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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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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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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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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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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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Iraqi army takes control of border crossing from KRG forces

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Control of the Ibrahim Khalil border gate between Turkey and northern Iraq has been handed over to Baghdad, Turkey’s prime minister announced on Tuesday. Speaking at the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group meeting, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkish officials will remain in control of the Habur border gate on the Turkish […]

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Turkish, US, Iraqi discuss security challenges

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Comments Off

Senior Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials met in Ankara on Thursday to discuss regional developments and security challenges. Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, his Iraqi counterpart Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of US European Command (EUCOM) Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Joseph Votel attended the meeting.

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Iraq holds military parade over victory against IS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s military Sunday paraded in Baghdad Green Zone to celebrate the full liberation of Iraqi lands from the Islamic State (IS) group. The parade was held in the morning at the Celebrations Square in the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the main government offices and foreign embassies, and was attended by the Iraqi Prime […]

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France to keep working with Iraq on security challenges

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

After Iraq’s announcement of victory over so-called Islamic State (IS), France is continuing to work with Baghdad to help it with security challenges, but also to achieve national reconciliation and reconstruction, the French Foreign Ministry said Monday.

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Turkish, US, Iraqi military officials to discuss security issues in Akara

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Ankara would host on Thursday a trilateral meeting for top Turkish, Iraqi and US military officials, the Turkish General Staff said Monday. The meeting would be attended by Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Iraqi counterpart Gen. Othman Al-Ghanimi, Commander of the US European Command Curtis Scaparrotti and Commander

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EU welcomes Iraq victory against IS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

The EU congratulated Monday the Iraqi people and government following the holding of a victory celebration on Sunday in Iraq to mark the defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

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Germany extends military mission against IS in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Comments Off

Lawmakers in Germany on Tuesday extended the country’s military mission against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali until March 2018. Germany has not formed a new government following an election in September, but it is expected that the next administration will further extend the mission.

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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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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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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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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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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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Iraq retakes Rawa, last Daesh town in the country

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Daesh control, signalling the collapse of the group’s self-proclaimed territory. Rawa’s capture marks the end of Daesh’s era of territorial rule over a so-called caliphate that it proclaimed in 2014 across vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

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Syria retakes Albu Kamal stronghold from Daesh

Monday, November 20, 2017 Comments Off

yria’s army and loyalist militiamen Sunday ousted the Daesh group from its last urban stronghold in the country as regime strikes claimed more lives in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus. The army said it had taken full control of Albu Kamal in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which has changed hands several times.

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Iraqi troops block IS attack west of Anbar

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

Security forces have repulsed an attack by Islamic State militants in western Anbar. Army troops repelled an IS attack in al-Jazeera region, located between Annah and Rawa towns. Thirteen villages were freed, while forty-five IS members and two suicide bombers were killed in three days, according to a statement issued earlier by the War Media […]

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US coalition says Daesh has lost 95% of territory

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

The Daesh militant group has lost 95 per cent of the cross-border territory it declared three years ago in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition fighting it has said. “Since our coalition was formed in 2014, Daesh has lost 95 per cent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria,” Washington’s envoy to […]

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