Iraq

Iraq-Jordan border industrial zone set to bolster economic exchange

AMMAN – Jordan and Iraq expect to bolster economic ties with a border industrial zone that promises 50,000 job opportunities and a host of projects to revitalise bilateral trade. The industrial zone is planned to reinforce economic cooperation in all fields with the help of private sector in both countries. It is also meant to facilitate exports of tax-exempted Jordanian ...

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Iraq: ‘Dangerous disease’ hits tomato produce

Iraqi farmers have accused parties loyal to Iran of being behind a “dangerous disease” which has hit the country’s tomato produce, Al Khaleej Online reported on Friday. Social media activists said that the epidemic – which seems to have hit tomato produce in the southeastern city of Basra – has caused thousands of tonnes of tomatoes to turn rotten. Though the reason ...

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Zarif to visit Iraq Sunday

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to leave Tehran for Baghdad on Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that a high ranking economic delegation will accompany Zarif in the trip. CEOs of dozens of entrepreneur companies will accompany the foreign minister, he added. Zarif is scheduled to meet with high-ranking Iraqi officials, attend ...

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Iraq appeals to UN for help tackling threats from climate change

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Crumbling infrastructure after decades of conflict, rising temperatures, and desertification are threatening the security of Iraq today, the country’s water minister said at the United Nations this week. “The rise in temperatures and war on terrorism that displaced millions of people to areas without any services have had a severe impact on the people,” Minister ...

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Iraq begins manual vote recount in Duhok, Nineveh

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) began a manual recount of ballots from the contested May 12 national election in the provinces of Duhok and Nineveh on Saturday morning. “The vote recount in Duhok takes place in the hall of the College of Agriculture at Duhok University. In addition to the ballots of the people of ...

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US Reportedly to Open New Bases in Iraq, Despite Local Authorities’ Opposition

A number of prominent political figures and members of the Iraqi parliament have spoken out against the US’ military presence in the country, with a senior adviser to Iraqi cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr slamming it as an “occupation of the country.” The US is planning to open a new military airbase in Iraq near the town of al-Qa’im in Anbar Province, the local news outlet ...

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IRGC busts terror outfit, kills three terrorists near Iraq border

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has smashed a terror outfit and killed three terrorists in the west of the country near the border with Iraq. In a statement on Saturday, the Najaf Ashraf Base of the IRGC Ground Forces said it had identified and completely destroyed a “counter-revolutionary terrorist group” that planned to carry out acts of sabotage and ...

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Iraq: Protests rage over poor public services, unemployment

Iraq has placed its security forces on high alert after protests against high unemployment and a lack of basic services in the country’s southern provinces spread to the capital, Baghdad. The nationwide directive on Saturday was issued overnight by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who also serves as the country’s commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Reinforcement soldiers from both the Counter Terrorism Service and the Army’s ...

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Iraq court jails French woman for 20 years over Islamic State membership

An Iraqi court on Sunday jailed a French woman for 20 years for belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group as her lawyers accused authorities in Paris of “interference” to prevent her returning to France. Melina Boughedir, a mother of four, was sentenced last February to seven months in prison for “illegal” entry into the country, and was set to ...

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Iraq and Iran swap Kirkuk oil in strategic boost for Tehran

Iraq and Iran have begun exchanging crude oil, the Iranian oil ministry’s news agency SHANA said on Sunday, in a deal that will position Tehran to expand its interests in its most important Arab ally in the face of growing pressure from Washington. Crude from the Kirkuk field in northern Iraq is being shipped by truck to Iran. Tehran will ...

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