- No automatic return of sanctions if Iran breaks arms embargo – Kerry
Violations of an arms embargo by Iran or restrictions on its missile programme would not force an automatic reinstatement or “snapback” of United Nations sanctions under a landmark nuclear deal, although other options would be available, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
- Turkish air strikes hit 17 Kurdish militant targets, military says
The Turkish military ratcheted up pressure on Kurdish militants with a fresh round of air strikes in the southeast of the country on Tuesday as the insurgents claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police station in Istanbul.
- Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul police station blast
The militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the bombing of an Istanbul police station on Monday in which four people died.
- Islamic State attacks Syrian rebels near Turkish border
Islamic State has launched a new offensive against Syrian rebels north of Aleppo, gaining ground near the Turkish-Syrian border in an area where Turkey and the United States aim to create an area free of the jihadist group.
- Iraqi deputy PM resigns, faces corruption investigation
One of Iraq’s three deputy prime ministers resigned on Monday and will be investigated for corruption, officials said, the first tangible result of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s push to tackle corruption in the face of mounting unrest.
- Two-day ceasefire agreed in three Syrian towns – sources
A 48-hour ceasefire has been agreed between Syrian insurgents, the army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and two Shi’ite villages in Idlib province, sources close to negotiations on both sides said on Wednesday.
- Islamic State releases 22 of more than 150 Christian captives – monitor
Islamic State has released 22 of the dozens of Assyrian Christians it abducted from villages in northeastern Syria earlier this year, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
- US military official: ‘We were outraged’ when Turkey pulled a fast one right after the anti-ISIS deal
An American military source told Fox News that US military leaders were “outraged” when Turkey began launching airstrikes against the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq just hours after striking a deal with the US opposing the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh.
- ‘Strategy Rethink Needed’ as Boko Haram Shifts to Suicide Attacks
Libreville: A west African regional force set up to fight Boko Haram will need “local intelligence” to root out Islamic insurgents forced on the run by national army offensives, security experts say.