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Ban taps veteran diplomat Kubiš to head up UN Iraq mission (24.02.2015)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Jan Kubiš of Slovakia as his new Special Representative for Iraq, a United Nations spokesperson announced today. In his new role, Mr. Kubiš, who formally headed the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, will also serve as head of the UN Assistance Mission...

Peshmerga 'repel major IS attack in northern Iraq' (18.02.2015)

The Kurds have now regained most of the ground they lost in the summer and begun to surround Mosul, as Iraqi government forces prepare to launch an assault to recapture the city. However, Peshmerga commanders say they remain poorly armed compared with the jihadists.

EU police mission for the Palestinian territories get new Head of Mission (17.02.2015)

Rodolphe Mauget has been appointed head of the EU Police Mission for the Palestinian territories (EUPOL COPPS). A French national, he has been acting head of mission since June 2014.

Most pressing goal for Iraq remains defeating ISIL, says outgoing UN envoy (17.02.2015)

Delivering his final briefing as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov today stressed to the Security Council the optimism he feels for the country’s future, while tempering those hopes with fear over the many things that can go wrong.

Neustart im Irak: Der Kommandeur im Interview (09.02.2015)

Oberst Jochen Schneider ist der erste Kommandeur der internationalen Ausbildungs-und Koordinierungsmission im Nordirak. Der einsatzerfahrene Offizier berichtet vom Start der Ausbildungsunterstützung, für die es seit dem 29. Januar ein Mandat des Deutschen Bundestags gibt.

UN chief appoints new Special Coordinator for Middle East peace (05.02.2015)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as his new Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

Bundestag beschließt Ausbildungsmission im Irak (29.01.2015)

Deutschland wird die Sicherheitskräfte im Irak und in der Region Kurdistan mit einer Ausbildungsmission mit bis zu 100 Bundeswehrsoldaten bei der Bekämpfung des Islamischen Staates (IS) unterstützen.

Hezbollah 'sends anti-escalation message' to Israel (29.01.2015)

Israel says it has received a message from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah saying it does not want a further escalation after border clashes on Wednesday that killed three people.

UN ‘blue helmet’ killed near site of Lebanon-Israel cross-fire (28.01.2015)

Amid what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described as a “serious deterioration of the security situation in Southern Lebanon,” the United Nations Interim Force there (UNIFIL) has launched an investigation into the death of a peacekeeper today near the border with Israel, according to a statement...