Middle-East



On edge of Kirkuk, peshmerga prepare to fight again for Kurdistan

MULLAH ABDULLAH, Iraq: Under a bridge, 40 men from the Iraqi police and Kurdish peshmerga fighters take cover from the sun and the occasional mortar fired from across the river that marks one front in



Abducted Indian workers in Iraq ‘promised freedom’

NEW DELHI: Several families of 40 Indian construction workers abducted in strife-torn northern Iraq say they have spoken with the men, whose captors claim they will be freed unharmed, reports said Thu



Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

WASHINGTON: The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.







Kurds committed abuses in Syria — rights group

BEIRUT: Kurds in parts of northern Syria have carried out arbitrary arrests and failed to investigate the killings and disappearance of political opponents, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday in a re




Iraq appeals for US air strikes on advancing militants

BAGHDAD: Baghdad asked Washington Wednesday to carry out air strikes on militants who attacked Iraq’s main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north, amid warnings the country’s future was a

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