Yemeni vice president: Iran’s dangers are a threat to our nation’s future

:: Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen Saleh has described Iran as a “source of danger” and said it poses a threat to Yemen’s future. The official Yemeni More »

Tunisia’s Grand Mufti ‘to appear before the judiciary on corruption charges’

:: Controversy is brewing in Tunisia after several media outlets began reporting that the judiciary is mulling charging the country’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Othman Battikh with corruption charges. Local More »

Abdullah Al-Thani hopes ‘Qatar will cooperate to facilitate Hajj pilgrims’

:: Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani has said he regrets the inability of pilgrims from Qatar to travel to Saudi Arabia directly from Hamad International Airport via Saudia More »

Russian jets kill more than 200 ISIS militants near Syria’s Deir al-Zor

:: Russia’s air force has destroyed a large column of ISIS fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies More »

Pentagon’s Mattis again seeks to reassure US allies

:: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis travels to the Middle East and eastern Europe next week to play the increasingly familiar role of reassuring allies that the United States is More »

 

Category Archives: Iraq

Iraqi forces liberate areas west of Tal Afar hours after launch of operations

:: Hours after announcing the launch of Tal Afar battle, Iraqi forces have liberated restricted areas in the west of Tal Afar, reported an Al Arabiya correspondent while quoting Raed Jawdat’s team. Jawdat also announced that federal

Iraq launches operations to retake Tal Afar from ISIS

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the start of military operations to restore the city of Tal Afar, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The battle of Tal Afar is the latest efforts from Iraqi

Russian jets kill more than 200 ISIS militants near Syria’s Deir al-Zor

:: Russia’s air force has destroyed a large column of ISIS fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies cited Russia’s Defense Ministry as saying on Monday.

17,000 displaced returned to Mosul in past 2 months: Iraq

:: A total of 17,000 Iraqi displaced people have returned to their homes in the eastern part of Mosul in the past two months, government officials said. Iraq’s Minister of Displacement and Migration Jassim al-Jaaf said on

Saudi-Iraqi negotiations to form a new alliance

:: Serious negotiations are under way between Iraq and Saudi Arabia to form a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn cities. The Guardian newspaper stated in a report that Saudi

After Mosul, Iraqi forces ready for next ISIS battle in Tal Afar

:: Senior US military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against ISIS extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul. Lt. Gen. Stephen

Last group of Iraqi Hajj pilgrims cross border into Saudi Arabia

:: :: The Jadidah Arar border crossing on the Saudi-Iraqi border on Friday received the last batch of Iraqi pilgrims. The number of Iraqi pilgrims who entered the Kingdom via this crossing reached 13,699. They expressed thanks

Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

:: The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes

Military reinforcements in Kirkuk heading to Tal Afar

:: A security source in Kirkuk said that large military reinforcements have reached the province to take part in the operations to retake the district of Tal Afar west of Mosul from ISIS. The military reinforcements, consisting

Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the city of Mosul. His government began an investigation

Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate ISIS

:: Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called upon the international community to gather and preserve evidence of crimes committed by ISIS organization, stressing that the Iraqi government wants to prosecute ISIS militants before Iraqi judiciary. Baghdad is

Baghdad urges international community to gather evidence of ISIS’s crimes

:: Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called upon the international community to gather and preserve evidence of crimes committed by ISIS organization, stressing that the Iraqi government wants to prosecute ISIS militants before Iraqi judiciary. Baghdad is

Battle of Tal Afar: Snipers deployed, rest of the Iraqi forces getting ready

:: Iraqi police announced on Tuesday the deployment of snipers on the outskirts of the district of Tal Afar in preparation for the military operation against ISIS. The commander of the federal police, Raid Jawdat, said in

Extremists kill 7 Iraqi security personnel

:: ISIS suicide bombers killed seven members of Iraq’s security forces in an attack on an Iraqi police and army base Wednesday in Baiji, north of Baghdad, the interior ministry and a local official said. “Five Daesh

Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council to boost bilateral trade, cooperation: Commerce minister

Majid Al-Qassabi

:: Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi said the Cabinet decision to establish the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council enhances the opportunities for trade exchange and joint cooperation to promote relations between the two countries. “It reflects the

Iraq announces start of air bombing campaign on ISIS-held Tal Afar

:: Iraq has begun an aerial bombardment of Tal Afar, a town under ISIS control west of Mosul, Baghdad-based al-Sumariya TV said on Tuesday, citing an Iraqi Defence Ministry spokesman. The ground attack to try to take

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization militia: Without us, Assad would have been toppled

:: Iraq’s Popular Mobilization militia spokesman, Ahmad al-Asadi, said that without the Popular Mobilization militia alongside the Assad regime, the Syrian president would have fallen into the hands of those he described as terrorists, stressing that the

Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq

:: Saudi Arabia and Iraq are to launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi cabinet announced Monday. “The cabinet has decided to approve the establishment of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordinating Commission and to delegate the Saudi minister of

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