Diplomacy 2020-01-04 Inside Soleimani's plot to attack US forces in Iraq The IRGC's Quds Force has been reinforcing the arsenal of its affiliated Iraqi militias with a range of missiles and advanced weapons for months. 2019-12-17 Baghdad must 'take proactive actions' after strikes on US interests: Washington The US called on Iraq to take action to protect US interests after a series of attacks that have been blamed on Iran-backed groups. 2019-07-22 Top Omani diplomat to visit Iran amid regional tensions Oman is among those calling for the release of a British-flagged tanker and for London and Tehran to resolve their dispute with diplomacy. 2018-04-14 World leaders, locals welcome Syria strikes The joint strikes led by the US, France and Britain targeted sites linked to chemical weapons development in the country. 2018-04-04 Arab countries seek warmer ties with Iraq Saudi Arabia and the UAE have taken steps to enhance ties between their nations and the people of Iraq by investing in several key projects. 2017-01-24 Astana talks wrap with Syria truce agreement Two days of indirect talks in Kazakhstan have yielded a ceasefire mechanism, but a lasting political solution to the Syrian conflict is still elusive.