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Checkpoint blasts kill 15 in northern Iraq: official

AFP – A roadside bomb followed by a suicide bomber detonating an explosives-rigged truck at a police checkpoint in northern Iraq killed 15 people on Monday, a local official said. The official, Shallal Abdul Baban, told AFP the blasts in Tuz Khurmatu also wounded 115 people and caused “great destruction”. The police checkpoint that was …

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ISIL slams Qaeda chief, refuses to quit Syria

AFP – A powerful jihadist group battling Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria has sharply criticised the global terror network’s leader in a statement, rejecting his call for them to leave the war-ravaged country. The audio recording, purportedly made by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant spokesman Abu Mohammed Al-Adnani, also urged Ayman Al-Zawahiri to remove …

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Iraq violence kills over 30 people in 24 hours

The bloodshed comes as officials count ballots from the 30 April general election, the first since US troops withdrew in late 2011, and amid a protracted surge in nationwide unrest that has sparked fears of a return to the sectarian killing sprees of 2006-2007.

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Five key questions on Iraq’s election

AFP – Five key questions about Iraq’s general election on Wednesday. Who are the candidates? 9,039 candidates from 277 political blocs are standing for a seat in the 328-strong parliament. More than 20 million Iraqis are eligible to vote, with 48,796 polling stations nationwide. Tribal allegiances and sectarian affiliations play a key role in voting. …

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Factfile on Iraq

AFP – Basic facts about Iraq, where the first parliamentary election since 2010 will be held on Wednesday amid the country’s worst violence in years. Geography: Bordered by Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait, Iraq has a narrow outlet to the sea on the Gulf, and a surface area of 438,317 square kilometres …

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Key dates in Iraq since US 2003 invasion

AFP – Iraq, where legislative elections take place on Wednesday, has for more than a year seen an upsurge of violence. The unrest has been principally driven by anger in the Sunni Arab community over alleged mistreatment at the hands of the Shi’a-led government and security forces, as well as a spillover from the civil …

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Iraq attacks kill 12 as soldiers ambush militants

AFP- Attacks in Iraq left 12 people dead Tuesday while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad amid worries insurgents are encroaching on the capital weeks ahead of elections. The latest violence is part of a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 2,400 people dead since the start of …

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Russia’s Lukoil begins output from giant Iraq oilfield

Reuters – Russia’s Lukoil began commercial production from one of the world’s largest untapped oilfields in Iraq on Saturday, as the country raises output to record levels. Production from the giant West Qurna-2 is eventually expected to reach 1.2m barrels per day (bpd), from an initial 120,000 bpd. The field is one of several that …

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One dead as pro-, anti-Damascus gunmen clash in Beirut

AFP – A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle raged from 3am to 8.30am (0100 to 0630 GMT) in a poor Sunni Muslim district in the south of the …

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AB Maritime to launch Basra-Dubai line – Al Souob

By Rehab Saber Arab Bridge Maritime (AB Maritime ) plans to launch a maritime line joining Basra in southern Iraq and the UAE by hiring two passenger ferries with an initial cost of $2m annually, AB Managing Director Hussien Al Souob said. AB Maritime intends to buy the two ferries if the new line proves …

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Under US pressure, Iraq denies Iran arms deals

AFP – Iraq, facing heavy pressure from the United States, has denied signing deals for weapons and ammunition with Iran in apparent violation of international sanctions. The defence ministry said a variety of international firms had sought to supply Iraq with ammunition and night vision equipment, including one company from Iran. But contrary to media …

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Attacks kill seven Iraq security personnel

AFP – Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing near the Anbar provincial council headquarters, killed seven soldiers and police on Tuesday, officials said. In Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle near the provincial council headquarters, killing three soldiers and wounding at least four. Anti-government fighters have occupied …

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