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Ukrainian President Denounces Russian Call for Federalization

Apr 06, 2015
Ukraine's President Petro O. Poroshenko told a constitutional reform convention that Ukraine should remain a unitary country. Poroshenko said a more decentralized government might be in order, but Russia's suggestion that the country be 'federalized" stretches too far into a break-up of the East European nation.
- Ukraine, Russia, political stability, civil war -

Six Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in East of Country

Apr 05, 2015
Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed by gunfire in Schastye near Luhansk and two died from a land mine explosion near Mariupol close to the Black Sea.
- Ukraine, civil war, Russia, casualties, wheat, coal, natural gas -

Apr 05, 2015
In Libya Abdullah al-Thinni, prime minister of the faction most widely recognized as the legitimate government of the country, directed the National Oil Company to deposit receipts in a bank in the United Arab Emirates rather than in the Central Bank of Libya. Rival factions in Libya have been competing over the North African country's oil and gas resources and the income derived from them.
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Iraqi Forces Break the Siege of Amirli

Aug 31, 2014
Iraqi government and Kurdish forces entered the town of Amirli, breaking a siege by ISIS that had begun in June. US airstrikes preceded the military action. Amirli is roughly halfway between Baghdad and Kirkuk, to the north.
Iraq - -

Libyan Islamist Militants in Control of US Embassy Site in Tripoli

Aug 31, 2014
Libyan rebels said they have "secured" the site of the US Embassy in Tripoli. Embassy personnel evacuated the embassy on July 26, 2014. There is a temporary embassy operation in Malta.
Libya - civil war, diplomacy -

Ukraine Says Russian Tanks Flatten Town

Aug 30, 2014
Russian tanks destroyed the eastern city of Novosvitlivka. The European Union is considering sanctions against Russia.
Ukraine - -

ISIS, Retreating from Kurds, Burns Oil Wells

Aug 28, 2014
ISIS troops burned three oil wells in the Ain Zalah oil field in northern Iraq as ISIS retreated from advancing Kurdish forces.
Iraq - civil war, oil conflict, Kurdistan -

ISIS, Retreating from Kurds, Burns Oil Wells

Aug 28, 2014
ISIS troops burned three oil wells in the Ain Zalah oil field in northern Iraq as ISIS retreated from advancing Kurdish forces.
Iraq - civil war, oil conflict -

Ukraine Accuses Russia of New Incursion

Aug 27, 2014
Ukraine said Russia troops entered Ukraine at Amvrosiyivka. Ukraine also issued a warning of a Russian natural gas cut-off to Europe. Russia denied both claims.
Ukraine - -

UN Outlines Syrian Atrocities

Aug 27, 2014
The UN released a report saying the Syrian government and non-state fighters engaged in atrocities that amounted to crimes against humanity.
Syria - human rights abuses, UN report -

Putin, Ukrainian President Poroshenko Meet

Aug 26, 2014
Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladmir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Moscow to discuss the fighting in east Ukraine.
Ukraine - civil war, secession, diplomacy, natural gas, grain -

Russian Military Vehicles Enter Southeast Ukraine

Aug 25, 2014
About 10 Russian tanks, two armored vehicles and trucks entered Ukraine near the Sea of Azov, Ukraine said.
Ukraine - civil war, transborder incursion, secession, natural gas -

Russian Helicopters Kills Ukrainian Guards

Aug 25, 2014
Russian Mi24 helicopters shot at a Ukrainian border post at Krasnatalovka in the Luhansk region of east Ukraine. Ukraine said four guards were killed and three injured.
Ukraine - civil war, casualties -

Obama orders airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq

Aug 07, 2014
President Obama said that US warplanes bombed ISIS locations in Iraq and also dropped food and other items to Iraqi citizens who had fled the militants.
- US intervention, air war -

Obama orders airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq

Aug 07, 2014
President Obama said that US warplanes bombed ISIS locations in Iraq and also dropped food and other items to Iraqi citizens who had fled the militants.
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ISIS Forces Citizens from Iraqi Towns

Aug 06, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has forced tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens from their homes near the border of the Kurdish semiautonomous region.

Among those fleeing are Christians from Qaraqosh (sometimes called Bakhdida), which is 13 miles southeast of Mosul.

The Obama administration is considering humanitarian airdrops of food and other relief items to the Iraqis displaced by the militants.
Iraq - -

ISIS Forces Citizens from Iraqi Towns

Aug 06, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has forced tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens from their homes near the border of the Kurdish semiautonomous region.

Among those fleeing are Christians from Qaraqosh (sometimes called Bakhdida), which is 13 miles southeast of Mosul.

The Obama administration is considering humanitarian airdrops of food and other relief items to the Iraqis displaced by the militants.
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US Evacuates Embassy in Libya

Jul 26, 2014
The US Embassy in Tripoli evacuated its personnel to Tunisia due to heavy fighting in Libya.
Libya - civil war, diplomacy -

Malyasian Jet MH17 Shot Down North of Donetsk, Ukraine

Jul 17, 2014
A passenger jet carrying nearly 300 people was shot down north near the village of Torez, north of Donetsk, in east Ukraine.
Ukraine - -

Malyasian Jet MH17 Shot Down North of Donetsk, Ukraine

Jul 17, 2014
A passenger jet carrying nearly 300 people was shot down north near the village of Torez, north of Donetsk, in east Ukraine.
Ukraine - -

Rebelling Guards in Libya take Brega Oil Port

Jul 12, 2014
Disgruntled members of the Petroleum Facilities Guard took the oil port of Brega, which is supplying a domestic refinery.
Libya - Libya, MENA, vulnerable oil infrastructure, coastal communities -

ISIS Takes Major Oil Field in Syria

Jul 03, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took the Al-Omar oil field in Deir-Ezzor Province of Syria, wresting it from the control of a rival al-Qaeda group called the Nusra Front.
Syria - Syria, civil war, oil field -

ISIS Takes Major Oil Field in Syria

Jul 03, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took the Al-Omar oil field in Deir-Ezzor Province of Syria, wresting it from the control of a rival al-Qaeda group called the Nusra Front.
Syria - Syria, civil war, oil field -

Libya Ends Dispute with Rebels over Ports

Jul 02, 2014
Libya reached an agreement with rebels led by Ibraham Jathran that will end a blockade of the oil terminals at Ras Lanuf and Sidra. This will add 500,000 barrels a day to the country's exports.
Libya - -

Libya Ends Dispute with Rebels over Ports

Jul 02, 2014
Libya reached an agreement with rebels led by Ibraham Jathran that will end a blockade of the oil terminals at Ras Lanuf and Sidra. This will add 500,000 barrels a day to the country's exports.
Libya - -

Ukraine helicopter shot down despite ceasefire

Jun 24, 2014
A MI-8 Hinde helicopter carrying technicians near Sloviansk was shot down. Nine people were killed.
Ukraine - -

Ukraine helicopter shot down despite ceasefire

Jun 24, 2014
A MI-8 Hinde helicopter carrying technicians near Sloviansk was shot down. Nine people were killed.
Ukraine - -

Sunni rebels take Qaim, an Iraqi post on the Syrian border

Jun 22, 2014
The Iraqi army pulled back from Rawaa and Ana as well.
- Iraq civil war, oil conflict, al Qaeda, ISIS -

Sunni rebels take Qaim, an Iraqi post on the Syrian border

Jun 22, 2014
The Iraqi army pulled back from Rawaa and Ana as well.
- Iraq civil war, oil conflict, al Qaeda, ISIS -

ISIS rebels take chemical weapons depot at Al Muthanna

Jun 20, 2014
Complex, 55 miles north of Baghdad, stored weapons held by Saddam Hussein.
Iraq - -

Battle kills 7 Ukrainian Troops, scores of rebels, Kiev government says

Jun 20, 2014
The battle occurred overnight near the village of Yampil.

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report describing the increase in internally displaced persons in Ukraine and the tactics of intimidation and fear used by the fighters. The UN also said 356 people, including 257 civilians, have died in Eastern Ukraine since May 7.
Ukraine - civil war, agricultural land, coal deposits -

Battle kills 7 Ukrainian Troops, scores of rebels, Kiev government says

Jun 20, 2014
The battle occurred overnight near the village of Yampil.

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report describing the increase in internally displaced persons in Ukraine and the tactics of intimidation and fear used by the fighters. The UN also said 356 people, including 257 civilians, have died in Eastern Ukraine since May 7.
Ukraine - civil war, agricultural land, coal deposits -

ISIS rebels take chemical weapons depot at Al Muthanna

Jun 20, 2014
Complex, 55 miles north of Baghdad, stored weapons held by Saddam Hussein.
Iraq - -

al-Qaeda Breaks Link with ISIS

Feb 03, 2014
The al-Qaeda command council announced that it had no connection with ISIS and said it would concentrate on working with a different Islamist group, the Nusra Front, to topple the Assad government in Syria.
Syria - civil war, militants, -

EU Eastern Partnership Summit Starts

Nov 28, 2013
Eastern Partnership summit begins in Vilnius, Lithuania. European Parliament President Martin Schultz says Yanukovych should listen to his people. Thousands of Ukrainians continue to demonstrate for closer ties to Europe.
- treaty negotiations, EU, Eastern Partnership -

Yanukovyck Calls EU Offer "Candy in a Nice Wrapper"

Nov 26, 2013
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych tells Ukraine television that the EU has been offering candy in a nice wrapper if they would sign an IMF deal
Ukraine - politics, treaty negotiations, natural gas -