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: Kirkuk

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

Iraqi army threatens to ‘crush’ ISIS if they approach Kirkuk

:: Commander of the second special operations in the Iraqi army, Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi, warned ISIS and Peshmerga forces on Friday that the national army will “crush” anyone that approaches the outskirts of Kirkuk. Saadi continued saying that the

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,

New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies

:: Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from ISIS that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Monday. The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base

Two suicide attacks kill at least five in Iraq’s Kirkuk

:: Two suicide bombers struck in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding more than 20 others, police and medical sources said. The interior ministry said the attacks targeted a mosque on

Nearly 30,000 Kurds displaced from city near Kirkuk: Aid groups

:: Nearly 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk where sectarian tension flared after Iraqi forces took control of it, humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday. Most of those displaced from Tuz Khurmato are in need

King Salman stresses Saudi support for the unity and stability of Iraq

King Salman

:: King Salman briefed the Cabinet on Tuesday on his talks with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the inaugural meeting this week of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. The new council must contribute to realizing the common interests of

Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

:: Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in

Abadi orders the withdrawal of all military forces from Kirkuk

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal of all armed groups in Kirkuk, including the Popular Mobilization Militias, and the handover of security to local police and counter-terrorism units only. Al-Abadi confirmed in a statement that

Iraqi president Masum calls for urgent Baghdad-Kurdish dialogue

:: Iraqi President Fuad Masum gave a televised speech on Tuesday on the latest developments on the ground in Kirkuk where he said that any Peshmerga supervision of the province “did not violate the constitution”. The Iraq-Kurdish president called on

US ‘deeply concerned’ about violent situation near Kirkuk in Iraq

:: The United States is “deeply concerned” about reports of violence around Kirkuk in Iraq, the spokesperson of the US Department of State said. “We are watching the situation closely and call on the various parties to coordinate military action

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

:: Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles

Iraqi forces gain control of roads and infrastructure near Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces said Monday they had taken control of roads and infrastructure from Kurdish fighters near the disputed city of Kirkuk as tensions soar following a controversial independence referendum. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command, which groups all pro-government forces, said

Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk

:: Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday. The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important

Iraq says Kurds brought PKK fighters to Kirkuk in ‘declaration of war’

:: The Iraqi government accused Kurdish authorities on Sunday of bringing fighters from Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk and said it considered the move a “declaration of war”. In a statement published

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

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

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