Saudi Arabia

Syria could get more confusing as Saudi Arabia has expressed willingness to send troops into the country as part of the US-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen operations. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said there are discussions regarding the kind of forces that should remain in eastern Syria and whose they would […]

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily five-hour pause in the Syrian government’s assault on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area. It will start on Tuesday, and include the creation of a “humanitarian corridor” to allow civilians to leave. The rebel enclave near Damascus, where 393,000 civilians are trapped, has been under intense bombardment by […]

Israel bombed a number of Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria. The response was the “most significant attack” of its kind against Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war. The F-16 jet went down during a mission that followed an Iranian drone launched into Israeli […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered the Iraqi military to resume security talks with their Kurdish counterparts and announced another delegation will discuss international borders with KRG authorities. The Iraqi PM also admitted that security forces were still hunting for Islamic State (IS) militants in remote desert areas of Iraq, vowing to eliminate them […]

More drama in the kingdom as Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes for holding a protest at a royal palace in the capital Riyadh. The group were angered by the government’s decision to stop paying the water and energy bills of royals. Those involved have not been named. Meanwhile, A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Iran’s western […]

Former Vice-President of the Kurdistan Region and current acting head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kosrat Rasul flew to Berlin on Wednesday to receive proper treatment after recently being hospitalized in Sulaimani Province. Rasul, along with his wife traveled via the Ibrahim Khalil Border Crossing to Turkey and then flew to Berlin. He […]

Still no resolution in sight as the KRG’s Minister of Peshmerga warned on Monday that Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi continue military buildup close to the Peshmerga frontlines. A delegation of Peshmerga commanders met with the US-led Coalition to discuss military cooperation and the ongoing situation between Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces. The KRG once again asked Baghdad […]

Shock in Kirkuk as two explosions ripped through the city on Sunday, killing five people and wounding 10 others. The first explosion was a suicide bomber targeting a government building in the city’s Atlas neighborhood. The second explosion targeted the Hashd al-Shaabi currently based inside an old KDP office in the city. It’s the first […]

Lots of changes in the Middle East as 11 princes and dozens of current and former ministers were arrested on charges of corruption in Saudi Arabia. The detentions came hours after the new committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was formed by royal decree. Prince Mohammed, who already serves as defense minister, now […]

Iraqi forces have entered the al Jazeera neighborhood in southeast Tal Afar on Tuesday, according to video footage released by Hashd al-Shaabi, claiming clashes are fierce and progress is ongoing. On the other hand, counter-terrorism units have entered the south-western Kifah district, the Iraqi military added. Meanwhile in Erbil, security forces reportedly shut down a […]


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