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American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq.

As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press. U.S. Ambassador Douglas Silliman took up his ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

KRG to prioritize salaries in 2018 budget.

The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to prioritize salaries and basic services in its budget for the first half of next year after its revenues took a hit with the loss of Kirkuk oil fields in October. Two financial reports were put to the Council of Ministers. Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami outlined ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

As climate threats grow, Iraq battles a new enemy: Water shortages.

After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers – many of them military volunteers – are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water. Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with increasingly erratic rainfall ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

As Climate Threats Grow, Iraq Battles a New Enemy: Water Shortages.

After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers — many of them military volunteers — are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water. Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with increasingly erratic ...

- Voice of America - US

Multibillion-dollar Appeal Launched for More Than 5 Million Syrian Refugees.

U.N. and private aid agencies are appealing for $4.4 billion to support more than five million destitute Syrian refugees and the impoverished communities hosting them in five neighboring countries. The U.N. refugee agency reports that, after more than six years of war in Syria, more than half a million people have been ...

- Voice of America - US

Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters Tuesday that "we have managed to break them" in Iraq, but added that it's a worry for everyone that ISIS has "this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly."

- Stars and Stripes - US

Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else.

Three days after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister warns that the group's extremists might "erupt again somewhere else" without international cooperation in combatting the militants.

- FOX News - US

French Minister Says Iran Seeking To Expand Military Influence In Middle East.

France's foreign minister has accused Iran of trying to create an "axis" of military and political influence stretching from Tehran through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea.

- Radio Free Europe - US

ISIS Attack Kills 13 Iraqi Fighters in Mosul.

At least 13 pro-government fighters were killed in an ISIS attack in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, according to an Iraqi military officer. Scores of ISIS militants attacked military barracks and checkpoints belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Tal Safuk, west of Mosul, Capt. Sabhan Kazem said. He said ...

- Albawaba - UK

Days after victory over Islamic State in Iraq, Haider al-Abadi warns group might 'erupt again somewhere else'.

Three days after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister warns that the group's extremists might "erupt again somewhere else" without international cooperation in combating the militants. The post Days after victory over Islamic State in Iraq, Haider al-Abadi warns group might 'erupt again ...

- Firstpost - IN

Iraqi Prime Minister Celebrates Defeat Of ISIS, But Still Faces Pressure.

Iraq is celebrating the defeat of ISIS as Prime Minister Haider al Abadi declared Dec. 10 the country's newest national holiday. The prime minister has also won a face-off with Kurds, but still faces pressures from inside and outside his country.

- NPR - US

Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else

PARIS — Three days after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister warns that the group's extremists might "erupt again somewhere else" without international cooperation in combatting the militants.Prime...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Areas Newly Seized From ISIS Seen at Risk of Backsliding

Iraq's prime minister is celebrating the collapse of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate, but American and Iraqi officials are recognizing that much more is needed to stabilize newly reclaimed areas and prevent militants from making a comeback.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Give us a chance to build a brighter future, young refugees say

More than a dozen youth delegates from countries as diverse as Iran, Iraq and South Sudan are taking part in a high-level gathering in Geneva.

- UN - INT

UN and partners launch plan to support over five million Syrian refugees and their host countries

Source: UN Development Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The plan aims to bring together the vital efforts of some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

UN probes abuses in Iraqi town where troops fought Kurds

The U.N. mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses in a disputed Iraqi town where federal forces clashed with Kurdish fighters in October.

- The Daily Star - LB

UN probes abuses in Iraqi town where troops fought Kurds

BAGHDAD — The U.N. mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses in a disputed Iraqi town where federal forces clashed with Kurdish fighters in October.The U.N. said Tuesday that it launched the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Thousands of Russian private contractors fighting in Syria

The Kremlin and the Defense Ministry have stonewalled questions about Russians fighting in Syria in a private capacity. Private contractors have been used by countries like the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan for years; Russian law forbids the hiring of mercenaries or working as one.

- Stars and Stripes - US

NATO training Iraqis in Serbia's southern town of Nis

NATO announced that it is training medical experts from Iraq’s security forces in the Serbian Military Logistics Training Center in the southern town of Nis. "The course has been developed within the framework of the NATO Defense Capacity Building Initiative for Iraq," the military alliance said on its website, and added:

- B92 - SK

Iraq wants to participate in Astana process

Baghdad intends to become part of the Astana process aimed at resolving situation in Syria.

- AzerNews - AZ

Syria forces not yet victorious but IS already defeated

BEIRUT, Dec 12 — Syria is expected to soon follow in Iraq's footsteps in proclaiming victory against the Islamic State group, whose fighters are either on the run or trapped and largely toothless. On Saturday, the Baghdad government declared...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Donald Trump Set To Visit The UK In Early 2018; Protests Expected

Donald Trump is set to visit the UK early in the new year, according to one of his top diplomats. However, the visit is set to provoke massive protests that could top the 2M that turned out to rail against the Iraq war over ten years ago. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who is now U.S Ambassador to the UK, told BBC Radio ...

- Deadline.com - US

Lawmakers extend German military missions until spring

BERLIN — German lawmakers have extended the military's participation in missions against the Islamic State group and in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq until the spring of 2018.German military missions abroad require parliamentary...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Turkish Jets Strike PKK Camps; 38 Killed Across Iraq

Turkish Jets launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. The post Turkish Jets Strike PKK Camps; 38 Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

- Antiwar.com - US

DNO triples oil production from Peshkabir field in Iraq’s Kurdistan region

Norway’s DNO ASA reported tripling its oil production to 15,000 b/d from Peshkabir field in the Tawke license in Iraq’s Kurdistan region after completion of the Peshkabir-3 well testing, stimulation, and cleanup program.

- OGJ - US

Turkish, Iraqi, US top soldiers to meet in Ankara this week

Top soldiers from Turkey, the United States and Iraq will come together in Turkey on Dec. 14 to discuss regional security matters at a three-way meeting, the Turkish army announced late Dec. 11.

- Hürriyet - TR

ISIS' defeat in Iraq down to Trump, not Obama: Steve Bannon

Bannon was speaking at a rally event for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

- Global News - CA

Q&A: Bassim Mohammed Khudair, director general of the Iraq Drilling Company

Iraq's state drilling company builds its credentials as it competes with international service companies for international oil company contracts in Iraq.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraqi Christians celebrate in town retaken from IS

Iraqi Christians celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday in the town of Qaraqosh that was previously occupied for three years by jihadists of the Islamic State group. The bell tower of the church of the Immaculate Conception is still scarred by war, but its interior has been cleaned and signs of damage

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraq formally declares end to fight against Islamic State

Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war. Isis has been driven from all the territory it once held inside Iraq, the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced in Baghdad on Saturday. The ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

After Fall of ISIS, Iraq's Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

In the heat of the late summer sun, weeks after the end of one of the largest urban battles since World War II, a high school principal trekked from his home in east Mosul to the west bank of the Tigris River to confront the ruins of his life's work. Bordering Mosul's Old City, his

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next. Food and money are in short supply since aid organizations stopped delivery after Iraq's advance. Buildings collapsed in the fighting and of those still ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

IS battle may be won, but Iraq faces major challenges

Iraq may have announced a final victory over the Islamic State group in the country, but Baghdad's triumph remains fragile and the root causes for the jihadists' rise have not been tackled. Troops backed up by the air power of a US-led coalition have waged some of the fiercest urban warfare seen anywhere in decades

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Turkish air strikes kill 29 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 29 of the group's militants, Turkey's armed forces said. The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Turkish border posts from the Hakurk and Metina regions of northern Iraq, the army said in a written statement.

- Iraq Oil Report - US

Iraq's top Shiite cleric orders fighters to disarm after defeat of ISIL

Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday ordered his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the country's defeat of ISIL. Moqtada Al Sadr's fighters, Saraya Al Salam, or Peace Brigades, took up arms against the extremist group in 2014 after the fall of Mosul and are officially part of the ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their warheads. Tests later found that the warheads contained a crude blister agent resembling sulfur mustard, a banned chemical weapon intended to ...

- Iraq Oil Report - US

White House hides troop numbers in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan

The White House left out the number of U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria from a semi-annual accounting it provided to Congress on Monday.

- Yahoo! News - US

NATO trains Iraqi medical officers in cooperation with Serbia

NATO continues to build Iraqi security forces capabilities. NATO partners are joining this important endeavour.

- NATO - INT

Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the border area of Iran and Iraq on Monday evening, Iranian state media said. The post Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border appeared first on Inquirer News.

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

U.S. looks to counter Iran in postwar Iraq

As Iraq emerges from three years of war with Daesh , the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told the Associated Press.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syrian Democratic Forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border

U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Daesh militants.

- The Daily Star - LB

Daesh long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still desolate

A white rocking horse and a child's toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Beiji, a small sign of the ruin that can be seen all around.

- The Daily Star - LB

53 ISIS Militants Surrender to Iraqi Forces West of Mosul

Scores of ISIS militants on Monday surrendered to Iraqi security forces west of Mosul, regional capital of the northern Nineveh province, according to an Iraqi military source. 53 militants laid down their arms in the Al-Hadar district's Al-Wadi area some 80 kilometers west of Mosul,' Brigadier-General Saad al-Janabi of the ...

- Albawaba - UK

Earthquake Hits Western Iran

Iranian media reports say an earthquake has struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq.

- Radio Free Europe - US

AU warns of returning 'ISIS' jihadists

The African Union has said up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the so-called Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home. DW spoke to security analyst Ryan Cummings on the implications.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Quake hits Iran-Iraq border region

A tremor shook Kermanshah province in western Iran near Iraq's border Monday, causing panic a month after a major quake killed hundreds of people there, state media and officials said.

- PhysOrg - NL

Iraqi Shi'a cleric urges militias to disarm after Isis defeat

An Iraqi Shi'a cleric urged his fighters to hand weapons back to the government, after Iraq's declaration of victory against the Islamic State group.

- IOL - ZA

IS long gone, but former Iraqi oil hub still dead

A white rocking horse and a child's toy car lie abandoned on a dusty lane in the Iraqi city of Baiji, a small sign of the ruin that can be seen all around.

- TheCitizen - TZ

Russian Troops Withdraw from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of his subordinate troops from Syria. He announced his decision during a surprise visit to the airbase, Khomeyim, reports RT. In front of the military, Putin stressed that Russian forces and the Syrian government army "defeated one of the most tough international ...

- Novinite - BG

Iraq's Sadr sets conditions for disarming his fighters after Daesh defeated

Iraqi powerful Shiite Islamic scholar Muqtada al-Sadr set conditions Monday for his followers to hand over to the government the weapons they used to fight Daesh .

- The Daily Star - LB

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