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How Iran helped Baghdad seize back Kirkuk

Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Iranian general from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accompanied by Iraqi Commanders Abu Mahdi …


Iranian Chief of Staff visits Syria

The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, arrived on Tuesday in Damascus with a high-ranking military …


2 UAE pilots killed in plane crash over Yemen

The UAE Armed Forces has announced the death of two pilots after their aircraft crashed during an operation in Yemen, a media report …

Middle East

PA adamant on unity with Hamas

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the official spokesman of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on Tuesday rejected the conditions set by Israel for …


Three ways Trump's nuclear strategy misunderstands the mood in Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to tell Congress that the 2015 nuclear deal the Obama administration reached with Iran and five other world …


Young Somalis are using crowdsourcing techniques to identify the dead

Decertifying the Iran Deal threatens all of us

CLOSE<p>European Union member states on Monday vowed to defend a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Video provided by Reuters<p>As a …


How the Iranians responded to Trump's decertification of the nuclear deal

Navy SEALs Were Ready if Pakistan Failed to Free Family Held as Hostages

WASHINGTON — A C.I.A. drone was circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan last month when it picked up an unusual sight: a young woman and children in a militant camp. To intelligence analysts, she appeared to be an American abducted five years earlier while backpacking in Afghanistan with her …


After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The imminent fall of the Islamic State's de facto capital leaves America a multitude of tasks to restore stability in the Middle East, starting with pockets of remaining IS resistance in Syria and Iraq.<p>Then there are the more deeply rooted problems, not fixable by guns or bombs, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

A Raqqa resident asks why they had to destroy her city to liberate it

As they surrendered the city of Raqqa today, ISIS militants climbed onto 30 buses and 10 trucks for the ride out of town.<p>Some fighters even stopped to snap a couple of parting photos.<p>Then the extremists abandoned the city they'd considered the capital of their so-called caliphate. US-backed Kurdish …

Islamic State (ISIS)

One big reason ISIS lost the capital of its caliphate

Islamic State’s defeat in Raqqa was aided by the silent defiance of the city’s Muslims, who held fast to the liberty of conscience in religious …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Iraqi capture of Kirkuk changes calculation for Kurds

The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.<p>In the second day of a lightning government advance to take back towns and …


ISIS defeated in Raqqa as 'major military operations' declared over

<b>(CNN) —</b> US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say "major military operations" in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost control of their self-declared capital.<p>The development marks a decisive victory in the fight against ISIS, though US officials said there were still pockets of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

In assault on Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurds see region's reply to independence vote

After the euphoria of the vote, the advance on energy-rich Kirkuk by Iraqi federal forces signaled a worrisome dynamic for the Kurds: Baghdad's …


The Militia Option in Syria

Free Syrian Army rebels take up positions against Assad militias on the outskirts of Maraat al-Numan, Idlib, Syria, image via Syria Freedom House …


Iranian Hardliner to Trump: Put Your Own House in Order First!


BBC News ignores missile attack from Sinai for fifth time this year

Late on the evening of October 15th residents of the Eshkol district in southern Israel had to scramble to their air-raid shelters after the alarm …

Sinai Peninsula

Syria's Kurds Voice Hopes for Breakthrough at 'Hemeymim Meeting'

There are increasing positive signs regarding the expected twist in the Syrian-Kurdish issue. The course which Moscow is working on for a “historic” …


On Iran, Europe swings behind Trump

To tell you the truth, the change in tone has taken us by surprise. Since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to decertify the nuclear …


Iraqi forces, PMFs take over Sinjar region: Kurdish politician

Iraqi army forces entering Kirkuk to retake the province from Kurdish troops.Baghdad ( Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary …


SDF Seizes ‘Full Control’ of Syria’s Raqqa from ISIS - ASHARQ AL

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared on Tuesday that they have completely recaptured the city of Raqqa from the ISIS terrorist …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Breaking: Syrian Army storms ISIS strongholds in Deir Ezzor City

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside their advisers from the Russian Special Forces, launched a new …


State of the U.S. Air Force | Council on Foreign Relations

Colonel George "Marty" Reynolds joins James M. Lindsay to examine the state of the U.S. Air Force.

U.S. Air Force

Two wise men on the Kurdish referendum

Tough and complex situations should be analyzed through the lens of experience and common sense. The recent article “The path that Turkey should take …



Islamic State group defeated in their Syrian capital Raqqa - Region - World

U.S.-backed militias raised a flag inside Raqqa stadium on Tuesday, a Reuters witness said, as a four-month battle to take Islamic State's Syrian …

Islamic State (ISIS)

UN body threatens to boycott leading Israeli telecommunications company

<i>The UN Human Rights Council wants to boycott Bezeq, Israel’s leading telecommunications provider, because it services Jewish communities in Judea,</i> …