Friday, June 18

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The New US FM arrives in Brussels

BAGHDAD,The New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Brussels on Friday for European talks to strengthen cooperation within NATO, a day after he was sworn in.US officials said that Pompeo would urge members of the NATO to increase their military budgets to meet the target of spending two percent of economic output on defense annually by 2024, as well as discuss Iran's nuclear deal, which is opposed to the conclusion.The new US Secretary of State is due to visit Saudi Arabia and Israel next week.Pompio worked as an officer in the US military, was a Republican member of the US House of Representatives, and a loyal to President Donald Trump.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Pompeo Talks with Turkish FM, Urges Release of American Pastor

The fate of an American pastor on trial in Turkey was high on the agenda of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Brussels on Friday.The pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been detained in Turkey for 18 months and is on trial for terrorism and espionage, with prosecutors demanding a 35-year prison sentence. The case has contributed to U.S.-Turkish tensions."Secretary Pompeo reiterated the concerns we have for U.S. citizens and consular staff detained in Turkey and especially Pastor Brunson," a U.S. official told State Department reporters.Pompeo met with Cavusoglu on the sidelines of the NATO ministerial meeting. The U.S. official said the secretary of state echoed U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in urging the Turks to d...

Daesh has received a devastating media blow

BAGHDAD,The European and American police have succeeded in paralyzing propaganda agencies belonging to Daesh organization, the European Police Agency (Europol) said.The move is a powerful media blow to the extremist organization, after successive defeats in recent months in both Iraq and Syria.The participants in an international security conference held in Paris to combat the organization "Daesh" and Al Qaeda, have called for better exchange of information among the intelligence and security services, financial institutions and the technology industry.They also agreed to improve the trace ability of funds to non-governmental organizations and charities, which may later turn to terrorist organizations.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Speculation Swirls Turkey Might Seek Nonalignment

ISTANBUL, The Syrian civil war has been a catalyst for Russian-Turkish rapprochement, much to the concern of Turkey's NATO partners. This, coupled with Ankara's current strained relations with its traditional Western allies, is raising the prospect of a nonaligned Turkey.Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Russia are meeting Saturday in Moscow under the auspices of the so-called Astana process that's aimed at resolving the Syrian civil war.Ahead of the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A myriad of differences continue to strain ties between the two NATO allies.Speaking to reporters, Cavusoglu dismissed a threat from some U.S. lawmakers that additional measures might be taken against Turkey in light of its prosecution of U...

The two Koreas officially declare the end of the war and nuclear disarmament

BAGHDAD, South Korean President Mon Jia En and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday pledged their commitment to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the official Xinhua News Agency reported." A statement issued by the two leaders stressed the end of the Korean War this year" and "the change of the ceasefire agreement to a peace agreement."There will be no further war on the Korean peninsula," the statement said, "we agreed to stop all hostilities completely by land, sea and air."It explained that the two Koreas will work to turn the demilitarized zone into a "peace zone."The two Koreas stressed the need to work on arms control gradually, while building confidence and reducing military tensions.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Matisse expects counter-Daesh efforts to push east Syria into a “new batch” in the coming days

BAGHDAD, US Defense Secretary Jim Matisse predicted that the efforts to combat Daesh organization in the east of Syria to "a new batch" in the coming days."You will see a new patch for counter-Daesh efforts in the central Euphrates Valley in the coming days and against the rest of the Khilafah area," Matisse told a Senate Armed Services Committee, referring to the area still under the organization's control.Matisse said he also expected an intensification of operations against Daesh on the Iraqi side of the border.US President Donald Trump announced last Tuesday that he wanted to withdraw US troops from Syria "relatively quickly" but not before completing its mission, adding that negotiations on the crisis there should be part of a larger agreement on Iran.Source: National Iraqi News Agenc...