Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Category Archives: Iraq

Kurds reject Iraqi warning to withdraw from key junction south of Kirkuk

:: Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a Kurdish security official told Reuters on Sunday. Popular Mobilization, formed mainly by Iranian-trained Shi’ite

Baghdad gives pre-dawn ultimatum on Kirkuk pullback, Kurds say

:: Baghdad has set a pre-dawn Sunday deadline for Kurdish forces to abandon positions in the disputed oil province of Kirkuk they took during the fightback against the Islamic State group, a senior Kurdish official said. The reported ultimatum comes

Iraqi forces take down Kurdistan flag in southern Kirkuk

:: An Iraqi military official said on Friday that the Iraqi army has demanded Kurdish troops out of the military base and oil reserves in Kirkuk governorate. They have also taken down the Kurdistan region’s flag South of Kirkuk, he

Kurdish VP : Thousands of troops sent to Kirkuk to face ‘Iraq threat’

:: Kurdish authorities have sent thousands more troops to the oil region of Kirkuk to confront “threats” from Iraq’s central government, the vice president of the autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday. Tens of thousands of Kurdish soldiers were already

Kurds offer talks with Baghdad over airport, banks ban

:: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) offered to hold talks with Iraqi authorities on the status of Kurdish airports, border posts and banks, on which they placed restrictions following an independence referendum. Baghdad took the measures in an attempt to

Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd referendum vote organizers

:: An Iraqi court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of the chairwoman and two other members of the commission that organized last month’s vote for Kurdish independence, a judicial official said. The court in east Baghdad acted in response to

Brainwashed by a cult: French priest offers therapy to ‘reclaim’ Yazidi captives

:: It was a lucky haircut that opened the doors of Iraq to Father Patrick Desbois. In 2015, the French priest was trying to find a way to get into Iraq and help the Yazidi people fleeing Islamic State militants,

Iraq’s talks with Exxon on southern oilfields in final stages

:: Iraq’s talks with Exxon Mobil to develop a multi-billion-dollar project to boost output from several southern oilfields are nearing completion, oil minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Monday. “Talks are in advanced final stages with Exxon to develop and finance

Iraq-Syria border set for last major assault on Daesh: US general

:: The “final large fight” in Iraq against Daesh group will take place on the border with Syria, a general in a US-led coalition against the terrorists said on Saturday. He spoke two days after Iraqi forces recaptured the northern

Dignitaries gather in Kurd city for Iraq ex-president Talabani’s funeral

:: Iraqi Kurdish leaders were joined by representatives of the Baghdad government Friday for the funeral of Iraqi ex-president Jalal Talabani, a veteran of the struggle for Kurdish self-rule, an AFP journalist reported. Talabani died in Germany on Tuesday aged

France offers to mediate between Baghdad and Kurds

:: France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until ISIS was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel Macron coincided with a visit

Iraq forces retake center of ISIS bastion Hawija

:: Iraqi forces said Thursday they had retaken the center of ISIS group stronghold Hawija and were pushing forward in their assault on one of the last ISIS enclaves in the country. Troops, police and paramilitaries “liberated the whole of

Iraqi forces in final assault to take Hawija from ISIS

:: Iraqi forces launched a final assault on Wednesday to capture the town of Hawija, one of two pockets of territory in Iraq still under ISIS control, the country’s military said in a statement. Iraqi state TV broadcast live footage

New Kurdish flashpoint as Baghdad eyes Kirkuk’s oil

:: The flashpoint in the independence stand-off between the Kurdistan Region and the Iraqi government shifted to Kirkuk on Tuesday, as Baghdad moved to take control of the area’s lucrative oil wells. The Kurdistan Regional Government exports 550,000 barrels of

Iraq’s Kurdistan plans presidential, parliamentary votes on Nov. 1

:: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Nov. 1, said Erbil-based Rudaw TV, citing the votes’ supervising body. A referendum held on Sept. 25 in the country’s Kurdish-held regions delivered an overwhelming yes for

Former Iraqi President Jalal Talabani dies aged 83

:: Iraq’s president, Jalal Talabani, has passed away on Tuesday aged 83, Iraqi Television has reported. Talabani, a veteran leader of the Kurdish struggle for self-determination, stepped down as president in 2014, after a long period of treatment following a

Iraqi sanctions will not punish Kurdish people, says Al-Abadi

:: Amid fears in Iraqi Kurdistan that economic and financial sanctions imposed by Baghdad will hurt them soon, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on Monday his government would not target or punish the Kurdish people. Al-Abadi demanded that Kurdish

Iraq allows foreigners to leave Kurdistan via Baghdad

:: Iraq on Monday authorized foreigners stranded in Iraqi Kurdistan after an international flight ban to leave the country via Baghdad despite not having a federal visa. Foreigners who had entered the northern autonomous region on regional visas not recognized

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