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Mar 31st, 2011

What You Need to Know About the Unrest in the Middle East

Experts explain why what happens in that volatile region matters to you

Image: Yemeni anti-regime protesters holding up
Mohammad Huwais  /  AFP — Getty


The surging unrest in numerous countries in the Middle East and northern Africa is a complex and fast-moving story. To help make sense of it, asked experts to share their insights on the protests, answer readers’ questions, and explain why what happens in that volatile region matters.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — March 31, 2010

Muqtada al-Sadr on the March in Iraq

Image: Shiite demonstrators in Baghdad
Thousands of demonstrators march during a rally at Firdous Square in Baghdad, Nov. 21, 2008. (Photo credit: Ali al-Saadi / AFP — Getty Images)

One year ago today, I reported that Iraq’s political disarray had deepened, with potential kingmaker Muqtada al-Sadr withholding his support from the two biggest election winners — the blocs of Ayad Allawi and Nouri al-Maliki — and saying he would ask his supporters to make their choice in a referendum.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — March 31, 2009

White House Attack Will “Amaze”

The White House roof
Al-Qaida’s next high-value target

Two years ago today, on March 31, 2009, I reported that Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for a deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy and said the group was planning a terrorist attack on the White House that would “amaze” the world.

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