Iraqi security forces kill 22 Takfiri Daesh terrorist group remnants in Nineveh offensive

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) take part in a training drill at the Special Forces Academy near Baghdad’s international airport on March 19, 2018. (Photo by AFP) Iraqi security forces have killed nearly two dozen members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group during a clean-up operation in the country’s northern province of Nineveh as […]

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Any military escalation in Syria terrible for Middle East security, stability: Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (Photo by AP) Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has warned of the huge dangers of a military escalation in Syria, stating that any further act of aggression against the conflict-plagued Arab country will undermine security and stability in the Middle East region. Speaking in a telephone conversation with Acting US Secretary […]

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Top Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist killed in Turkish military airstrikes in northern Iraq

Slain PKK terrorist Birdal Burhanli, better known by the nom de guerre Agiri Mazlum Pirdogan (Photo by Anadolu news agency) The Turkish military says a high-profile member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group has been killed in a series of airstrikes carried out in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region late last month. The Turkish General Staff, in a statement released […]

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Iraq’s federal government resumes paying salaries of Kurds frozen over secession vote

Teachers and civil servants protest in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, on October 7, 2015. (Photo by AFP) Iraq’s federal government has announced resumption of paying the salaries of Kurdish civil servants and Peshmerga security forces, which had been frozen in the wake of tensions between Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities over a non-binding Kurdish […]

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US warns Iraq of ‘consequences’ if it buys Russian S-400 missile systems

This file picture shows Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems on duty in the Crimea peninsula. (Photo by Sputnik news agency) The United States has warned Iraq, among a number of other countries, of the consequences of extending military cooperation with Russia, and striking deals to purchase advanced weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems. […]

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Iraqi intelligence official claims Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘alive’ in Syria

Daesh’s ringleader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (File photos) A top Iraqi official says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group’s leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is “alive” and is being treated in a field hospital in Syria, less than a year after sources announced the death of the notorious ringleader. “We […]

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Baghdad extends Kurdistan international flight ban over independence referendum

Passengers are seen at Erbil Airport, in the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region, on September 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Iraqi authorities have extended for two more months an international flight ban on the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region amid tensions between the Baghdad government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the wake […]

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Iraq sentences former governor Amer Salman Yaqoub to jail for misuse of public assets

Amer Salman Yaqoub, the former governor of Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala The Iraqi Commission of Integrity, a body responsible for investigating corruption and affiliated to the country’s parliament, says judiciary officials have sentenced a former governor of the eastern province of Diyala to jail after being found guilty of corruption. Diyala’s Second Criminal Court handed down […]

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