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.
Israel plans to close Al-Jazeera's offices
2017-08-06 16:46:32 UTC
Israel has announced plans to close the local offices of Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based international news network. Israeli officials have long accused the broadcaster of bias against the Jewish state.
Israel's communications minister announced on...
Iraq Massacre: Blackwater Murder Conviction Thrown Out
2017-08-05 07:10:37 UTC
Former Blackwater security contractor Nicholas Slatten has had his first-degree murder conviction overturned by a federal appeals court. Nicholas Slatten was involved in the 2007 slaying of 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.
Four Blackwater securit...
Kurds in Syria sets local and assembly election dates
2017-07-30 16:00:16 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has set dates for local council and regional assembly elections, an official said on Saturday, in an apparent move to consolidate its growing autonomy.
Kurdish groups and their...
Iran interprets U.S. rhetoric as bad faith
2017-07-28 17:39:56 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Friday U.S. accusations that its test of a rocket that can put satellites into orbit violated a U.N resolution and said Washington's "rhetoric" was a sign of bad faith towards Tehran's nuclear deal with world power...
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
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
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.
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
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.
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"
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"
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...