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The United Nations Security Council said it would hold an emergency session on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria following Turkish cross-border operations at France’s request. The French Foreign Ministry called for a session to address Turkey’s attack on the Syrian Kurds in Afrin and added that all issues need to be resolved through […]

Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish fighters in Afrin in northern Syria in a move likely to raise tensions with the US. The US-backed YPG says at least nine people were killed in the air strikes. Turkey had been shelling the area for two days, ahead of the start of its military […]

Sunni parties in the Iraqi Parliament on Wednesday called for the postponement of the parliamentary and provincial council elections in Iraq later this year. One of the largest Sunni blocs in the Iraqi Parliament, demanded the election—scheduled for May 12, 2018— be postponed for at least a year as the necessary conditions for holding the […]

Turkey’s president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops gather on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the “terror nests” of Afrin and Manbij. The areas are controlled by the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group […]

  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 […]


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