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Security Council approves one year renewal of UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (29.07.2015)

The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and expressed its intention to review the operation’s mandate in 12 months or sooner, if requested by the Iraqi Government.

New head of UNTSO appointed (21.07.2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Arthur David Gawn, of New Zealand, as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO).

Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push (20.07.2015)

Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an "international support group" … .

Irak: Ausbildung von Kakai-Kämpfern (14.07.2015)

Seit dem Juni werden neben den Peschmerga auch Kämpfer der Jesiden im Nordirak trainiert. Jetzt kommt eine weitere religiöse Gruppe hinzu. Die Soldaten der multinationalen Koalition bilden seit kurzem auch Kräfte der Kakai aus. Ausbildungsort ist das Trainingscenter „Menila“, rund dreieinhalb...

EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories extended (02.07.2015)

The Council has prolonged the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) until 30 June 2016. … The mission … has been assisting the Palestinian Authority in building the institutions of a future State of Palestine in the areas of policing and criminal justice since January 2006.

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.