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: Iraq

Iraq protest toll rises to seven dead, including police officer

:: A police officer and another protester were killed on Wednesday night in southern Iraq, a health official said, bringing the death toll in two days of violent protests to seven. Domestic instability coupled with regional tensions could prove to

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 killed, 200 injured in Iraqi protests after police open fire

:: At least two people were killed and 200 wounded in clashes in Iraq on Tuesday as security forces used tear gas, water cannon and live fire to disperse demonstrations over unemployment, corruption, and poor public services. The main protest

Iraq and Syria open border crossing closed since 2012

:: Iraq and Syria have opened a key border crossing between the two neighboring countries, seven years after it was closed during Syria’s civil war. Monday’s opening of the crossing between the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria’s Boukamal is

Iraq’s removal of counter terrorism chief sparks controversy

:: The Iraqi prime minister’s removal of a top military commander from his post triggered heated political protests and uncertainty over the weekend. Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi removed Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post as the commander of the

Iraqi PM to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday and meet King Salman, crown prince

:: Iraq’s prime minister will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and hold talks with King Salman. Adel Abdul-Mahdi will also meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the prime minister’s office said. The talks will cover bilateral ties and regional developments.

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

Explosions hit Iraqi militia sites inside Syrian border town

:: Explosions have been heard in the Deir Ez-Zor town of al-Bukamal, according to Al Arabiya sources, where Iraqi militia sites were targeted inside the Syrian town near the Iraqi border. According to the sources, the explosions targeted militant groups

Two explosive devices go off in Iraq’s Kirkuk province

:: Two explosive devices have been detonated in the province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi News Agency said on Sunday. According to the state news agency, the first device was detonated in the June First area while the second device exploded

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

Iraq, US deny planned evacuation of contractors from Iraqi base

:: Iraqi and US military spokesmen denied on Saturday that US forces were preparing to evacuate hundreds of staff of Lockheed Martin Corp and Sallyport Global from an Iraqi military base where they work as contractors. Four separate military sources,

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 Kurds name president’s cousin as their new PM

:: Iraqi Kurdistan’s parliament named Masrour Barzani as the region’s new premier on Tuesday, a day after his cousin was sworn in as its president. Masrour Barzani, 50, is the son of longtime Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and had

Nechirvan Barzani sworn in as president of Iraqi Kurdistan

Nechirvan Barzani

:: Nechirvan Barzani was sworn in Monday as Iraqi Kurdistan’s second president, succeeding his uncle and veteran leader Massud Barzani whose son Masrour will likely be nominated premier on Tuesday. Nechirvan, the 52-year-old deputy leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party,

New US ambassador meets with Iraqi FM in Baghdad

:: The new US ambassador in Baghdad submitted his credentials to Iraq’s top diplomat, the foreign ministry announced Sunday, joining the embassy just weeks after Washington brought “non-essential” diplomatic staff home. Matthew Tueller has served as US ambassador to both

Iraq begins examining Yazidi mass graves remains

:: Iraq will use DNA testing to identify the remains of 141 bodies found in mass graves believed to contain the Yazidi victims of ISIS massacres, the head of the country’s forensics administration said on Sunday. Zaid al-Yousef said Yazidi

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