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Islamic State prison break repelled by Kurdish-led forces in Syria

HASAKA, Syria (Reuters) -Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces repelled an Islamic State attack on a prison to break out inmates with the support of air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition, officials…

Rockets fired at U.S. embassy in Baghdad hurt Iraqi woman, child -military

BAGHDAD (Reuters) -A rocket attack directed against the U.S. embassy in Baghdad resulted in a child and a woman being wounded, the Iraqi military said in a statement, a rare…

Five Syrian soldiers killed, 20 injured by Islamic State -state media

DUBAI (Reuters) -Five Syrian soldiers were killed and 20 injured in a rocket attack by Islamic State militants on a military transport bus on Sunday in the east of the…

Iran – Evolution from Rich Cultural Heritage to a Regional Power in Perpetual Conflict

Iran is a regional and middle power, which made rapid progress from being one of the oldest civilizations on this planet, with a geopolitically strategic location in the Asian continent. It is a…

By Lt Gen (Dr) SK Gadeock and RM Aggarwal

Iran Seeks to Cool Tensions in Iraq

Iran is intervening in Iraq to quell destabilising internal unrest stirred up by Iranian-backed militias. The actions come as Tehran seeks to preserve its deep influence in the country while…

By Reuters and Chanakya Forum

Two rockets hit Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone – Iraqi state media

CAIRO (Reuters) -Two Katyusha rockets hit Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, Iraq's state news agency reported early on Sunday citing security forces. One rocket was destroyed in the air by the…

Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga retake northern village from IS fighters – sources

SULAIMANIYA/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) -Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have recaptured a village in northern Iraq on Monday after Islamic State militants took it over the previous day, security and…

Explosions heard near Syria-Iraq border, rebels deny blasts inside U.S. base

DUBAI/AMMAN (Reuters) -Syrian state television reported on Sunday that multiple explosions had been heard inside a U.S. base in the Al-Tanf region near the Iraqi border. The report was denied,…

Hundreds more migrants leave Belarus on Iraq-bound flight

MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 400 migrants who had travelled to Belarus seeking to cross the border into the EU flew home on Saturday on an Iraqi Airways plane bound…

Islamic State attack on Iraqi village kills 13, Kurdish government says

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) -An attack by Islamic State militants on a village in northern Iraq on Friday killed three villagers and 10 Kurdish soldiers, officials in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region…

Iraqi cleric Sadr says he is dissolving armed faction loyal to him

CAIRO (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Friday he was dissolving the Promised Day Brigade, an armed faction loyal to him, and closing its headquarters, according to…

Iraqi cleric Sadr urges militias to purge ‘undisciplined’ members

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged the country's paramilitaries on Thursday to purge what he called undisciplined members and for non-state armed groups to hand over their…