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Iraqi Kurdistan oil pipeline export capacity to double

The capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan's independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month, helping the semi-autonomous region increase exports and revenue, industry sources and officials said.

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Iraqi forces aim to recapture Mosul

Iraqi forces are planning an assault on the northern city of Mosul, hoping to retake it from Islamic State fighters, the spokesman for the country's counter-terrorism unit said on Monday. "The new tactic of launching a qu

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Kurds fight to retake dam with US air support

Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday and the US conducted a second day of air strikes in the area in a drive to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north.

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US launches air strikes near Arbil, Mosul dam

The US on Saturday conducted air strikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Arbil and the Mosul dam, the US Central Command said. The Mosul dam, Iraq's biggest, fell under control of Islamic Sta

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Iraqi Kurds sell third major oil shipment

Iraqi Kurdistan has delivered its third major cargo of crude oil out of a Turkish port and a fourth is sailing to Croatia, showing the autonomous region is finding more buyers despite legal pressure from Baghdad and setbacks in the US.

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Iraq forecasts wheat imports above 2m tonnes

Iraq has enough wheat to last until March despite Islamic State militants taking over large areas of fertile land in the north, the head of the country's main grain-importing organisation told Reuters on Thursday. Hassan Ibrah

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Iraq's Islamic fighters profit from oil sales: US

Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq are selling oil from oilfields and refineries they control to local communities and smugglers, augmenting their existing ample finances, US intelligence officials said on Thursday. At least

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Islamists sought to turn Lebanon into Iraq: army chief

Islamic State insurgents who seized a Lebanese border town this month planned to turn Lebanon into another Iraq by unleashing sectarian war between Sunnis and Shi'ites that would have endangered the nation's very existence, the army comm

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Iraq's Maliki steps aside, paving way for new govt

Nuri Al-Maliki has finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond on Thursday and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash a Sunni Islamist insurgency that threatens Baghd

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UN declares emergency for Iraq humanitarian crisis

The United Nations has called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The move comes after hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain

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