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Amid tension, Turkey agrees to pull more troops out of Iraq

Ankara has said it is to continue pulling its military forces out of Iraq after an appeal from President Obama. Turkish troops have allegedly been taking on fighters with the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) near Mosul. Following an appeal from the White House, Turkey agreed on Saturday to pull more of its soldiers out of …

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Thousands protest in Iraq against Turkish troop deployment

Mass demonstrations have been staged in Baghdad and Basra calling for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from near the northern city of Mosul. Some protesters threatened violence against the soldiers. Thousands of Iraqis, many of them members of Shiite militias, gathered in Tahrir Square in the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday to call on Ankara to …

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Turkey to halt troop transfers to Iraq after angry objections from Baghdad

Turkey has promised to stop deploying troops to northern Iraq after Baghdad threatened to appeal to the UN Security Council to force the soldiers out. Iraq’s government says Turkish forces entered the country illegally. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu assured Iraq on Sunday that no more troops would be sent across the border until Baghdad’s …

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What have we learned in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq?

International military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya have led to some of the worst possible outcomes. Will the United States and Europe repeat their past mistakes in their war on the “Islamic State”? Scenes from September 11, 2001, vaguely resemble those of November 13, 2015: Terrorists carry out an unthinkable attack in a country …

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Mass grave of ‘Islamic State’ victims found near Sinjar in Iraq

Officials in Iraq’s north say they’ve found a mass grave containing the remains of over 100 people killed by “Islamic State.” It’s said to be the sixth such find near Sinjar since the town was retaken from the group. At least 113 members of the Yazidi minority were found in the bomb-rigged grave about 10 …

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Kurdish forces enter Sinjar in northern Iraq

Kurdish forces backed by US airstrikes have entered “Islamic State” controlled Sinjar in northern Iraq. Securing the city is expected to be slow because of improvised explosive devices and booby traps. Kurdish forces entered parts of Sinjar on Friday morning after cutting off the main Highway 47 to the east and west. Nearly 7,500 Iraqi …

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Obama administration to step up strategy to fight Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the US will ramp up air strikes against the terror group in Syria and Iraq. His testimony comes as Russia and Syrian government forces step up their own attacks on the group. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said on Tuesday the Obama administration is stepping up its military campaign …

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Blair apologises for Iraq war ‘mistakes’

The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he is sorry for mistakes around the US-led military invasion of Iraq. Speaking to CNN, he also conceded that the war may have helped bring about the “Islamic State.” Tony Blair apologised for some aspects of the way the case to invade Iraq in 2003 had …

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Car bombs kill dozens across Iraq

Three Iraqi towns have been targeted by deadly bomb blasts, including one in the relatively quiet Basra region, according to officials. The government is struggling to provide security as the fight against IS continues. At least 56 people were killed in three separate car bombings on Monday, targeting busy areas in the towns of al-Khales …

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Arab League’s inaction is shameful

Everyone is talking about the refugee crisis overwhelming Europe; everyone apart from the League of Arab States that is. To date it has had little to say on the topic and, as far as I can tell, has no plan to help alleviate the problem. Why have there not been any emergency summits announced? Where …

Khalaf Al Habtoor

UN: Not enough money for refugees in Iraq

More than three million Iraqis are on the run in their own country. The United Nations are sounding the alarm bells. The refugee situation is getting increasingly desperate due to a shortage of funding. Now, more than a year after “Islamic State” (IS) gained a foothold in Iraq, UN representative Dominik Bartsch is painting a …

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Turkey renews military mandate for Iraq, Syria

Turkish MPs have voted to extend, for a year, the authorisation of troops to Syria and Iraq to fight “Islamic State” (IS) militants. The mandate passed, despite resistance from the pro-Kurdish opposition. The Turkish parliament convened for an extraordinary session to lengthen the current military mandate for another 12 months. The existing directive expires on …

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The industrialisation of reconciliation: Iran, Saudi Arabia and IS

I came across a curious news item the other day on Reuters about an industrial development project in Saudi Arabia, and it rang a few bells. The plan is to build a “new industrial city in the south of the al-Ahsa district in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province”, a project helmed by the state-owned oil company …

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