Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid.
Russia: US has wiped Raqqa off the face of earth
Iraqi forces retook a key military base, an airport and an oil field from Kurdish forces on Monday in Kirkuk Province in a major operation sparked by a controversial secession referendum.
Iraqi forces retake military base, strategic sites in Kirkuk (video)
Kurds abandon last two oilfields near Kirkuk, Sinjar city
The Baghdad government recaptured territory across the breadth of northern Iraq from Kurds on Tuesday, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.
Iraqi forces make fresh gains against Kurds
The Iraqi government dismissed a call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Shaabi that helped Baghdad defeat Daesh to end operations in Iraq.
Iraq dismisses US call for PMU to ‘go home’
Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Abdul-Ali Ali-Asghari in a meeting with Syrian Minister of Tourism Besher Yazji discussed mutual cooperation.
Iran, Syria discuss bilateral ties
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday, his second visit to the region in recent months as he seeks a breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis gripping the Persian Gulf.
Tillerson returns to Saudi Arabia as Qatar row simmers
An Israeli official has reportedly confirmed that a Saudi prince who was widely reported to have visited Israel back in September was Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Israeli official confirms Mohammed bin Salman visited Israel: Report
Nader Entessar Professor of Political Science said the recent developments in Iraqi Kurdistan region may weaken Barzani's hold on power at least in near future.
Entessar: Developments in northern Iraq likely to weaken Barzani's hold on power
The Syrian Army and allied forces released a town from Daesh on Saturday in central Homs Province, where the terrorists have lost vast territory in recent months, state media said.
Syrian Army takes town from Daesh in Homs - state media
A senior Iraqi military commander said Kurdish Peshmerga forces have pulled backed to the positions they held in June 2014, before the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group swept through the Arab country.
Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 line: Iraqi commander

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