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France says west plans strike on Islamic State in Iraq, (20.07.2016)

France and the United States are preparing a coordinated strike against Islamic State on the militant group's stronghold in Mosul, Iraq, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said.

Security reform, State control of armed groups priorities at ‘critical junction,’ UN envoy says (15.07.2016)

Recent victories against ISIL show that Iraqis are capable of defeating the extremist group, but sustainable peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through historic reconciliation, the United Nations envoy for the country today said, calling also on the international community for greater...

Who are Iraq's militias? (13.07.2016)

[…] Iraq’s militias are key to the fight against IS, and to the political landscape of the fractured country. But they are little understood. Often referred to as Iranian-backed Shiite militias, they are neither all supported by Iran nor exclusively Shiite.

At Security Council, Ban urges Israel-Palestine talks to overcome ‘political paralysis’ (12.07.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to immediately begin discussions on implementing the recommendations made in a recent report published by the diplomatic partners mediating the peace process as efforts continue to restore hope...


'Prevailing calm should not be confused with stability,' warns UN envoy for Lebanon (08.07.2016)

The United Nations envoy for Lebanon has asked the UN Security Council to devote greater attention to situation there, including the deteriorating security conditions, weakening State institutions and the need for continued dispersal of funding for the refugees hosted by the country.

EU police mission and EU border assistance mission extended (07.07.2016)

The Council prolonged the mandate of the EU police mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS) as well as the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah) until 30 June 2017.

Iraq sees worst bombing since invasion with 250 deaths (06.07.2016)

The death toll from Sunday's suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to 250, the Iraqi government says, making it the deadliest such attack since the 2003 US-led invasion.

UN urges Iraq to prevent 'full-throttle sectarian' war (06.07.2016)

The United Nations has called on Iraq to prevent militias fighting alongside government forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) from taking revenge on civilians and to clarify the fate of hundreds now missing.