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Terrorist attacks in Iraq leave 24 people dead

At least two dozen people have been killed in a series of terrorist attacks in northern Iraq, in a surge of violence ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections. According to Iraqi officials, 11 people, including five soldiers, lost their lives when a car bomb blasted near a security checkpoint in the city of Mosul, northwest of the capital Baghdad on Sunday. In a separate incident in the city, a car bom ...

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Iraqi militants threaten to open dam in Anbar

Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq’s western province of Anbar have threatened to open a dam in their control to flood the areas around the city of Fallujah. Militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said on Friday that the move would push back the Iraqi army from areas under the government’s control. The dam, which is located in the Nuaimiya area, some five kilometers (three mil ...

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17 people killed in fresh wave of violence in Iraq

At least 17 people have been killed in a fresh bout of violence in Iraq as security forces kill 15 militants in clashes south of the capital Baghdad. Dozens more were also injured in Friday’s clashes as the country approaches the parliamentary elections set to be held on April 30. Clashes between militants and Iraqi soldiers in Yusufiyah, Latifiya, and Jurf al-Sakhr killed 15 militants along with three memb ...

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400,000 displaced by violence in western Iraq: UN

The United Nations says about 400,000 people have been displaced this year due to the ongoing violence in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. The UN also has expressed "grave concern" about the presence of al-Qaeda-inspired militants in the province. “There is a major displacement of population of Anbar Province. I think the number of the displaced families will increase as al-Qaeda is increasing,” politic ...

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All members of Iraq election commission resign

Members of the Iraqi election commission have resigned collectively in protest to what they call political pressure and judicial interference. The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) made the sudden decision on Tuesday, five weeks ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections next month. The nine-member panel said it was caught between conflicting rulings from parliament and the judiciary on banni ...

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Blasts hit café in Iraqi capital, 13 die

Thirteen people have been killed in bombings carried out inside a café in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Iraqi security and medical officials said nearly 40 others were also injured in the bomb attacks. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said on Thursday that the coordinated bombings struck a café in the western neighborhood at Washash around 9:00 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) Wednesday while regul ...

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US gives Iraq Hellfire missiles, ammunition

The US has delivered Hellfire missiles along with M4 rifles and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition to Iraq as the Arab country faces its worst violence in years. “Earlier this month, the United States delivered nearly 100 Hellfire missiles together with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition and M4 rifles,” the US Embassy in Baghdad said in a Sunday statement. “It is essential that Iraqi s ...

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ME Terrorism could spill over to West: Iraqi PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called on the international community to fight terrorism in Syria, warning that it could soon affect European countries. Maliki made the comments at a counter-terrorism conference on Wednesday in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Terrorism has become a global issue that is geographically expanding and its aftershocks will reach European and international capitals in a shor ...

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Rouhani, Putin discuss ways for expanding ties

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have discussed ways for expanding relations between the two countries in all fields. The two sides also discussed regional and international developments during a telephone conversation late on Thursday, stressing the implementation of the deals the two sides inked at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Kyrgyz ...

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Car bomb kills over 32 in southern Iraq

More than 32 people have been killed in a car bomb attack near a security checkpoint in southern Iraq. Police officers say the blast was carried out at the entrance of Shia-populated city of Hillah on Sunday. Officials added that six security personnel are among the victims of the attack, which wounded another 147 people. “Some of the victims were burned inside their cars,” a police officer said. The attack ...

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