US welcomes efforts of Türkiye to try to convince Russia to return to grain deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during 28th Mukhtars (local administrators) meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on October 19, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images) The US welcomes Türkiye’s efforts to try to convince Russia to return to the Black Sea grain deal, the … Continue reading US welcomes efforts of Türkiye to try to convince Russia to return to grain deal

US condemns violence in Iraq’s Kirkuk, urge parties to look to Constitution

The US on Tuesday condemned violence in Kirkuk after protests broke out in the northern Iraqi city during the weekend.  "We're closely monitoring the tensions in Kirkuk, and we condemn the violence that took place and express our condolences to the families of those killed," State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters. "The US … Continue reading US condemns violence in Iraq’s Kirkuk, urge parties to look to Constitution

Iraq asks EU to help recover stolen assets, combat corruption

Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani on Saturday called on the European Union (EU) commission to help his cabinet combat corruption, extradite wanted persons, and recover stolen assets. Prime Minister al-Sudani's remarks came during a meeting with the EU commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC59) in … Continue reading Iraq asks EU to help recover stolen assets, combat corruption

SATANIC VERSES: Salman Rushdie’s attacker pleads not guilty

The man accused of stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges of attempted murder and assault, in what a prosecutor called a “pre-planned” crime, as the renowned author of The Satanic Verses remained in hospital with serious injuries. A lawyer for Hadi Matar entered the plea on his behalf during a formal hearing … Continue reading SATANIC VERSES: Salman Rushdie’s attacker pleads not guilty

Rockets fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone

Two Katyusha rockets have struck Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses several Western embassies, the Iraqi military has said. One rocket was destroyed in the air by the C-RAM defence system and the other landed near a national monument and damaged two cars, the military said in a statement on Sunday. Security forces started … Continue reading Rockets fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone

Pope condemns drone attack on Iraqi PM

Pope Francis condemned an assassination attempt against Iraq’s prime minister as a “vile act of terrorism” and said Tuesday he is praying for peace in the country. The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent a telegram to Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi expressing Francis’ solidarity and prayers to al-Kadhimi’s family and those injured in … Continue reading Pope condemns drone attack on Iraqi PM

Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

Pope Francis begins a historic visit to Iraq on Friday, the first by a pontiff to the birthplace of the Eastern Churches from where more than a million Christians have fled over the past 20 years. The visit of the pope has a highly symbolic value given the importance of Iraqi Christians in the history of the … Continue reading Pope Francis embarks on historic visit to Iraq

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Iran and Iraq reach agreement on how to release trapped funds

Iran has secured a trade agreement with Iraq that will enable it to access funds trapped in Baghdad because of US sanctions, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Abdolnaser Hemmati, head of the Central Bank of Iran, visited Baghdad on Monday to finalize the deal, which allows Iran to use accumulated payments from … Continue reading Iran and Iraq reach agreement on how to release trapped funds

Soleimani’s death was ‘necessary,’ US tells the United Nations

The United States told the United Nations on Wednesday that the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani last week was self-defense and vowed to take additional action “as necessary” in the Middle East to protect U.S. personnel and interests. Iran retaliated on Wednesday for Soleimani’s death by firing missiles at military facilities housing U.S. troops … Continue reading Soleimani’s death was ‘necessary,’ US tells the United Nations

Iraqi minister resigns for brother’s alleged links with ISIS

  Iraq’s new education minister has resigned over allegations her brother was a leader with Daesh just days after she was handed the post. The scandal is the latest blow to Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi who has still not completed his Cabinet amid deep divisions between the Parliament’s main political blocs over the key … Continue reading Iraqi minister resigns for brother’s alleged links with ISIS

Pope’s advice to mankind

  Pope Francis urged Christians on Monday to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes a Christmas Day message and blessing, a Dec. … Continue reading Pope’s advice to mankind

Vladimir Voronkov: ISIL still has about 20,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq

These were among the key findings in a new United Nations report into the threats posed by ISIL presented to the UN Security Council on Thursday by senior UN counter-terrorism officials The report also detailed how UN Member States and the UN system are continuing to strengthen, refine and promote the effective use of tools and measures to address … Continue reading Vladimir Voronkov: ISIL still has about 20,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq

Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim Al-Jubouri announces new Political Party

The Speaker of the Iraqi parliament announced on Friday the launch of his new political party. According to a report from Andolu, Salim Al-Jubouri made the announcement at a press conference in Baghdad. "The Civil Rally for Reform," he explained, "will seek to develop effective policies aimed at finding real solutions to the political, economic and … Continue reading Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim Al-Jubouri announces new Political Party

How ISIS fed Baby to its Mother; raped a 10-year-old Girl to death

ISIS has proved itself the most dreaded terror group despite its diminishing number of soldiers, but these shocking revelations from Vian Dakhil, who recently spoke about a mom being tricked to eat her own child and another 10-year-old girl dying from rape, shows the jihadists are aliens. Ms Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraqi’s parliament, … Continue reading How ISIS fed Baby to its Mother; raped a 10-year-old Girl to death

Donald Trump: I’ll teach the U.S. Military Expert a couple of things about Mosul

Donald Trump attracted wrath from basketball legend LeBron James a few days ago for his live radio rants on "grabbing women by their p***y". Though the 70-year-old later apologised, saying his reckless comments were locker room jokes, he recently claimed there's need for him to lecture a top U.S. military expert on Mosul. Earlier in … Continue reading Donald Trump: I’ll teach the U.S. Military Expert a couple of things about Mosul