With a wary eye on Iran, Saudi and Iraqi leaders draw closer


BAGHDAD/DUBAI It was an unusual meeting: An Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric openly hostile to the United States sat in a palace sipping juice at the invitation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the Sunni kingdom that is Washington's main ally in the Middle East.

Iraq seeks international help to investigate Islamic State crimes

UNITED NATIONS Iraq asked for international help on Wednesday to collect and preserve evidence of crimes by Islamic State militants and said it is working with Britain to draft a United Nations Security Council resolution to establish the investigation.

World, 12:20am IST

War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command centre

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

World, Syria, 16 Aug 2017

Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum will fuel instability, Turkey says

ANKARA Next month's referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence violates Iraq's constitution and will further destabilise the region, a Turkish government spokesman said on Tuesday.

World, 15 Aug 2017

Iraq oil city governor quits, travels to Iran after corruption investigation

BAGHDAD The governor of the oil city of Basra has stepped down and gone to Iran after Iraq's anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him, people close to him and officials said on Tuesday.

World, 15 Aug 2017

In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities

LONDON/DUBAI Islamic State is seeking to radicalise disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi'ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran's offensive against the group across the Middle East.

World, 15 Aug 2017

Saudi Arabia and Iraq to re-open border crossing after 27 years

RIYADH Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, Saudi local media reported on Tuesday.

World, 15 Aug 2017

Iraq bombing IS-held Tal Afar ahead of assault - Iraqi military spokesman

ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces are carrying out air strikes on Tal Afar, a town held by Islamic State west of Mosul, in preparation for a ground assault, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday.

World, 15 Aug 2017

UAE pushes for better ties with cleric Sadr amid efforts to contain Iran

BAGHDAD The United Arab Emirates signalled its desire to strengthen ties with Iraq during weekend talks with influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as part of efforts by Sunni nations of the Middle East to halt Iran's growing regional influence.

World, 14 Aug 2017

Iraqi Shi'ite leader visits UAE, strengthening ties with Sunni states

ERBIL, Iraq, An influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric plans to visit the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, strengthening his ties with Sunni-ruled states of the Middle East.

World, 13 Aug 2017