ISIS Facing Imminent Collapse in Syria's Raqqa
2017-10-14 21:41:42 UTC
BEIRUT — After losing Mosul, its de-facto Iraqi capital, ISIS is reported to have been driven out of Syria's Raqqa. US-backed coalition forces claim they are about to hand the jihadist militants another catastrophic defeat.
All ISIS ("Islamic State") fighters left in Syria’s Raqqa are expected...
Trump's Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal 'leaves U.S. Isolated'
2017-10-14 21:41:29 UTC
PARIS/ BERLIN/ ANKARA - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani harshly reacted to President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify its nuclear deal with six major powers.
Rouhani said that his country would continue to stick to the nuclear deal and that the U.S. was isolating itself, “more lonely tha...
Trump Plays a Dangerous Game on Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-13 19:56:51 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Is the U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, about to make the defining mistake of his foreign policy? On Friday he struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warnin...
European Powers Will Do Everything to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-11 17:32:14 UTC
BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and decertifies the landmark 2015 agreement this week.
The package would include a strong st...
Iran Threatens Missile Attacks on US Bases
2017-10-09 09:03:15 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran promised on Monday to give a “crushing” response if the United States designated its elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group.
The pledge came a week before President Donald Trump announces final decision on how he wants to contain Tehran. He is expected on Oct 1...
Trump Presumed to Create Chaos in Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-10-06 00:20:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel.
ISIS Uses Tunnels To Launch Sneak Attacks In Raqqa
2017-10-03 06:20:07 UTC
RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - Raqqa’s hospital, a big complex pocked with bullets holes, whose capture will signal the end of Islamic State’s crumbling Syrian capital, lies just 200 yards from a front-line base of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Beyond it, a roundabout where the jihadists once displa...
Erdogan says Iraqi Kurdish Authorities "will pay price" for Vote
2017-09-30 23:44:09 UTC
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers.
Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in Monday’s referendum, defying neighboring countries...
KURDISTAN: Nearly 93 Percent of Kurds Voted for Independence
2017-09-27 17:13:52 UTC
KURDISTAN, ERBIL - Iraq's Kurds have voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran.
Final results released on Wednesday showed nearly 93 percent i...
U.N. 'appalled' at Mass Hangings in Iraq
2017-09-27 12:57:38 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was “appalled” that Iraq had hanged 42 men on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow.
The executed prisoners had been convicted of terrorism charges ranging from killing memb...
'Historic' day in Saudi Arabia: Women be allowed to drive
2017-09-27 08:26:55 UTC
RIYADH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom’s repression of women.
The kingdom, the birthplace of Islam, has been widely criticized for being...
Erdogan Threatens Military Response to Kurdish referendum
2017-09-27 17:29:35 UTC
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi government ruled out talks on Kurdish independence and Turkey threatened to impose a blockade on Tuesday after Iraq’s Kurds defied their neighbors and their U.S. allies to stage a referendum showing strong support for secession.
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world
2017-09-26 07:39:37 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to cut off the pipeline that carri...
Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
2017-09-27 16:32:33 UTC
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across the Middle East.
Iran Tests New Missile After U.S. Criticism of Arms Program
2017-09-23 17:51:48 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite U.S. pressure to stop.
The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a...
Trump: Turkish President Erdogan Gets 'Very High Marks'
2017-09-22 14:40:46 UTC
President Donald Trump on Thursday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “getting very high marks,” despite his increasingly autocratic behavior.
“It’s a great honor and privilege — because he’s become a friend of mine — to introduce President Erdogan of Turkey,” Trump told reporters....
Saudi Lifts Ban on Skype, WhatsApp: Will Censor Them
2017-09-21 13:32:21 UTC
RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.
All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, and Rakuten’s Viber - t...
Iran's President: Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot be Renegotiated
2017-09-21 13:14:14 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.
Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to limit its dispu...
UN: Iran’s Rouhani blasts Trump as 'rogue newcomer' to world politics
2017-09-20 17:19:34 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate the accord.
“I have decided,” Trump told reporter...
France warns US: Iran Nuclear deal collapse would risk a regional arms race
2017-09-18 15:29:54 UTC
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France on Monday raised the possibility of strengthening the provisions of the international accord on Iran’s nuclear program that expire in 2025 and defended the pact against the Trump administration’s misgivings, saying its collapse would risk a regional arms race.
Khamenei: Iran Leader Warns U.S. on Nuclear Deal
2017-09-17 16:20:18 UTC
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any “wrong move” by Washington on Tehran’s nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.
His comments came after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Iran was violating...
Turkey Angry at Germany For Kurdish Protests in Cologne
2017-09-16 23:42:44 UTC
COLOGNE/ ANKARA - Turkey has summoned Germany's ambassador after more than 10,000 Kurds rallied in Cologne. The rally was in support of Kurdish independence as well as the jailed leader of the banned PKK.
Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdi...
UK's Theresa May Underlines Importance of Iran Nuclear Deal
2017-09-14 17:29:12 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the importance of a 2015 international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday during a brief meeting at her London office.
Tillerson is visiting Britain to discuss the relief effort...
Iraq: Turkey warns Kurds against holding an independence referendum
2017-09-14 17:54:07 UTC
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence.
The parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity in response to the move to hold an independence referendum in Iraq’s s...
Turkey appears to be building a military infrastructure independent of NATO
2017-09-12 20:19:26 UTC
Turkey has risked the anger of the United States and its fellow NATO members by signing a contract with Russia to buy a missile defense system.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish media on Tuesday that Ankara had put down a deposit on the Russian-made S-400 missile batteries, a...