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  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Turkey for bombing Kurds, hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state”. Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan yesterday after he labeled Israel a “state that kills children,” calling him a leader who bombs Kurdish villagers and supports ‘terrorists’. The two countries had normalized relations […]

Another period of uncertainty to come as the US is to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia the YPG. According to Turkey’s Foreign Minister, President Donald Trump had made the promise in a phone call to his Turkish counterpart, President Erdogan. The White House said it was making “adjustments” to its support for […]

  Unidentified gunmen on Sunday kidnapped an employee of the state-owned North Oil Company (NOC) in Kirkuk. The gunmen, driving a car with no license plate, kidnapped a young employee of NOC in Asra/Mafqudeen neighborhood, south of Kirkuk. A few days ago, four employees of the same company were reported kidnapped, but local authorities claimed […]

As the death toll continues to rise after Sunday’s major earthquake, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “find the culprits” responsible for buildings collapsing. He suggested that government-built buildings had collapsed while privately-built ones remained standing. The Iraqi government, for its part, has approved additional funds to support areas affected by Sunday night’s quake. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seems the dust storm sweeping Iraq and the Kurdistan Region may have prevented clashes from restarting as a 24-hour ceasefire signed between the Kurdish forces and Iraqi military over the weekend came to an end yesterday. Iraqi and Kurdish military officials met on Saturday and it is believed an agreement has been reached. Details are […]

The international anti-ISIS coalition has declared the events in Kirkuk were meant to be a coordinated handover of control, but that ended with one incident that resulted from a “miscommunication.” This situation, for most, still remains unclear. Meanwhile, Four Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in two separate attacks blamed on the PKK on […]

Baghdad trouble brewing as influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters vowed to hold a million-man march to storm the Iraqi Parliament “again” if the term of the elections commission was extended. In a statement on Monday, the Central Revolution Committee affiliated to Sadr warned the Independent High Electoral Commission’s (IHEC) they had one more chance […]

More travel headaches coming. The United States has suspended all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey due to security concerns after Ankara arrested a Turkish national employed by the US consulate. Turkey quickly retaliated with a similar move, by suspending in-passport visas as well as e-visas and visas issued at the borders for American passport holders. […]


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