Weekly Roundup: Arrests in Bahrain, the continued assault on Eastern Ghouta, and a meeting between Trump and Netanyahu

Bahraini security forces arrested 116 people on charges of terrorism, accusing them of membership in a network established by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In Syria, the Assad regime continued its assault on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta this week. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and U.S. President Trump met in Washington D.C.

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Weekly Roundup: Heavy bombardment of Eastern Ghouta continues, Netanyahu’s corruption scandal deepens, and a cabinet reshuffle in Jordan

Assad government forces conducted heavy bombardments in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta this week amidst heightening international attention, Senior Emirati, Saudi, and Qatari leaders will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in the next couple of months amid efforts by Washington to try to resolve a dispute between the Gulf neighbors, according to US officials, and Iran’s role in the conflict in Yemen is the central disagreement shaping today’s UN Security Council’s vote to renew targeted sanctions on Yemen.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkey’s campaign in Syria continues, the world’s first job center in a refugee camp opens in Jordan, and more violence in the Sinai Peninsula

Iran’s President Rouhani visited India this week with the goal of fostering closer relations between the two countries, a Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman said that over 2,100 suspects were detained and 16 were killed in anti-terror raids across the country, and UAE armed forces, operating within the Saudi-led Arab Coalition,  intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.

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Weekly Roundup: Heightened tensions between US and Turkey, violence in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, and investigation of Israeli PM Netanyahu

US-Turkey relations reached a breaking point over Turkish operations against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, Bashar al-Assad’s government continued airstrikes and artillery attacks this week in Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs, resulting in more than 200 deaths this week, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the country’s police chief for what he alleged was a lack of objectivity in the ongoing investigation of corruption charges against Netanyahu.

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Weekly Roundup: Turkish offensive in Northern Syria, secret Egypt-Israel alliance in the Sinai, and withdrawal of US troops from Iraq

This last week in the Middle East and North Africa: President Erdoğan claimed on January 4th that Turkish forces have killed 935 Kurdish fighters so far, The New York Times reported unmarked Israeli warplanes and helicopters have carried out dozens of covert attacks against ISIS and other terrorist groups inside Egypt’s Sinai in recent years, and Israel announced it would reopen its embassy in Amman.

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Weekly Roundup: Netanyahu meets with Putin, Turkey’s offensive in Syria enters its second week, and Egypt prepares for a presidential election

Two months after being detained in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released, in Jordan the price of pita bread will double on Saturday after the government’s decision to abolish bread subsidies, and the Turkish assault on the Syrian town of Afrin, known as Operation Olive Branch, continues to escalate.

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Weekly Roundup: Government crackdown in Bahrain, new contenders in Egyptian election, and cuts to UNRWA’s funding.

The United States announced this week that it would withhold over half of a $120 million scheduled payment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Bahraini police arrested 47 people on Sunday in a mass crackdown on what it called “terrorist agents.” On Friday, Egyptian President Sisi officially announced that he would be seeking a second term in the upcoming presidential elections. The former military chief of staff, Sami Anan, also announced his bid for the presidency.

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