Egypt

At least four Russian combatants have been killed by militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir EzZor. Two military advisers died when the Syrian army battery they were directing was attacked. Five other Russians were injured and two died later of their wounds. Syria’s army took Deir EzZor city last November but Islamic State […]

At least seven people were killed and 13 others were wounded after Islamic State militants opened fire on civilians in a town north of Baghdad. ISIS attacked unarmed civilians in Tarmiya, located 25 kilometers north of Baghdad, on Tuesday evening. Security forces stopped this terrorist gang, the military later said in a statement. Meanwhile, Iran has […]

The Iraqi Army was deployed to the Yezidi town of Sinjar yesterday to provide security alongside the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated Sinjar Protection Units hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of his own operation in the north of Iraq. The PKK has been withdrawing since its umbrella group, the KCK, announced […]

Prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader Salih Muslim, who was detained in the Czech Republic, has been freed, prompting anger from Turkey, which issued the warrant for his arrest. The former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested in Prague on Sunday. He was freed by a Czech court on Thursday despite […]

Dozens of humanitarian organizations on Wednesday sent a request to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to lift the international flight ban on airports in the Kurdistan Region. Seventy-seven aid organizations signed a statement addressed to the Government of Iraq, and to Prime Minister Abadi. The statement called on the Iraqi government to lift the flight […]

Kurdish forces have announced they are entering a new phase in northern Deir ez-Zor province after the military defeat of ISIS and asked for coalition and Russian backing as they work to maintain peace in the liberated areas. The YPG are the dominant force within the US-led coalition-backed SDF that were battling ISIS in northern Deir […]

Another period of uncertainty to come as the US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG. According to Turkey’s Foreign Minister, President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, President Erdogan. The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for […]

Sad day across the region as people are still reeling from a conflict that saw hundreds of thousands displaced from the city of Kirkuk and a number of people killed in clashes as Iraqi forces took control of the disputed area. The Hashd al-Shaabi also took control of Sinjar this morning and were in Makhmour […]

More travel headaches coming. The United States has suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey due to security concerns after Ankara arrested a Turkish national employed by the US consulate. Turkey quickly retaliated with a similar move, by suspending in-passport visas as well as e-visas and visas issued at the borders for American passport holders. […]

Political drama as Iran’s president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme “within hours” if the United States imposes any new sanctions. Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when Iran curbed its nuclear activities as part of a deal with world powers. At the same time, an Iranian […]


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