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Israel would go 'all-out' if war breaks out again with Lebanon: air force chief (21.06.2017)

Israel would use all its strength from the start in any new war with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the chief of the Israeli air force said on Wednesday, sending a firm warning a decade after their last conflict.

EU considers security mission to help stabilise Iraq after Mosul falls (19.06.2017)

The European Union may send a new security mission to help stabilise Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) group, diplomats said, cautioning that plans were at an early stage. EU foreign ministers will hold a first discussion on Monday in Luxembourg and consider the...

Lebanon Cabinet approves electoral law, expects May election (14.06.2017)

Lebanon is likely to hold long-delayed elections in May 2018, ministers said on Wednesday, after the Cabinet approved a new law for a legislative vote that has spared the country a major political crisis.

Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September (08.06.2017)

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will hold a referendum on statehood in September, its presidency said Wednesday, despite opposition to independence from Baghdad. … The statement from the regional presidency highlighted one of the main issues, saying the referendum would be held "in the Kurdistan...

World must focus on dual task of defeating ISIL, rebuilding Iraq - UN envoy (22.05.2017)

With the liberation of Mosul imminent, the international community must maintain a dual focus on defeating the remaining Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) forces in Iraq, and on working towards post-conflict security and reconstruction, the United Nations envoy for the country told...

UN says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul fighting (18.05.2017)

[…] Nearly 700,000 people have already been displaced from Mosul since Iraq’s military launched a major operation to retake the city from the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in October.

Top NATO commanders recommend joining anti-IS coalition (17.05.2017)

Top NATO commanders have recommended that the military alliance join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State extremist group. The chairman of the NATO military committee, General Petr Pavel, said … the alliance's military leaders agreed "that NATO can and should do more" to increase...

Hezbollah says dismantled military posts along Syria-Lebanon border: speech (11.05.2017)

[…] Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also said in a live televised speech that any confrontation with arch-foe Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, but appeared to play down fears of an imminent conflict.

Lebanon's army targets ISIL fighters near Syrian border (04.05.2017)

Lebanon's military has intensified its crackdown on ISIL fighters in a remote area close to the Syria border. It says about 1,500 fighters are still operating near the flashpoint town of Arsal, which was overrun by the armed group in 2014.