Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president

A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had “occupied” the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. However, the warrant against Kosrat Rasul is unlikely to be executed as the central government in Baghdad has no enforceable authority in […]

‘The Kurdish regional government is at an impasse’

Iraqi troop gains over Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Kirkuk have exacerbated the rivalry between Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main political parties. FRANCE 24 spoke with expert Jean Marcou, professor at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. On Tuesday, Iraqi regime troops took back the vast majority of Kirkuk province’s oilfields after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces, […]

Putin says Trump should be respected

SOCHI, Russia  – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday President Donald Trump should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. “He has been elected by the American people and at least because of this he should be respected, even if we disagree with his position”, Putin said at a forum with scholars. Putin’s […]

Second judge halts Trump’s latest attempt at travel ban

A federal judge in Maryland granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban late Tuesday, following a similar order by a federal judge in Hawaii. U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang said the administration had “not shown that national security cannot be maintained without an unprecedented eight-country travel […]

Israel’s Netanyahu calls on the Iranian nuclear deal backers to “fix it or nix it.

Israel is wasting no time in trying to translate Donald Trump’s call for a tougher approach to Iran into action.  The government is making a diplomatic push to extend restrictions in the international nuclear deal with Iran to its development of ballistic missiles, sponsorship of terrorist acts and weapons proliferation to terrorist groups, three senior […]

From Syria Iran’s military chief vows to confront Israel

Iran’s military chief warned Israel against violating Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, Iranian state media said, a sign of rising tensions with Israel as it voices concern over Iranian influence in Syria. General Mohammad Baqeri also pledged to increase cooperation with the Syrian military to fight Israel and insurgents […]

A senior Iranian (IRGC) commander was killed in a battle in Syria, report

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) commander was killed in a battle in Syrian official Iranian media reported on Tuesday. “Brigadier Abdullah Khosrawi, a war veteran was killed on Saturday in Syria,” the Basij news agency reported. Khosravi led the Iranian-backed Conqueror Battalion to fight in Iraq and Syria, Fars News Agency reported. The battalion’s […]

ISIS capital Raqqa falls ! US-backed militias celebrating victory

US-backed militias have completely taken Isis’ de facto capital, Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Tuesday, in a major symbolic blow to the jihadist group. The fall of Raqqa, where Isis staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the movement’s collapsing fortunes. […]