Erdogan threatens Syria ground operation ‘as soon as possible’ | News

Erdogan threatens Syria ground operation ‘as soon as possible’ |  News

Erdogan’s comments come as Russia calls for restraint, despite understanding Turkey’s “security concerns”. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to say that Ankara is planning to deploy ground forces to attack Kurdish forces based across the border in Syria. Turkey blames the groups for the November 13 bombing in central Istanbul, that killed six … Read more

Fans across the Middle East celebrate historic World Cup moment | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Fans across the Middle East celebrate historic World Cup moment |  Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Qatar marked its FIFA World Cup debut with a defeat to Ecuador on Sunday, but in becoming the first nation in the Middle East to host the tournament, it has inspired a wave of pride across the region. From cafes in Erbil to pubs in Istanbul and stadiums in Gaza City, excited viewers gathered around … Read more

Turkish jets hit targets in Syria, Iraq after Istanbul bomb blast | Turkey-Syria Border News

Turkish jets hit targets in Syria, Iraq after Istanbul bomb blast |  Turkey-Syria Border News

Kurdish fighters report ‘deaths and injuries’ after Turkish air raids hit Kobane and two villages housing people displaced by war in Syria. Turkish military planes have hit targets in northern Syria and Iraq, bombing bases Turkey’s defense ministry claimed were used by those behind an explosion in central Istanbul last weekend that killed six people … Read more

Former UN employee gets 15-year prison sentence

Former UN employee gets 15-year prison sentence

CNN — A former United Nations communications specialist in Iraq, whom authorities say drugged 20 victims and sexually assaulted at least 13 of those victims over a nearly two-decade period, was sentenced Thursday in a Manhattan federal court to 15 years in prison. Karim Elkorany, 39, pleaded guilty on May 24 to sexually assaulting an … Read more

From protester to fighter: Fleeing Iran’s brutal crackdown to take up arms over the border

From protester to fighter: Fleeing Iran’s brutal crackdown to take up arms over the border

Iraqi Kurdistan CNN — A teenage dissident trailed behind a group of smugglers in the borderlands of western Iran. For three days, Rezan trekked a rocky mountain range and walked through minefields along a winding path forged by seasoned smugglers to circumnavigate the country’s heavily armed Revolutionary Guards. It was a trip too dangerous to … Read more

What The White House’s Refusal To Refill The SPR Means For Oil

What The White House’s Refusal To Refill The SPR Means For Oil

Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict After some 150 soldiers were killed this week in renewed fighting over Nagorno Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a ceasefire. This ‘frozen’ and oft-unfrozen conflict dates back to the 80s, with territory considered as belonging to Azerbaijan but home to a large Armenian population, making for an untenable situation. … Read more

Oil Exports from Iraq’s Basra Port Stop—Repair Could Take Weeks

Oil Exports from Iraq’s Basra Port Stop—Repair Could Take Weeks

An oil spill has forced a shutdown of all crude oil exports from Iraq’s Basra Port, oil sector sources said on Friday, cited by Reuters. With four tanker berths, the Basra oil terminal can process 3.3 million barrels of crude oil per day, although the country had plans to raise this capacity to 3.45 million … Read more

Oil Sinks By 3% As Economic Slowdown Fears Weigh On Market

Oil Sinks By 3% As Economic Slowdown Fears Weigh On Market

Oil prices dipped by nearly 3% early on Tuesday, losing around $3 from Monday’s close, as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified while fears of a loss of supply from OPEC’s second-largest producer, Iraq, abated. As of 8:43 am ET on Tuesday, Brent Crude was down by 2.82% at $102.19. The US benchmark, WTI … Read more

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashura

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashura

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein . Security forces, particularly in Taliban-run Afghanistan, were on high … Read more

Iraq’s 150,000 Bpd Oil Export Boost Delayed

Iraq’s 150,000 Bpd Oil Export Boost Delayed

Iraq is experiencing delays in upgrading its oil export facilities at Basra, which also delay the planned increase in the oil export capacity of OPEC’s second-largest producer, an oil source in Iraq told Reuters on Wednesday. Iraq plans to increase crude oil export capacity at its Gulf ports to 3.45 million barrels per day (bpd) … Read more