Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
2017-09-25 07:39:18 UTC
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across...
Iran Tests New Missile After U.S. Criticism of Arms Program
2017-09-23 17:51:48 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite U.S. pressure to stop.
The United States has imposed unilateral san...
Trump: Turkish President Erdogan Gets 'Very High Marks'
2017-09-22 14:40:46 UTC
President Donald Trump on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “getting very high marks,” despite his increasingly autocratic behavior.
“It’s a great honor and privilege — because he’s become a friend of mine — to introduce P...
Saudi Lifts Ban on Skype, WhatsApp: Will Censor Them
2017-09-21 13:32:21 UTC
RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.
All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook...
Iran's President: Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot be Renegotiated
2017-09-21 13:14:14 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.
UN: Iran’s Rouhani blasts Trump as 'rogue newcomer' to world politics
2017-09-20 17:19:34 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate th...
France warns US: Iran Nuclear deal collapse would risk a regional arms race
2017-09-18 15:29:54 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France on Monday raised the possibility of strengthening the provisions of the international accord on Iran’s nuclear program that expire in 2025 and defended the pact against the Trump administration’s misgivings, sayin...
Khamenei: Iran Leader Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deal
2017-09-17 16:20:18 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on Tehran’s nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
His comments came after U.S. President Don...
Turkey Angry at Germany For Kurdish Protests in Cologne
2017-09-16 23:42:44 UTC
COLOGNE/ ANKARA - Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK.
Turkey summoned the German ambassador t...
UK's Theresa May Underlines Importance of Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-09-14 17:29:12 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of a 2015 international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday during a brief meeting at her London office.
Iraq: Turkey warns Kurds against holding an independence referendum
2017-09-14 17:54:07 UTC
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence.
The parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity in response to the m...
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO
2017-09-12 20:19:26 UTC
Turkey has risked the anger of the United States and its fellow NATO members by signing a contract with Russia to buy a missile defense system.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish media on Tuesday that Ankara had put down a depo...
Trump's aggressive policy on Iran could complicate the US-led fight against ISIS
2017-09-12 05:39:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is weighing a strategy that could allow more aggressive U.S. responses to Iran’s forces, its Shi‘ite Muslim proxies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups, according to six curre...
Iran Seeks Deal for Long-Term Syria Garrison: Israel
2017-09-11 16:00:41 UTC
HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - The Israeli intelligence minister said on Monday that President Bashar al-Assad was ready to permit Iran to set up military bases in Syria that would pose a long-term threat to neighboring Israel.
While formally neu...
U.S. Backed Forces and Syrian Army Advance on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor
2017-09-09 17:13:02 UTC
John Davison, Rodi Said
BEIRUT/AL SHADADI, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias and the Syrian army advanced in separate offensives against Islamic State in eastern Syria on Saturday, piling pressure on shrinking territory the group still hol...
Palestinians and Israel Compete for Muslim Pilgrims to Jerusalem
2017-08-31 15:45:59 UTC
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - On any given day, Muslim pilgrims arrive at a Middle East airport on a journey to one of Islam’s holiest sites.
At Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, they rub shoulders with larger groups of visitors - diaspora Jews and Christ...
IAEA Rejects Trump Demands To Check Iran Military Sites
2017-08-31 19:32:28 UTC
VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States is pushing U.N. nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and...
Turkey Purges Hundreds of Civil Servants
2017-08-25 16:25:35 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey dismissed hundreds civil servants and boosted President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers over the MIT national intelligence agency in two decrees published on Friday, the latest under emergency rule imposed after last year’s att...
Turkey will never be a member of the EU under Erdogan says German FM
2017-08-25 01:11:16 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey will never be a member of the European Union as long as it is governed by Tayyip Erdogan, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday, accusing the Turkish president of failing to take accession talks with the...
Kurds Impossible Issue for Tillerson in Turkey
2017-08-23 15:24:36 UTC
ANKARA—(The Atlantic) Before Jim Mattis, the U.S. defense secretary, set off on a trip to strengthen ties with America’s allies in the Middle East and Europe, the Pentagon released a statement saying he would “look for ways to help Turkey address ...
Trump Lacks Options on Pakistan's "terrorist" havens
2017-08-22 19:24:09 UTC
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say probably won't change Pakistan's strategic calculati...
He Won!: US Is Moving Away From Its Anti-Assad Course
2017-08-22 01:33:25 UTC
The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. And the winner is: Assad.
The Syrian president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to countries wanting to rejig their relationship with Syria.
Netanyahu refuses to denounce Nazis to avoid damaging Trump
2017-08-21 01:50:18 UTC
As anger mounted in Israel last week over President Donald Trump’s and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the country’s communications minister urged Israelis to prioritize ...
Insulting Germany Shows Why Erdogan Is Not A Democratic Leader
2017-08-08 04:25:57 UTC
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Germany on Monday of assisting terrorists by not responding to thousands of files sent to Berlin or handing over suspects wanted by Turkish authorities.
"Germany is abetting terrorists...
Turkish assault will draw Kurds away from the battle vs ISIS
2017-08-07 18:17:46 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Days after a reshuffle of Turkey's top military commanders, President Tayyip Erdogan has revived warnings of military action against Kurdish fighters in Syria that could set back the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State.