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US delivers 2,000 rockets for Iraq; holds half for now

The United States has delivered 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank weapons destined for Iraq, sending 1,000 directly to the government in Baghdad, with the US-led coalition holding the other half in the region for training Iraqis and for future contingencies,

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Qatar to open embassy in Iraq as ties improves

Qatar will open an embassy in Baghdad, Iraq's foreign minister said on Friday, in the latest sign of improving relations between Gulf Arab countries and Iraq. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim-ruled states of the Gulf and Iraq

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Bombs outside two 5-star Baghdad hotels kill at least 10

Car bombs exploded in the parking lots of two heavily fortified five-star hotels in central Baghdad late on Thursday, killing at least 10 people, police and medical sources said. A further 30 people were wounded in the blasts, whi

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IS faces battle as Iraq bids to retake Ramadi

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a US official's sharp criticism of Iraq

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Syria's Palmyra falls to Islamic State

Islamic State seized full control of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Thursday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighbouring Iraq, suggesting momentum is building for the ultra-hardline group. T

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Zain Iraq mulls share sale after Baghdad listing

The owners of Zain Iraq, the country's biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, aim to sell 25 per cent of the company's shares after it joins Baghdad's bourse, parent firm Zain said on Tuesday. Iraq's three m

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Shi'ite forces ordered to deploy after fall of Iraqi city

Shi'ite paramilitaries were preparing to deploy to Iraq's western province of Anbar on Monday after Islamic State militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer.

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Baghdad makes $455m budget payment to Kurds

Iraq's Kurdistan region received a $455 million budget payment from Baghdad for March, proof the national government honours a deal over the Kurds' oil policies, the country's finance minister said on Thursday.

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Emirates to restart Baghdad flights from March 1

Dubai-based Emirates will restart passenger flights to Baghdad, Iraq, from March 1. The airline, which suspended operations to the capital on January 26, will again operate with six weekly flights to Baghdad, served by an A330-200 aircr

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Iraq's oil export deal with Kurdistan in trouble

A deal aimed at resolving a dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional authorities over crude oil exports looked fragile with the semi-autonomous region's Prime Minister threatening to withhold exports. Both sides reaffirmed their

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