ISIS almost expelled from its last urban stronghold in Iraq


According to Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat, Chief of Iraqi Federal Police - "The Hawija offensive has left 270 militants killed, gaining control on an area of 640 square kilometers".

Zarif made the remarks in the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah on Friday on the sidelines of the funeral ceremony for Jalal Talabani, a former Iraqi president and veteran Kurdish leader, who died in Germany on Tuesday at age 83.

"The two countries favour no change in the geographical boundaries, territorial integrity of countries as well as the stability and security of the region", said Rouhani adding that in the case of Syria, tripartite talks with Russian Federation will take place within the framework of the Astana talks, and in the case of Iraq, tripartite negotiations between the two countries and the central government of Iraq will continue.

Last month, more than 90% of Iraqi Kurds voted to secede from Iraq and establish the country of Kurdistan.

Erdogan on Thursday, while traveling back from Tehran, said a decision to ban Iraqi Kurdish energy exports would be coordinated with Tehran and Baghdad.

Some fighting took place to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded.

Leader of Islamic Revolution said the recent independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan indicates that major powers aim to create "a new Israel" in the region. "We want stability in Iraq and to ensure the safety of the State of Iraq". Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will close its border with Iraq and shut its airspace because of the Kurdish independence referendum.

Abadi flew to Paris on Wednesday for a two-day visit in response to an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Iraqi forces have recaptured Islamic State's (ISIS) last strongholds in Salahuddin province and the town of Hawija in Kirkuk province, Iraqi army announced on Thursday.

"A decision made at the table with Mossad is not legitimate, it is illegitimate", the Turkish leader added. Turkey, Iran, and Syria also immediately expressed their opposition to the creation of an independent Kurdistan over concerns that it may spur separatist sentiment in their own Kurdish-populated areas.

For his part, Erdogan underscored the need for a powerful alliance between Iran and Turkey in the region.

Kurds in northern Iraq last week voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence.

This is not the first time that the umbrella organization of mainly Shi'ite militias, some of which are backed by Iran, used threatening rhetoric directed at Kurdish forces and region.

Moreover, Ankara launched joint military exercises with Iraqi troops on their borders.

The Islamic State is also losing ground in Raqqa in Syria, the de-facto capital of the 'caliphate.' Syrian forces announced on 20 September that its assault on Raqqa is nearly complete, with nearly 80 percent of the city captured, as reported by BBC.

The militants' leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared the caliphate from Mosul in mid-2014, released an audio recording last week that indicated he was alive, after several reports he had been killed.