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The Islamic State (ISIS) has created another state in the Hamrin area in the Kurdistan Region, according to Peshmerga intelligence. Peshmerga commanders say ISIS has gathered a large number of militants in the area, mlitants who escaped from Mosul following the offensive and came to the Hamrin area to create a new state allegedly named […]

Did you hear the explosion yesterday in Erbil? Officials confirmed the blast on Saturday was not an attack but simply an accident. Three Peshmerga soldiers were lightly wounded in a blast at the Zeravani Peshmerga building on 60m. One of the generator at the Zeravani Peshmerga office caught on fire which then spread to an […]

The countdown for Tal Afar begins. Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi forces have liberated over a dozen villages from the Islamic State near Tal Afar as an offensive to free the city approaches. An official statement on the Shia militia’s website on Tuesday announced the fighters had taken full control over 17 villages on the southeastern outskirts […]

Abadi over Kurdistan, it seems. Hoshyar Zebari, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and member of the Kurdistan Referendum High Council has said the United States has asked the Kurdistan Region to postpone the referendum on independence scheduled for Sep. 25 to help Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to secure a second term […]

It’s not Middle East drama, this time it’s Pacific. The US has said it will use its “considerable military forces” on North Korea “if we must”, following Tuesday’s long-range missile test. US ambassador Nikki Haley said a new resolution will also be tabled against Pyongyang at the United Nations. Meanwhile in Iraq, unlike the Gulf […]

Nineteen people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened on Monday evening following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. As concertgoers — many of them young fans of the singer — were beginning to leave, an explosion rocked the area. […]

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about so-called Islamic State (IS) to Russia’s foreign minister, according to sources. Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office last week. The discussion was about an IS plot and he reportedly went “off-script”. The intelligence disclosed came from a US ally, information considered too sensitive to […]

President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The White House shocked Washington by announcing that James Comey “has been terminated and removed from office”. The move came as it emerged Mr Comey gave inaccurate information about Mrs Clinton’s emails to Congress last […]

Turkey’s police force has suspended more than 9,000 officers over alleged links to the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. It said the action had been taken on the grounds of national security. President Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating a failed coup against him last July – a charge the cleric denies. The nationwide […]

US President Donald Trump reversed his stance on NATO which had alarmed allies during his campaign. President Trump was quoted making the following comment: “I said it was obsolete…it’s no longer obsolete.” While hosting the NATO Secretary General at the White House, President Trump said the threat of terrorism had underlined the alliance’s importance. He called […]


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