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  • A Middle East ‘Quad’ Begins to Develop
    by Venus Upadhayaya on October 20, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    NEW DELHI—First there was a quadrilateral security alliance or “quad” between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia in the Indo-Pacific. Now there’s buzz about a Middle East quad between the United States, India, Israel, and the UAE. What has been described as a “preliminary” and informal meeting between the foreign ministers of the four

  • IMF Sees Economic Growth With Higher Inflation for Mideast
    by The Associated Press on October 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The Middle East is expected to see significant economic growth this year, but also soaring inflation and food prices, as coronavirus vaccines are unevenly rolled out across the region, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. The lender’s new report projects the region’s economies will grow by around 4 percent, while inflation will

  • Israeli Scuba Diver Discovers Ancient Crusader Sword
    by The Associated Press on October 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    JERUSALEM—An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Monday the man was on a weekend dive in northern Israel when he spotted a trove of ancient artifacts that included anchors, pottery, and a yard-long sword. The diver

  • State Department Watchdog Launches Review of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal
    by Zachary Stieber on October 19, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    The State Department’s inspector general has initiated a review of how the Biden administration withdrew from Afghanistan. The watchdog, or the State OIG, told members of Congress that it notified the State Department of several “oversight projects” related to the ending of operations at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, according to a letter obtained and published

  • US Envoy to Afghanistan Resigns Less Than 2 Months After Withdrawal
    by Katabella Roberts on October 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    The chief U.S. envoy to the Taliban is stepping down from his role, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday. U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad tendered his resignation on Monday in a letter sent to Blinken. He will be replaced by Thomas West, who previously served as the deputy special representative. “As Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay