is responding to “new Israeli aggression,” following an earlier Israeli raid in the center of the country. Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Jonathan Conricus posted on Twitter that Israel was “striking numerous (12) Syrian and Iranian military targets in Syria, in response to Iranian aggression.” …

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US Clamping Down on Islamic State’s Global Network

WASHINGTON —  The United States is ramping up pressure on regional and local Islamic State operatives and facilitators, part of an effort to shut down the terror group’s global financial lifeline. The U.S. Treasury Department Friday announced sanctions against a series of individuals and companies from Somalia, Turkey and the …

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Freed Captives, Families of Murdered Western Hostages Demand Justice 

The detention in northern Syria by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters of two notorious British jihadists, the remaining members of a militant quartet that tortured and beheaded Western hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, is being greeted with pleas by former Western captives of the terror group that they …

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Egypt Launches New Sinai Security Effort Amid Reports of Israeli Help

Egypt and Israel have fought three wars, but now they reportedly are cooperating as they face a common foe: a jihadist insurgency in the Sinai. However, neither state is acknowledging the warming ties. On Friday, the Egyptian military spokesmen announced the launch of a major security operation against “terrorist and …

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Britain Targets Global Corruption With Law to Seize Unexplained Wealth

LONDON —  Politicians, public figures and criminals suspected of buying property with corrupt money will be forced to explain their wealth or see their assets seized under new legislation that has come into force in Britain this month. The so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) have been welcomed by campaigners, who …

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US Airstrikes on Syrian Government-backed Forces New Twist to Syrian War

U.S. officials say U.S. airstrikes against government-backed troops in eastern Syria late Wednesday and early Thursday were purely defensive. A Pentagon official said Thursday the airstrikes were launched after the Syrian government and its local supporters posed a threat to the Syrian Democratic Forces and their U.S. advisers in eastern …

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