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Clash along Iraq-Turkey border

Turkish military and Kurdish militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) clashed near the border of Iraq leaving eight Turkish soldiers dead and at least 16 others wounded,Turkish officials said. The incident is the bloodiest clash over the contentious Kurdish region in recent months. It was reported by Reuters that the attacks were launched in …

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At least 36 killed in wave of Iraq blasts

By Kareem Raheem / Reuters BAGHDAD: More than 20 bombs hit cities and towns across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 36 and wounding more than 100, police and hospital sources said, raising fears of sectarian strife in a country keen to show it can now maintain security. In Baghdad, three car bombs, two roadside …

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Iraqi lawmaker escapes assassination attempt

By Sameer N. Yacoub / AP BAGHDAD: A Sunni lawmaker says he escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen ambushed his convoy north of the Iraqi capital. Falah Al-Naqeeb, a member the Sunni-backed Iraqiya parliament bloc, said over the phone on Tuesday that gunmen sprayed the cars with bullets in the Sunni-dominated area of Taji, about …

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Iraq electoral commission chief arrested for graft

By Raheem Salman /Reuters BAGHDAD: The head of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and one of its members were arrested by police on Thursday on corruption charges, IHEC officials said, in the latest apparent move for more government control of independent bodies. Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki won a court ruling in January 2011 that …

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Shias, Sunnis in post-US Iraq: separate, unequal

By Hamza Hendawi / AP BAGHDAD: Now that US forces are gone, Iraq’s ruling Shias are moving quickly to keep the two Muslim sects separate — and unequal. Sunnis are locked out of key jobs at universities and in government, their leaders banned from Cabinet meetings or even marked as fugitives. Sunnis cannot get help …

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Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurdish issue

By Soli Ozel Syria, as always, is more than just Syria. The outcome of the deepening civil war or the violent fragmentation of the country will have a bearing on developments in the region, particularly for neighboring states. The strategies chosen by the regime to fight off the challenge against it have intensified sectarian divisions. A …

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Baghdad spruces up for Arab summit

By Prashant Rao / AFP BAGHDAD: With renovated hotels and tighter security, Baghdad is putting on its best face for this week’s Arab summit in what Iraq has billed as its re-emergence as a regional leader after decades of unrest. But while thousands of soldiers and policemen have been drafted in and as much as $500 …

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Iraq tightens security as Al-Qaeda claims deadly blasts

By Prashant Rao / AFP BAGHDAD: Key routes in Baghdad were locked down Wednesday as Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly blasts targeting security for a landmark Arab summit next week. The tightened measures came a day after nationwide gun and bomb attacks killed 50 people and left 255 others …

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Iraq to pay $408 million Gulf War debt to Egyptians

By Reuters BAGHDAD: Iraq said on Saturday it had agreed to pay $408 million to hundreds of thousands of Egyptian workers who fled Iraq because of Saddam Hussein’s 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari signed a memorandum of understanding during a visit to Egypt this week, his office said, under which Baghdad agreed …

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Islamists claim Iraq attack that killed at least 27

By Nour Merza / Reuters DUBAI: An Iraqi Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for attacks in western Iraq on March 5 that killed dozens of policemen, a statement posted on Islamist websites said late on Thursday. Gunmen disguised as police raided checkpoints and homes in and around the western Iraqi city of Haditha, killing …

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Bombs kill six as Iraq says 70,000 dead 2004-2011

By W.G. Dunlop / AFP BAGHDAD: Car bombs in Iraq killed six people on Wednesday as authorities released figures showing nearly 70,000 people died in violence from 2004 to 2011, markedly fewer than numbers from other sources. The latest bloodshed comes a month before Baghdad hosts an Arab summit, the first such non-emergency Arab meeting to …

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Iraq approves $363 mln power deal with Egypt’s Orascom

By Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters BAGHDAD: Iraq’s cabinet approved a $363 million contract on Tuesday with Egypt’s Orascom Construction to build a 1,014 megawatt gas power plant in the north of the country, it said on Tuesday. The contract involves building a plant in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, to install six gas …

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Sowing seeds of peace, from Virginia to Iraq

By Rev. Wayne Lavender SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq: Soon after the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I left the church where I had been serving as the senior pastor for 12 years, sensing a call to work for peace and justice. I travelled up and down the east coast of the United States to speak about peace, …

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Rapid attacks across Iraq kill 50 people

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sameer N. Yacoub / AP BAGHDAD: A rapid series of attacks spread over a wide swath of Iraqi territory killed at least 50 people on Thursday, targeting mostly security forces in what appeared to be another strike by Al-Qaeda insurgents bent on destabilizing the country. The apparently coordinated bombings and shootings unfolded …

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Jordan PM plans to visit Iraq after Egypt gas cuts

AMMAN: Jordanian Prime Minister Awn Khasawneh said Tuesday he plans to visit Iraq "very soon" to look for alternatives for Egypt’s gas after repeated cut-offs in supplies to the energy-poor kingdom. "I will visit Iraq very soon to discuss the issue. We are still trying with the Qataris as well as the Saudis," Khasawneh told …

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