Disorderly and Anarchic. Courtesy the United States

Disorderly and Anarchic. Courtesy the United States

As Trump pulls out of what was once a somewhat coherent state, the Middle East is in disorder and, even anarchy. The specific reference here is to Syria. The issue is not why Trump’s United States is pulling out of the blighted country but why the United States was in the Middle East in the […]

Muslims are Alone and Our Crises are Existential: On Australia’s Craven and Unwarranted Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Muslims are Alone and Our Crises are Existential: On Australia’s Craven and Unwarranted Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister was famous for stating, “The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight”. Of course, this assertion was as hypocritical and false as can be and was aimed […]

Trump to withdraw ‘significant’ troops from Afghanistan

Trump to withdraw ‘significant’ troops from Afghanistan

Kabul: US President Donald Trump has decided to pull a significant number of troops from Afghanistan, a US official told AFP on Thursday, with the Afghan presidency brushing off concerns the drawdown would affect security. Reports suggested as many as half of the 14,000 troops in the war-torn country could be leaving. The surprise move […]

UAE says US-Taliban talks show ‘positive’ result

UAE says US-Taliban talks show ‘positive’ result

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said talks it is hosting between the United States and the Taliban have yielded “positive” results. The US-Taliban “reconciliation talks” produced “tangible results that are positive for all parties concerned”, the UAE’s official WAM news agency said on Wednesday. A new round of talks would be held in Abu […]

US to oppose IMF bailout to Pakistan to repay Chinese debt: top official

US to oppose IMF bailout to Pakistan to repay Chinese debt: top official

Washington: The US is making all efforts to ensure that any IMF bailout to Pakistan is not used to repay its Chinese debts, a senior Trump administration official has told lawmakers. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens […]

Would not allow Iran obtain nuclear weapons: Trump

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump has vowed not to allow Iran acquire nuclear weapons. “We cannot let the world’s leading sponsor of terror, a regime that chants death to America and threatens Israel all the time with annihilation and constantly screams out death to Israel, to possess the deadliest weapon on earth. We will […]

US envoy reaches Pakistan for Taliban talks

US envoy reaches Pakistan for Taliban talks

ISLAMABAD: The US special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 17-year-old war met with Pakistan’s foreign secretary, security and army officials Tuesday to discuss how to bring the Taliban to peace talks, officials said. The visit by Zalmay Khalilzad came a day after President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Pakistani Prime […]

China warns US to avoid islands it claims in South China Sea

China warns US to avoid islands it claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON: China bluntly told the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, during talks Saturday that set the stage for a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping later this month. The US pushed back, insisting it will continue to […]

US welcomes Saudi’s ‘decision’ to independently refuel planes engaged in Yemen war

WASHINGTON: The US has welcomed Saudi Arabia’s “decision” to cease taking American support and instead use its own military capabilities for refuelling aircraft from the Riyadh-led coalition engaged in the Yemen war. The US has provided refuelling to about 20 per cent of the Saudi-led coalition planes flying sorties over Yemen. “We support the decision […]