Middle East


article 28 January 2015 World, Israel
Two Israeli soldiers killed in Hezbollah attack

A day of bloodshed on Israel's border with Lebanon and Syria leaves two Israeli soldiers and one UN peacekeeper dead and raises fears of a conflict between the IDF and Hezbollah.

article 01 January 2015 Egypt
Retrial for Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt

Three journalists, including one Australian, will face a retrial after serving one year of a sentence under controversial charges. The families of the men say there is still "a long road ahead".

post 30 December 2014
How 2014 unfolded - in tweets

In Britain, 2014 was the year of the floods, Ukraine saw a revolution, Scotland almost went indy and the deadly Ebola struck west Africa.

post 29 December 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Keeping jailed journalists in the public eye with gaffer tape

Three Al Jazeera journalists including one Briton have been in prison for a year today. As the world seems to get ever more dangerous for journalists, there are hopes of an appeal in the courts.

post 24 December 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog After plane crash, pressure grows for ground troops to be used against IS

Expect Gen Dempsey and many other voices to grow louder in the coming weeks that more must be done with ground forces if IS is to be dislodged.

post 15 December 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog It is not 'enhanced interrogation'. It is torture

Most people don't know what "rendition" means - but they do understand the word kidnapping. The same applies for "enhanced interrogation". Such words convey a false reality.

article 11 December 2014 UK, India
Unmasked: the man behind top Islamic State Twitter account

The most influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account to be followed by foreign jihadis - Shami Witness - is shut down after a Channel 4 News investigation uncovers the identity of the man behind it

article 10 December 2014 World, Israel
Palestinian minister Abu Ein in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers (Reuters)
Palestinian minister dies after scuffle with Israeli troops

Palestinian authorities declare three days of national mourning after the death of minister Ziad Abu Ein shortly after a scuffle with Israeli troops during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

post 05 November 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Libyan army training fiasco - UK government complacency to blame?

Why did the UK government ever think that the vetting of participants in a scheme to train Libyan soldiers in the UK could be left to the Libyans, when that country was in a state of collapse?