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Macron, Abadi agree solving dispute with Irbil must be via dialogue

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi Saturday agreed that solving differences between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurdistan region should be through dialogue and respect of territorial unity. Macron, in a phone call with Abadi, reaffirmed that France believed in unity and safety of Iraqi territories, and that the federal government should have […]

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France calls for constructive national dialogue in Iraq

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

France calls for a constructive national dialogue in Iraq to have a “strong and integrated” Iraq and a “respect for pluralism” in the country’s Kurdish region, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Saturday. The dialogue must be built around four fundamental elements, in full compliance with the 2005 Constitution of Iraq, Macron said after meeting […]

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Algerian troops discover massive weapons bunker near Mali border

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

A bunker full of war weapons has been discovered by Algerian army troops near the border with Mali, the Defense Ministry said in statement on Wednesday. The bunker was discovered by counterterrorism troops deployed in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, on the border strip with Mali, after a routine patrol in the area.

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Egypt, US discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met Saturday with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts. “Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-U.S. relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides particularly in the military field,” […]

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1 peacekeeper killed, 3 wounded in CAR

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

Mainly Christian anti-Balaka forces attacked a UN police checkpoint in Central African Republic on Monday, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding three others, the United Nations said. The attack took place at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in the southeastern town of Bria after peacekeepers intervened to free two displaced people being […]

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AU to help evacuate 15 000 migrants from Libya this year

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over recent footage that showed migrants being auctioned off as slaves, the AU’s deputy chairperson said on Tuesday. Between 400 000 and 700 000 African migrants are in dozens of camps […]

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French President Macron visits Algeria

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Algeria for a one-day working visit aimed at boosting the security and economic cooperation between the two countries. Macron plans to walk the streets of Algiers city center on Wednesday before meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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US withdraws over 400 troops from Syria

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

Over 400 US Marines involved in battling the Daesh militant group in Syria are being withdrawn as part of a cut in forces after the capture of militant”capital” Raqqa, the US-led coalition said on Thursday. “The Marines supported Coalition partner forces with precise artillery strikes in the fight against Daesh,” the coalition said in a […]

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France, US agree that dialogue is solution for Erbil, Baghdad issues

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

The US and French Presidents in a phone call agree on resolving the issues between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi government through dialogue. On Monday, the White House, in a statement said that the US President Donald Trump and the French President Emmanuel Macron made a phone call discussed Erbil and Baghdad […]

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Tillerson, Libya’s PM discuss need to back UN Action Plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Friday to discuss the need for all Libyan and international parties to work together for stabilizing Libya. They urged backing the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame’s Action Plan “to advance the national political reconciliation process and lay […]

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EU, African leaders call for political solution in Libya

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

African and European leaders said Friday that a lasting resolution of the issue of African migrants is closely linked to addressing the root causes of the phenomenon and requires a political solution to the persistent crisis in Libya. “In this respect, they stressed the imperative need for coordinated action involving all the stakeholders concerned, especially […]

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US pledges to support Libya unity regime under UN plan

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

The United States renewed its support for Libya’s UN-backed government on Friday and urged all parties in the country to get behind efforts to organise elections. President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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US defense secretary meets with Egyptian officials in Cairo

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met on Saturday with Egyptian officials to discuss cooperation between the two countries, the first stop on a trip that will also take him to Jordan, Pakistan and Kuwait. Mattis’ visit came just over a week after the worst-ever Islamic militant attack in Egypt’s modern history took place in […]

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Egypt’s police say 5 militants killed near Cairo

Monday, December 4, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s Interior Ministry says security forces have killed five suspected militants in a shootout in a province about 150km east of Cairo. It says in a statement on Monday police have arrested another six militants in follow up raids on a desert area in the Sharqiya province.

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Middle east events and news

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: Pro-ISIS Telegram Channel Calls For Assassination Of Barron Trump, Shares Name, Address Of His SchoolOn November 21, 2017, a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Telegram called for the assassination of Barron Trump, and shared the name of the school that Barron attends along with a Google map pinpointing its location. EXCLUSIVE: Militants […]

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Iraqi forces open new front in final push against Daesh

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

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 Daesh militants, a commander said. Daesh has already been driven from all the towns it once held, but Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has said he will not proclaim victory […]

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Iraqi troops destroy Islamic State camp in Anbar

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

The Iraqi army destroyed on Tuesday an Islamic State camp south of Ar-Rutbah town in Anbar, a military commander said. “The army’s 1st brigade destroyed an IS camp at a desert area near Ar-Rutbah town in Anbar,” Commander of Anbar Operations Major General Mahmoud al-Falahi told DijlahTv on Tuesday.

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Syria to join Geneva peace talks

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria restarted on Tuesday with the Damascus regime enforcing its will, warning the United Nations it would not tolerate any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster from power. Assad’s negotiators did not travel to Geneva for the opening of the UN-backed talks, delivering another blow to the negotiations […]

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France allows new Rafale contract for Egypt to progress

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt’s purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from France looks to be going ahead, allaying Cairo’s fears that the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance (Bercy) would block the deal. During a three-day visit made by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to Paris in October, French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he wanted […]

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Libya, EU discuss border security cooperation

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Libyan UN-backed government and EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM) on Sunday discussed Libya’s border security. According to the media office of the Prime Minister, Serraj met with EUBAM delegation in the capital Tripoli and discussed cooperation between Libya and EU against terrorism and illegal immigration. The prime minister stressed that Libya’s border security […]

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Macron kicks off Africa tour in Burkina Faso

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron landed in Burkina Faso on Monday evening for the opening leg of a three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting France’s regional influence and stemming the continent’s migrant exodus. Macron’s first African tour takes him to Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, two former French colonies that deposed strongmen leaders in recent years, […]

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Sudan forces arrest top Darfur militia chief

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Sudan’s counter-insurgency forces have arrested a powerful militia chief from Darfur accused by the United Nations of human rights abuses in the war-torn region, officials said on Monday. The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) arrested Musa Hilal, a former aide to President Omar al-Bashir, near his home town of Mustariaha in the state of North Darfur, […]

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Egypt troops killed 14 militants after Sinai massacre

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian authorities say security forces have killed at least 14 Islamic militants in Sinai and an adjacent Suez Canal province following the massacre at a village mosque in the northern part of the peninsula last week that killed 305 people.

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Trump, Macron discuss Syria

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

President Donald Trump spoke Monday with President Emmanuel Macron of France to discuss the Syrian issue, the White House announced. “The presidents agreed on the importance of the United Nations-based Geneva Process as the only legitimate forum for achieving a political solution in Syria,” the announcement said.

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Iraqi troops uncover Islamic State arms depot in Anbar

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi troops found on Monday an Islamic State arms depot in Hit city in Anbar Province, Al-Ghad Press quoted military media saying. “Military intelligence officers from the 39th brigade have found an underground IS arms depot at al- Bakr district in Hit city in Anbar,” the Directorate of General Military Intelligence said in a statement […]

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Iraqi forces clear ISIS hideouts in Northern Nineveh

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces have cleared roughly five square kilometers of territory in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province of ISIS, an Iraqi police source said Monday. “For the fourth day in a row, joint forces from the army, police and Hashd al-Shaabi are carrying out military operations in Nineveh’s desert region,” Police Brigadier-General Jawad al-Alusi said.

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Iraq to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait in 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq is to resume paying war reparations to Kuwait at the start of 2018, in UN-endorsed compensation for Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of the emirate, the president’s office announced Friday. It said the two countries had agreed during a visit to Kuwait City by President Fuad Masum on Monday for Iraq “to resume payment of […]

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Egypt vows ‘brutal’ response to mosque attackers

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

An angry Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged to respond with “brutal force” against militants who massacred at least 235 people at a mosque during weekly prayers on Friday. “The army and police will avenge our martyrs and return security and stability with force in the coming short period,” he also said in a televised […]

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Egypt mosque attack death toll rises to 305

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

he death toll from an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai rose to 305 including 27 children, the state prosecution said Saturday in a statement detailing the gruesome massacre. It said there were between 25 and 30 attackers with long hair and beards, dressed in camouflage and flying a black banner with the Muslim […]

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US airstrikes IS group in northeastern Somalia

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in northeastern Somalia that killed one extremist. The statement from the US Africa Command says the airstrike was carried out on Monday afternoon in coordination with Somalia’s government.

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Mali delays December regional election until April 2018

Monday, November 27, 2017 Comments Off

Mali has delayed regional elections due next month until April 2018 in order to address dissatisfaction with the timing from powerful armed groups, the government said on Monday. Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, minister for territorial administration, met former rebel groups and pro-government factions who registered “concerns” over the vote’s timing, a government statement said.

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Iraq to declare final victory over Daesh after desert campaign

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said on Tuesday the Daesh extremist group had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after Daesh militants were routed in the desert. Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Daesh control, signalling the collapse […]

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US sees no need to appoint special envoy on Iraq-Kurdistan crisis

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

The United States has said there was no need to appoint a special envoy to resolve the crisis between Iraq and Kurdistan Region, saying that such a dispute could be resolved “internally”. “We certainly heard about that idea to appoint a special envoy. We believe at this point that this is an issue that can […]

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Iraq PM: IS defeated from a military perspective

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s prime minister has announced the defeat of ISIL “from a military perspective” but says he will only declare final victory once security forces have eliminated the extremists from the desert. Rawa, the last remaining town under ISIL’s control, was captured by Iraqi forces on Friday, signalling the collapse of the group in Iraq after […]

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Egypt security forces kills four militants in Sinai

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Comments Off

The Egyptian Second Field Army – who are assigned with the task of securing North Sinai and Ismailia from an extremist insurgency – killed four militants on Tuesday during operations against the Islamic State group. A statement released by the military’s official spokesperson said the operation resulted in the destruction of a large amount of […]

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