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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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Trump calls on UN to extend probe on chemical weapons in Syria

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Comments Off

US President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to vote to renew a join investigative panel looking into possible chemical weapon attack by the Syrian regime, despite Russia’s veto threat. “Need all on the UN Security Council to vote to renew the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) for Syria to ensure that Assad […]

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Iraqi paramilitary troops repulse IS attack in Diyala

Friday, November 10, 2017 Comments Off

The pro-government paramilitary troops have repulsed an Islamic State attack against a security checkpoint in Diyala, a security source said on Thursday. “Troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] managed to repel an attack launched by IS to target a checkpoint in al-Bou Eissa village, north of Udhaim, in Diyala,” the source told Baghdad Today.

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Pence, Turkish PM discuss Middle East situation

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday “to reaffirm the enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey,” the Office of the Vice President announced. The two “expressed hope that their meeting would help to usher in a new chapter in US-Turkey relations, and agreed on the need […]

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Syria announces victory over Daesh

Thursday, November 9, 2017 Comments Off

Syria’s army declared victory over Daesh on Thursday, saying its capture of the militants’ last town in the country marked the collapse of their project in the region. The army and its allies are still fighting Daesh in desert areas near Albu Kamal, the last town the militant group had held in Syria, near the […]

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NATO hopes Erbil, Baghdad to solve differences through peaceful dialogue

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

The North Atlantic Alliance Organization (NATO) supports constructive and peaceful dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve their differences, said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. “We would like very much to see constructive negotiations between the Peshmerga forces and the government of Baghdad,” Stoltenberg said on Tuesday, urging the sides not to return to violence. “Any use […]

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US Defence Secretary to discuss IS with NATO counterparts

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 Comments Off

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has plenty of pressing issues as he begins talks with NATO allies on Wednesday. NATO defence ministers are meeting over two days at the alliance’s Brussels headquarters. The talks will also look at efforts to revamp NATO’s command structure to help it better combat the rising threat from Russia.

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Iraqi forces to resume ops if handing over control of borders delayed

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces threatened on Wednesday to resume operations to capture northern Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)-held territory after accusing authorities there of delaying handing over control of Iraq’s borders with Turkey, Iran and Syria. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday declared a pause in an offensive that began on Oct. 16 to take over areas […]

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Iraqi forces liberate al-Qaim

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday announced the full liberation of the city of al-Qaim near the border with Syria from the Islamic State (IS) militants. A statement by the premier’s office said Abadi, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of Iraqi forces, “congratulated the people of Iraq for the liberation of al-Qaim by the […]

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US calls for dialogue between Erbil, Baghdad

Monday, November 6, 2017 Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani had a phone conversation Friday in which they stressed the need for political negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad.

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US Coalition drived out IS from 95% of former lands

Friday, November 3, 2017 Comments Off

Syria’s army announced it had taken Deir al-Zour early on Friday. IS had held most of Deir al-Zour since 2014, important because of its proximity to the border with Iraq. While the Syrian army said it had been re-captured, other reports said government forces and their allies were clearing the last pockets of resistance from […]

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