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Russia set to build on Middle East policy successes || AW

Russia set to build on Middle East policy successes || AW

Thearabweekly - 2019-01-06 14:03

Russia set to build on Middle East policy successes || AW - Thearabweekly

KRG Council of Ministers to Meet on Monday to Discuss Erbil's Budget Share

BAS News - 2019-01-13 19:38
ERBIL - Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers is set to meet on Monday for talks on the region’s share from Iraq's budget bill for 2019. Secretary of the Council of Ministers Amanj Rahim said in a statement that the meeting will be hel ...

Iraqi Shi’ite MP Asks PM Abdul-Mahdi to Clarify on Number of US Troops

BAS News - 2019-01-13 12:05
ERBIL — Iraqi lawmaker Aliya Nusaif, from the Shi’ite State of Law Coalition, called on Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday to clarify on the number and mission of US forces currently based in Iraq. MP Nusaifi wrote in a statement that the call was ...

Iranian Foreign Minister to Visit Erbil on Tuesday

BAS News - 2019-01-13 12:05
ERBIL — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to visit Erbil on Tuesday and attend an economic conference in Kurdistan Region’s capital. According to a statement by Iranian embassy in Baghdad, Zarif will visit Baghdad before heading to Erb ...

The Middle East: Should We Give Up?

International Crisis Group - 2019-01-11 17:26
Middle Eastern states are undergoing a profound social and political transformation in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings and the civil wars these sprouted. Crisis Group's Joost Hiltermann, Program Director for the Middle East and North Africa, discusse ...

Overnight Defense: Trump storms out after meeting with Dems | Warns emergency declaration coming without border deal | Pompeo visits Iraq on Middle East trip | TheHill

Thehill - 2019-01-10 04:00

REVEALED: How Gulf states hatched plan with Israel to rehabilitate Assad | Middle East Eye

Middleeasteye - 2019-01-08 18:59

Syria withdrawal won't happen without protections for Kurds, Bolton says

CBS News - 2019-01-07 18:57
National security adviser John Bolton, on Middle East trip meant to assure allies, says the U.S. withdrawal from Syria is linked to several conditions ...

Pompeo to visit eight Middle East countries

Waar Media - 2019-01-06 19:01
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit eight Middle East countries, and he will seek an update on the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo will visit Middle East’s countries on January 8th, and it is expected t ...

Kurdistan is the linchpin to Middle East policy

Jerusalem Post - 2019-01-06 06:19
Trump said Erdogan will “eradicate” ISIS in Syria and praised the Turkish leader as “a man who can do it. ...

Iraq Not on Pompeo’s Destination List in Middle East Tour

BAS News - 2019-01-05 10:46
ERBIL — US State Department announced on Friday that State Secretary Mike Pompeo will begin his Middle East trip next week where he will meet with several leaders to discuss regional affairs. However, according to an official statement by the State Depar ...

Iraqi Parliament to Finally Vote on Interior, Defense Ministers Next Week: MP

BAS News - 2019-01-03 12:48
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is set to hold a session as another attempt to finally vote on the interior and defense ministers nominated by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, a lawmaker said. MP Abbas Alewi, from the Sairoon bloc, said the issue pertaining ...

Masrour Barzani Wishes "Peace and Joy" to Christians on Christmas

BAS News - 2018-12-24 16:20
ERBIL - Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC), Masrour Barzani, has sent a congratulatory message to Christians on the occasion of Christmas, wishing them "peace and joy" in the coming year. "I wish Christians in Kurdistan, Iraq and acro ...

Syria conflict: Trump troop pullout raises questions

BBC - 2018-12-20 01:00
The president's decision to pull out of Syria deepens doubts about US Middle East policy. ...

Russia, Turkey, Iran Agree on Syrian Constitutional Committee

BAS News - 2018-12-18 18:20
ERBIL — Brokered by the United Nations, an agreement was reached on Tuesday between Turkey, Russia, and Iran to form a committee for writing a new constitution for Syria. The committee is set to hold its first meeting by the beginning of 2019. The foreig ...

Yazidi genocide survivor will use Nobel Prize money to build hospital - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Jpost - 2018-12-18 01:48

Nadia Murad intends to build a hospital with prize money in Sinjar

Waar Media - 2018-12-15 19:14
Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by ISIS militants who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to build a hospital in Iraq, for victims of sexual abuse using the prize money. The Yazidi survivor was speaking t ...

KDP, Gorran to Meet on Wednesday

BAS News - 2018-12-11 15:23
ERBIL - The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to meet on Wednesday. According to a source, the high-level meeting will focus on the formation of the new government. The KDP, with 45 seats, emerged victorious in the las ...

Parliamentary Voting on Iraq’s Remaining Ministers Delayed Again

BAS News - 2018-12-09 11:43
ERBIL — The Iraqi parliament is set to convene on Sunday, but it has once again put off voting on the eight remaining ministers for Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi’s cabinet. According to the official agenda of Sunday’s meeting, the parliament would disc ...