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What's behind Turkey's rush to reopen Iraqi consulates?

What\'s behind Turkey\'s rush to reopen Iraqi consulates? - Al Monitor

How Turkey’s Ties to the West May Survive the Syrian War

International Crisis Group - 2018-08-08 18:46
Crisis Group's Middle East & North Africa Program Director Joost Hiltermann participated in the 2018 Körber Policy Game, designed to explore possible outcomes in the event of a crisis between Turkey and the West in Syria. While the exercise underscored m ...

Netanyahu's Response to Erdogan who Called Israel "Fascist State"

BAS News - 2018-07-24 19:34
ERBIL — Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech, saying that "the state under Erdogan is turning into a dark dictatorship," a report said on Tuesday. Earlier the day, the Turkish leader slammed Israe ...

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: Don't Play with the Lion's Tail

BAS News - 2018-07-22 11:49
ERBIL - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned the US of the "mother of all wars" if the two countries go to war against each other, noting that peace "would be crucial" for Washington's policies, a report said on Sunday. "Mr. Trump, don't play with ...

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar over Helsinki summit

Waar Media - 2018-07-20 10:20
WAAR-DUHOK: President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump’s failure to publicly confront Puti ...

Four Countries Halt Flights to Iraq’s Najaf as Protests Get Out of Hand

BAS News - 2018-07-15 22:50
ERBIL — Iran, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have all canceled the flights to the Iraqi southern province of Najaf as the days-long protests turned violent. Earlier on Friday, large crowd of protesters had stormed Najaf international airport ...

From Brussels, Abadi Flies to Protest-hit Basra

BAS News - 2018-07-13 20:03
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi arrived in Basra on Friday after days of violent protests across the southern provinces. His visit to the oil-rich Basra came after Abadi’s trip to Brussels where he attended the NATO Summit 2018. Basra is wit ...

Iraq and Syria to Reopen Border Crossings

BAS News - 2018-07-10 23:18
ERBIL — The governments of Iraq and Syria are working to reopen the remaining border gates between them after securing the border strip from the Islamic State (IS), said a diplomat. Cited by SANA news agency, Iraqi Ambassador to Syria, Saad Mohamed Reda, ...

Iran Attempting to Use Iraqi PM Against US: Report

BAS News - 2018-07-10 14:29
ERBIL - Iran has its condition for supporting Iraq's current PM Haider al-Abadi to keep his position, an Iraqi official was quoted as saying. Speaking to London based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on condition of anonymity, the Iraqi official claimed that th ...

KRG's DIT to Undertake Radical Salary Reforms

BAS News - 2018-07-10 11:05
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Department of Information and Technology (DIT) has revealed a list of over 100,000 public servants who receive illegal double salaries at the same time, a Kurdish official said on Tuesday. "There are over ...

Kurdish PM to Attend Erdogan's Inauguration

BAS News - 2018-07-09 11:55
ERBIL - Kurdistan Region PM Nechirvan Barzani will travel to Turkey on Monday to attend the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's inauguration, KRG spokesperson said. Speaking to BasNews, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesperson, Safin D ...

PM Barzani to Visit Turkey on Official Invitation

BAS News - 2018-07-08 22:36
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani will visit Turkey on Monday to attend the Oath of Office ceremony. Barzani, alongside dozens of other world leaders will attend the ceremony in which Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take the oath befo ...

Risky Business: The Duque Government’s Approach to Peace in Colombia

International Crisis Group - 2018-06-21 21:25
Colombia’s president-elect campaigned on a pledge to “modify” the 2016 peace with the FARC guerrillas, despite its goal of reducing the rural inequality underlying that insurgency. The new government should steer clear of hardline policies that alienate ...