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US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters to Iraq (19.04.2016)

The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year, U.S. defense officials said Monday.

Two-state solution in Middle East 'tragically more distant' than ever - Ban (18.04.2016)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today that a two-state solution, which envisages peaceful co-existence of Palestine and Israel, seems more distant than it has for many decades, citing the ongoing violence, Israel's settlement activity and demolitions of Palestinian homes, and...

U.S. reviewing Sinai peacekeeper mission, may automate jobs (13.04.2016)

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it has formally notified Egypt and Israel that it is reviewing whether to automate aspects of multinational peacekeeping operations in the insurgency-wracked Sinai, potentially allowing a reduction in American troop deployments.

As Islamic State is pushed back in Iraq, worries about what's next (12.04.2016)

As U.S.-led offensives drive back Islamic State in Iraq, concern is growing among U.S. and U.N. officials that efforts to stabilise liberated areas are lagging, creating conditions that could help the militants endure as an underground network.

Iraqi premier names new cabinet of 'technocrats' to fight corruption (07.04.2016)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has named 14 new cabinet ministers who he said are the kinds of policy experts protesters have been demanding for months to fight corruption in the government.

Iraq Situation Report, Part I: The military campaign against ISIS (28.03.2016)

In the first of a three-part series, Ken Pollack—who just returned from Iraq—reports on the U.S.-led coalition’s progress in fighting the Islamic State.

UN chief presses Iraq on national reconciliation to defeat Islamic State (26.03.2016)

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Iraqi government on Saturday to step up efforts to foster reconciliation between the nation's Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim communities in order to combat Islamic State.

Islamic State conflict: Iraqi forces launch operation to retake Mosul (24.03.2016)

Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS), officials say. The first part of the long-awaited offensive has recaptured several villages, the Iraqi military has said. … Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, has been under IS rule since...

Diplomatic Quartet to prepare report to lay ground for Israel-Palestine talks – UN envoy (23.03.2016)

The United Nations envoy for the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today unveiled a plan by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union – to produce a report that would help create a political environment for the two sides to resume...