IRAQ

Foreign firms are pulling back “non-essential staff” from Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Iraq, previously seen as a safe-haven from the advance of ISIS Jihadists. The KRG has called on the US to step up “urgent” military assistance.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) says urgent US military assistance and hardware are needed to stop Islamic militants fighting Kurdish Peshmerga from advancing to the Kurdish capital Erbil.

The KRG’s Ministry of...