Gargash: Doha seeking the satisfaction of Washington, Iran

:: UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Friday that Doha’s opportunism is out in the open, and that Qatar is floundering in its own contradictions, appealing to More »

Russia’s Putin: Trump’s foes have blocked his agenda

:: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump’s political foes in the US have tried to prevent him from fulfilling More »

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

:: A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred More »

Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

 

Category Archives: Iraq

UN concerned by reports of forced displacement of Kurds in N.Iraq

:: The United Nations expressed concern on Thursday at reports by Kurdish officials that civilians, mainly Kurds, were being forcibly displaced in northern Iraq and their houses and businesses looted and destroyed. “The United Nations urges the Government of Iraq

First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years

:: Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighboring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

:: Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in

Baghdad court issues arrest warrant for Iraqi Kurd VP

:: A Baghdad court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan on charges of “provocation” against Iraq’s armed forces, the judiciary said. Kosrat Rasul had referred to the Iraqi army and federal police as

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries in various

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of his Saudi counterpart General Abdul Rahman

Turkey’s Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment

:: President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq “at any moment” after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says

Falah Mustafa Bakir

:: The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview. ‭ There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq

Abadi orders the withdrawal of all military forces from Kirkuk

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups in Kirkuk, including the Popular Mobilization Militias, and the handover of security to local police and counter-terrorism units only. Al-Abadi confirmed in a statement that

Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

:: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said. The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

:: Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum rejected by Baghdad, a senior Iraqi commander said on

Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine, Commander of Syrian forces, killed in Deir al-Zor

:: Brigadier general of the Republican Guard and the commander of operations in Deir al-Zor, Issam Zahreddine, was killed in a mine explosion in the Hawija-Sakr area inside the city of Deir al-Zor, according to Syrian media. Zahreddine played a

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

:: Iraqi President Fuad Masum gave a televised speech on Tuesday on the latest developments on the ground in Kirkuk where he said that any Peshmerga supervision of the province “did not violate the constitution”. The Iraq-Kurdish president called on

US ‘deeply concerned’ about violent situation near Kirkuk in Iraq

:: The United States is “deeply concerned” about reports of violence around Kirkuk in Iraq, the spokesperson of the US Department of State said. “We are watching the situation closely and call on the various parties to coordinate military action

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

:: Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles

Turkey ‘ready to cooperate with Iraq’ against Kurdish militants

:: Turkey is ready to cooperate fully with the central Iraqi government to end the presence of the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK in Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry also said Ankara would

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

:: Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity of Iraq and its security and stability and

Iraqi forces gain control of roads and infrastructure near Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, which groups all pro-government forces, said

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