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U.N. warns of new wave of displaced Iraqis as fight against ISIS continues (08.08.2017)

The United Nations said on Tuesday that it was bracing to cope with hundreds of thousands of civilians likely to flee their homes as Iraqi security forces begin operations to drive Islamic State forces from their last remaining strongholds in Iraq.

US urges UN force in Lebanon to prevent Hezbollah weapons (07.08.2017)

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon on Monday to step up efforts to prevent the spread of illegal arms in the south, which she said "are almost entirely in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.''

How Hezbollah sidelined the Lebanese army (02.08.2017)

Syrian rebel groups have been pushed out of Lebanese border areas - but Hezbollah, not army, was in charge of the campaign.

Ceasefire reached on Lebanon-Syria border, say reports (27.07.2017)

The ceasefire comes a week after Hezbollah launched an offensive against the militants in the Arsal border region.

Lebanon preparing for military operation near Syria border (18.07.2017)

Lebanon is preparing a military operation to secure a lawless section of the border with Syria, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told parliament on Tuesday. The leader of Lebanon's powerful militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, hinted in a speech last week that a joint operation was in the works...

Council agrees on a future CSDP mission to support security sector reform (17.07.2017)

The Council adopted a crisis management concept for a new civilian CSDP mission in Iraq. The mission will focus on assisting the Iraqi authorities in the implementation of the civilian aspects of the Iraqi security strategy. EU experts will provide advice and assistance in priority work areas...

France urges resumption of Israel-Palestine peace talks (16.07.2017)

President Macron says France is ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gives no specifics.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Iraq Mission for one year (14.07.2017)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations political mission in Iraq until 31 July 2018, also calling upon that country's Government to continue providing security and logistical support to the Organization's presence on the ground. … [… ] the Council expressed its...

EU police mission and EU border assistance mission extended for 12 months (04.07.2017)

The Council has extended the mandate of the EU co-ordinating office for Palestinian police support (EUPOL COPPS), as well as the mandate of the EU border assistance mission for the Rafah crossing point (EU BAM Rafah), until 30 June 2018.

Iraq declares end of 'caliphate' after capture of historic Mosul mosque (29.06.2017)

Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the mosque in Mosul from where Daesh (ISIS) proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, the Iraqi military said. Seizing the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than...