Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq


RIYADH/DOHA U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to "go home", after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

RIYADH U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to attend a landmark meeting between officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq aimed at improving relations between the two countries and countering Iran’s growing regional influence.

World, 21 Oct 2017

Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

World, 21 Oct 2017

Iran's Guards flex muscle in Middle East despite Trump warning

BEIRUT A week after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a blistering speech about Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic has shown it has no intention of curbing its activities in the Middle East.

World, 20 Oct 2017

Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say.

World, Israel 20 Oct 2017

Russia's Rosneft to take control of Iraqi Kurdish pipeline amid crisis

LONDON/MOSCOW Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan's main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad's military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence.

World, Budget 2017, Business, 20 Oct 2017

Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

BAGHDAD Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad.

World, 19 Oct 2017

Turkey's Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment: Hurriyet

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq "at any moment" after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

World, 19 Oct 2017

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines - Iraqi army commander

KIRKUK, Iraq Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday.

World, 18 Oct 2017

Germany suspends training of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq

BERLIN Germany will suspend its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq because of the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government, the German defence minister said on Wednesday.

World, 18 Oct 2017