Middle East

  • Slaughter of innocent civilians continues in battle for western Mosul
    Battle_for_western_mosul 2017-03-19 10:42:04 UTC
    Slaughter of innocent civilians continues in battle for western Mosul Rights groups have expressed concern over the mounting civilian death toll, as Islamic State fights from homes and densely-populated areas, a threat the Iraqi military and U.S.-led coalition have been countering with heavy w...

  • Iraqi forces: ISIS leaders killed or retreated from Mosul
    Iraqi_forces-_isis_leaders_killed_or_retreated_from_mosul 2017-03-14 21:24:37 UTC
    By Patrick Markey and Abdelaziz Boumzar | MOSUL, IRAQ, — Iraqi government forces killed the Islamic State commander of Mosul's Old City on Tuesday as the battle for the militants' last stronghold in Iraq focused on a bridge crossing the Tigris river. As fighting intensified on Tuesday afte...

  • ISIS leader Baghdadi escaped Mosul, hiding in the desert
    Isis_leader_baghdadi_has_escaped_mosul__hiding_in_the_desert 2017-03-12 16:41:49 UTC
    By Isabel Coles, John Walcott and Maher Chmaytelli | MOSUL, IRAQ/WASHINGTON — U.S. and Iraqi officials believe the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert...

  • US shouldn't assume OPEC would extend cuts to offset shale
    Khalid_al-falih-_us_shouldn't_assume_opec_would_extend_cuts_to_offset_shale 2017-03-09 21:50:59 UTC
    By Ron Bousso | HOUSTON — Senior Saudi energy officials told top independent U.S. oil firms in a closed-door meeting this week that they should not assume OPEC would extend output curbs to offset rising production from U.S. shale fields, two industry sources told Reuters on Thursday. Oil p...

  • Kurdish YPG And Syrian Democratic Forces Near Raqqa
    Kurdish_ypg_and_syrian_democratic_forces_(sdf)__near_raqqa 2017-03-09 21:32:37 UTC
    By Tom Perry | BEIRUT — Syrian forces said they expected to reach the outskirts of Islamic State-held Raqqa in a few weeks, as a U.S. Marines artillery unit deployed to help the campaign. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militia alliance including the Kurdish YPG, is the main U.S. par...

  • Iraqi forces have pushed deeper into western Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_have_pushed_deeper_into_western_mosul 2017-03-01 07:27:29 UTC
    By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli | MOSUL/BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Iraqi army units shut the last main exit out of the ISIS's stronghold in western Mosul, controlling access to the city from the northwest, a general and residents there said on Wednesday. The army's 9th armored division is within...

  • One question at U.N. Syria talks: What does Russia want?
    Russian_president_vladimir_putin-_755_us_diplomatic_staff_have_to_leave_russia 2017-02-24 18:40:38 UTC
    By John Irish, Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | GENEVA The first U.N.-led Syria peace talks in almost a year are in danger of getting lost in procedure, as officials obsess about who will meet whom, but behind the scenes diplomats say it's largely up to Russia to call the tune. Russia and th...

  • Troops advance against ISIS on western Mosul
    Troops_advance_against_isis_on_western_mosul 2017-02-21 21:36:14 UTC
    By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli | SOUTH OF MOSUL, IRAQ/BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city....

  • U.S. backs away from commitment to Palestinian state
    U.s._backs_away_from_commitment_to_palestinian_state 2017-02-15 23:08:56 UTC
    By Luke Baker and Matt Spetalnick | WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a longstanding bedrock of Middle East policy, even as he urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to curb settlement co...

  • United States to issue new Iran sanctions
    United_states_to_issue_new_iran_sanctions 2017-02-02 23:47:39 UTC
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trump is poised to impose new sanctions on multiple Iranian entities, seeking to ratchet up pressure on Tehran while crafting a broader strategy to counter what he sees as its destabilizing behavior, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. In the first tangibl...

  • Nobel laureate Malala condemns Trump’s anti-refugee policy
    Malala_global_gathering 2017-01-29 19:07:58 UTC
    In a powerful statement, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemns Trump’s anti-refugee policy. Donald Trump’s executive order which reportedly bans people from several majority-Muslim countries—along with his explicit promise to prioritize Christian refugees over people from other religions—...

  • Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in East Jerusalem
    Israel-palestinians_un 2017-01-22 19:28:30 UTC
    By Maayan Lubell | JERUSALEM Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements in expectation that U.S. President Donald Trump will row back on the previous administration's criticism of such projects. The housing projects, on land that the P...

  • Iraqi forces 'retake Mosul University' from ISIS
    Iraqi_forces_'retake_mosul_university'_from_isis 2017-01-14 21:33:04 UTC
    Army says it has seized strategic university complex used as base by ISIS fighters following two days of fierce clashes. By Isabel Coles and John Davison (Reuters) | MOSUL, IRAQ/BAGHDAD Iraqi special forces drove back Islamic State militants in the Mosul University campus on Saturday, while...

  • Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_push_further_into_northeast_mosul 2017-01-11 23:56:40 UTC
    MOSUL, IRAQ (Reuters) - Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in eastern Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on Wednesday, military officials said, keeping up the momentum of a renewed offensive in the jihadists' last major Iraqi stronghold. Elite troop...

  • Israeli Settlements are Illegal.
    Obama_un 2016-12-28 22:08:29 UTC
    Israeli officials are vowing to build thousands of new settlement homes on occupied Palestinian land, in defiance of a United Nations resolution passed Friday condemning such construction as a "flagrant violation under international law." The Security Council vote was 14-0. The United States abst...

  • BREAKING NEWS:Russian rescue team finds suspected crash site of missing plane in Black Sea near Sochi coast: Interfax
    Russian_military_plane_crashes_en_route_to_syria_with_92_on_board 2016-12-25 09:00:59 UTC
    (Reuters) - A Russian Defence Ministry TU-154 plane that had disappeared from radar over the Black Sea with 92 people on board has crashed, and it was unlikely there would be any survivors, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday. A rescue team had found the crash site in the Black Sea nea...

  • United States has abandoned Israel after U.N. vote: Steinitz
    U.s._has_abandoned_israel_after_u.n._vote 2016-12-24 09:37:23 UTC
    (Reuters) - Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Friday the United States had abandoned Israel by abstaining in a United Nations Security Council vote which adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. "This is not a resolution against settlements, it is an anti-Isra...

  • Putin ordered increased security at all Russian missions
    Putin_ordered_increased_security_at_all_russian_missions 2016-12-20 09:21:58 UTC
    ANKARA (Reuters) - The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire. President Tayyip Erdogan, in a video message to the n...

  • Assad Says Trump Could Be 'Natural Ally' In Battle Against Rebels
    Syria_conflict-_assad_hopes_for_'anti-terror_ally'_in_trump 2016-11-16 06:13:27 UTC
    Syria's Bashar al-Assad said in an interview aired on Tuesday that Donald Trump will be a "natural ally" if the US president-elect fulfills his pledge to fight "terrorists". In his first reaction to Trump's election victory last week, the Syrian president struck a note of caution and said he w...

  • Syria Kurds launch campaign to take Raqqa from ISIS
    Syria_kurds_launch_campaign_to_take_raqqa_from_isis 2016-11-06 17:21:21 UTC
    By Rodi Said | AIN ISSA, SYRIA A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian armed groups said on Sunday it had launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State in Syria. The new offensive ratchets up pressure on the militant group at a critical moment, wit...

  • Iraqi forces retake six neighborhoods and nearing mosul airport
    Iraqi_forces_retake_six_neighborhoods_and_nearing_mosul_airport 2016-11-06 17:18:57 UTC
    Iraqi security forces drove Islamic State fighters from the center of a town just south of the militants' main stronghold of Mosul on Saturday and reached within a few km (miles) of an airport on the edge of the city, a senior commander said. Lieutenant-General Raed Shakir Jawdat said securi...

  • Iraqi troops battle ISIS inside Mosul
    Mosul_battle-isis 2016-11-01 16:31:27 UTC
    EAST OF MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces battled ISIS fighters on the eastern edge of Mosul on Tuesday as the two-week campaign to recapture the jihadists' last main bastion in Iraq entered a new phase of urban warfare. Artillery and air strikes pounded the city, still home to 1.5 million people, and ...

  • Iraqi troops broke through ISIS defenses into Mosul
    Iraqi_troops_broke_through_isis_defenses__taking_the_battle_into_mosul 2016-10-31 21:51:38 UTC
    Iraqi troops broke through ISIS defenses, taking the battle into Mosul. Advancing Iraqi troops broke through Islamic State defenses in an eastern suburb of Mosul on Monday, taking the battle for the insurgents' stronghold into the city limits for the first time, a force commander said. The ...

  • Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on eastern Mosul
    Iraqi_forces_resumed_an_offensive_on_the_eastern_front_of_mosul 2016-10-31 08:23:33 UTC
    Reuters - Iraqi troops including elite counter terrorism forces resumed an offensive on the eastern front of Mosul on Monday, a military statement said, targeting the eastern bank of the Tigris river which divides the northern Iraqi city. The elite counter terrorism unit had paused its advance...

  • Aleppo fighting spreads amid accusations of gas attack
    Aleppo__syria's_biggest_pre-war_city 2016-10-31 04:15:46 UTC
    AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels opened a new front in Aleppo as fighting spread on the third day of a major insurgent counter-attack to break the government's siege of the opposition-held part of the city, and each side accused the other of using poison gas. The rebels, including both F...