Friends & Friction: Know when you have lost and walk away

2017-05-07 06:12

It always ends badly for the spin doctor. Loyal to the end, and probably waiting to spin the obituary itself when the king finally falls, the opponents bay for his blood.

Saddam still haunts Washington, 10 years after his death

2016-12-29 22:35

Ten years after Saddam Hussein's execution, the ghost of the Iraqi strongman still haunts America, serving as a potent reminder of its broken ambitions to bring stability and democracy to the Middle East.

'Under President Zuma things are going badly wrong' - Matisonn

John Matisonn's new book "God, Spies and Lies" is making waves in the media and political world due to its controversial content. Matisonn gives new insight into South Africa's role in the war in Iraq, Mandela's views on politicians and peace, and Zuma's failings as SA's president.

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Saddam's tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting

2015-03-16 08:17

The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between militants from ISIS and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit.

Kurds seek independence vote amid Iraq 'chaos'

2014-07-04 12:09

Iraq's Kurds have set the ball rolling for a referendum on their long-held dream of independence, ignoring calls for the nation to unite against rampant jihadists or face "Syria-like chaos".

Australia bank subsidiary in Saddam link

2013-09-30 11:42

The Reserve Bank of Australia has admitted staff from a subsidiary visited Iraq after it was accused of attempting to strike an illegal deal with Saddam Hussein.

UN details 'chilling' Syria sarin attack

2013-09-17 13:02

The United Nations has revealed what it called "chilling" details of a sarin gas attack in Syria, leaving the major powers to battle over who was responsible.

Putin wins Iran, China backing for Syria plan

2013-09-13 15:02

President Vladimir Putin has won the support of Iran and China at a regional summit on Russia's initiative for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Iran exiles claim Iraq killed 47 members

2013-09-01 22:45

Clashes and explosions have been reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles, with the group claiming Iraqi troops killed 47 of their members, which officials denied.

Iraq torture 'Red House' now a museum

2013-07-11 15:00

A torture centre used by former Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussein, to extract information from Kurdish rebels has been turned into a museum.


US stealth bombers kill more than 80 ISIS fighters in Libya

2017-01-20 14:26

More than 80 Islamic State jihadists were killed in a US aerial blitz on training camps in Libya, including fighters involved in plotting attacks in Europe, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said.

Trump praises Saddam Hussein for killing 'terrorists'

2016-07-06 11:23

Donald Trump praised late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for killing off "terrorists," reprising previous comments in support of dictators in the Middle East and earning a swift rebuke from White House rival Hillary Clinton.

Iraq forces uncover mass graves left by ISIS in Tikrit

2015-04-07 17:58

Iraqi security forces say since recapturing the city of Tikrit last week they have found 14 mass graves, thought to contain the bodies of the worst massacre perpetrated by the ISIS extremist group, dpa reports.

US man fined in Saddam Hussein family gun plot

2014-12-02 13:14

A man who pleaded guilty to trying to sell firearms believed to have been owned by Saddam Hussein’s family has been fined $5 000 by a federal judge.

Obama open to military action

2014-06-20 11:31

Barack Obama pledged to take "precise" military action if needed to check marauding Sunni radicals in Iraq.

Iran's Rouhani warns of Syria Talibanisation

2013-09-27 10:11

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that Syria could become an extremist haven like Taliban-era Afghanistan as he called for co-operation to end the country's civil war.

UN impartial amid Syria 'sarin' findings

2013-09-17 09:02

Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, UN inspectors have reported that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired.

Lack of Assad alternatives hangs over Syria war

2013-09-12 12:08

The crisis over chemical weapons in Syria has underlined a central dilemma for the West in dealing with the country's civil war - the lack of alternatives to President Bashar Assad.

Al-Qaeda threatens "volcano of revenge"

2013-08-28 11:05

An al-Qaeda affiliate has threatened a "volcano of revenge" against Syrian government military targets in retaliation for a suspected poison attack, a monitoring group reports.

Europe helped Syria's weapons programme

2013-06-04 22:45

Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its arch enemy had gained a nuclear arsenal, began in earnest to build a covert chemical weapons programme three decades ago.

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