Raqqa

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 […]

No clashes yet as tensions between the Iraqi forces and Iranian backed Hashd al-Shaabi and the Kurdish Peshmerga in Kirkuk keep escalating. Despite rumors of an imminent attack by the Iraqi security forces on the Kurdish forces in the southern province of Kirkuk, thousands of volunteers have gone to the front lines in case war […]

The Islamic State’s days are counted. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have driven ISIS militants out of 80% of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. The SDF announced that its three-month-old assault was now in its “final stages”. Meanwhile in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the operation to retake Hawija has begun today. […]

Tragedy in Baghdad as a car bomb went off near the busy Jamila wholesale market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City Monday morning killing 12 people and wounding at least 28 others. ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. A medical official confirmed the casualties, saying the death toll was expected […]

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 […]

Kim Jong-Un does not like to be ignored. US military officials have said North Korea has fired an intermediate range missile in the direction of Japan on Tuesday morning. The land-based missile was fired from near Panghyon airfield, and flew for 37 minutes before landing in the Sea of Japan. Pyongyang has increased the frequency […]

No happy ending unfortunately after an enormous fire gripped a west London building on Wednesday. Twelve people have died in the tower block fire and the number of deaths is expected to rise, police have said. Firefighters rescued 65 people but witnesses said people were trapped in the tower block, and that some jumped from […]


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