Turkey’s Erdogan tells Muslim summit Jerusalem is capital of Palestine

:: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on world powers to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine on Wednesday and said the United States should reverse a decision recognizing the city as More »

Saudi King, Crown Prince discuss Jerusalem issue with Jordanian King

:: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held a session of official talks with King Abdullah of Jordan at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments More »

King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

:: King Salman on Monday evening honored the winners of the King Khalid Award for 2017. King Salman distributed prizes to the winners of this year’s awards in three categories: Partners for More »

Kuwait ruler appoints new cabinet with new oil, finance and defense ministers

:: The Kuwaiti ruler swore in a new government on Monday, handing the defense ministry to his eldest son and appointing new oil and finance ministers. The move comes weeks after the More »

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause More »

 

Category Archives: Iraq

Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects

:: Human Rights Watch in a report on Tuesday criticized Iraq and the autonomous Kurdish authorities over mass trials of suspected ISIS group militants. In “Flawed Justice: Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq”, HRW said Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities

Two mass graves ‘with bodies of 40 children’ found in Yazidi district of Iraq

:: Iraqi paramilitary forces have uncovered two more mass graves containing the bodies of 140 civilians, including women and children, in an area home to the Yazidi religious minority, they said Saturday. In 2014, ISIS killed thousands of Yazidis in

Suicide attack targets Nahrawan area south east of Baghdad

:: Two suicide attackers shot several civilians before one of them blew himself up in the Nahrawan area, south east of Baghdad, on Monday Iraq’s Interior Ministry said, without providing casualty figures. Local media reported that at least nine people

Iraq forces open new front in final push against ISIS

:: Iraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert on Saturday, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out fugitive ISIS group fighters, a commander told AFP. ISIS has already been driven from all

‘New roadblocks’ emerge in Iraq after ISIS defeat

:: The war against ISIS in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said. Jan Egeland

Abadi says Iraq to act soon over border areas in stand-off with Kurds

:: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, seeking to up the pressure in a stand-off with Iraq’s Kurdish region, said on Tuesday he would act soon over border areas under Kurdish control but predicted his government’s forces would regain them without violence.

Turkey sends aid to disaster victims

:: Turkey has provided humanitarian aid following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Sunday in neighboring northern Iraq and Iran that killed more than 350 people and injured some 6,000. Turkish aid agencies, including the Red Crescent and the state-run Disaster and

Death toll rises after powerful earthquake hits Iran and Iraq

:: More than 207 people were killed and at least 1,700 were injured in Iran on Sunday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the country, state media said, as rescuers stepped up efforts overnight to find dozens trapped under

New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies

:: Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from ISIS that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Monday. The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base

Iraqi interior minister says 41 Iranians arrested after crossing borders

:: The Iraqi Minister of Interior, Qasim al-Araji, said that local authorities have arrested 41 interiors who illegally crossed the country’s borders, reported Anadolu Agency on Saturday. The statement said that the Ministry of Interior (MOI) warned all residents in

Iraqi forces launch offensive to recapture last ISIS-held district

:: Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Saturday to capture Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIS control. Two infantry divisions and Sunni tribal forces are participating in the offensive to recapture Rawa, a small town on the bank of

Iraqis say life under Daesh was an open-air prison

:: They emerge timidly from houses to survey the debris-strewn streets of their town. As Iraqi forces hunt down diehard jihadists, Al-Qaim residents recall three years of hell in “open-air prison.” “At last we’ll be able to sleep easily without

Iraqi PM Abadi: We will continue to fight ISIS, even within Syrian territory

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that he has ordered armed forces to fight against ISIS, even from within Syrian territory. In a statement on Tuesday, Abadi also said that there are joint efforts with neighboring countries to Iraq

First civilians return to Raqqa after mines cleared

:: Hundreds of civilians have returned to a battered district of Syria’s Raqa in what a US-backed force said was the first wave of returns since it cleared explosives left by militants. The ISIS group lost control of Raqqa –

Iraq Federal Court rules no region can secede after Kurdish independence bid

:: Iraq’s supreme federal court rules no region or province can sIraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that no region or province can secede from the country, reacting to a Kurdish vote for independence, a court spokesman said. The

Iraqi PM raises flag at border crossing taken from ISIS

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised on Sunday the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the ISIS group, state TV announced. Al-Iraqiya TV said al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of

Two suicide attacks kill at least five in Iraq’s Kirkuk

:: Two suicide bombers struck in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding more than 20 others, police and medical sources said. The interior ministry said the attacks targeted a mosque on

Abadi: Iraqi forces retake last ISIS bastion

:: Iraqi forces Friday captured the biggest town under ISIS group control in Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, driving another nail into the coffin of the militants’ self-styled caliphate. Abadi hailed the “liberation of al-Qaim in record time” in

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