Middle-East



Iraqi Kurds form government after months of wrangling

ARBIL, Iraq: Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region formed a new government Wednesday after months of wrangling, with premier Nechirvan Barzani using the occasion to call for defending disputed northern ter





EXPLAINER: Iran’s relationship with Iraq

TEHRAN: President Hassan Rouhani pledged Wednesday that Iran will do whatever it takes to protect Shiite shrines in Iraq from Sunni militants battling the Baghdad government.



Reid: US forces have no role in Iraq’s civil war

WASHINGTON: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Iraq is in a civil war and the US has no business sending troops there.




Iran could work with US in Iraq if nuclear talks succeed: Rouhani aide

OSLO: A top Iranian official said Wednesday that Tehran could consider working with the United States over the crisis in Iraq if talks on its nuclear program are successful.



US facing gaps in Iraq as it hunts for militants

WASHINGTON: The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the Al-Qaeda-inspired milita




Turkey sentences 1980 coup leaders to life in prison

ANKARA: A Turkish court on Wednesday handed life sentences to two generals behind a 1980 military takeover, the bloodiest in Turkey’s coup-ridden history.

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