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Kurdistan Regional Government threatens to sue Baghdad

Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has threatened Baghdad with legal action for “interference” in its oil sales. In a letter to Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Karim Luaibi, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said it will sue Baghdad by the middle of this month if it continues to hamper the Kurdish region's oil exports. The "KRG will bring civil, and where necessary, criminal proceedings against your min ...

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Hopefully we’ll form Iraq new government: Iraq’s PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has expressed hope that Baghdad will form a new government, a day after the new parliament failed to choose a new speaker. “A state of weakness occurred but God willing in the next session we will overcome it with cooperation and agreement and openness...in choosing the individuals and the mechanisms that will result in a political process based on...democratic mechanism ...

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Over 2,400 killed in Iraq in June: UN

The United Nations says a wave of violence in Iraq left more than 2,400 people dead in June, making it the deadliest month this year. The UN mission to Iraq said in a statement on Tuesday that the death toll includes over 1,500 civilians and nearly 890 members of security forces. It also said that some 2,287 Iraqis, including 1,763 civilians, were wounded during the period. “The staggering number of civilia ...

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ISIS Urges Takfiris To Join Iraq, Syria War ‘To Build Islamic State’

Leader of Takfiri terrorists and so-called Islamic State of Syria and al-Sham (ISIS) has ordered its world wide supporters to join Iraq and Syria war in order to build Islamic State (IS). Abu Bakkar al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS jihadists has called for Takfiris to come to the newly-declared Islamic State, vowing revenge for what he said were wrongs committed against fellow Muslims. This was the first state ...

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Over 2,400 killed in Iraq in June: UN

The United Nations says a wave of violence in Iraq left more than 2,400 people dead in June, making it the deadliest month this year. The UN mission to Iraq said in a statement on Tuesday that the death toll includes over 1,500 civilians and nearly 890 members of security forces. It also said that some 2,287 Iraqis, including 1,763 civilians, were wounded during the period. “The staggering number of civilia ...

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Iraqi locals, merchants ban Turkish, Saudi goods

Residents and merchants in Iraq’s central province of Babil have agreed to stop importing commodities from neighboring Turkey and Saudi Arabia due to the support of Ankara and Riyadh for the latest violence sweeping Iraq. Babil Governor Sadeq al-Sultani said on Saturday that the decision has been taken in response to the stance of the two countries toward Iraq and their support for the so-called Islamic Sta ...

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I will not hand over Kirkuk to Baghdad: Barzani

The President of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, Masoud Barzani, says he will not hand over the disputed oil-rich region of Kirkuk to the central government in Baghdad. Barzani made the comments at a meeting with visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague. The British top diplomat arrived in Arbil on Friday to discuss the ongoing al-Qaeda-linked militancy and other developments in Iraq. Kurdi ...

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FAO warns of food insecurity due to violence in Iraq

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned of serious food insecurity in Iraq as violence continues in the crisis-hit country. On Wednesday, FAO called for "urgent support" to farmers, saying the country was "facing serious food security concerns." “Prevailing civil insecurity and associated access problems, labor shortages, and disruptions in transport and marketing are expected to significa ...

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Israel imports oil from Iraq’s Kurdistan: Reports

Israel has imported a consignment of crude oil from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region despite warnings by Baghdad against any such oil trade, reports say. Industry reports and ship tracking data show that the consignment was delivered by the SCF Altai tanker at the port of Ashkelon in the occupied Palestine early on Friday and unloaded later in the day. It is still not clear if Israel directly purchas ...

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BBC’s sectarian Iraq coverage slammed

A group of Iraqis have staged a demonstration in the British capital, London, to express their anger at the inflammatory and sectarian reporting of events in the Arab country by the state-run British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Press TV reports. Hundreds of British Iraqis gathered outside the BBC headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the corporation’s coverage of the country’s recent plunge into ...

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