Iraq

Angela Merkel, North Korea, Iraq: Your Tuesday Briefing

 Germany’s election results reverberated across the country’s political spectrum. Alternative for Germany, the far-right party that is now the third-largest group in Parliament, is already mired in a leadership tussle. Frauke Petry, above, the party’s leader, announced that she would not join its caucus in Parliament, prompting calls for her to quit the party. Chancellor Angela Merkel began talks with the Greens ...

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to visit SAF forces in Iraq

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen is leading a delegation to visit the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops deployed to Iraq in support of the multinational coalition to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS), the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 26). Dr Ng had previously announced in November 2014 that the ...

Iran’s border with N. Iraq remains ‘operational’

ERBIL A border, which linked Iran with northern Iraq, remained “operational”, head of Bashmakh border crossing said on Tuesday. “The daily and commercial transitions between Iran and Kurdish Regional Government are quite normal,” Mahmud Ezver, head of Bashmakh border crossing, told Kurdish Regional Government’s official (KRG) website Pukmedia on Tuesday. His remarks came a day after Iran announced that it ...

U.S. contractors accuse Iraq of tax shake down

American military contractors operating in Iraq are accusing Baghdad of employing strong-arm tactics to make them pay exorbitant income taxes, a practice they’ve warned the Trump administration is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists. To force payment of the taxes, which the companies say are haphazardly calculated and can total millions of dollars, Iraqi authorities have held up — ...

Iraq: Kurdish leader Barzani claims win in independence referendum

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, has claimed victory in a referendum on independence – before votes have been tallied – amid threats from Baghdad to take over the region’s borders and a demand from Turkey to “give up or go hungry”. With a result supporting independence expected on Wednesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbours have stepped up calls for the result to be set ...

Iraq Says it Has ‘Fully Liberated’ Ninevah Province From ISIS Control

(BAGHDAD) — The northern town of Tal Afar has been “fully liberated” from the Islamic State group (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday, further shrinking the territory controlled by the extremists who overran nearly a third of the country three years ago. The militants have suffered a series of major defeats in recent months, including the loss of Mosul, the ...

France pledges support to stabilize post-Islamic State Iraq

France will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Iraq as it emerges from the war against Islamic State, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad. France is a main partner in the U.S.-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The coalition provided ...

Where’s the blockbuster for the ‘Dunkirk in reverse’ in Iraq and Syria?

Right now, a gripping Hollywood blockbuster recalls the heroism of Dunkirk, when trapped Allied troops were rescued during WWII. However, there’s an equally stirring “Dunkirk in reverse” going on before our eyes in Iraq and Syria, and American Catholics are playing a starring role — not only in saving embattled Christians, but giving them hope of better things to come. ...

After Backing Trump, Christians Who Fled Iraq Fall Into His Dragnet

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A few Sundays ago, federal immigration agents walked through the doors of handsome houses here in the Detroit suburbs, brushing past tearful children, stunned wives and statuettes of the Virgin Mary in search of men whose time was up. If the Trump administration prevails, more than 100 of these men may soon be deported, like the ...

Iraq: Popular Mobilisation Forces make gains in Mosul outskirts

In Northern Iraq, government forces are pressing forward with their offensive on ISIL-held areas in Mosul. The United Nations is warning of the grave danger posed to civilians as the final stages of the battle loom. But it’s not just Iraqi troops that are capturing ISIL-held areas. Shia militias have advanced to the Syrian border – and some Sunni and ...

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