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Iraq launches operation to clear last IS holdouts from desert

Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining Islamic State group fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria.

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US carries out air strikes against IS in Libya

The US military said on Tuesday that it had conducted two air strikes against Islamic States militants in Libya in the past few days.

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Islamic republic declares end of Islamic State

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared the end of Islamic State on Tuesday in an address broadcast live on state TV.

A senior commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major … Read More

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Iraq top court declares Kurd referendum unconstitutional

Iraq’s supreme court on Monday declared that September’s referendum on independence in the autonomous Kurdish areas in the north of the country was unconstitutional.

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Piece by piece, Iran moves towards a ‘new empire’

Iran’s takeover of Iraq’s strate­gic city of Kirkuk and its sur­rounding oil fields in a show of force underlined how Tehran is steadily expanding its power from the Arabian Gulf to … Read More

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US-Russia rift threatens fragile prospects for Syria peace

The latest US and Russian bid to find enough common ground on which to build some hope for Syria is in trouble, just days ahead of talks that could make or break … Read More

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Iraq retakes Rawa, last town held by IS

The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse on both sides of the border … Read More

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France worried by Iran’s ‘hegemonic’ intentions

France is worried by Iran’s “hegemonic” intentions in the Middle East, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday.

At a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, … Read More

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US will stay in Syria, Iraq until talks progress

A US-led coalition will forge ahead in its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq until a UN peace process makes further headway, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said … Read More

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Kuwait banks told to examine Saudi accounts after arrests

Kuwaiti banks have been told by the central bank to provide account details relating to some Saudi Arabian nationals, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday.

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