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Saudi Aramco prospets for oil, gas in Iraq

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Thursday that Saudi state-owned oil giant Aramco will help his government explore for gas in the country’s western desert, according to Al-Arabiya television. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is in Riyadh on the second day of an official visit to Saudi Arabia, …

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Iraqi PM in Saudi, meets MBS

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran. Abdul Mahdi’s meeting with the crown prince came after …

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Iraq banning violent computer games

Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ban popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their “negative” influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed. Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide …

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Iran encourages Iraq to evict US troops

Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Saturday to ensure U.S. troops leave “as soon as possible”, Iranian state media reported. “You must make sure that the Americans withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because expelling them has become …

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Iran and Iraq sending military brass to Syria

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss “ways to combat terrorism”, the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday. The paper gave no further details of what would likely be discussed at the meeting, or its timing and …

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Rouhani heading to Iraq in historic visit

President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq this week is a strong message to the United States and its regional allies that Iran still dominates Baghdad, a key arena for rising tension between Washington and Tehran. The first Iranian presidential visit to Iraq since 2013 is also meant to signal to …

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Blast kills two, harms 24 more, in Mosul

At least two people were killed and 24 wounded in a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Police said a vehicle packed with explosives was parked near the perimeters of Mosul University, in the center of the city. Mosul, which was …

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Iraqi novelist gunned down in cold blood

A motorcycle gunman shot dead an Iraqi novelist close to his house in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala on Saturday, police and eyewitnesses said. Alaa Mashzoub, 50, was on his way home when he was shot multiple times, police said late on Saturday. It was unclear what the motive …

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Several killed and scores wounded in Iraq bomb blast

At least four policemen were killed and 11 wounded by two roadside bombs that targeted police convoys in separate attacks in northern Iraq on Sunday, the service and medical sources said. Two died and eight were wounded when a bomb hit a bus carrying police on their way to work …

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Car bombs kills and injures near Kirkuk

A car bomb killed one soldier and injured at least two in a northern Iraqi town near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, the military and a security source said. The military said in a statement that a member of the security forces was killed. A security source told …

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Iraqi bikers try to unite war-torn country

Roaring along Baghdad’s highways, the “Iraq Bikers” are doing more than showing off their love of outsized motorcycles and black leather: they want their shared enthusiasm to help heal Iraq’s deep sectarian rifts. Weaving in and out of traffic, only the lucky few ride Harley Davidsons – a rare and …

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Iraq reafirms commitment to OPEC production cuts

Iraq said on Friday it was committed to the OPEC+ output-cutting deal and would keep its oil production at 4.513 million barrels per day for the first half of 2019. Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said in a statement that he had directed oil officials to take urgent measures to …

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Iraq pushes up oil production, exports

Iraq’s oil exports averaged 3.726 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, a significant increase from the previous month, the oil ministry said on Wednesday. Exports from Iraq’s southern Basra ports rose to a record high of 3.63 million bpd, up from 3.363 million bpd in November, the ministry said …

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Iraqi threat looms, claims Israeli spy

Iran could use its growing clout in Iraq to turn the Arab country into a springboard for attacks against Israel, the top Israeli intelligence official said on Monday. Israel sees the spread of Tehran’s influence in the region as a growing threat, and has carried out scores of air strikes …

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Iraqi consternation over Trump surprise viisit

Iraqi political and militia leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, and lawmakers said a meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was canceled due to a disagreement over venue. Sabah al Saadi, …

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Carb Bomb detonates in Tal Afar, Iraq

At least two people were killed and 11 wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a former Islamic State stronghold, the military said. Tal Afar, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, experienced cycles of sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’ites …

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Kuwait and Iraq discussing oil cooperation

Kuwait and Iraq have chosen a consultant to assess areas with oil reserves on the border between the two countries and production policy will be decided based on the study, Thamir Ghadhban, Iraq’s oil minister said on Sunday at a meeting of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries in …

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Iraqi still unsettled over latest cabinet

Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday to approve three out of five ministers put forward by Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, ending weeks of political stagnation among the two largest parliamentary blocs. The approval of the ministers brings Abdul-Mahdi one step closer to completing his cabinet, but major divisions over who will …

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Turkey on warpath against PKK in Iraq

Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air strikes violated its sovereignty and endangered civilians. The Turkish military said on Friday it killed eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, prompting Iraqi authorities …

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Basra protests clash with riot police, shots fired

Security forces used live bullets and teargas on Friday to disperse protesters gathered in Iraq’s southern city of Basra, but no injuries were reported. Around 250 people had surrounded a building used as temporary headquarters for the provincial council to protest against corruption and demand jobs and better public services. …

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Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in Salahuddin province

Iraqi forces have killed 15 Islamic State militants inside a tunnel during a search operation in the northern Sunni-majority Salahuddin province, the military said on Wednesday. Islamic State, which once occupied a third of Iraq’s territory, has been largely defeated in the country but has continued to carry out ambushes, …

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Iran defying US sanctions wih Iraqi help

Iran and Iraq could raise their annual bilateral trade to $20 billion from the current level of $12 billion, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, despite concerns over the economic impact of renewed U.S. sanctions. Rouhani’s remarks, made after a meeting with visiting Iraqi President Barham Salih, came about two …

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Appointment of new Iraqi cabinet imminent

Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mehdi is expected to present his cabinet lineup on Tuesday or Wednesday, meeting a 30-day period specified by the Iraqi Constitution. Leaks from Baghdad are stressing that the Abdul Mehdi cabinet will be a government of technocrats and independents, composed mainly of new faces. Thirty-five …

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Mosul reconstruction may revive Unesco fortunes

The United Nations’ cultural agency wants to use the reconstruction of Iraq’s second city Mosul as a way to restore its credibility and show how a fraying multilateral order can be revived, its director general said on Monday. Officially entitled the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Paris-based Unesco …

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