February 13, 1994 |
Israeli and Palestinian leaders may be talking at last, but travelers between Israel and its Arab neighbors still need to pay close attention to their passports. Many Middle Eastern nations for years have refused to admit travelers bearing Israeli stamps in their passports. And even though relations between governments have been fitfully improving, U.S. State Department officials say some immigration agents may still cling to old policies. But which immigration agents?
August 1, 1992 |
PLO leader Yasser Arafat, in his first interview with an Israeli newspaper in 10 years, said Friday that he would be willing to meet Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to talk peace. Arafat, whose remarks were published in the respected daily Haaretz, also said that Israel has nothing to fear from offering Palestinians the right of return--an issue the Jewish state has refused to discuss.
October 13, 2007 |
irbil, iraq -- Unshackled from Arab domination and the yoke of Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqi Kurdistan has grown into a powerful incubator of Kurdish ambitions and nationalism. But the enclave in northern Iraq also has the potential to destabilize the Middle East, with recent tensions raising the specter of a regional war. For months, neighbors Iran and Turkey have been engaged in battles against Kurdish separatists who have established camps in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
October 25, 2002 |
Many messy sideshows are expected in a war to topple Saddam Hussein, but few will be more dangerous than in the mountains of northern Iraq, where Turkey's national security will collide with Kurdish dreams of a homeland. As diplomats bicker over the language of U.N. resolutions, tensions are hardening along the 220-mile Turkish-Iraqi border. Tents are being shipped in for refugees as the Turkish government prepares for possible deployment of thousands more troops.