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On Sunday, the Transportation Ministry announced that Baghdad and Riyadh had signed an agreement to begin reciprocal flights between the two capitals following a 27-year hiatus (AFP/File)
October 19, 2017 - 13:16 GMT
A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
October 18, 2017 - 14:54 GMT
The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
The moves come amid steadily mounting tension between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG following last month’s referendum on regional independence (AFP/File)
October 18, 2017 - 13:45 GMT
Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
The Iraqi army has turned its attention to driving back the Kurdish military forces after the Kurdistan region voted overwhelmingly on Sept. 25 in a referendum for independence (AFP/File)
October 17, 2017 - 13:46 GMT
The Kurdish town of Sinjar was given up by Peshmerga forces to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad's army said Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, Iraqi forces reportedly assumed control over central Kirkuk's main government headquarters, according to a local police source (Youtube/AA)
October 17, 2017 - 08:26 GMT
Iraqi government forces have assumed "full control" over Kirkuk's city center, according to a statement issued late Monday by the army's Joint Operations Command.
Earlier Monday, the Iraqi army launched an operation to capture military bases and oil fields in Kirkuk (AFP/File)
October 16, 2017 - 12:15 GMT
In a statement, the ministry said the elite anti-terrorism forces have completed their redeployment in the K-1 base.
Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
October 16, 2017 - 10:37 GMT
Anger is running high in Kirkuk, with footage of Kurdish residents apparently throwing stones at withdrawing Peshmerga troops circulating on social media.
October 15, 2017 - 14:01 GMT
Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former ISIS stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced despite the city's recapture in July, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Sunday.
Iran has three main crossings with the Kurdish region; Haji Omaran (in Erbil Province), Parwezkhan, and Bashmaq (AFP/File)
October 15, 2017 - 12:09 GMT
Iran on Sunday shut a main border crossing with northern Iraq’s Kurdish region amid tension over last month’s independence referendum.
The central government on Friday began to deploy forces in the vicinity of Taza and Bashir villages, some 10 kilometers south of Kirkuk city after the withdrawal of the Peshmerga forces in the night (AFP/File)
October 15, 2017 - 09:01 GMT
Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from Iraq’s oil-rich city, Kirkuk’s ex-governor Najmiddin Karim said on Sunday.
ISIS fighters have released a new propaganda photo featuring the bullet-ridden faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on shooting targets
October 14, 2017 - 11:30 GMT
ISIS fighters have released a new propaganda photo featuring the bullet-ridden faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on shooting targets.
The UN atomic watchdog hit back at US criticism of the Iran nuclear deal, insisting its inspections there are the world's toughest and that Tehran is sticking to the accord. (AFP File/Majid Asgaripour)
October 14, 2017 - 07:59 GMT
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano says 'So far, the IAEA has had access to all locations it needed to visit.'
Iraqi army reinforcements drive down a road, linking Hawija to Kirkuk, near the village of Khabbaz on October 7, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / Marwan IBRAHIM)
October 13, 2017 - 11:12 GMT
Hashd al-Shaabi fighters build-up south of Kirkuk, Hemin Hawrami wrote on his offical Twitter account.
The Muslim convert fled Britain to join ISIS back in 2013 alongside lover and jihadi hacker Junaid Hussain, taking her then-nine-year-old son JoJo with her (Twitter)
October 12, 2017 - 10:36 GMT
The British jihadist who became known as the White Widow has been killed in a U.S. drone strike while attempting to flee the ISIS capital, it emerged last night.
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May (AFP/File Photo)
October 11, 2017 - 12:10 GMT
May told Trump the deal was "vitally important for regional security" while stressing that it must be "carefully monitored and properly enforced".
The bomber opened fire on Sunni tribesmen manning a checkpoint in al-Kasara (AFP/File Photo)
October 10, 2017 - 10:56 GMT
The bomber opened fire on Sunni tribesmen manning a checkpoint in al-Kasara, west of Anbar province, Col. Walid al-Dulaimi said.