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Shocking news as the US army on Sunday announced two soldiers were killed and five others injured in operations against the Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq. The death of the US troops was reportedly not a result of “enemy contact.” Central Command confirmed the deaths and injuries but did not provide any further details. […]

Trump’s not the only building walls.  Turkish media claim Turkey has begun the construction of a wall along the country’s border with Iran, much like the Turkish barrier along the Syrian border. Ankara is allegedly building the 2-meter wide, 3-meter high wall with portable blocks. The wall is set to be 144 kilometers long and […]

Yazidis in Turkey face new fear. Authorities at a Turkish government-run refugee camp in the Kurdish province of Mardin have recently ordered four Yazidi men from Shingal to leave. The reason authorities gave the four men for not allowing them to stay was their lack of a residence permit. There are thousands of Yazidis in […]

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 […]

Better check your wardrobe before going to Turkey. Turkish security forces are continuing to round up people for wearing shirts bearing the word “hero,” almost two weeks after a former soldier wearing a shirt with the word on it appeared in court facing charges of connections to last summer’s failed military coup. It was reported […]

Peshmerga fighters fend off ISIS militants once again. Kurdish forces have repelled an attack by a number of ISIS militants in the Zarga area in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk.  The attack started Saturday evening and it was reported at least 30 ISIS members took part in the attack. A dozen extremists have been killed […]

Unless you’re Rihanna, skirts are still a no-no in the Kingdom. Authorities in Saudi Arabia are investigating a young woman who posted a video of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public. The woman, a model called “Khulood”, shared the clip of her walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir. The footage sparked a […]

Can you believe it’s already been one year? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday gave emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people to mark the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup. While the coup failed, Erdogan has not let up, saying he supports the death penalty for coup plotters and that they should […]

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 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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