Iraq

Iraq to Offer New Proposals to Implement OPEC Oil Output Cut

LONDON—Iraq will offer three new proposals at a meeting in Vienna this coming week to discuss implementing an OPEC accord to cut output, Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said late Sunday, in the latest sign the country is inching closer to resolving its differences with the cartel. The options will be consistent with OPEC policy and are designed to bolster ...

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Mosul advances prove power of Iraq government: Iran VP

The Iranian first vice president says the recent achievements made by Iraqi forces during their operation to liberate the key northern city of Mosul from Daesh Takfiri terrorists in parallel with the management of Arba’een mourning rituals in Iraq prove the country’s power. “The command of the big battle in Mosul against terrorists, simultaneous with the Arba’een mass march, which ...

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To Mosul and back: Sunni Arabs seek place in a shifting Iraq leftright 13/13leftright

When Kurdish forces began rounding up his relatives and friends, 23-year-old Iraqi Omar Abdallah fled with his pregnant wife and four brothers to Mosul. At the time, life under Islamic State seemed preferable for the Sunni Arab to indefinite detention. That was shortly after the ultra-hardline Sunni group captured large areas of northern Iraq in the summer in 2014, and ...

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From war to occupation in Iraq

On Monday we reported on Prime Minister Theresa May’s promise to crack down on “activist left wing human rights lawyers” to prevent them “harassing” British soldiers. On Tuesday we told the story of Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, left to drown after being forced into a river by soldiers, one case among hundreds brought to light by investigations into British conduct in ...

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3 soldiers killed in Daesh attack in western Iraq

Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and five others injured in clashes with Daesh militants in western Iraq on Wednesday, according to a local police officer. Captain Ahmed al-Duleimi said Daesh militants staged a brazen attack with car-bombs on a military headquarters in Rutba city, 310 kilometer west of Ramadi. “Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in ensuing clashes ...

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Battle with IS leaves melting pot Iraq town in ruins

Bashiqa (Iraq) (AFP) – Dilshad Salim stares in disbelief at the devastated ruins of his hometown Bashiqa in northern Iraq several days after Kurdish forces took it back from the Islamic State jihadist group. “This was my cousin’s place,” he says, pointing at the ruins of a tile shop, then to a gutted building across the street: “This was my ...

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Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Militants in Iraqi city Mosul directed anger and defeated against innocent people who are being hanged for no abuse reason. So-called Islamic State (IS) shot dead 40 civilians on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after accusing them of treason, the United Nations says. Their bodies were then hung from electricity poles in several ...

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Think Iraq Looks Bad Now? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

BY KALAHAN DENH Already, the treatment of Sunnis in areas liberated from the so-called Islamic State is laying the groundwork for more hatred, violence, and terror to come. “This is payback for the Speicher massacre,” a Shia soldier said to a Sunni as he stomped all over him and some other helpless Sunni prisoners, his colleagues hitting them with whatever ...

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Seeking Clues to ISIS Strategy in Corpses and Cellphones Left in Kirkuk

BY KALAHAN DENG Kurdish security forces gathered around the body of an Islamic State militant in Kirkuk, Iraq, last weekend. The Islamic State attacked Kirkuk while trying to defend territory in Mosu KIRKUK, Iraq — Eighty-four bodies of Islamic State fighters were piled high at the Kirkuk hospital morgue, as the pathologists went through the gruesome work of gathering intelligence ...

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Kurdish Troops Advance on ISIS-Held Villages East of Mosul

BADANA PICHWK, Iraq — Kurdish forces on Monday morning began advancing on a string of villages east of Mosul, the start of a long-awaited campaign to reclaim Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State, which seized it more than two years ago, officials said. About 4,000 Kurdish pesh merga troops are involved in the operation to retake 10 villages, the ...

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