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Daesh loses its last stronghold in northern Iraq

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Author: SUADAD AL-SALHYFri, 2017-10-06 03:06ID: 1507244487309078000BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi on Thursday declared the end of the militant organization, Daesh, in northern Iraq after security forces, backed by a US-led military coalition and the Shiite-dominated paramilitary troops, retook the town of Hawija and the adjacent areas. Hawija, 45 km southwest of Kirkuk, was the last Daesh […]

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Veteran Iraqi Kurdish politician announces new party

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Author: Suadad Al-SalhyFri, 2017-10-06 03:00ID: 1507236796728567400BAGHDAD: After four decades with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), veteran politician Barham Salih announced the formation of a new party to participate in parliamentary elections in Iraqi Kurdistan, scheduled for Nov. 1. “Today, crises weigh heavily on our people in Kurdistan, as a result of the dominance of a group […]

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US welcomes Iraqi victory in Hawija

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Author: AP, Reuters, AFPFri, 2017-10-06 03:00ID: 1507236796688567100BAGHDAD: The US-led coalition has welcomed Iraq’s “swift and decisive victory” against Daesh in the northern town of Hawija. Prime Minister Haider A-Abadi had declared victory in Hawija earlier on Thursday during a visit to France. The town was among the last Daesh strongholds in Iraq after troops retook the northern […]

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Ankara, Berlin struggle to repair ties

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Author: Menekse TokyayFri, 2017-10-06 03:00ID: 1507236741088559300ANKARA: The steps taken by the Turkish and German governments toward reconciliation after a months-long war of words seem to be beginning to put their relations back on track. The road ahead is, however, a long one. On Oct. 3, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke by phone to his German counterpart, […]

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Syria fighting worst since Aleppo battle: ICRC

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Author: AFPThu, 2017-10-05 16:39ID: 1507223686176975200GENEVA: War-ravaged Syria is experiencing its worst levels of violence since the battle for Aleppo late last year, the Red Cross said Thursday, warning that the onslaught was causing “intolerable levels of suffering.” The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) voiced alarm at reports of hundreds of civilian deaths across several regions […]

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Job fair offers hope for refugees in Jordan

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Author: AFPThu, 2017-10-05 13:51ID: 1507223574846961000ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan: After five years without work, Syrian refugee Mohammed Ahmad was nervous but hopeful as he registered with as many firms as possible at a unique job fair in Jordan’s sprawling Zaatari camp where he lives. Around 50 companies were represented at the one-day event Wednesday as they scouted for […]

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Hamas appoints military chief Al-Aruri as deputy leader

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Author: AFP, ReutersThu, 2017-10-05 16:57ID: 1507221965606831100GAZA CITY: Hamas has appointed as its deputy leader a military official accused of organizing multiple deadly attacks against Israelis, an official said on Thursday. “Salah Al-Aruri was elected deputy to (Hamas leader) Ismail Haniya,” an official in the movement said, after a vote of its 18-member political bureau. Al-Aruri, who lives […]

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Libyan MPs demand apology from Johnson over dead bodies remark

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Author: ReutersThu, 2017-10-05 16:25ID: 1507221894276818700BENGHAZI: The foreign affairs committee of Libya’s eastern-based Parliament has demanded an apology from British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over a remark about clearing dead bodies from the former Daesh stronghold of Sirte. Johnson told members of his Conservative Party earlier this week that British investors had a “brilliant vision” to turn Sirte […]

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Iraq’s PM says doesn’t want armed clash with Kurds

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Author: ReutersThu, 2017-10-05 12:09ID: 1507194730404474200PARIS: Iraq’s prime minister said on Thursday he did not want an armed clash with Kurdish Iraqi authorities and urged Peshmerga forces in disputed areas to work with Iraqi security forces under the control of the central government.“We do not want an armed confrontation, we don’t want clashes, but the federal authority must […]

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Erdogan says Turkey, Iran and Iraq will decide on closing northern Iraq’s oil taps — media

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Author: ReutersThu, 2017-10-05 11:32ID: 1507193218004381400ANKARA: Turkey, Iran and Iraq will jointly decide on closing the flow of oil from northern Iraq, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Thursday, a retaliatory move after the Kurdish region voted for independence.Erdogan, who was speaking to Turkish media including broadcasters NTV and CNN Turk on his return flight […]

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