Middle East

  • Iraqi troops battle ISIS inside Mosul
    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 residents of the eastern neighborhood of...
  • Iraqi troops broke through ISIS defenses 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 fighting came after two weeks of advance...
  • Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on eastern 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 last week after it made ground quicker ...
  • Aleppo fighting spreads amid accusations of gas attack
    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 Free Syrian Army factions and jihadists, ...
  • U.S. angry about Turkey's actions against the Syrian Kurds
    2016-08-30 05:11:07 UTC

    (REUTERS) By Phil Stewart | WASHINGTON The United States scrambled on Monday to get its feuding allies, Turkey and Kurdish YPG militia, to focus their firepower on ISIS "Islamic State" instead of each other after clashes that have threatened to unravel America's war strategy in Syria. Turkey, which has long viewed Kurdish militants...
  • Turkey begins operations against ISIS and Kurdish fighter
    2016-08-24 21:57:57 UTC

    (REUTERS) - Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in Turkey's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor. A column of at least nine Turkish tanks crossed into Syria with the group of largely Arab...
  • Turkish military, US airstrikes launch operation in northern Syria
    2016-08-24 05:17:13 UTC

    Syrian, Jarablus (REUTERS) - Turkish special forces units supported by warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition launched an operation in northern Syria to wipe out Islamic State militants along the Turkey-Syria border, a Turkish government press office said on Wednesday. The Turkish army began firing artillery rounds into the Syrian b...
  • Germany has proof Turkey's Erdogan is supporting ISIS
    2016-08-18 08:37:25 UTC

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Wednesday defended a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups and ISIS. Turkey and Germany have had a series of disputes in recent months, just as the European Union has been trying to secure Turkey's help in tackling the influx of migrants to Europe, of wh...
  • Russia, U.S. may join forces in Aleppo
    2016-08-15 18:05:37 UTC

    MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in Syria's Aleppo, according to Russian news agencies. Fighting for control of Aleppo has intensified in recent weeks and there have been some gains for rebel groups battling Syrian government forces. Shoigu's statements ...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga push to capture Mosul from ISIS
    2016-08-14 20:07:32 UTC

    REUTERS - Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a fresh attack on ISIS "Islamic State" forces early on Sunday as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants' de facto capital in Iraq, Kurdish officials said. The advance began after heavy shelling and air strikes by a United States-led coalition against IS forces, a Reuters corres...
  • U.S. 'killed ISIS leader in Afghanistan'
    2016-08-12 21:52:56 UTC

    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The leader of Islamic State's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 26, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday after the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan announced the news to Reuters. The death of Hafiz Saeed Khan is a blow to efforts by Islamic State - also...
  • U.S. backed forces seized full control of Manbij from ISIS
    2016-08-12 23:40:04 UTC

    REUTERS - U.S.-backed forces say they seized full control of northern Syrian city Manbij after last Islamic State fighters pulled out. U.S.-backed forces have seized full control of northern city of Manbij near the Turkish border after the last remaining Islamic State fighters inside the city left, a spokesman for the group said on ...
  • Erdogan fires 27,424 people in education sector since failed coup
    2016-08-11 08:50:01 UTC

    REUTERS - Turkey has canceled the work permits of 27,424 people working in the education sector as part of its investigations into the movement of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed military coup, Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz said on Thursday. "27,424 personnel working in institutions and schools as part of the parallel...
  • Turkish military officer seeking asylum in United States
    2016-08-10 06:32:08 UTC

    REUTERS - A Turkish military officer on a U.S.-based assignment for NATO is seeking asylum in the United States after being recalled by the Turkish government in the wake of last month's failed military coup, U.S. officials told Reuters. The asylum bid is the first known case involving a Turkish military officer in the United States...
  • Kerry hopes to work with Russia on Syria
    2016-07-27 08:10:28 UTC

    The United States said on Tuesday it hoped to announce in early August details of planned military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria, and a United Nations envoy said he would also aim to resume peace talks next month. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington and Moscow, which support opposing sides ...
  • The final push against ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa
    2016-07-21 10:16:31 UTC

    US allies agree on the final push against ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa. "The momentum has shifted [against ISIS]," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told an international conference to raise funds for Iraq at a critical juncture in the military campaign. "The new challenge that we face is securing and aiding for the recovery of a libera...
  • Turkey: WikiLeaks releases 294,548 emails from Erdogan's AKP
    2016-07-20 21:26:17 UTC

    WikiLeaks releases 294,548 emails from Turkey's ruling party, Erdogan's AKP. WikiLeaks said it obtained the emails a week before Friday's attempted coup. <hr><h2>BREAKING NEWS:<a href="http://global-gathering.com/news/16671"> Erdogan declares state of emergency for three months</h2></a><hr> WikiLeaks has published 294,548 ema...
  • More than 50,000 targeted in post-coup Turkey crackdown
    2016-07-20 06:44:15 UTC

    Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shout slogans and wave Turkish national flags during a pro-government demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, July 19, 2016. Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to uni...
  • Erdogan vows talks on death penalty for coup plotters
    2016-07-18 07:24:14 UTC

    Erdogan said on Sunday there could be no delay in the use of the death penalty after a failed coup attempt, adding that the government would discuss the reinstatement of capital punishment with opposition parties. The president, who had attended funerals of some of those killed resisting the coup, made his comments in front of a large...
  • Turkey rounds up suspects after thwarting coup
    2016-07-17 14:37:28 UTC

    (Reuters) — Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters on Saturday and ordered thousands of judges detained after thwarting a coup by rebels using tanks and attack helicopters to try to topple President Tayyip Erdogan. For several hours overnight on Friday violence shook Turkey's two main cities, as the ...
  • Did Erdogan stage the Turkish coup?
    2016-07-18 01:40:13 UTC

    Did Erdogan fake his own coup in order to wield more power? Leader of the Gullen Movement, Fethullah Gülen, has told the Guardian in interview that the coup may have been staged by President Erdogan. Erdogan has accused the Gulen Movement of coordinating & leading the coup, & has called on Fethullah Gülen (who lives in the U.S., Pen...
  • Why was the Turkish coup defeated?
    2016-07-17 15:05:43 UTC

    For several hours on Friday night hundreds of Turkish soldiers appeared to have taken control of key areas of the main cities of Ankara and Istanbul. There was little sign of President Recep Erdogan as the plotters took over buildings and media outlets. They needed to secure the support of the public and especially the majority of the...
  • Forces loyal to Turkey’s president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire
    2016-07-17 14:41:13 UTC

    Forces loyal to Turkey's government fought on Saturday to crush the last remnants of a military coup attempt which collapsed after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks. One hundred and sixty-one people were killed, including many civilians, after a faction ...
  • ISIS confirms that its "minister of war" likely killed in U.S. air strike
    2016-07-14 06:15:50 UTC

    Abu Omar al-Shishani, who the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war", was killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul, a news agency that supports the militant group said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said in March that Shishani had likely been killed in a U.S. air strike in Syria, but this was the fi...
  • U.S. to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive
    2016-07-12 09:44:07 UTC

    (Reuters) — The United States is stepping up its military campaign against ISIS "Islamic State" by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on the city of Mosul, the militants' largest stronghold, later this year. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement on Monday during a visit to Baghd...