Middle East

  • Iran & Iraq signed agreement to step up military cooperation
    Iran___iraq_signed_agreement_to_step_up_military_cooperation 2017-07-23 17:54:06 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington. Iranian Defence Mi...
  • Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line
    Iran_announced_the_launch_of_a_new_sayyad_3_production_line 2017-07-22 16:23:52 UTC
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran announced the launch of a new missile production line on Saturday, according to state media, against a backdrop of tension between the United States and Tehran. The Sayyad 3 missile can reach an altitude of 27 km (16 mil...
  • Iran sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges
    Iran_sentenced_a_u.s._dual_national_to_10_years_in_jail_on_spying_charges 2017-07-16 22:14:18 UTC
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian court has sentenced a U.S. dual national to 10 years in jail on spying charges, Iran's judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, the latest case involving dual nationals held on security charges in the country. The spokes...
  • Iraq Celebrates Victory Against ISIS in Mosul
    Iraq_celebrates_victory_against_isis_in_mosul 2017-07-09 15:48:08 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul on Sunday and congratulated the armed forces for their "victory" over the terror group "Islamic State" which is also known as ISIS, after nearly nine months of urban warfare, br...
  • Turkey preparing to use military force against Syria Kurds
    Kurdish_ypg_and_syrian_democratic_forces_(sdf)__near_raqqa 2017-07-05 23:33:55 UTC
    QAMISHLI, SYRIA/ANKARA — The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Wednesday that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to a "declaration of war" which could trigger clashes within days. Tu...
  • Death toll from cholera outbreak in Yemen rises to 1,500
    Death_toll_from_cholera_outbreak_in_yemen_rises_to_1_500 2017-07-03 06:06:50 UTC
    The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization's (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been d...
  • ISIS is losing its "State"
    Islamic_state_-_isis_is_losing_its_%22state%22 2017-06-30 16:38:46 UTC
    MOSUL, RAQQA ( IRAQ/ SYRIA ) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces pressed ISIS "Islamic State" fighters holding out in Mosul's Old City on Friday, while in Syria the militant group launched a counter-attack against an alliance of militias trying to oust it ...
  • The deadliest battle for Mosul and the end of ISIS's "Caliphate"
    The_deadliest_battle_for_mosul_and_the_end_of_isis's_%22caliphate%22 2017-06-25 06:32:14 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ — Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their se...
  • Iran captured members of ISIS planning suicide attacks
    Iran_captured_members_of_isis_planning_suicide_attacks 2017-06-24 17:15:27 UTC
    TEHRAN — Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers, state television reported on Saturday. Intelligence Ministry agents "were able to arr...
  • ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared 'caliphate'
    Isis_blows_up_mosul_mosque_where_abu_bakr_al-baghdadi_declared_'caliphate' 2017-06-21 22:19:21 UTC
    <blockquote>MOSUL/ERBIL, IRAQ — ISIS Islamic State militants blew up on Wednesday the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, an Iraqi military statement said, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed i...
  • Iran and China joint military exercise in Persian Gulf
    Iran_and_china_joint_military_exercise_in_persian_gulf 2017-06-18 16:41:18 UTC
    Tehran — Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is lik...
  • Iraqi forces started storming ISIS-held Old City of Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_started_storming_isis-held_old_city_of_mosul 2017-06-18 08:15:45 UTC
    Iraqi forces started storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, a military statement said. The historic district is the last still under control of the militants in the northern Iraqi city, which used to be their capital in Ir...
  • Russian air strike may have killed ISIS leader Baghdadi
    Russian_air_strike_may_have_killed_isis_leader_baghdadi 2017-06-16 08:05:18 UTC
    Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday it was checking information that a Russian air strike near the Syrian city of Raqqa may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in late May, Russian news agencies reported. The air strike...
  • Republican congressman suggests US should supporting ISIS to attack Iran
    Rep._congressman_suggests_us_should_supporting_isis_to_attack_iran 2017-06-14 00:45:55 UTC
    <blockquote>Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) praised the recent ISIS attack in Tehran as a “good thing” and suggested that maybe the United States should work with the militant organization. Rohrabacher’s entire line of reasoning ...
  • Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei blames U.S. for creation of ISIS
    Khamenei 2017-06-13 05:19:33 UTC
    TEHRAN — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington's fight against the Islamic State militant group was "a lie". "You (the United States) and your agen...
  • Turkey will send warplanes and warships to Qatar
    Turkey_will_send_warplanes_and_warships_to_qatar 2017-06-09 18:40:12 UTC
    DUBAI/DOHA — Arab states that have isolated Qatar tightened their squeeze on Friday by putting dozens of figures with links to the country on terrorism blacklists, while Qatar's ally Turkey rushed to its side with plans to send troops, warships an...
  • Iraq: Kurds finally announce independence referendum
    Iraq-_kurds_finally_announce_independence_referendum_for_september 2017-06-08 00:58:48 UTC
    ERBIL, IRAQ — Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday announced it would hold a referendum on independence, in a move the central government in Baghdad is likely to oppose strongly. "I am pleased to announce that the date for the independ...
  • Iran, Turkey announcing its support for Qatar
    Iran__turkey_announcing_its_support_for_qatar 2017-06-07 16:34:22 UTC
    TEHRAN/ANKARA/DOHA — Turkey's main exporting industry body said it was ready to meet food and water supply demands from Qatar, after a Qatari official said Doha was in talks with Iran and Turkey to ensure trade disruptions did not create shortages...
  • Middle East: The travesty of Trump's illusionist policy
    The_other_perversions_of_trump's_illusionistic_policy 2017-06-06 18:31:52 UTC
    DOHA/DUBAI — U.S. President Donald Trump, wading into the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades, said on Tuesday his trip to the Middle East was "already paying off" with leaders there taking a hard new line in accusing Qatar of fund...
  • Oil jumps as Qatar ditched, London attacks hurt sterling
    Oil-pump-jacks 2017-06-05 06:38:13 UTC
    SINGAPORE — Oil jumped after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on Monday while sterling slipped after the weekend attacks in London that killed at least seven people and wounded 48, just days before Brit...
  • Saudi Arabia, the biggest sponsor of terrorism, points its finger at Qatar
    Saudi_arabia__the_biggest_sponsor_of_terrorism__points_its_finger_at_qatar 2017-06-05 05:34:43 UTC
    Saudi Arabia is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world today and Wahhabism remains the source of most radical Islamic extremism. However, out of the 61 groups that are designated as terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department...
  • UK opposition urges talks with Saudi Arabia about the funding of Islamist extremism
    Uk_opposition_urges_talks_with_saudi_arabia_about_the_funding_of_islamist_extremism 2017-06-04 19:50:26 UTC
    Britain needs to have "difficult conversations" with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states about the funding of Islamist extremism, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday, resuming his election campaign after a deadly attack in London. The...
  • Trump Looks For the Arab-Israeli Alliance Against Iran
    Trump_looks_hopeful_for_the_arab-israeli_alliance_against_iran 2017-05-22 18:26:52 UTC
    JERUSALEM — U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and...
  • Ankara criticizes US over Turkey's 'brutal attack' on peaceful protesters
    Ankara_criticizes_us_over_turkey's_'brutal_attack'_on_peaceful_protesters 2017-05-22 18:10:35 UTC
    Ankara — Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador to protest the treatment of Turkish security officials in the United States during a visit by President Tayyip Erdogan last week, the foreign ministry said. During Erdogan's visit to Washington to mee...
  • Final Phase: Iraqi Forces Close to Full Control over Mosul
    Final_phase-_iraqi_forces_close_to_full_control_over_mosul 2017-05-14 19:01:21 UTC
    Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS "Islamic State" militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat. The militants have now been dislodged fr...