Iraq

American Reset?

The next U.S. president will have to take on the Middle East. But do contenders know their Baghdad from their Basra? BY Roshanak Taghavi, Safa Joudeh, Ammar Abdullah, Suadad Al Salhy and Maher Abu Khater It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents.

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet

The turf war over Tuz Khurmato won’t let up BY Suadad Al Salhy On Nov. 12, as Kurdish and Yazidi forces backed by the U.S.-led military coalition and Iraqi air force attempted to retake the northern city of Sinjar from Islamic militants, violence erupted between two traditional Iraqi allies in Tuz Khurmato, 108 miles north of

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Iraq Closes Northern Airspace Due to Traffic from Russian Airstrikes

BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 – Iraq closed its northern airspace to commercial flights on Monday for at least two days due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria, a spokesman for Erbil International Airport said. The closure was expected to affect domestic routes to Erbil and Sulaimaniya as well as international flights from

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British PM to Discuss Strategy on Daesh in Parliament

PARIS, Nov 23 – British Prime Minister David Cameron said in Paris on Monday that he was convinced the UK should carry out military air strikes alongside France and other partners in Syria in an effort to defeat Daesh. “Later this week I will set out in parliament our comprehensive strategy for tackling Daesh,” Cameron

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Iraq Grounds Northern Flights Over Missiles Launched at Syria

BAGHDAD, Nov 22 – Iraq said it was suspending flights between Baghdad and the northern cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya for two days starting on Monday due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria. Iraq’s civil aviation authority said in a statement the decision was made “to protect travellers and because of

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Russia Says 11 Militants Who Smuggled Fighters Across Syria Killed

MOSCOW, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Russian security services have killed 11 Islamist militants who had been helping smuggle fighters across borders to Syria to join Daesh, the country’s anti-terrorism committee said. It said the militants were holed up in a fortified base in a wooded, mountainous area of the Kabardino-Balkaria republic in southern Russia, near

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Authorities Say No Explosives Found on Turkish Airlines Flight

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – No explosives were found on a Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Halifax, Canada, after a bomb threat and the plane was cleared to continue its journey, Canadian police and the airline said on Sunday. The flight, originally bound for Istanbul from New York, has now safely departed,

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France’s Army Chief Sees No ‘Fast Victory’ Against Daesh

PARIS, Nov 22 – France’s army chief of staff said on Sunday he sees no short term military victory in the fight against Daesh as Paris intensifies its strikes on targets in Syria following the deadly attacks in the French capital. President Francois Hollande has called for a grand coalition, including the United States and

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Facebook Activates “Safety Check” For Nigeria Blasts After Criticism

Nov. 18 – Facebook Inc activated its “Safety Check” feature after deadly blasts in Nigeria late on Tuesday following criticism from users that the social media network was being selective about deploying it. Facebook usually activates the feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe, after natural disasters, but not bombings or attacks. The

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In The Eye Of The Storm

BY Safa Joudeh Over the past month, two separate attacks on on scores of tourists have taken place on Egyptian soil. The tragedies should have kicked off some serious soul-searching, and counter-terrorism tactics ought to have come under scrutiny. But the unexpected has happened. An accidental military airstrike on a convoy of Mexican tourists, and

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