Turkey opens border to 45,000 Kurds fleeing Isis in Syria


Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey in the last 24 hours to escape Islamic State (Isis) fighters, the Turkish government has said.

The country opened eight crossing points along a 20-mile (32km) stretch from Akcakale to Mursitpinar, allowing about 45,000 Kurds to escape from the Islamist extremists, the deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, said on Saturday.
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مسؤول تركي: أكثر من 60 ألف كردي سوري دخلوا تركيا في أقل من يوم


أعلن نائب رئيس الوزراء التركي نعمان كورتولموش أن ما يزيد عن 60 ألف نازح سوري من قرى كردية دخلوا الأراضي التركية منذ يوم أمس الجمعة 19/9/2014 يعد تقدم مسلحي داعش نحو مدينة كوباني عين العرب شمال حلب قرب الحدود التركية.

Iraqi Cleric’s Speech Strikes a Balance

Ayatollah Ali Sistani

Ayatollah Ali Sistani

NYT -BAGHDAD — Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential Shiite cleric, on Friday urged vigilance against Western political interference in Iraqi affairs but stopped short of opposing the American-led military campaign against the extremists of the Islamic State.

“All political leaders of the country must be aware and awake to prevent the external assistance against the Islamic State from becoming an entrance to breach Iraq’s independence,” Ayatollah Sistani said. “Cooperation with the international effort shall not be taken as a pretext to impose foreign decisions on events in Iraq, especially military events.”

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تحرير الموصل ينتظر انهيار داعش “لاسباب داخلية”

تمكن الجيش العراقي، والبيشمركه من استعادة بعض البلدات والمواقع من تنظيم الدولة الاسلامية بدعم جوي اميركي لكن استعادة السيطرة على الموصل، ثاني مدن

Mosul residents fleeing the city

Mosul residents fleeing the city

العراق، تشكل تحديا عسكريا اكثر صعوبة.

وقال روژ نوري شاويس قائد قوات البشمركة في منطقة الخازر، ان الظروف لبدء معركة استعادة المدينة غير متوفرة حتى الان.

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معصوم: رحيل فحص خسارة للعراق

السيد هاني فحص

السيد هاني فحص

قال رئيس الجمهورية، فؤاد معصوم، السبت، إن رحيل رجل الدين والمفكر اللبناني “اللامع” هاني فحص، يشكل “خسارة” للعراقيين وسائر الذين يقدرون دوره الديني والاجتماعي والثقافي.

جاء ذلك في برقية تعزية أرسلها رئيس الجمهورية، إلى عائلة الفقيد هاني فحص.

وقال معصوم، “أحزننا كثيراً نباً رحيل رجل الدين البارز والأديب المناضل السيد هاني فحص”.

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Iraq FM to UN: Leave Ground Combat to Iraqi Forces

Iraq’s Foreign Minister said Friday that his country must lead the fight against Islamic State militants within its borders, but encouraged a continued air campaign from international allies.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council in New York, with an audience of key anti-Islamic State coalition leaders including the U.S.,

Ibrahim al-Jaafari , Iraq's FM

Ibrahim al-Jaafari , Iraq’s FM

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Turkish hostages held by ISIS in Iraq released

Ahmet Davutoglu, centre, celebrated with the hostages on their arrival in Ankara

Ahmet Davutoglu, centre, celebrated with the hostages on their arrival in Ankara

Dozens of hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been freed and are back in Turkey.

The 49 were greeted by flag-waving crowds in Ankara after arriving in southern Turkey early on Saturday.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey’s intelligence agency had led the operation, but gave few details.