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 »


Tag Archives: Baghdad

Iraqis stage peaceful protest in southeastern Baghdad

:: Iraqis in the Zaafaraniyah district in southeastern Baghdad stage a peaceful protest a day after demonstrations over unemployment, corruption and poor public services had turned violent. This comes as the Iraqi army was deployed early on Wednesday to the

Two rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad, according to security sources

:: Two rockets landed near the US embassy in Baghdad overnight, security sources told AFP early Tuesday, with foreign diplomats there reporting emergency sirens repeatedly going off. The latest attack within the walled-off Green Zone, which hosts foreign embassies and

UN criticizes transfer of 1,600 displaced Iraqis

:: The United Nations on Monday criticized Iraqi authorities for transferring around 1,600 people from camps to their areas of origin, saying the returns could put them in danger. The returnees, who fled violence during and after ISIS group’s 2014

Iraq says ex-governor embezzled $10 mln in aid for displaced

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:: Around $10 million in aid for the displaced in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province, where ISIS was based, has been embezzled by its fugitive ex-governor, the country’s anti-corruption commission said on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the Integrity Commission told AFP

Iraqi parliament approves appointment of defense, interior, justice ministers

:: Iraq’s parliament approved the appointment of three more ministers on Monday, including the defense and interior portfolios put forward by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, lawmakers said. But the nominee for minister of education, the only remaining portfolio, failed to

Report: Mortars land on Iraqi military base near Baghdad

:: Two mortar shells landed on a military base hosting US forces north of Baghdad late on Monday without causing casualties, a military source said. The mortars came down in the Iraqi section of the sprawling Taji military base, located

Iraq warns of ‘danger of war’ as Iranian FM visits

:: Iraqi leaders have warned of the risks of war during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose country is locked in a tense standoff with the United States. Iraq’s Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim said on Sunday

Katyusha rocket falls in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone

:: A Katyusha rocket has landed in the vicinity of the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, according to News Agency correspondent. “A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses, details to

Two dead, 11 wounded in car bomb in northern Iraqi city Tal Afar

:: At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a former ISIS stronghold, the military said. Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of

Iraqi PM suspends electricity minister amid unrest over poor services

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister on Sunday amid continuing protests over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant corruption, the premier’s office said. It said in a statement that Abadi had also ordered an

Iraq PM Abadi warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad. At least 16 people were killed and around 30

Drive-by shooting kills eight north of Baghdad

:: Iraqi officials say gunmen in two speeding cars opened fire on civilians near a town north of Baghdad, killing at least eight people and wounding 13. Eyewitnesses told the police they saw the gunmen displaying the black ISIS flag.

One in four Iraqi children in poverty after war on ISIS

:: One in four Iraqi children are in poverty and four million are in need of assistance as a result of the country’s war with ISIS militants, the United Nation’s children agency said on Sunday. The UN has verified 150

French foreign minister visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

:: France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country’s reconstruction with Iraqi officials after Baghdad declared victory against ISIS. “I have come to tell you of France’s support and to accompany you. We

Iraqi parliament votes to lift sanctions on Kurdistan region banks

:: The Iraqi parliament voted on Monday to lift sanctions imposed on banks in the Kurdistan region over an independence referendum, two main Iraqi TV channels reported. Lawmakers in Baghdad approved that sanctions be lifted after they had “fulfilled their

Iraqi court sentences to death German woman who joined ISIS

:: An Iraqi court on Sunday sentenced to death a German woman of Moroccan origin for membership of ISIS, a spokesman said. The German national was captured by Iraqi forces during the battle for Mosul last year, the spokesman said,

New vote on Iraq poll date ‘by Monday’ as Abadi meets Kurdistan region PM

:: Iraq’s parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Shi’ite politicians,

Kirkuk still under fire from Daesh

:: Despite its liberation months ago, the former Daesh-stronghold of Hawija and the nearby areas are still under the control of the militants who have been carrying out deadly attacks almost daily on the city of Kirkuk and its outskirts,

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