Iraq

Rockets target Iraqi military base hosting U.S. forces

A military base housing U.S. troops in western Iraq was attacked with rockets on Tuesday, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said two Katyusha rockets landed on the Ain Al-Asad air base in Anbar province, …

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Turkey starts foreign operation against PKK

According to Turkish media, the Turkish army launched a military operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party in northern Iraq, where the militants are located.  Turkey considers the PKK a terrorist organization. According to …

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Rockets hit near Iraq base housing U.S. trainers

Two rockets landed Sunday near an Iraqi air base just north of Baghdad where American trainers are present, causing no casualties or damage, an Iraqi official said.  Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji said the rockets landed outside …

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Turkey neutralizes 25 terrorists in northern Iraq

Turkey neutralized 25 terrorists, including one senior, in an air operation in the Hakurk and Qandil regions in northern Iraq, Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar said. Speaking during his visit to Bucharest, Akar said Turkey …

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NATO to boost Iraq troops from 500 to 4000

NATO countries will boost the number of personnel they deploy to a training mission in Iraq from 500 to 4000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said. The idea is to expand training activities for the Iraqi security forces and also to …

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Turkey neutralizes 10 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Turkish security forces neutralized at least 10 PKK terrorists in an air operation in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry. "As a result of the coordination between the Turkish Armed Forces and National …

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Compensatory cuts boost confidence in OPEC+ agreement

Oil in New York inched higher with investors assessing the impact of supply curbs from Iraq and Libya on the near-term outlook. Iraq pledged to cut output in January and February after pumping more than its OPEC+ quota last year, and Libyan guards halted some crude exports after a pay dispute

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Ankara hopes that Turkey-Russia accord would be template for Biden

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. This week’s transfer of power presents followers of Turkish-American relations with a crucial question: Under Biden’s watch, what lies ahead for bilateral relations, Daily Sabah writes in the article Turkey and the United States: So-called strategic partners? 

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Number of Baghdad terrorist attack victims rises to 35

The number of people killed in a terrorist attack in the center of Baghdad on Thursday has risen to 35, the Al Arabiya TV channel informed, citing Iraqi sources, adding that about 100 people have been injured. The channel informed …

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The National Interest explains popularity of Russian 'Triumph'

The S-400 Triumf surmounted a tortured development cycle to become one of the world’s leading missile defense systems and a pivotal Russian export product.  The S-400 is an excellent system; it's not horrifically expensive, versatile in its deployment, and accurate enough to take down any NATO fighter, The National Interest writes in the article Why is Russia's S-400 Air Defense System So Dangerous?

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US anti-Turkey sanctions to affect negatively NATO

The United States has decided to sanction its NATO ally Turkey. Under pressure from the US Congress, President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on the Turkish Defense Industry Authority as part of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). "The sanctions in connection with Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems will negatively affect joint activities within NATO, Ankara expects Washington to revise this decision," the head of the republic’s defense ministry, Hulusi Akar said

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Turkish parliament ratifies motion on Iraq, Syria

Turkish parliament on Wednesday ratified a motion extending authorization to launch cross-border anti-terrorist operations in northern Iraq and Syria, Anadolu agency reports.  The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, the main …

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OPEC’s anniversary meeeting postponed

The celebrations of OPEC’s 60th anniversary, which were originally scheduled this month in Baghdad where the Organization was founded, have been postponed. Iraq’s Oil Minister and Head of its Delegation to OPEC Ihsan Abdul …

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