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Dec 12, 2017 Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant Infographic
This infographic about the Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt comes from a Gulf news magazine called "Akhbar As-Sah". Although it is not one of the most prominent Arabic news sites, this is the one of the first Arabic sites to post anything criticizing Egypt's nuclear plans. The infographic points out that this plan involves a Russian loan that will take 22 years to pay off, and it brings up issues that are yet to be resolved, such as the fate of nuclear waste, consequences of damage to the plant, Egypt's supposed need for an energy surplus, and Egypt's ability to pay off this loan if interest rates rise.
Nov 15, 2017 Signing Contract on Dabaa Nuclear Power Plant Expected within 45 Days
Dr. Amgad Alwakeel, head of Egypt's Nuclear Power Plants Authority, says: "Within 7 years of signing, we'll have our first nuclear plant. . . . Security systems for [Egypt's new] reactors provide an unprecedented level of protection against both internal and extrenal factors . . . the outer shell is designed to withstand collision with a large commercial airplane. . . . [Our] strategy aims to clarify how nuclear energy can contribute to economic development and to quell fears about the use of nuclear energy."  
Nov 14, 2017 Iran Supporting Houthis with Mandab 1 Naval Missiles
The Saudi newspaper Al Watan claims that missiles being used by the Houthis are Iranian-made. According to an unnamed Houthi commander, the missiles are broken into parts, smuggled across the border, and reassembled and launched from Yemeni soil. The commander also mentions that Houthis have recieved direct training from Iran and Hezbollah.
Nov 13, 2017 The Earthquake in Iraq: An Iranian Nuclear Test or a Natural Event?
After the earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border on November 12, 2017, many Iraqis claim that the quake was the result of a secret underground Iranian nuclear test. Iraqi social media pages have posted articles claiming that the earthquake was caused by a nuclear test, and videos have been posted by those claiming to see a bright light just after the earthquake, which they take to be the sign of a nuclear explosion. 
Nov 05, 2017 Saudi Arabia Intercepts Houthi Ballistic Missile East of Riyadh
Aziz Rashed, a spokesman for the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees for the Houthis, said "Yemeni missiles will be able to hit vital targets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, neither of which will be immune." The Houthi group has threatened to target the depth of Saudi Arabia and the cities from which the Arab Coalition launches its fighter aircraft. Its spokesman said that “Abu Dhabi is a major military target in the coming period.” 
Sep 25, 2017 Iraq Going Nuclear Again - Is This Possible?
Last week, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari requested the help of countries friendly to Iraq in building a nuclear reactor for peaceful purposes ... In his address to the UN General Assembly, al-Jaafari said that Iraq wants to build a peaceful nuclear reactor “based on its right to access nuclear technology and promote different sectors related to that technology on the legal basis of countries’ rights to peaceful use under the NPT.” 
Jul 01, 2017 What are the Secrets and Complexities of the Mysterious Egyptian Nuclear Program?
The Egyptian government says that the project will lead to “Egypt’s joining the list of energy exporting countries” and that it may provide thousands of jobs for young people. However, the project still faces many obstacles that must be overcome in addition to the ambiguity and lack of sufficient information about the program, which has led many to question its seriousness and utility.
Jun 06, 2016 Boujdad Warns of the Danger of Algeria's Nuclear Reactors to Morocco
Ahmed Boujdad, a professor of political science at Mohammed V University in Rabat, urged Morocco to be vigilant about the nuclear projects of Algeria, the Kingdom’s eastern neighbor. He said that  ... Algeria’s nuclear reactors, which are supposed to exist for peaceful purposes, have expanded greatly, “but no one is talking about them.”
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