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NATO working on plan to advise Iraq on reforming its army (23.06.2015)

NATO is expected to announce soon a plan to advise the Iraqi government on reforming its security forces which are fighting back after collapsing in the face of an offensive by Islamic State fighters, NATO diplomats said on Tuesday.

Israel, Palestinians may have committed war crimes in Gaza - UN report (22.06.2015)

The report – issued today by the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict – suggests that possible war crimes were committed by both Palestinian and Israeli armed groups during the 51-day conflict, which resulted in over a thousand deaths and the widespread destruction of the...

President Obama to boost army advisers in Iraq (10.06.2015)

The US is to send up to 450 military advisers to Iraq to help train local forces fighting Islamic State, the White House says. President Obama made the decision following a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, it said.

US-led coalition to ramp up operations against IS (02.06.2015)

The 25 countries that make up the US-led coalition against "Islamic State" (IS) militants have pledged to ramp up their strategy to fight the extremists. "We will redouble our efforts," said US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken.

White House reassures Iraqi Prime Minister of support (25.05.2015)

Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to reassure him of U.S. support and praise "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces." The call came one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter provoked a tart response from the prime minister by sharply criticizing...

As security challenges grow, top UN official in country urges end to political vacuum (25.05.2015)

The vacuum in the post of Lebanon's presidency has undermined the country's ability to address a range of growing security, economic and social challenges, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, warned today.

UN resolution to impose 18-month deadline on Palestinian state talks (21.05.2015)

Details of draft resolution emerge as France says it will unilaterally recognise Palestinian state if no deal reached in timeframe .

US sends Iraq missiles for IS fight (20.05.2015)

The US military says it is sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to the Iraqi government following the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State (IS) forces. A spokesman said the missiles would help counter the threat from large IS car bombs in the city, west of Baghdad.

Arming Iraq’s Kurds: fighting IS, inviting conflict – ICG briefing (12.05.2015)

Loosely organised in an ad hoc coalition, Western countries rushed military aid to Iraqi Kurds in the face of a lightning assault by the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. They failed, however, to develop a strategy for dealing with the consequences of arming non-state actors in Iraq, a country whose...