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France sets Middle East peace conference for June 3 (19.05.2016)

An international conference due in Paris to help relaunch peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis will go ahead on June 3, allowing the United States to attend, France's foreign minister said on Thursday.

US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters to Iraq (19.04.2016)

The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

Two-state solution in Middle East 'tragically more distant' than ever - Ban (18.04.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of Palestine and Israel, seems more distant than it has for many decades, citing the ongoing violence, Israel's settlement activity and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and...

U.S. reviewing Sinai peacekeeper mission, may automate jobs (13.04.2016)

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing whether to automate aspects of multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, potentially allowing a reduction in American troop deployments.

As Islamic State is pushed back in Iraq, worries about what's next (12.04.2016)

As U.S.-led offensives drive back Islamic State in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilise liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network.

Iraqi premier names new cabinet of 'technocrats' to fight corruption (07.04.2016)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has named 14 new cabinet ministers who he said are the kinds of policy experts protesters have been demanding for months to fight corruption in the government.

Iraq Situation Report, Part I: The military campaign against ISIS (28.03.2016)

In the first of a three-part series, Ken Pollack—who just returned from Iraq—reports on the U.S.-led coalition’s progress in fighting the Islamic State.