King Salman orders establishment of ‘King Salman Complex’ for Prophet’s Hadith

:: Saudi King Salman issued a Royal Decree on Tuesday establishing the “King Salman Complex”, the compound of King Salman for the Prophet’s Hadith. According to the royal order, the complex will More »

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 More »

Anies Baswedan sworn in as new Jakarta governor

:: Former Education Minister Anies Baswedan and businessman-turned-politician Sandiaga Uno were sworn in Monday as the new governor and deputy governor of Jakarta at a ceremony held by President Joko Widodo at More »

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the More »

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 More »


Tag Archives: Baghdad

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

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

Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday. The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important

Kurds reject Iraqi warning to withdraw from key junction south of Kirkuk

:: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a Kurdish security official told Reuters on Sunday. Popular Mobilization, formed mainly by Iranian-trained Shi’ite

Baghdad gives pre-dawn ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback, Kurds say

:: Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Islamic State group, a senior Kurdish official said. The reported ultimatum comes

Kurdish VP : Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face ‘Iraq threat’

:: Kurdish authorities have sent thousands more troops to the oil region of Kirkuk to confront “threats” from Iraq’s central government, the vice president of the autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday. Tens of thousands of Kurdish soldiers were already

Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd referendum vote organizers

:: An Iraqi court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the chairwoman and two other members of the commission that organized last month’s vote for Kurdish independence, a judicial official said. The court in east Baghdad acted in response to

Iraq’s talks with Exxon on southern oilfields in final stages

:: Iraq’s talks with Exxon Mobil to develop a multi-billion-dollar project to boost output from several southern oilfields are nearing completion, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday. “Talks are in advanced final stages with Exxon to develop and finance

Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on Daesh: US general

:: The “final large fight” in Iraq against Daesh group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the terrorists said on Saturday. He spoke two days after Iraqi forces recaptured the northern

Iraq forces retake center of ISIS bastion Hawija

:: Iraqi forces said Thursday they had retaken the center of ISIS group stronghold Hawija and were pushing forward in their assault on one of the last ISIS enclaves in the country. Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of

New Kurdish flashpoint as Baghdad eyes Kirkuk’s oil

:: The flashpoint in the independence stand-off between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government shifted to Kirkuk on Tuesday, as Baghdad moved to take control of the area’s lucrative oil wells. The Kurdistan Regional Government exports 550,000 barrels of

Iraqi sanctions will not punish Kurdish people, says Al-Abadi

:: Amid fears in Iraqi Kurdistan that economic and financial sanctions imposed by Baghdad will hurt them soon, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Monday his government would not target or punish the Kurdish people. Al-Abadi demanded that Kurdish

Reform in Baghdad can stop dismantling of Iraq

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman Al-Rashed :: If the Kurds are given a real share of the government in Baghdad, then they may stop thinking about independence. Currently, all they have are honorary posts without any real powers, and the same applies

Iraqi PM office says Turkey agrees to deal only with Baghdad on oil exports

:: Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude oil exports, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday. In a phone call with Abadi, Turkish Prime Minister Binali “Yildirim confirmed the

Iraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum result

:: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded on Wednesday that Kurdish authorities “cancel” the outcome of the independence referendum in northern Iraq, as a condition for dialogue to resolve an escalating crisis. In a speech to parliament, Abadi renewed his

Iraq’s PM Abadi refuses talks with Kurds over independence vote results

:: The Iraqi government will not hold talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) about the results of the “unconstitutional” referendum on independence held on Monday in northern Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. “We are not ready to

US warns Kurdistan referendum will ‘increase instability’

:: The United States warned that an independence referendum Monday for Iraqi Kurdistan to break away from Baghdad will “increase instability.” “The United States is deeply disappointed that the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to conduct today a unilateral referendum on

US cautions citizens of possible unrest during Kurdish independence referendum

:: The US embassy in Iraq cautioned its citizens that there may be unrest during a referendum on independence planned by the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq, opposed by the central government in Baghdad. “In particular, US citizens should avoid

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