Weekly Roundup: Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates, Morocco criminalizes violence against women, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station

Turkey’s Central Bank raises interest rates in defiance of Erdogan, Morocco criminalizes violence against women in problematic legislation, and Saudi airstrikes target Yemeni radio station in an attempt to disrupt Houthi supply routes.

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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: Protests in Iran, an attack in Egypt, and Turkey increases security before New Year’s celebrations

The Turkish security sector engaged in a major crackdown on ISIS jihadists in the country ahead of the new year celebrations. Protests began in Iran on December 28th over economic issues, provoking a clash with government forces. More than twelve have died since the protests first erupted five days ago. In Egypt, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the December 29th attack that left nine people dead outside Mar Mina church in Helwan, a southern suburb of Cairo.

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Weekly Roundup: Middle Eastern leaders react to Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, Libyans show support for military leader Khalifa Hifter, and VP Pence travels to Egypt

In the Middle East this week: leaders in Egypt, Turkey, and Palestine continue to react to Trump’s announcement two weeks ago that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Libyans rally in support of military leader Khalifa Hifter, who is expected to run in Libya’s presidential elections, expected next year. US Vice President Mike Pence travels to Egypt this week, amidst the uproar over Jerusalem and the ongoing imprisonment of 20 American citizens in Egypt.

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Weekly Roundup: Deadly terrorist attack in Egypt, outcry over slave trade in Libya, and shakeups in Saudi Arabia

In this week’s roundup of the most pressing events happening in the Middle East & North Africa: At least 305 people were killed inside a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, in the deadliest terrorist attack in the country’s history. International outcry builds over the slave trade in Libya, which preys upon African migrants. And, contesting narratives emerge over Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s supposed “reforms” of the country. Read on to understand what’s going on in the Middle East this week!

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