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France plays down Paris Middle East peace talks prospects (12.01.2017)

French President Francois Hollande sought to play down the prospects of Middle East peace talks in Paris on Sunday, saying only direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians could resolve the long-standing conflict. France has over the last year tried to breathe new life into the peace...

Bundesregierung stellt Weichen für Verlängerung des Ausbildungseinsatzes im Irak (11.01.2017)

Das Bundeskabinett hat am Mittwoch (11.01.) die Weichen für die Verlängerung des Ausbildungseinsatzes der Bundeswehr im Nordirak gestellt. Bis zu 150 deutsche Soldaten helfen derzeit im Rahmen des Einsatzes bei der Ausbildung der kurdischen Peschmerga in ihrem Kampf gegen die Terrormiliz IS.

Balkan weapons flowing to Iraqi militias, Amnesty warns (05.01.2017)

Arms from at least 16 countries have flowed to paramilitary militias allied to the Iraqi government who have used them to commit serious human rights violations, rights group Amnesty International says.

Coalition fighting Islamic State doubles military advisers to 450 (05.01.2017)

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) extremist group in Iraq said it has doubled to about 450 the number of military advisers assisting Iraqi troops engaged in the campaign to retake Mosul.

Nearly 2,000 members of Iraqi forces killed in November: UN (01.12.2016)

Close to 2,000 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed in November across the country, along with hundreds of civilians, the United Nations said Thursday. The figure increased threefold from October, when tens of thousands of forces launched a huge assault to retake the Islamic State...

UN: Islamic State executing uncooperative civilians in Iraq's Mosul (29.11.2016)

The UN’s human rights office has said that Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul have killed civilians who resist having rocket launchers or snipers stationed on the roofs of their houses.

Israel/Palestine: parameters for a to-state settlement – ICG report (28.11.2016)

The collapse of U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian talks in 2014 led to political instability, rising violence and settlement expansion. To improve his successors’ peace-making chances, President Obama should push for a new UN Security Council resolution setting out the basic parameters of a deal.

New government brings ‘mood of optimism’ needed to address ongoing challenges – UN (10.11.2016)

Despite continuing challenges, a mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon following the recent election of President Michel Aoun and additional political breakthroughs are expected.

Civilian death toll in Iraq nearly doubles from September to October – UN (10.11.2016)

The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month has nearly doubled since September according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).