France's Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month Dec 08, 2017 0 51 12345 AFPDohaFrance's President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Iraq would announce its total"liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December.He made the prediction in Doha."There will be a liberation before the end of the year and we will, in the next months I hope, achieve a military victory in the Iraqi-Syrian zone," he told reporters.He made his comments after visiting the huge US air base of Al-Udeid in Qatar where he met a small French contingent and spoke to US military command.Al-Udeid, the largest US air base in the region, plays a key role in America's fight against the Islamic State group and it is from where the air campaign against jihadists has been directed.IS jihadists have suffered a series of major military defeats in Syria and Iraq this year. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES HRW denounces attacks on Sufi shrines in Libya Dec 08, 2017 0 80 Yemen govt retakes Red Sea town from Houthi rebels Dec 08, 2017 0 44 Syrian govt to rejoin talks in Geneva on Sunday Dec 08, 2017 0 49 Mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria: Russian military REUTERS MOSCOW Russia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control. Russian bombers .. Libyan mayors meet to shore up their role in restoring peace and unifying people REUTERS TUNIS More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying .. UN to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks "We shall assess the behaviour of both sides, government and opposition, in Geneva. And based on that we will then decide how this... can be a building up or not, or a sabotage of Geneva." (Reuters) Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey REUTERS ANKARA The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges. Selahattin Demirtas, ..