Archive for October, 2017

India, EU to step up fight against terrorism

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

India and European Union will seek to step up anti-radicalisation and counter-terrorism cooperation when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds summit talks with the leaders of the bloc on Friday. Modi will host the presidents of the European Council and European Commission, Donald Franciszek Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, in New Delhi for the 14th India-EU […]

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France, Turkey to discuss methods to achieve peace in Syria

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

France and Turkey will discuss the parameters and progress in setting up a “Contact Group” to spur peace efforts in Syria and streamline ongoing processes in this area, an official source said Wednesday. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is hosting his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Paris on Thursday for talks that “will focus […]

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Turkish FM says not too late for KRG to go back

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed confidence in a return to normal relations with northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) should it correct its “mistake”, i.e. the holding of an illegitimate independence referendum. “This was neither a democratic nor a legal referendum,” Cavusoglu said. “It is illegal according to Iraq’s constitution.”

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US ambassador to Iraq, Kurd PM discuss ways to calm situation after referendum

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Kurdistan’s prime minister and the US ambassador to Iraq called for efforts to calm the situation between Erbil and Baghdad following Kurdistan’s independence referendum. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Ambassador Douglas Silliman on Tuesday. US Consul in Erbil, Ken Gross, also attended the meeting.

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Slovakia to send soldiers to Iraq to train security forces

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Slovakia’s defence ministry says the government has approved a plan to send 25 soldiers to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces as part of a NATO mission. Peter Gajdos says the Slovak service members will focus on demining and also supporting the local military in the repairs of the Soviet-made weapons.

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Iraqi troops in final stages of liberating Hawija from ISIL

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces on Wednesday made their final push into the northern town of Hawija, one of two enclaves in the country still held by ISIL extremists. Hawija operation’s commander, Lieutenant General Abdel Amir Yarallah said, the army, federal police and rapid response force had begun a major operation “to liberate the centre of Hawija and […]

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Egypt FM urges for political solution to Yemen crisis

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen. Shoukry’s remarks came during his meeting in Cairo with his Yemeni counterpart Abdel Malik al-Mekhlafi, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement. Abu Zeid said the foreign minister reiterated Egypt’s support for the […]

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Militia clashes kill 16 in eastern DRC

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Comments Off

At least 16 members of a militia group have been killed in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military source said on Monday. The militia group had been engaged in intense fighting against the Congolese army since Friday, when at least four militiamen died. Army spokesman Jules Tshikudi said […]

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US could keep troops in Afghanistan for another decade

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

The US Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker said on Sunday that American troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade. “But are we likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade? Sure,” Corker said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd aired on […]

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Iraq forces capture airbase from Daesh near Hawija

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

Iraqi forces and Shiite paramilitaries captured an airbase from the Daesh terror group on Monday, the army said, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as they push towards the town of Hawija. Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Daesh from Hawija, which lies west of the oil city […]

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US-backed force scours Daesh ex-fort in Raqa

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

US-backed fighters on Monday combed through a central district of Syria’s Raqa that once housed key Daesh group command centres, recovering communication equipment and weapons used by the militants. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured around 90 per cent of Daesh’s one-time bastion Raqa, including about half of the Al Nahda neighbourhood on the […]

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Iraq urges KRG to cancel referendum results

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

The Iraqi government has called on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to cancel the results of an illegitimate independence referendum before engaging in dialogue. “The KRG has to cancel the illegitimate referendum results to empower Iraq’s unity for a serious dialogue with Baghdad,” Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office said in a statement on Monday.

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Middle east events and news

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS In Libya Threatens U.S., Italy, France; Encourages Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi A 17-minute video released September 24, 2017 by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya’s Al-Barqa (Cyrenaica) Province documents the organization’s activities in the desert regions of eastern Libya, focusing on raids and suicide attacks on checkpoints and other military facilities of the Eastern […]

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Egypt condemns terrorist attack in southern France

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt has condemned the terrorist attack that took place in the city of Marseille in southern France, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The foreign ministry offered Egypt’s condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery for those injured in the attack. The ministry also expressed Egypt’s solidarity with the […]

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Libya reopens Benghazi port after 3 years

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

Benghazi port in east Libya reopened Sunday for the first time in three years after being forced to cease operations because of clashes in the cradle of the 2011 revolution. Commercial operations at the port had ended in 2014 when armed movements, including the Islamic State group, occupied the North African country’s second city.

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UN says Libya rivals made progress in Tunis talks

Monday, October 2, 2017 Comments Off

UN says Libya rivals made progress in Tunis talksRepresentatives of Libya’s rival authorities have made progress on amending a deal on a political transition for the North African country, the special UN envoy said on Sunday. The UN envoy Ghassan Salame opened new talks in Tunisia between the rival Libyan administrations on Tuesday, less than […]

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