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US Not Taking Sides in Iraqi-Kurdish Skirmishes

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:47
The United States, which has supported Iraqi forces and helped train Kurdish fighters, is urging calm in the skirmish over Kirkuk. President Donald Trump weighed in Monday saying Washington will “not take sides” in the clashes. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.
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Europe Mulls Policy Response as Trump Repeats Threat to End Iran Deal

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:35
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Monday described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision not to re-certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal as an "internal U.S. process". European countries, along with Russia and China - the other signatories - say Tehran is keeping its end of the bargain. Henry Ridgwell looks at how other parties to the deal will likely respond should the U.S. withdraw from the agreement.
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Europe Mulls Policy Response as Trump Repeats Threat to End Iran Deal

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:29
The European Union’s foreign policy chief describes U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision not to re-certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal as an "internal U.S. process." European countries, along with the other signatories, Russia and China, said Tehran is keeping its end of the deal. But President Trump claims Iran has repeatedly violated the letter and spirit of the agreement, which suspends sanctions in return for limits on the country’s atomic...
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Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:26
Kurdish independence aspirations appeared to stall — at least for now — as Iraqi forces seized oil facilities that supply most of the region’s revenue.
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US Not Taking Sides in Iraqi-Kurdish Skirmishes

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:24
The United States, which has supported Iraqi forces and helped train Kurdish fighters, is urging calm in the skirmish over Kirkuk. President Donald Trump weighed in Monday saying Washington will “not take sides” in the clashes. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.
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The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State Group

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:15
The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and are battling to hang on to relatively small pockets of territory in Iraq and Syria, besieged by local forces from all sides. Few, however, expect IS to completely go away, or for the...
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US-backed Forces Say IS Ousted From Syria’s Raqqa

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:22
The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Syria and Iraq says the city of Raqqa is 95 percent under control, a day after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory there after months of fighting. Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said clearance operations were continuing Wednesday in the last blocks of the city. A spokesman for the SDF, which is made up of Kurdish and Arab militias, said Tuesday the fighting in Raqqa was over and that SDF forces were looking...
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US Not Taking Sides in Iraqi-Kurdish Skirmishes

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:18
The United States, which has supported Iraqi forces and helped train Kurdish fighters, is urging calm in the skirmish over Kirkuk. President Donald Trump weighed in Monday saying Washington will “not take sides” in the clashes. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more.
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Is the Dream Of Kurdish Independence Now Over?

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:10
The independence dream of Iraq’s Kurds may be over. It was felled by a lightening advance by Iraqi counter-terror units, trained and equipped by the United States, and Shi’ite militias, trained and equipped by Iran, who seized the disputed city Kirkuk and its surrounding oilfields after isolated skirmishes and a withdrawal order by Peshmerga commanders. The Peshmerga commanders either had no stomach for a fight or had already entered into a secret deal with the central government in...
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US Airstrikes Kill Dozens of IS Fighters in Yemen

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 02:57
The Pentagon says U.S. airstrikes on two Islamic State training camps in Yemen have killed dozens of Islamic State fighters. The camps were in Yemen's al-Bayda region. The Pentagon says IS used the camps to train militants to carry out terror attacks with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, and also subjected the fighters to endurance training. "ISIS has used the ungoverned spaces of Yemen to plot, direct, instigate, resource, and recruit for attacks against America...
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Ankara Backs Baghdad Bid to Take Kirkuk, But Tensions Remain

Voice of America - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 01:47
Turkey has offered assistance to the Iraqi government in its effort to take control of the city of Kirkuk from Kurdish peshmerga forces. The offer was made in a statement by the Turkish foreign ministry: "We once again emphasize the importance we attach to the protection of Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity." Ankara strongly backs Baghdad in its opposition to an independence referendum passed last month by Iraqi Kurds. Turkey fears similar secessionist...
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Iraq Ousts Kurdish Forces From Kirkuk

NY Times Iraq - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:01
Three weeks after the Kurds voted for independence, Iraqi forces overtook the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk and its valuable oil fields on Monday.
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Trump: 'Total Termination' of Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 22:30
President Donald Trump says his decision not to recertify Iran's compliance with the Iran nuclear deal could lead to its "total termination." "That's a very real possibility," Trump said Monday as he began a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. "Some people say that's a greater possibility." In remarks that were at times prepared and other times off the cuff, the president said a lot of people agreed with what he did in pulling away...
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From Immigrant to NY Deli Owner to TV Analyst

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 22:17
Among the 1900s-era row of brick buildings on a Queens, New York Avenue, Lotus Deli is a one-stop shop for warm breakfast sandwiches, batteries, cigarettes, and late-night craft beer. Owner Hatem El-Gamasy is the first New Yorker to greet you in the morning, and the last to say good night. To his diverse customer base, he is known as "Timmy," a father of two who safeguards neighbors' deliveries, holds keys for visiting in-laws, and greets your dog by name. But to viewers...
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What Is Turkey Up to in Syria?

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:40
Turkey is expanding its latest military intervention in Syria rapidly, sending more special forces and commandos into Idlib as part of a high-risk effort agreed to with Moscow and Tehran to establish a de-escalation zone in the northwest Syrian province that is mainly controlled by an al-Qaida offshoot. The intervention is the biggest incursion by the Turks in Syria since last year, when Turkish forces partnered with Free Syrian Army (FSA) militias, once aided by the U.S. but now...
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EU to Send Top Diplomat to US to Advocate for Iran Deal

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:02
The European Union will send its top diplomat Federica Mogherini to Washington to fight for the Iran nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap. EU foreign, ministers meeting in Luxembourg Monday, echoed concerns from international leaders over Trump's decision to decertify Iran’s compliance with the accord. With his announcement to decertify the nuclear agreement Friday, Trump left it up to Congress as to whether to reimpose economic sanctions that...
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Kirkuk Shuttered as Iraqi Forces Advance on Kurdish Peshmerga

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 19:40
Iraqi forces shut down access both in and out of Kirkuk Monday as fighting with Kurdish Peshemerga forces grew worse.   Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) moved into Kirkuk in the early hours of Monday and continue to fight Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in the contested oil city, in addition to occupying Kirkuk airport.   “We were defending the city but eventually we had no choice but to retreat,” said Jabar Kareem, 37, a Peshmerga soldier heading north out of Kirkuk on Monday...
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Militants Rob Bank, Attack Church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 Dead

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:07
In a brazen daytime attack, about a dozen Islamic militants robbed a local bank, lobbed grenades and traded gunfire with security forces guarding an unused church in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing seven people, including three civilians, officials said. The militants drove into the city center of el-Arish in the morning, then split into two groups. One group fired rocket-propelled grenades and traded gunfire with the guards outside the Church of Saint George, security and...
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Thousands Flee as Iraqi Forces Advance in Kirkuk

Voice of America - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:54
As Iraqi forces advance in Kirkuk from the south and west, families are fleeing after gunfire and bombs blasted through the city.   Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) moved into Kirkuk in the early hours of Monday and continue to fight Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers in the contested oil city, in addition to occupying Kirkuk airport.   “We were defending the city but eventually we had no choice but to retreat,” says Jabar Kareem, 37, a Peshmerga soldier heading out of Kirkuk on Monday...
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Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive

NY Times Iraq - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:16
Government troops seize a crucial city and oil fields from separatists who have been pressing for an independent state in northern Iraq.
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