Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »


Tag 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

CIA chief says he warned Iran’s Soleimani over Iraq aggression

:: US Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he sent a letter to Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian leaders expressing concern regarding Iran’s increasingly threatening behavior in Iraq. Speaking during a panel at the annual

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

Gruesome ISIS video purports to show Syrian pilot burned alive

:: ISIS has released a video allegedly showing a Syrian pilot that the extremists captured more than a year ago being set on fire while alive. The video released late Thursday allegedly showed Maj. Azzam Eid being chained to a

More than 400 US troops leaving Syria

:: More than 400 US Marines and their artillery are leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from ISIS, the US-led coalition fighting the militant group said on Thursday. Last month, US-backed militias declared victory in Raqqa,

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

Advisor to Iranian general Qassem Suleimani killed in eastern Syria

:: Khairallah Samadi, a consultant of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force, was killed after he was injured by a mortar splinter during battles between Syrian regime forces and ISIS in Albu Kamal, east

‘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.

A new page in Turkish-Iraqi relations

Yasar Yakis

By : Yasar Yakis :: Because of the fluidity of developments in the Middle East, almost every actor in regional crises may have opposed another actor at one stage, while having cooperated with them at another stage. This is true

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

Egypt’s el-Sisi says Iraq, Syria militants headed to Libya

:: Egypt’s president said the defeat of the extremist ISIS group in Iraq and Syria was likely to have forced militants to seek a safe haven in neighboring Libya, from which they will later cross into his country where his

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

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