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EU, Lebanon discuss political solution for Syria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met with the Lebanese foreign minister Affairs Gebran Bassil Tuesday and discussed the Syrian crisis and its consequences on Lebanon. “We discussed in particular the Syrian crisis, the impact in Lebanon; We continue to be on the same side here agreeing that only a political solution can bring an end […]

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EU increases support to Int’l investigation into war crimes in Syria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union (EU) announced on Wednesday that it will provide 1.5 million euro (USD 1.7 mn) to support the International Independent Mechanism to Facilitate Investigations into the Most Serious Violations of International Law committed in Syria since March 2011. “Achieving justice for the victims is essential for a genuine and inclusive reconciliation process in […]

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Over 40 IS terrorists killed by Iraqi airstrikes

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

A total of 47 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Monday in Iraqi airstrikes in and near the IS-held town of Tal Afar in west of Mosul, the Iraqi military said. Iraqi jets conducted airstrikes on an IS post in the IS-held town of Mahalabiyah near the IS stronghold in Tal Afar, which itself […]

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Iraq PM, Egypt FM discuss security and stability issues

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt is ready to help Iraq restore its security and stability as well as reconstruct Iraqi cities after the country’s recent victories over the militant group Daesh, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi during Shoukry’s first visit to Mosul following its liberation from Daesh.

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EU to send defence, security mission to Iraq

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

European Union Foreign Ministers meeting here Monday adopted a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP (Common Security and Defence Policy ) mission in Iraq. The decision comes after a request by the Iraqi authorities and the adoption of a crisis management concept is the first step to launch a new CSDP mission, after […]

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Turkey extends state of emergency for 3 months

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s Parliament approved the Cabinet’s motion Monday to extend the ongoing state of emergency in the country for another three months starting from July 19, official media reported. The motion was backed by votes of ruling Justice and Development Party and opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

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EU to send security assistance mission to Iraq

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union agreed Monday to send a security assistance delegation to Iraq as part of its Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). “The mission will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi security strategy,” said the council in a statement. “EU experts will provide advice […]

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US-backed forces advance against Daesh in Syria’s Raqqa

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed forces said Monday they had seized a new neighbourhood from the Daesh terror group in the extremist stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, have been pressing an operation to capture the extremist stronghold since last year, and they penetrated the city in […]

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EU sanctions Syrian military officials over gas attack

Monday, July 17, 2017 Comments Off

The European Union imposed sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists and military officials on Monday for their suspected involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria in April which killed scores of civilians. Western intelligence agencies accuse the government of Bashar Assad of carrying out the attack, arguing that rebels in the area would not have […]

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US Special Presidential Envoy congratulates Iraq on liberation of Mosul

Friday, July 14, 2017 Comments Off

The Small Group of the Global Coalition to Defeat the so-called Islamic State (IS) meet Thursday to synthesize this week’s Coalition meetings and discuss priorities to build on the progress in Mosul and Raqqa, and to set (IS) on an irreversible and lasting path to defeat across the globe. In his opening remarks, Special Presidential […]

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Iraq faces pockets of IS resistance in Mosul

Friday, July 14, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces hit further pockets of resistance from Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City on Friday, four days after the prime minister declared victory. Army helicopters flew overhead and explosions could be heard, residents said. “Three mortars landed on our district,” a resident of Faysaliya, just across the Tigris river in east Mosul, said […]

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US air force chief visits Turkey for talks on Syria

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein held talks in Ankara with his Turkish counterparts. Goldfein met with Commander of the Turkish Air Force Abidin Ünal and other senior military officials in order to discuss ongoing military cooperation in Syria as part of international efforts to defeat the Islamic […]

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US military advisors assist local fighters to battle IS in Raqqa

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

American military advisors are operating inside the city of Raqqa,ISIL’s last major stronghold in Syria, a US official said on Wednesday. The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an “advise, assist and accompany” role to support local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle ISIL, said Colonel Ryan Dillon, […]

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EU to announce more humanitarian aid for Iraq

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

The European Commission announced Wednesday that it is scaling up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, which will enable the EU to continue supporting emergency relief in newly retaken areas and for newly displaced families. It will also allow to continue emergency medical services, attending injured civilians from the frontlines, to the final […]

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Fighting in Mosul still ongoin after victory claimed

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Comments Off

IRAQI forces clashed with Islamic State militants holding out in Mosul’s Old City yesterday, more than 36 hours after Baghdad declared victory. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s victory announcement signaled the biggest defeat for the hardline Sunni group since its lightning sweep through northern Iraq three years ago. But pockets of Mosul remain insecure and the […]

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New round of Syria talks kick off in Geneva

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

A seventh round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva began on Monday with a meeting between the UN envoy on the war-torn country and a regime delegation. Staffan de Mistura met a Bashar al-Assad regime team headed by Bashar al-Jaafari at the UN offices at Geneva.

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Turkey welcomes liberation of Mosul

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Monday “welcomed” the liberation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul over the weekend. On Sunday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to celebrate the victory over the Daesh terrorist group. “We welcome the successful completion of the military operation conducted since October 2016 for the liberation of Mosul,” […]

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Iraq PM set to declare Mosul victory

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is set to declare victory over Islamic State in Mosul as only a few dozen militants put up resistance in the city that was the capital of their self-declared caliphate for the past three years. Gunfire and explosions could be heard as the US-led coalition pounded the remaining few Islamic […]

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Iraqi troops push for last area of Mosul

Monday, July 10, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces slowly advanced today to retake the last patch of ground in Mosul where Islamic State militants are holding on to a tiny sliver of the Old City, west of the Tigris River, a day after the prime minister visited the soldiers to congratulate troops on the hard-fought battle. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil of […]

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France, Germany call for rapid identification of those who used chemical weapons in Syria

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

France and Germany, in a combined initiative, called Wednesday for the rapid identification of those who used chemical weapons in a deadly attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun last April, according to the French Foreign Ministry. At least 92 people died in the Khan Sheikhoun attack, 30 of them children, and France has […]

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Iraqi parliament labels IS crimes as genocide

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

The Council of Representatives of Iraq labeled on Thursday a number of crimes and massacres committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the country as “genocide”. The council voted for a parliamentary decision labeling the terrorist organization’s crimes in Badush prison and Speicher camp as genocide, the parliament said in a statement.

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US, Qatar discuss situation in the region

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khaled Al-Attiyah discussed Thursday with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis the bilateral military relations between their countries, official media reported.

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US President urges Egypt to resolve Arab-Qatar dispute

Thursday, July 6, 2017 Comments Off

United States President Donald Trump has spoken with his Egyptian counterpart about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and four Arab countries. The president called Egypt’s Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi from Air Force One on Wednesday, while en route to Poland. He called on “all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute” with Qatar and to “stop […]

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US-backed forces breach Daesh defences in Raqa

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed forces have penetrated the heavily fortified heart of extremist bastion Raqqa for the first time, in a key milestone in the war against the Daesh terror group in Syria. Air strikes by the US-led coalition battling Daesh punched two holes in the medieval wall surrounding Raqqa’s Old City, allowing fighters of the Syrian Democratic […]

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Iraqi army advances towards last IS parts in Mosul

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces have pushed ISIS into a shrinking rectangle no more than 300 by 500 meters beside the Tigris river, but slowed their advance on Tuesday out of caution for an estimated 10,000 civilians trapped there alongside the militants, reported Reuters. Residents have been caught in the crossfire – and often intentionally targeted by ISIS […]

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Iraq’s PM says troops won’t hesitate to bomb IS in Syria if necessary

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi on Tuesday said his country wouldn’t hesitate to bombard targets of the so-called Islamic State in Syria again if necessary. Speaking at a news conference, he added that Iraqi forces don’t want to interfere in domestic affairs of neighboring countries, but they had to shell IS targets in Syria some […]

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Egypt to host Gulf nations in dispute with Qatar

Monday, July 3, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says it will host a meeting of Arab nations that have cut off ties to Qatar. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid says foreign ministers of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will meet in Cairo on Wednesday. He says the meeting will discuss the future steps in dealing with Qatar, […]

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Turkey attacks Kurdish militia, Iraqi militants

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and destroyed People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets after the Kurdish militia opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria, the military said on Wednesday. It said Turkish warplanes separately struck Kurdish militants in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing seven fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) group, […]

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Iraqi troops push deeper into Mosul’s Old City

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Comments Off

Iraq’s military pushed deeper into Mosul’s Old City on Wednesday, taking two more districts from Daesh and bringing it closer to total control of the city. The army’s 16th infantry division captured Hadarat Al Saada and Al Ahmadiyya, the military said in a statement. The areas are northwest of the historic Grand Al Nuri Mosque […]

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US-backed fighters advance in Syria’s Raqqa

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed fighters seized a quarter of Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said on Monday, less than three weeks after they first launched the offensive to recapture the northern city. Arab and Kurdish militiamen from the Syrian Democratic Forces smashed into the militants’ main Syrian bastion on June 6 after a months-long […]

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Iraqi troops advance in Mosul

Monday, June 26, 2017 Comments Off

The battle to take full control of Mosul from Islamic State will be over in a few days after an attempted fightback by the militants failed, an Iraqi general has told Reuters. “Only a small part remains in the city, specifically the Old City,” said Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, commander of the Counter Terrorism […]

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Syria: US-backed forces launch siege on Raqqa

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have completed a siege on areas under the Islamic State (IS) in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa. The siege on Raqqa has been completed, amid talks among the tribesmen in the city about reviving negotiations with IS over the next 24 hours for the withdrawal of IS from the […]

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Mosul operations enter final stage

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The Islamic State (IS) militants bombed historical al-Nuri mosque on Wednesday during fierce battles against the Iraqi army which has retaken most of Mosul, the country’s second largest city, after eight months of offensives. Iraqi Prime Minister Hadier Abadi said “blowing up the al-Nuri mosque and the al-Hadba minaret is an official declaration of defeat […]

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Iraqi PM: Mosul to be liberated within days

Friday, June 23, 2017 Comments Off

The “liberation” of the city of Mosul from Daesh will be announced in a few days, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Thursday, according to Baghdad-based Al-Sumaria TV. “It’s a matter of a few days and we will announce the total liberation of Mosul,” Al-Abadi told reporters in Baghdad, according to Al-Sumaria.

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Pakistan, Turkey discuss defence cooperation

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Comments Off

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was awarded the Legion of Merit in Ankara on Tuesday in recognition of his services for promotion of Pakistan-Turkey defence ties. Speaking on the occasion, General Bajwa dedicated the award to the martyrs of both Pakistani and Turkish armed forces.

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