Iraq to launch security operation against White Banners group, but who are they?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

In a continuation of security operations in the governorate of Kirkuk, a security meeting was held on Saturday headed by Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, who said that they agreed with the Peshmerga military forces to launch a security operation between the defense lines of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces. He added that this will be done to prevent terrorist factions in the city, as well as to search for the White Banners group who have increased their ...

What should Europe do with the children of returning ISIS militants?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Everyone remembers the footage of a little boy who was told by his parents to decapitate his teddy bear in Syria. Some pictures of these children of ISIS holding guns are circulating on social media.These children, as ISIS collapsed, will pose a challenge to European society when they will return from Syria and Iraq.Since the beginning of the war in Syria more than 5,000 Europeans joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. With the defeat of ISIS, the question of the return of militants has ...

Libyan forces clash with ISIS fighters near Dhara oilfield

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Libyan forces fought suspected ISIS fighters, killing three of them near an oilfield run by Waha Oil in the southeast of the country, a local official said on Saturday.One soldier was killed and five wounded during two days of clashes, one of which took place near the Dhahra oilfield on Saturday, said Umar al-Faqeh, head of the Maradah administration to which the area belongs. There had been fighting already in another area on Friday, he added.The field is operated by Waha, a joint-venture ...

Book culture returns to Iraq’s post-ISIS Mosul

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Literary cafes, poetry readings and pavement bookstalls -- Mosul's cultural scene is back in business, months after Iraqi forces ousted the ISIS group from the city following three years of militant rule. At the “Book Forum” cafe, men and women, young and old, sit passionately debating literature, music, politics and history. Drinking tea, coffee and juice, some smoke ‘nargileh’ water pipes while an oud player takes the stage to accompany a poet about to read from his ...

The bitter taste of Mosul

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

In an article published in the Independent on 17 January, the journalist Robert Fisk questions the delivery of care by medical aid groups embedded with the international coalition during the offensive on Mosul. He quotes one MSF member, Jonathan Whittall, who argued in a blog post in June, that the presence of for-profit organizations and military medical units was a threat to independent and humanitarian action. Echoing Whittall’s concerns, Fisk points out that humanitarian actors would ...

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Jordan gets US Black Hawk helicopters to bolster defenses

Monday, 29 January 2018

The United States delivered eight Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan on Thursday to help its regional ally defend itself against the threat of ISIS militants, Jordanian and US officials said.They said another eight Black Hawks would begin arriving next year under a military aid deal worth about $200 million.The helicopters are central to a US-funded “Quick Reaction Force” set up by Jordan to counter ISIS, which controls large swathes of territory in neighboring Iraq and Syria.In a ...

Iran says 3 guards dead, 16 ISIS suspects arrested

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards force said three of its soldiers were killed and 16 ISIS militants arrested in clashes Saturday in the south of the country.Its Sepahnews website, citing General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ land forces, said “16 members of the terrorist group were arrested and several of them killed”, as well as three Guards in the clashes in Fars province.“The terrorists wanted to carry out attacks on border towns and in the center of the ...

Eight dead as US strike hits Iraq forces

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Eight Iraqis were killed on Saturday, most of them security personnel, in a US air strike that apparently targeted them by mistake, a provincial official said. “Eight people -- a senior intelligence official, five policemen and a woman -- were killed by a US strike on the centre of Al-Baghdadi,” a town in western Iraq, the official said, asking not to be identified. “It seems the strike was a mistake,” the official said of the incident in the Euphrates Valley town, ...

Kurdish leader Barzani: Lack of Kirkuk control paves way for ISIS

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Masoud Barzani, said on Friday that the Iraqi forces' and Popular Mobilization Forces’ capture of Kirkuk will pave way for militant group ISIS. The leader also stressed that he did not regret holding the referendum for independence from Iraq last year, despite the process failing.  

Trump warns Davos on unfair trade, says US ‘open for business’

Friday, 26 January 2018

US President Donald Trump took his “America First” message to the world’s elite on Friday, telling a summit of business and political leaders that the United States would “no longer turn a blind eye” to what he described as unfair trade practices. Trump became the first sitting US President in 18 years to address the annual conclave of the rich and powerful at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, closing the summit with a speech in which he declared the United States ...

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