Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Regional Affairs

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Oct. 21: For the first time in six decades, trade routes opened up in the contested Kashmir region, which had been disputed by both India and Ppakistan since 1947. The trade route was opened as a means to bolster the 2004 peace agreement between India and Ppakistan. In the opening event, dozens of trucks carrying produce and other goods crossed the Line of Control to cheers and band music. [CNN, 10/21]

Oct. 31: US Ggeneral David Ppetreaus took control of US military operations in the Middle East and much of Asia, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Ppakistan, and Iran, as the head of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). Ppetreaus, who commanded the US military in Iraq, was largely credited with improving Iraqi security as the implementer of the 2007 US troop surge. [BBC, 10/31]

Nov. 31: The remains of 200 Iraqi and 41 Iranian soldiers killed during the Iran-Iraq War were exchanged at the Shalameheh border crossing near Basra. The exchange, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, was the first to take place since the fall of Saddam Husayn's government in 2003. [BBC, 12/1]

Dec. 16: Qatar and Saudi Arabia finalized the demarcation of their borders after the first meeting of a joint coordination council. In March, Saudi Arabia restored full diplomatic ties with Qatar, five years after cutting them in response to negative coverage of the 2002 Hajj pilgrimage by Qatari government-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera, and in protest of Qatar's increased relations with Israel and support for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. …

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