Rainbow flags over Baghdad fan debate, spur fear

In what both progressive and conservative critics considered a tone-deaf step to support Iraq’s LGBTQ community, several Western embassies’ raising of the rainbow flag did not have its intended effects.

Gilgamesh Nabeel | | May 28, 2020
al-monitor Gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei waves a rainbow flag during a rally to support the same-sex marriage referendum in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 18, 2018. Photo by REUTERS/Tyrone Siu.

Intel: US, Italy to co-host virtual meeting of anti-IS coalition

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Italian counterpart, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, will co-host a virtual meeting for members of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State on June 4, the State Department announced today.

Al-Monitor Staff | Islamic State | May 27, 2020

Turkey conducts rare strike in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province against PKK

Most Turkey-PKK fighting takes place in other parts of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where Turkey has military bases.

Al-Monitor Staff | Turkish-Kurdish conflict | May 27, 2020

Kirkuk tribesmen rally as IS launch new wave of attacks

As Islamic State sleeper cells continue to carry out attacks south and west of oil-rich Kirkuk, local tribesmen made efforts to show unity while other factions showed off "resistance" to the United States and Israel.

Shelly Kittleson | Kurds | May 27, 2020

Coalition airstrike kills Islamic State leader in eastern Syria, Iraq says

Mu'taz Numan 'Abd Nayif Najm al-Jaburi was killed in a coalition-led airstrike, Iraq's intelligence services said.

Al-Monitor Staff | Islamic State | May 26, 2020