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Iraqi security forces targets in Islamic State attack

At least seven members of Iraq’s security forces were killed and 16 wounded overnight in two separate attacks by Islamic State militants, police said on Thursday. Three members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) and two policemen were killed in an attack in the Sayed Gharib area north of …

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Iraq and Kuwait doing joint oil exploration

Iraq has agreed with Kuwait to appoint British energy advisory firm ERC Equipoise to prepare a study for the development of joint border oilfields, the Iraqi oil ministry said on Wednesday. A contract is expected to be signed with the company in coming days, a statement from the ministry said. …

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Iran attacks Kuridsh outpost in Iraq

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Friday. “A large number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the attacks that had started from Wednesday …

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Kurds now eager to promote cooperation with Baghdad

Two years after a failed independence bid plunged Iraq’s Kurdistan Region into months of instability, the new regional prime minister said his priority was strengthening ties with Baghdad, signalling dreams of self-rule should be put on hold. Masrour Barzani, sworn in as regional prime minister on Wednesday, told Reuters in …

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Morter bombs kill people in northern Iraq

At least three people were killed and four wounded when three mortar bombs hit the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat on Tuesday, police officials and hospital sources said. Police officials in the area said Islamic State militants were involved in the attack and the mortars were fired from a nearby …

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Iraq bomb blast at Shiite mosque on Friday

A bomb blast at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in eastern Baghdad wounded at least seven people on Friday, security sources said, correcting earlier reports of seven killed. Police sources said on Friday a suicide belt or improvised explosive device had been used in the attack in the Baladiyat neighbourhood, for …

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Iraqi ExxonMobil $53 billion deal falls through

Just weeks ago, U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil looked poised to move ahead with a $53 billion project to boost Iraq’s oil output at its southern fields, a milestone in the company’s ambitions to expand in the country. But now a combination of contractual wrangling and security concerns, heightened by escalating …

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Oil staff evacuated after missile strike in Iraq

A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday, including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil, wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.-Iran tensions in the region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack near Iraq’s southern city of Basra, the …

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Turkey battles Kurds in northern Iraq

Turkey’s military launched an operation with commandos, backed by artillery and air strikes, against Kurdish militants in a mountainous area of northern Iraq, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The military action began with artillery and air strikes on Monday afternoon and the operation by commando brigades began at 8 …

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Missile attack on US green zone in Iraq

A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, on Sunday night, falling near the U.S. Embassy but causing no casualties, the Iraqi military said. The attack came two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi …

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Exxon leaves Iraq amidst Iran standoff

Exxon Mobil has evacuated all of its foreign staff from Iraq’s West Qurna 1 oilfield and is flying them out to Dubai, three sources told Reuters on Saturday. Production at the oilfield was not affected by the evacuation and work is continuing normally, overseen by Iraqi engineers, Iraqi oil officials …

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Washington slowing pulling out officials from Iraq

Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces. The U.S. State Department has ordered the pullout of the employees from both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the embassy said in …

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Earthquake hits Kurdish Iraq

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Local medics said no injuries were reported and officials said there was no significant material damage. USGS said the quake occurred 71 km southeast of the city at a depth of …

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Blast rock Baghdad, in Sadr city

A blast rocked Baghdad’s northeastern Sadr City district on Thursday, but there were differing accounts on whether it caused any casualties. Police Colonel Jamal Hameed told Reuters a parcel had been found on the side of the road near a market and detonated in a controlled explosion, hurting no one. …

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Iraqi attack leaves 5 family members dead

Gunmen shot dead five members of a family in an attack on their house near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul late on Wednesday, police officials and hospital sources said. Police officials in the area said Islamic State militants were involved in the attack. An interior ministry statement said “terrorist …

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Iraq seeks energy cooperation with Qatar

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban has discussed joint cooperation and potential investments in oil, gas and electricity with his Qatari counterpart Saad al-Kaabi, the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Ghadhban, who is visiting Doha, met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the statement …

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Iran to open oil branch in Iraq

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) will open an office in Iraq, the semi-official Fars News Agency said on Saturday. The new office “will facilitate cooperation in the oil industry and the transfer of engineering and technical services” to Iraq, it said. The announcement comes as Iran faces U.S. sanctions …

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Baghdadi still alive and well

Islamic State remains a potent threat around the world despite reduced capabilities, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday, adding its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had made his latest video appearance in a “remote area”. Abdul Mahdi did not say which country that area was in. A video …

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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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