Syria

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 […]

Don’t forget to mark your calendars: President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani has set November 1, 2017 for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in the Region. Barzani officially called the elections, saying the date was set in accordance with the presidential law passed by the Kurdistan legislature in 2005. The Kurdistan Region last […]

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 […]

Is Aleppo finally safe? Islamic State militants are no longer in control of the last territory they held in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Friday said ISIS’ remaining foothold in 17 towns and villages of Aleppo province has now been reclaimed. The militants withdrew from Aleppo province after Syrian government forces […]

 No more mincing words: the US has warned there are “potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack” by the Syrian regime and told the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, he would face a “heavy price” if one is carried out. The announcement comes amid rising tensions in Syria between the US-led coalition and Russia, which is […]

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”. The latest virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. There have been warnings […]

French voters are to choose their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories and many French expats abroad have begun voting. The polls open in […]

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to press for a ceasefire to halt the war in Syria. The two spoke by telephone for the first time since the US launched air strikes against Syria nearly a month ago, straining relations. White House and Kremlin statements suggested a productive conversation. Meanwhile, the […]

The US has expressed “deep concern” at Turkish air strikes that killed about two dozen Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against IS, said their positions were hit multiple times. A woman addressing visiting US forces described Syrian Kurds as “mothers of martyrs” Turkey will resume its military […]

  In tragic news, at least five Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were killed Tuesday morning and several others wounded in Turkish air strikes aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Mount Shingal in western Mosul. In a separate air strike in Syrian Kurdistan 18 Kurdish guerrillas are believed killed. The targeted area was used by […]


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