Iraq Launches Advance on Kurdish Territory, Seizes Kirkuk Outskirts

Members of Iraqi federal forces are seen near the oil fields in Kirkuk, Iraq. October 16, 2017. / Reuters

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) — Iraq’s central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in a bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Slams American Fight Against Terror During July 4th Celebration

US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass

U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass criticized the American fight against terrorism during a July Fourth celebration hosted by the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, claiming that an “overly broad” definition of terrorism has hampered U.S. efforts to combat extremists and eroded international confidence in America.