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Iraq's Kurdish forces to withdraw to lines of pre-Mosul battles: Kurdish president

The president of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, said on Tuesday the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will withdraw in Iraq to their lines in 2016 before the battles that liberated Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/18 10:48:23

US-backed Syrian forces capture Syria's Raqqa from Islamic State

Following a four-month-long offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Islamic State (IS) collapsed under the pressure and lost its de facto capital in Syria's northern province of Raqqa.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/18 10:19:28

Israel advances 1,292 settler homes in West Bank in fresh push

Israeli committee approved Tuesday 1,292 new homes for settlers in a fresh bid by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand the settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/18 10:15:33

Iraqi forces enter disputed city of Sinjar without a fight

Iraqi security forces on Tuesday entered the city of Sinjar, which is part of the disputed areas claimed by both the Baghdad government and the Kurdish region, official Kurdish media said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 23:03:40

Qatar reelected into UN Human Rights Council

Qatar has been reelected into the UN Human Rights Council for the fourth round of three-year term for 2018-2020, a foreign ministry statement said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 17:57:18

26 Haqqani militants killed in eastern Afghan airstrikes

A total of 26 militants of Haqqani terror group were killed after Afghan Special Forces launched airstrikes against their hideouts in eastern province of Khost, authorities said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 13:58:10

Iran says Iraqi Kurds' retreat from Kirkuk ends "dangerous plot" against regional security

The Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces' withdrawal from the city of Kirkuk put an end to "a dangerous plot hatched against regional security," a senior Iranian official said Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/17 9:24:52

Iraq forces seize Kurdish territory in outskirts of Kirkuk

Iraq's central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in a bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.
Source: Reuters | 2017/10/16 23:25:03

Archeologists uncover buried bit of Jerusalem Western Wall

Israeli archeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said.
Source: AFP | 2017/10/16 22:58:39

Qatar, US forces in 3rd joint military exercises since gulf crisis

Qatar's Joint Special Forces launched training exercises with the US Special Forces on Sunday, as part of the continuing military cooperation between the two countries, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 16:36:39

Iraqi forces seize major airbase near Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces on Monday took control of the huge airbase near the city of the city of Kirkuk, as the troops are advancing to recapture the disputed areas, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the Iraqi military said.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 16:35:57

Iraqi PM announces deployment of gov't forces in oil-rich Kirkuk Province

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered early Monday morning government forces to enter Kirkuk province, the national al-Iraqiya TV channel reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 9:28:17

Israel's plan to withdraw from UNESCO "culmination of rocky ties"

In a hasty announcement late last week, Israel said it would be following the United States and withdrawing from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is seen as the culmination of a rocky relationship Israel has had with the organization, especially in the last six years.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:32:24

Israel's PM triggers uproar by blasting police chief over graft investigations

Israel's political arena was in uproar on Sunday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the police of leaking information about corruption investigations in which Netanyahu is a suspect.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:31:40

Pakistan, Iran sign agreement on improved border management

Pakistan and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday to improve border security between the two neighboring countries, according to local reports.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:30:51

US trying to stay in Iran nuclear deal: US top diplomat

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that the United States was trying to stay in a landmark nuclear deal clinched between Iran and six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:29:41

Trump underlines partnership with Riyadh, GCC in curbing Tehran in region

US President Donald Trump emphasized his country's partnership with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council as a whole to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities" in the region, the White House said on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:28:49

Iran accuses Israel, Saudi of fueling Trump's anti-Iran emotion

The US President Donald Trump's recent anti-Iran speech was under the influence of lobbyists from Israel and Saudi Arabia, Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/10/16 8:24:45