Khamenei: Trump's stupidity shouldn't distract us from US deceitfulness
2017-10-18 18:35:19 UTC
ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but he might ultimately terminate it if Washington pu...
Kurdish Peshmerga Pullout of the Disputed Area on Iran Border
2017-10-17 19:33:18 UTC
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK (Reuters) - The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overn...
Kurds withdraw as Iraqi forces, Shiite militia push into the oil city of Kirkuk
2017-10-16 20:08:08 UTC
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces, which include the US-trained Counter Terrorism Service and the Iranian-backed mainly Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi, captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish refer...
ISIS Facing Imminent Collapse in Syria's Raqqa
2017-10-14 21:41:42 UTC
BEIRUT — After losing Mosul, its de-facto Iraqi capital, ISIS is reported to have been driven out of Syria's Raqqa. US-backed coalition forces claim they are about to hand the jihadist militants another catastrophic defeat.
All ISIS ("Islamic S...
Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal 'leaves U.S. Isolated'
2017-10-14 21:41:29 UTC
PARIS/ BERLIN/ ANKARA - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani harshly reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify its nuclear deal with six major powers.
Rouhani said that his country would continue to stick to the nuclear deal and th...
Trump Plays a Dangerous Game on Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-13 19:56:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Is the U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, about to make the defining mistake of his foreign policy? On Friday he struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify...
European Powers Will Do Everything to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-11 17:32:14 UTC
BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and decertifies the landmark 2015 agreement t...
Iran Threatens Missile Attacks on US Bases
2017-10-09 09:03:15 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran promised on Monday to give a “crushing” response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.
The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how h...
Trump Presumed to Create Chaos in Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-06 00:20:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially coul...
ISIS Uses Tunnels To Launch Sneak Attacks In Raqqa
2017-10-03 06:20:07 UTC
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - Raqqa’s hospital, a big complex pocked with bullets holes, whose capture will signal the end of Islamic State’s crumbling Syrian capital, lies just 200 yards from a front-line base of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish Authorities "will pay price" for Vote
2017-09-30 23:44:09 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers.
Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in ...
KURDISTAN: Nearly 93 Percent of Kurds Voted for Independence
2017-09-27 17:13:52 UTC
KURDISTAN, ERBIL - Iraq's Kurds have voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran.
U.N. 'appalled' at Mass Hangings in Iraq
2017-09-27 12:57:38 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was “appalled” that Iraq had hanged 42 men on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow.
The executed prisoners had been convic...
'Historic' day in Saudi Arabia: Women be allowed to drive
2017-09-27 08:26:55 UTC
RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women.
The kingdom, the birthpl...
Erdogan Threatens Military Response to Kurdish referendum
2017-09-27 17:29:35 UTC
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq’s Kurds defied their neighbors and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong...
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world
2017-09-26 07:39:37 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threa...
Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
2017-09-27 16:32:33 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...