Turkey: Kurdish Forces Will not Fight with Us, Ankara

President Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, has stressed that as much as Ankara is determined to get rid of the Islamic State, it has its “principles and conditions on the issue.” He pointed out that “it is out of question for Read more

Iraq: Presence of US Troops Increases as Mosul Assault Nears

Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, revealed that US troops have increased from around 4,000 to 4,460 within a week as Iraqi forces continue “shaping operations” for the assault on Mosul, the capital of the self-declared Islamic Read more

Iraq: Civilian Casualties Accounted for More than 2/3 of those Killed in August, UN mission

Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Read more

Turkey: Kurds Need to Move Eastward for Euphrates Shield Operation to End

Turkey launched on Wednesday a military operation baptized Euphrates Shield aimed at eliminating threats posed by militants of the Islamic State and Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian town of Jarbulus close to its border. The operation has been condemned Read more

Jordan, Russia Call for Political Settlement in Syria

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov who also doubles as President Putin’s special representative for the Middle East and Africa met with King Abdallah of Jordan on Thursday to discuss the Syrian crisis. The Russian official also met Prime Minister Read more

Egypt: Army and Police Anti-Terror Cooperation Law Ratified

President Sisi on Wednesday ratified the unanimously approved law instituting cooperation between the armed forces and the police to protect public and vital facilities for a period of five years, beginning October 28. The law was inspired by a 2014 Read more