Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Jan. 18: Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hizbullah, called on Egypt and Saudi Arabia to mediate the brewing political crisis in Lebanon, and to work to decrease tensions between Lebanon and Syria. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said his country had sent a plan to defuse tensions to both Lebanon and Syria. [NYT, 1/18]

Jan. 19: At a summit in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Asad offered his Iranian counterpart, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, support in Iran's nuclear confrontation with the West. Both countries faced criticism from the US and UN - Syria for its alleged role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and Iran for its resumption of nuclear research. [CNN, 1/ 19]

Jan. 25: Pakistan froze the bank accounts of an Afghan trading group suspected of funneling funds to the Taliban. Shirkat Special and Amria Food had 15 of their accounts frozen at the request of Interpol, which claimed the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, had a stake in both companies. [Dawn, 1/25]

Feb. 11: Egypt's Military Attaché in the Gaza Strip, Hussam al-Musali, was freed by his captors a little more than 24 hours after being kidnapped on his way to the Egyptian Mission. The kidnappers, a previously unheard of group called the Al-Ahrar Brigades, had sought the release of all Palestinians held in Egyptian jails. [BBC, 2/11]

Feb. 17: Hamas' exiled political leader, Khalid Mish'al, met with Turkish officials as the Palestinian group prepared to form a government. …

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