11:52 AM 12 May 2017


Israel Gains Parliamentary Approval

Israeli parliament passed a preliminary vote that gives official recognition to Israel as the home of the Jewish people. The ramifications of the bill on the status of the Arab minority in Israel remain unclear.


Turkey Piqued by US-Kurdish Alliance  

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday its plan to arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters, United States’ (US) key ally against ISIS in Syria. The move, however, has angered Turkey who considers the fighters an extension of a terrorist organisation in Turkey.

In the coming week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with President Trump to discuss security issues.


Tunisia’s Military Response to Protests

In response to protests over unemployment and corruption in southern and central Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi called on the Tunisian army to guard petroleum and gas production facilities.

The protesters have been demanding a share in revenue from the region’s natural resources.


Syrian Rebels Liberate Key Syrian city from ISIS

United States (US)-backed rebels were able to wrest the key city of Tabqa from ISIS in a decisive victory, edging closer towards re-capturing ISIS’ self-declared capital, Raqqa, from them. Meanwhile, US-backed forces in Iraq are close to reclaiming Mosul from ISIS and aim to free the city by the end of May.  


Life Sentence Meted to Muslim Brotherhood Chief

Mohammed Badie, supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, was sentenced by Egyptian courts to life in prison. Badie, as well as two other prominent leaders of the organisation, had allegedly incited unrest during the protests following the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi.


Sisi Stresses Need for Security

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi concluded his visit to the Gulf region, stressing, among many issues, the need to foster cooperation between countries such as Kuwait and Bahrain to combat terrorism in the Gulf region and to counter foreign intervention in conflicts. 



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