Iraqi military, Iran-backed militia attack Kurdish troops near Kirkuk

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nsnbc : Fierce clashes erupted in the early hours of Monday, between Iraqi – Kurdish Peshmerga, predominantly Shiite, Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi a.k.a Popular Mobilization Forces. Clashes reportedly also involve regular Iraqi troops, Hashd al-Shaabi, as well as members of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Iraqi military sources stated More...

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Turkish troops in Idlib on reconnaissance before the main deployment.
By nsnbc On Monday, October 16th, 2017
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Turkey expands military deployment in Syria to encircle Syrian – Kurdish YPG

nsnbc : Turkey’s military has been expanding its deployment in northwest Syria with the stated goal of encircling the Syrian – Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Idlib province. Turkey uses the More...

Previous Quadrilateral Cooperation Group, or QCG meeting. (archives)
By nsnbc On Monday, October 16th, 2017
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Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, USA set to resume four-way peace talks in Oman

nsnbc : Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way talks Monday in Oman in a renewed attempt to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war. Previous Quadrilateral More...

U.S. Maj. Gen. Robert P. White (2016 courtesy U.S. Armed Forces)
By nsnbc On Friday, October 13th, 2017
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No evidence that Iraq plans to attack Kirkuk or other areas in Kurdistan: U.S. Maj. Gen. Robert P. White

nsnbc : U.S. Maj. Gen. Robert P. White, the top U.S. ground commander leading the anti-Islamic State coalition in Iraq on Thursday said he has not seen any evidence that suggests that Iraqi security forces or militia More...

Trump during his May 2017 visit to Israel
By nsnbc On Friday, October 13th, 2017
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USA and Israel quit UNESCO over alleged anti-Israeli bias

nsnbc : The United States and Israel have both withdrawn from the UN Science, Culture and Education Agency UNESCO after accusing it of having an anti-Israeli bias. Trump during his May 2017 visit to Israel U.S. More...

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By nsnbc On Friday, October 13th, 2017
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Karzai called for Grand Assembly to discuss Trump’s Afghan strategy to stop war and regional rivalries

nsnbc : Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai continued his criticism of the new U.S. strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan. Karzai asserted that it does not bring a message of peace but instead increases war and More...

Peshmerga fighters near Kirkuk (archives)
By nsnbc On Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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Amidst concerns about war, Iraqi court orders arrest of members of Kurdistan’s High Electoral and Referendum Commission

nsnbc : An Iraqi court in the capital Baghdad has issued arrest warrants for members of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region’s High Electoral and Referendum Commission on charges of supervising the referendum on More...

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By nsnbc On Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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Turkish court started terror trial of Etkin News Agency translator Mesale Tolu

nsnbc : The first hearing of the trial of Turkey’s Etkin News Agency translator Mesale Tolu was held at Istanbul’s 29th Heavy Penal Court in Silivri on October 11. She is being charged with “being More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Turkey: Court sentences WSJ reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years for terrorist propaganda

nsnbc : A court in Turkey sentences US-based Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Ayla Albayrak to 2 years and 1 month in prison for “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”. Ayla Albayrak who has More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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Afghanistan has suspended the transit trade meeting with Pakistan

nsnbc : Afghanistan has suspended the transit trade meeting with Pakistan, aimed at dealing with problems hindering the smooth implementation of a revised transit treaty. The suspension of the meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan More...