19 February 2019
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Ramadi/ Nina /-- Chairman of the Board of Anbar province Sabah Karhot confirmed that Anbar local government is increasingly aspiring on Arbil upcoming conference to "save the cities and areas under Daash control.Karhot said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: "This conference will explain the reasons behind the control of the terrorist Daash on some cities and how to freeing them according to a correct vision away from courtesies or covering up those who…

EU foreign affairs head to visit Iraq Friday, 19 December 2014 22:39

Middle East Online, BRUSSELS - EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini will visit Iraq next week for talks with government and Kurdish leaders as the country struggles to drive back Islamic State jihadi fighters.Mogherini "will send a message of solidarity and confirm the EU readiness to deepen the relationship with Iraq," a statement said Friday.She will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and other officials before visiting Arbil on Tuesday for talks with Massud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan region.Mogherini…
Al Arabiya - Iraqi Kurdish forces battling ISIS militants managed on Thursday to open up a key corridor so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped on a mountain can flee, a senior Kurdish official said.The development was an incremental step in the battle to retake the town of Sinjar, at the foothills of the mountain by the same name, which fell to ISIS militants in early August.Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, the Kurdish peshmerga…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Reconstruction in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, large parts of which remain under the control of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters, will cost more than 18 billion dollars, a local official said on Tuesday.Arkan Khalaf Al-Tarmouz, head of the Anbar Reconstruction Committee, informed Asharq Al-Awsat that ISIS remains in control of more than 85 percent of territory in Anbar, adding that there has been large-scale destruction across Iraq’s largest province in the fighting between ISIS…
Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iraqi President Fuad Massoum reaffirmed his intention to push forward a process of national political reconciliation on Tuesday, following a meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Iraq Nikolay Mladenov.“[The Iraqi government] is seeking to take decisive and resolute steps and reconsider some resolutions and laws in order to achieve national reconciliation and bring security and welfare,” a statement quoted Massoum as saying during a meeting with Mladenov.“National reconciliation is a social need; therefore, it cannot be achieved…
Al Arabiya - The Iraqi Human Rights Ministry has declared that an ISIS terrorist known as Abu Anas Al-Libi, has killed more than 150 women and girls for refusing to comply with the "Jihad marriage" (Jihad el-Nikah) order enforced by the extremist group, Al Arabiya’s Jawad El-Hatab reported Tuesday.Libi is not to be confused with the man carrying the same name currently undergoing trial in the U.S. on terrorism charges.Libi reportedly executed a series of women, including some who were…
Baghdad (AIN) –The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights confirmed that "The terrorist gangs of the ISIL have forced hundreds of citizens from Wafa district of northern Haditha city in Anbar province to leave their houses and escape towards the desert."Statement by the Ministry received by AIN cited "The gangs of the ISIL forced the residents of Wafa district to leave their houses under threat of weapons," noting that "Those families, including women and children, are suffering the bad weather in…
Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has begun fortifying its positions in and around the city of Mosul as Iraqi and Kurdish troops gear up for a major offensive to recapture the city, a senior Kurdish official in Nineveh governorate said on Monday.In comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official Saeed Mamozeini said that ISIS is fortifying its positions across Nineveh governorate, preparing to defend territory under its control from an expected military offensive…
Deutsche Welle - Attacks and kidnappings of journalists have soared over the past year, the latest Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders has said. In all, 66 journalists were killed in 2014.  Reporters without Borders said on Tuesday that there had been a sharp spike in kidnappings of reporters, with attacks on reporters growing more 'barbaric.'In its latest report on press freedom, it said journalists face a new dangerous new threat - as shown by the Islamist militant beheadings…
Al Arabiya - The president of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani, blamed on Monday former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the collapse of the Iraqi army in the face of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) earlier this year.In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya's Rima Maktabi, Barzani also said the swift collapse of the Iraqi army came after substantial years of international support to train and equip the military.During the interview, he also said that were…
(Reuters) - Three months after he took office with a mission to unite his broken, warring country, Iraq's new prime minister has swept away the divisive legacy of his predecessor with a burst of rapid and dramatic measures.But Haider al-Abadi faces a huge challenge forging a common front against Islamic State fighters, rebuilding an ineffective army and reasserting a degree of central government authority across Iraq.Time is short and the battle to contain the militants who control swathes of territory is…

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