2014 deadliest year in Iraq for civilians since 2006-7 bloodshed

2015-01-02 19:43:54

Violence in Iraq in 2014 killed at least 12,282 civilians, making it the deadliest year since the sectarian bloodshed of 2006-07, the United Nations said in a statement.

Female fighters in the battle agaist IS

2014-12-31 11:05:56

The Kurdish Forces are fully gender integrated. The female fighters show great humility and effectiveness in the fight for the survival of their country.

Future Iran nuclear talks need to be based on compromise, trust

2014-12-30 10:48:09

For decades, Iran's controversial nuclear program has gotten on the nerves of the Western capitals. The latest seven-month talks extension between Tehran and the world powers have once again reminded the international community how hard it is to strike a fine deal.

US, NATO mark end of 13-year war in Afghanistan

2014-12-29 10:35:16

The war in Afghanistan, fought for 13 bloody years and still raging, came to a formal end Sunday with a quiet flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul that marked the transition of the fighting from US-led combat troops to the country's own security forces.

Iraq, Turkey step up cooperation on fight with terrorism

2014-12-26 09:38:53

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's visit to Turkey on Thursday aimed to strengthen recent efforts to normalize ties between the two neighbors that were long at odds over several issues, including Turkey's independent energy ties with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

Jordan army says IS group not down Jordanian warplane

2014-12-26 09:36:41

Jordan on Thursday said initial indicators showed that the Islamic State (IS) did not down the Jordanian warplane over Al Raqqah in Syria, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Baghdad's Christians gather defiantly for Christmas Eve mass

2014-12-25 11:10:13

Baghdad's embattled Christian community worshipped defiantly Wednesday night at Christmas Eve mass.

Russian initiative 'serious step' to solve Syrian crisis

2014-12-25 11:05:05

Russia's recent efforts to hold a dialogue bringing together representatives of the Syrian government and opposition parties have been deemed positive towards figuring out a political solution to the country's long-running conflict.

Jordan vows to combat terrorism as pilot arrested by IS group

2014-12-25 10:35:08

Jordan on Wednesday said it will continue its war on terrorism and terrorist groups to defend Islam.

Abbas starts official visit to Algeria

2014-12-22 10:07:32

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday began an official visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

2014-12-21 22:11:28

US Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.

Yearender: Difficulties lie ahead as Iran nuclear talks to enter new year

2014-12-21 21:56:08

Iran and the world powers decided late last month to extend again the deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Tehran's controversial nuclear program to July, next year, the second such move this year.