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NATO to expand Iraq military training mission (15.02.2018)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday announced that the alliance will expand its military training mission in Iraq and help the conflict-ravaged country develop new academies and schools for its armed forces.

Trump wants to cut funds for UN missions in Middle East (14.02.2018)

US President Donald Trump's administration is seeking to decrease its financial contributions to the Middle East in 2019, most notably to UN missions in Lebanon, the occupied Golan Heights, and Western Sahara. The plan, revealed on Monday, is unlikely to make it past sceptical politicians in...

Global donors pledge $30 billion to help rebuild Iraq (14.02.2018)

[…] The figure announced on February 14 fell short of the $88.2 billion Iraqi officials have said they need, but it would allow Baghdad to begin reconstruction after years of war, culminating with a declared victory over Islamic State (IS) extremists after three years of fighting.

Amid ‘difficult reality’ in Middle East, two-state solution more important than ever – UN chief (05.02.2018)

International consensus on a two-State solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be eroding “at a time when it is more important than ever,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, calling the ‘question of Palestine’ one of the longest unresolved issues on the agenda of the...

EU adopts new strategy (22.01.2018)

The Council adopted conclusions establishing a new strategy on Iraq, following the joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission on elements for an EU strategy on Iraq adopted on 8 January 2018.

IS poses threat to Iraq one month after 'liberation' (18.01.2018)

Barely a month after Baghdad declared victory over the Islamic State group, the jihadists could still recapture areas of Iraq, especially near the border with Syria, experts and officials say. Ali al-Bayati, a commander of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which fought alongside Iraqi...

Security Council calls for efforts to ensure stability in Lebanon (20.12.2017)

Welcoming the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Lebanon and his decision to continue his term, the United Nations Security Council highlighted the need to protect the country from crisis that are destabilizing the Middle East.

Israel closes Gaza border crossings (14.12.2017)

Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.

Iraq celebrates victory over Islamic State with parade (10.12.2017)

Iraq celebrated its victory over the Islamic State with a military parade Sunday in the capital, a day after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the successful ouster of the jihadist group from the country.

New Head of mission for EU border assistance EU BAM Rafah (08.12.2017)

The EU's Political and Security Committee has appointed Günther Freisleben, a high-ranking police official serving in the Baden-Wuerttemberg police, as new Head of the European Union border assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing Point, EU BAM Rafah.