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Turkish Sources: Iraq PM to Visit Turkey on Wednesday

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:41
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Turkey on Wednesday to discuss potential joint steps against northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government following last month's independence referendum, Turkish prime ministry sources said. Abadi and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim would also discuss issues of regional security, stability and peace, the sources said on Monday. Last week, Turkey said it would close its air space to Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region...
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Israel's Water Worries Return After 4 Years of Drought

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:22
It was a source of national pride — technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water. But four years of drought have overtaxed Israel's unmatched array of desalination and wastewater treatment plants, choking its most fertile regions and catching the government off-guard. "No one imagined we would face a sequence of arid years like this, because it never happened before," said Uri Schor, spokesman for Israel's Water Authority. The Sea of Galilee,...
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Tillerson Makes Unannounced Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:58
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting Pakistan on Tuesday to meet with leaders and reinforce the Trump administration's message that they need to take more action against the Taliban and other militant groups based in the country. "Pakistan needs to, I think, take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they're confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organizations that find safe have inside of Pakistan," Tillerson said during an earlier stop in...
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Syrian Activists: Islamic State Killed 128 Civilians

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:35
Syrian activists say Islamic State militants killed at least 128 people in the town of Qaryatayn before losing control of the area to government forces. The government troops and allied militias retook Qaryatayn, located in Homs province, on Saturday. Islamic State fighters had held the town for three weeks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict in Syria, said Monday it had documented the killings and that Islamic State had accused the...
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Yemeni Journalist Says US Visa Approved After 2 Denials

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:01
Prominent Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser says she has obtained a visa to enter the United States, after twice being denied, so she can accept an award next month from the Committee to Protect Journalists. "We did it! I got the visa!" Nasser wrote on Twitter. She added an embassy officer said the visa was being granted "this time as we realized the significance of the award you got." The CPJ announced last month it would present its 2017 International Press...
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Pakistan Foundation Fights Back Against Acid Attacks

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:10
Acid attacks are an all-too common problem in Pakistan, as in many other countries in South and East Asia. Almost all Pakistani victims are women. VOA’s Saman Khan recently visited a center that not only helps victims recover physically from their injuries, it helps them rebuild their lives.
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Tillerson Visits Qatar in Effort to Ease Gulf Crisis

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 08:09
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed concern about protracted tension between Qatar and its neighbors. The top U.S. diplomat is in Doha to discuss joint counter-terrorism efforts. He arrived late Sunday after a stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged cooperation between the kingdom and its neighbor Iraq after decades of tensions. VOA'S Zlatica Hoke has more.
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15 Jewish Extremists Arrested in Israel for Alleged Threats Against Arabs Who Date Jews

Voice of America - Mon, 10/23/2017 - 00:59
Israeli police have arrested 15 members of a Jewish extremist group for allegedly threatening to attack Arab men who date Jewish women. Bentzi Gopstein, the leader of the group called Lehava, was ordered to remain under house arrest after a court appearance Sunday. Most of the other members were released. Gopstein denied the charges as "nonsense," insisting Lehava operates within the limits of the law. Gopstein's lawyer blames those he calls leftists and reform Jews...
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Debate Sharpens in Washington on Nuclear Pact With Iran

Voice of America - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 22:35
Debate is intensifying in Washington on the merits and potential pitfalls, the risks and possible rewards, of the United States possibly pulling out of the international nuclear accord with Iran.   The U.S. Congress has decisions to make now that President Donald Trump has withheld certifying Iran’s compliance with the pact co-negotiated by the Obama administration. As a candidate and as president, Trump has consistently bashed the nuclear accord with Tehran as “one of the worst...
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Debate Sharpens in Washington on Nuclear Pact With Iran

Voice of America - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 22:04
Debate is sharpening in Washington on the merits and potential pitfalls, the risks and possible rewards, of the United States possibly pulling out of the international nuclear accord with Iran. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the U.S. Congress has decisions to make now that President Donald Trump has withheld certifying Iran’s compliance with the pact co-negotiated by the Obama administration.
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Yemeni Journalist Denied Entry to US to Receive Award

Voice of America - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:28
Prominent Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser has been denied entry to the United States to accept an award, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In September, the CPJ announced that it would present its 2017 International Press Freedom award to Nasser, who has been living in exile in Sweden. Though she holds Swedish citizenship and has a legitimate reason to travel to the United States, she has been denied a visa - potentially due to U.S. President Donald Trump's travel...
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Tillerson Promotes Closer Iraq-Saudi Ties

Voice of America - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 17:10
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted improving ties between Saudi Arabia and Iraq as a way to counter Iran's growing military assertiveness in the region. Tillerson, participating in the initial meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee in Riyadh, told Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that their improving links showed "great potential." He cited the August reopening of a major border crossing between the two...
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The Islamic State: From Insurgency to Rogue State and Back

NY Times Iraq - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 15:00
A look at what the Islamic State controlled at different stages of its military dominance.
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US-Backed Forces Take Syria’s Largest Oil Field From IS

Voice of America - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 11:44
The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria's largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces.   With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province along the border with Iraq.     The SDF, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition, said Sunday...
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Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

NY Times Iraq - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 09:16
The two American allies are vying for international support days after Iraq drove Kurdish fighters from almost all contested areas.
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Trump Praises Syrian Democratic Forces for Fall of Raqqa

Voice of America - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:32
U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a statement praising the Syrian Democratic Forces for recapturing the city of Raqqa from ISIS control. Trump wrote in a statement Saturday that the defeat of ISIS, or Islamic State, in the group's self-proclaimed capital city represents a "critical breakthrough" in the worldwide campaign to eliminate the terrorist organization. "With the liberation of ISIS's capital and the vast majority of its territory," the statement...
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Kelly, in Defending Trump Call, Holds Up Military as an Elite Class

NY Times Iraq - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:52
To some, John F. Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, expanded an ever-growing gulf between the all-volunteer military and the public it serves.
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At Least 54 Egyptian Policemen Killed in Raid on Suspected Militant Hideout Near Cairo

Voice of America - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:57
At least 54 Egyptian police officers have been killed in a raid on a suspected militant hideout near Cairo, according to security officials. The officials, who requested anonymity, said the security forces apparently were ambushed Friday night by militants after they converged on the hideout in the western desert area of al-Bahriya. One senior security source said a convoy of four SUVs and one interior ministry vehicle were targets of a surprise attack by militants firing...
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Iraqi, Kurdish Forces Battle for Remaining Disputed Territories

Voice of America - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:41
As night fell Friday, Kurdish Peshmerga tanks fired heavy artillery into the now-Iraqi held town of Altun Kopri while gunfire cracked at the town's entrance. Kurdish civilian volunteers scattered from behind a nearby berm as journalists’ cars raced out of the line of fire. Vehicles holding Kurdish fighters raced forward. Iraqi and Kurdish forces had been battling since early morning, after Iraqi forces advanced north out of Kirkuk, an oil city they took over in the past week,...
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Afghan Civilians Bear Brunt of Taliban, IS Clashes in Eastern Nangarhar

Voice of America - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:26
More than a dozen civilians have been killed and wounded, and hundreds of families displaced by fierce fighting in recent days between the Islamic State (IS) terror group and Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.   At least eight civilians have been killed and four others wounded as clashes between the two rival groups continued for the sixth day on Friday in the Waziro Tangi region of the Khogyani district in eastern Nangarhar province. Among the dead were four civilians who...
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