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Diverging strategies likely to foil U.S.-Turkish agreement in Syria - scholar | Ahval

Diverging strategies likely to foil U.S.-Turkish agreement in Syria - scholar | Ahval

Ahvalnews - 2019-05-03 02:44

Diverging strategies likely to foil U.S.-Turkish agreement in Syria - scholar | Ahval - Ahvalnews

U.S. orders ‘non-emergency’ government employees to leave Iraq

Waar Media - 2019-05-15 15:27
WAAR_DUHOK The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there. It said in a statement that the announcement affects both the U.S. Embassy i ...

U.S. orders some government employees to leave Iraq, Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2019-05-15 14:59
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of “non-emergency government employees” from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. Referring to the embassy and the U.S. consulate in Ir ...

SDF Wants Part of US Forces to Stay in Syria: Top Commander

BAS News - 2019-05-13 23:50
ERBIL - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) wants the US to keep part of its forces in Syria to not repeat a mistake Washington made in Iraq, a top Kurdish commander has said. The comments were made by General Mazlum Kobani, the Commander-in-C ...

Iran accuses US of trying to start war

Waar Media - 2019-05-08 15:36
WAAR_DUHOK Some officials in the U.S. administration want to start a war with Iran, but it would be suicide, Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday. “Apparently, those who launched the U.S.-Iraq war in 2003 are aspiring to unleash another war, and this tim ...

Anti-Kurdish protests grow in Syria's Deir al-Zor: residents, locals

Reuters - 2019-05-08 06:04
Arab inhabitants of Syria's Deir al-Zor began a third week of protests against Kurdish rule, the largest wave of unrest to sweep the oil-rich region since the U.S.-backed forces took over the territory from Islamic State nearly 18 months ago, residents, w ...

No, a Buffer Zone in Syria is not America's job | Opinion

Newsweek - 2019-05-07 17:45
A safe zone is completely unnecessary for U.S. national security, and the Kurdish-Turkish conflict is not ours to solve. ...

Jailed PKK leader Ocalan 'wants SDF to avoid conflict in Syria'

Al Jazeera - 2019-05-07 06:05
Ocalan, who met lawyers first time in eight years, calls on Kurdish-led SDF to consider Turkish sensitivities in Syria. ...

Siemens to Upgrade Iraq's Electricity Grid: Abdul-Mahdi

BAS News - 2019-04-30 21:12
ERBIL - Siemens was the "main partner" in a roadmap agreement to upgrade Iraq's electricity grid, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday. The Iraqi premier made the remarks at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where A ...

Syrian journalist sees journalism as a weapon to fight Daesh’s return

The Global Coalition - 2019-04-30 20:16
As a journalist from Raqqa, Rawad Mafdi was constantly under threat from Daesh. Even after liberation, the threat of Daesh’s return still torments him. Article Syrian journalist sees journalism as a weapon to fight Daesh’s return Appeared first on The Gl ...

Prime Minister Barzani receives U.S. Congressional Delegation

KRG-Spain - 2019-04-30 00:01
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani received a United States congressional delegation and the U.S. Consul General to the Kurdistan Region Steven Fagin. Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani also attended the m ...

Prime Minister Barzani and U.S. Vice President discuss developments in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq

KRG-Spain - 2019-04-30 00:01
Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (cabinet.gov.krd) – Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani held a phone call with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. They discussed the latest security developments in the disputed territories and the political situation in the Kurdis ...

France Helping Kurdish Parties in Syria to Resolve Disputes: Official

BAS News - 2019-04-27 13:45
ERBIL — France has started a new initiative to bring the conflicting Kurdish parties in Syria closer to a political solution to the region, said a Kurdish official from Syria. The ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) reportedly limits the role of other pa ...

U.S.-Backed Forces Push to Capture Islamic State’s Last Territory in Syria - WSJ

WSJ - 2019-04-26 15:08

Paris Refuses to Repatriate IS French Nationals Held in Syria

BAS News - 2019-04-23 21:40
ERBIL - Paris has refused to repatriate the Islamic State (IS) French nationals held in Syria, arguing that a judge was not able to rule on the matter "given it involved negotiations with foreign authorities." "The Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) rejec ...

U.S. Consul General and accompanying delegation visit Peshmerga Staffing & Training Academy

Ministry of Peshmerga - 2019-04-21 00:55
Media Center, Ministry of Peshmerga On Thursday, April 11th, 2019, Steve Fagin, U.S. Consul General in Erbil, and Colonel Adam, Commander of U.S. Forces in Kurdistan, visited Peshmerga’s Staffing & Training Academy and were received by Brigadier General ...

U.S.-backed force in Syria conducts major evacuation from last Islamic State stronghold | The Japan Times

Japantimes - 2019-04-18 08:45

Iran’s Khamenei urges Iraq to force out U.S. troops ‘as soon as possible’

E-Kurd - 2019-04-07 15:37
TEHRAN,— Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iraq on Saturday to demand U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that showed off Tehran’s strong influence in Baghdad despite U.S. pressure ...

Turkey says proposed working group to ease U.S. worries over Russian S-400s

Reuters - 2019-04-03 18:03
Turkey has proposed to the United States that they form a working group to determine that Russian S-400 missile defense systems do not pose a threat to U.S. or NATO military equipment, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. ...