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UNSC to discuss Afrin operation on Monday

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations, France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday. The French Foreign Ministry said the UN Security Council had agreed to hold a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin […]

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EU voices concern over Turkish operation against Kurdish group in Sydia

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said Monday that she is “extremely worried” about the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria, against the Kurdish YPG fighters. “We discussed this today with the ministers at the opening of our meeting. I am extremely worried and I will discuss this, among other things, with our Turkish interlocutors,” she […]

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EU welcomes destruction of Libyan chemical weapons

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The European Union welcomed on Monday the recent announcement by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the elimination of chemical weapons in Libya as “a positive step towards the complete and permanent eradication of all chemical weapons in the country.” The chemical weapons were removed from Libya and transported to Germany […]

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Algeria, Libya to jointly manage oil fields on shared border

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria’s state-run oil company Sonatrach signed an agreement, Monday, with the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) to run a number of crude oil fields located on the borders between the two countries. The agreement included updating a study that was carried out on 2006 concerning Al-Rar and Al-Wafa oilfields, which located on the shared borders […]

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5+5 Dialogue in Algiers focus on anti-terrorism and regional issues

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The Algerian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Algeria will host the 14th Foreign Ministers Conference of Western Mediterranean 5+5 Dialogue on Sunday. The conference will focus on “overall, shared and sustainable socio-economic development” in the western Mediterranean region, the statement said.

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Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded last week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country’s southeast, the government has said. “The provisional toll for the cowardly terror attack on Wednesday night in Toummour is seven dead, seventeen wounded and one soldier missing,” said […]

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Tunisia kills senior al-Qaeda member

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials said. “A terrorist wanted by Algeria since 1993 was killed in an operation carried out by the Special Unit of the National Guard,” Tunisian interior ministry spokesman Khlifa Chibani […]

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US provides $100 million assistance to Afghanistan

Monday, January 22, 2018 Comments Off

The United States government on Monday released $100 million in budget assistance to Afghanistan. The agreement was signed between Afghan Finance Minister Iklil Hakimi and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass in Kabul.

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Iran, Armenia call for boosting Parliamentary ties

Thursday, January 18, 2018 Comments Off

Iran’s envoy to Armenia and a senior Armenian lawmaker urged the need to boost the parliamentary ties between the two countries. Kazem Sajjadi in a meeting with head of Iran-Armenia friendship group in Armenia’s parliament Vahram Baghdasarian discussed ways to boost parliamentary relations, including a visit by the Iranian parliament speaker to Armenia to lay […]

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US to keep military presence in Syria

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

In the most comprehensive outlining of US policy stance on Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowed the US military will remain to counter threats posed by the so-called Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. “The US will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring IS cannot reemerge. Our military presence will remain conditions […]

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US welcomes constructive talks between Baghdad, Erbil

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani that the US welcomes signs of development in talks between Erbil and Baghdad. He said that the US pays attention to its relations with the Kurdistan Region, according to Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) website. Tillerson expressed happiness over what he called constructive meetings […]

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Tunisia deploys army as violent unrest persists

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Tunisian protesters burned down a regional national security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting authorities to send in troops after police retreated, witnesses said, as unrest over prices and taxes raged on nationwide.

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UNSC meeting condemns Tripoli clashes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on Wednesday in which a briefing by the Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, was heard on the Libyan issues, in addition to the statements of the countries’ representatives. Salame said the UNSMIL is doubling up its efforts to carry on with the action plan, condemning the […]

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Mali praises Algeria’s support for stability

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Visiting Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, on Saturday said Algeria has always played a major role in stabilizing Mali. “Algeria has always played a major role in Mali’s stability and has intervened at least twice to help establishing inter-Malian peace talks, in 1992 and 2015,” Maiga told reporters as he started a two day […]

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Egypt seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt’s president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them. In televised comments on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt’s strategic choice is not to go to war. “I am saying this as a […]

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South Sudan’s cease-fire broken by both sides, say monitors

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Comments Off

Sixteen people have been killed, including three children, since South Sudan’s cease-fire started less than a month ago, say monitors. Both government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on December 24, according to four separate investigations released on Tuesday by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent […]

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EU condemns Baghdad terror attacks

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

The EU condemned on Monday the terror attacks in Baghdad earlier today in which a large number of innocent people were killed and injured. “Showing mutual solidarity and unity against violence is the best way to defeat terrorism fully and construct a brighter future for the country,” Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High

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Clashes in Libyan capital kill 9, close airport

Monday, January 15, 2018 Comments Off

Libyan officials say heavy clashes among rival militias in Tripoli left at least nine people dead and forced the capital’s only functioning airport to shut down. Health Ministry spokesperson Omar Matouq said the death toll from Monday’s fighting is expected to rise.

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Treasury source: Italy, Iran to sign €5b investment agreement

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Italy and Iran will on Thursday sign a framework credit agreement worth 5.0 billion euros ($6 billion)whereby Rome will help Italian companies invest in Iran, an Italian Treasury source said on Wednesday. The accord foresees the opening of lines of credit to two Iranian banks by Invitalia, an Italian state-owned holding, in order to finance […]

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US to have leading role in Iraq reconstruction

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States will play a leading role in the February 12 Iraqi reconstruction conference hosted by Kuwait, US Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman revealed on Wednesday. In a press statement, the ambassador said that his country is currently planning to carry out some key investment projects in Iraq that include the rehabilitation of the […]

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US Urges Kurdish Political Parties on Remaining United

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

The United States has expressed concern over the relations between various Kurdish political parties, urging the sides to maintain unity and help find a solution to the political deadlock between Erbil and Baghdad. Speaking to reporters in the embassy on Wednesday, Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, urged the Kurdish factions to stay unified at the […]

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Romania signs deal to buy 227 Piranha V vehicles

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Romanian Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor signed a deal Friday for 227 Piranha V infantry fighting vehicles for the country’s armed forces. The eight-wheel drive vehicles will be purchased under a deal worth €895 million euros (U.S. $1 billion), excluding the value-added tax.

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Malian army plans anti-jihadist operation in restive centre

Friday, January 12, 2018 Comments Off

Mali’s army is to deploy patrols in an operation to fight jihadists in the country’s restive centre, according to documents and sources consulted by AFP, as the government expresses concern over extreme instability in the area. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga said last week “urgent measures” were required to address Al-Qaeda-linked groups who control […]

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EU to make strategy for supporting Iraq recovery

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of the ISIS terrorist group. “Iraq is at a crossroads in its history following the […]

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US Vice President to visit Middle East

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Mideast from January 20 to 23, the White House said on Monday. The White House explained, in a statement, that Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

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Fighting parties in Libya agree on cease-fire

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Forces of the Libyan UN-backed government and the Municipal Council of the western Libyan city of Zuwara on Saturday reached an agreement to stop all military operations carried out by the government’s Western Military Zone service in the area. “An agreement was reached to freeze military operations in the area from Abi Kamash to the […]

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Libya government forces conduct artillery attack near Tripoli

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Artillery shelling attack rocked Garabulli district near Tripoli by Al-Kani Brigade of the Defense Ministry of the Government of National Accord Sunday afternoon in retaliation of the abduction of one of the brigade’s fighters on Saturday in the district.

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Algeria, Tunisia discuss counter-terrorism cooperation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Algeria and Tunisia on Sunday discussed ways and means to strengthen security cooperation, as part of the visit of Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem to Algiers. “My visit is part of usual bilateral dialogue between Algiers and Tunis aiming at examining and building on previous experiences for the service of the security of both countries […]

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Egypt says its forces kill 8 suspected militants in Sinai

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Egypt says security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday the firefight broke out when the forces raided a suspected hideout in el-Arish city. It said the militants were planning attacks targeting security forces,

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Regional force targets top Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

Troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries have launched major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their leaders, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to […]

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New clashes outside South Sudan’s capital said to kill 4

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Comments Off

South Sudan’s armed opposition says four government soldiers have been killed in new clashes just outside the capital, Juba. The opposition says soldiers in two vehicles attacked their position on Tuesday morning in Wunu’Lyet, less than 10km from Juba.

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Macron kicks off China visit at gateway to Silk Road

Monday, January 8, 2018 Comments Off

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched a state visit to China in Xian — the starting point of the ancient Silk Road — in a nod to his counterpart’s scheme to revive the famous trading route.

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Iraqi army says border with Syria “totally secured”

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi-Syrian borders are totally secured by the Iraqi Army after the liberation of Iraq from Islamic State, said the head of Anbar Council. “The security situation in Anbar province is reassuring,” Ahmed al-Alwani was quoted by IKH News as saying on Sunday.

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Iraqi troops continues pursuit against IS

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi troops killed eight terrorists and destroyed four Islamic State hotbeds during a military operation to pursuit IS militants in a border area between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a municipal official said. In an exclusive interview to Baghdad Today on Sunday, Sadeq al-Husseini, the head of Diyala council’s security committee, said, “Joint troops from the […]

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Germany calls for Baghdad-Erbil dialogue

Monday, December 18, 2017 Comments Off

Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday called on Iraq’s central government and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq to resume dialogue. Speaking at a joint news conference with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani in Berlin, Gabriel underlined Germany’s financial support for Iraq in future would depend on resolution of internal conflicts.

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