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 »

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 More »


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Iran’s Guards say missile programme will accelerate despite pressure

:: Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday that the country’s ballistic missile programme would accelerate despite pressure from the United States and European Union to suspend it, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. In a major US policy

Turkey says will not submit to ‘impositions’ from United States in visa crisis

:: Turkey will not submit to “impositions” from the United States over an on-going visa crisis and will reject any conditions it cannot meet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. A delegation from the United States is visiting Turkey

Iran says Trump’s nuclear deal policy not to have high impact on oil prices

:: President Donald Trump’s hardened stance on a multinational nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers will not have much impact on global oil prices, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh told state TV on Sunday. Trump refused on Friday

Turkey’s Erdogan in Iran amid tensions over Iraqi Kurd vote

:: Iran’s state TV is reporting the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran as Tehran and Ankara weigh how to respond to the Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq. Erdogan arrived in Tehran on Wednesday and was greeted at

Turkey’s Erdogan says will impose further sanctions against northern Iraq

:: Turkey will impose further sanctions on northern Iraq over its independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. “We are managing with some embargoes in northern Iraq for now, but if they don’t come to their senses, this will

Turkey opens $50m training camp for Somali Army

:: Turkey opened its largest overseas military training camp on Saturday on a 400-hectare seafront site in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The $50 million camp, which has been under construction since March 2015, was inaugurated by Somali Prime Minister

Turkey calls on Barzani to cancel northern Iraq referendum

:: Turkey made a directly appeal to the president of the northern Iraqi Kurdish region on Friday, calling on him to cancel an independence referendum planned for Sept. 25, warning that Ankara viewed the vote as illegal and unacceptable. In

Military drills show Erdogan’s stance before Kurdish independence vote

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: In a strategic move just a week before a planned independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Turkish Army announced major military exercises on Monday on the Turkey-Iraq border. The army said the exercises in the southeastern

Turkey says northern Iraqi referendum an issue of national security

Binali Yildirim

:: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that the planned independence referendum in northern Iraq is an issue of national security, and Turkey will take any necessary steps. On Friday, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said the vote

Turkey, Iran, Russia to deploy observers around Idlib

:: Russia, Iran and Turkey will post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria’s Idlib region largely controlled by radical militants, the three nations said on Friday. The move is part of a broader plan under

Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum will ‘have a cost’

:: Turkey on Thursday warned Iraqi Kurdish leaders that a planned independence referendum would “have a cost” as Ankara welcomed a vote by Iraq’s parliament against the poll. The non-binding referendum set for September 25 has faced strong opposition from

Erdogan and Trump reaffirm strategic partnership

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: Amid bilateral tensions over various issues, US President Trump and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Saturday and according to the announcement made by the Turkish presidential office, they agreed to promote regional stability and to

Merkel wants to end Turkey EU membership talks

:: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that she would ask the European Union to call off membership talks with Turkey, amid escalating tensions between Berlin and Ankara. “I don’t see them ever joining and I had never believed that

Euphrates Shield 2: Erdogan threatens new attack in northern Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

:: Turkey will launch a new cross-border military operation into Syria if its national security is threatened by Daesh, Kurdish militants and political turmoil in Syria and Iraq. “We will take all necessary measures accordingly. We are ready,” President Recep

Iran rejects US demand for UN inspector visit to military sites

:: Iran has dismissed a US demand for UN nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases as “merely a dream” as Washington reviews a 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers, including the United States. US President Donald

Erdogan sends tanks to confront Kurds on Syrian border

:: Turkey has again boosted its military presence along its southern border to prevent hostile incursions by Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria. Ten trucks carrying tanks and howitzer artillery pieces moved into position on

Foreign visitor arrivals in Turkey rise 46.36 percent in July

:: The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey rose 46.4 percent in July to 5.08 million, marking the sharpest rise in 13 years, data from Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed on Friday. The rise – the highest

Five PKK terrorists killed in Turkey

Turkey security forces

:: Turkey security forces have killed at least five PKK terrorists in eastern and southeastern Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey. As per Anadolu News, Turkish Armed Forces said at least

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