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Trafigura helped Iraqi Kurds defy Baghdad to sell oil

Trafigura, one of the world's biggest commodities trading firms, played a pivotal role in helping Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region export oil, which the Iraqi government considered illegal, three sou

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Iraqi forces retake four villages from IS

Iraqi government forces retook four villages on Sunday near a mountain ridge overlooking Islamic State supply lines, security officials said, in a campaign which has struggled to make advances against the Sunni Islamist insurgents.

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Warwick hotel opens in Baghdad

Warwick International Hotels Group (WIH), a global hospitality company, recently added Baghdad to its portfolio with the launch of the Babylon Warwick Hotel in the capital city of Iraq. Located on the edge of the Tigris River opposite o

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US strikes Islamic State target near Baghdad

The US military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, US Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Sy

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Dozens of Iraqis killed in mosque shooting

At least 70 Iraqi worshippers were killed in a mosque carnage in a volatile province outside Baghdad yesterday (August 22), a report said. Militants first detonated a bomb near the entrance of the Sunni mosque and then used machin

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'We will drown all of you in blood': ISIS tells US

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the US it will attack Americans "in any place" if the raids hit its milita

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Showdown in Baghdad as Maliki refuses to go

Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Ba

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Maliki defiant as special forces deploy in Baghdad

Special forces loyal to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad on Sunday night after he delivered a tough speech indicating he would not cave in to pressure to drop a bid for a third term, police sources

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Cannot seize Kurdish crude for now: US court

A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a  US judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be s

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Attack on bus in Iraq kills 60

A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 51 prisoners and nine policemen on Thursday, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said. The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to B

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