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French to send 40 troops to train Iraqi, Kurdish forces (22.01.2015)

France will send some 40 troops to Iraq in coming days and weeks to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces combating Islamic State fighters, a military spokesman said on Thursday, adding to a growing number of Western coalition troops on the ground.

Iraqi leader calls for training, weaponry from U.S.-led coalition (21.01.2015)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has appealed to a U.S.-led international coalition to do more to help fight Islamic State militants, saying assistance pledged so far is not enough.

Canadian soldiers clash with ISIL in Iraq (20.01.2015)

Canadian special forces have clashed with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group by exchanging gunfire in Iraq in recent days, in the first confirmed ground battle between western troops and ISIL, a senior officer has said.

Secretary-General appoints new head of UNDOF (19.01.2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Purna Chandra Thapa of Nepal as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

International Criminal Court opens initial probe into recent Gaza conflict (16.01.2015)

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced that she has opened a preliminary examination into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, following the accession earlier this month by the Palestinian Authority to the Court’s founding Rome Statute.

Iraq says US-led coalition not doing enough against Islamic State (14.01.2015)

Iraq has told President Barack Obama's envoy that the US-led coalition battling Islamic State needs to do more to help Iraq defeat the jihadists controlling large areas of the north and west of the country.

UN chief confirms Palestine will join ICC (07.01.2015)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1. Membership at the ICC will allow Palestine to seek prosecution against Israel for war crimes.

Iraq says rebuilding of army still in early stages (07.01.2015)

Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi said on Tuesday that the Iraqi military has started rebuilding after its near total collapse last summer but that the effort is still in its initial phase.

Mandate of UN-backed tribunal for Lebanon extended for three more years (02.01.2015)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended the mandate of the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which was set up to try those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, for a period of three years from 1 March 2015.

2014 one of Iraq’s bloodiest years as casualty rates soar, UN mission reports (02.01.2015)

Casualty figures for Iraq in 2014 were at their highest in over five years amid a spate of deadly violence which has been convulsing the country, the United Nations mission in the country reported today.