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AFP – Powerful Shi’a cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, leader of a major political movement and a key figure in post-Saddam Iraq, has announced his exit from politics two months before elections. The decision, if confirmed as permanent, brings to a close a political career that began with his fierce opposition to the US military presence in …
Gas pumped from the immense new Shah Deniz II field will travel across Azerbaijan and Georgia and across Turkey through a new Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, which is set to be a key part of the Southern Gas Corridor from the Caspian Sea to Turkey and the EU.
Reuters – A parliamentary investigation into a Kuwait Airways plan to buy and lease aircraft from Airbus will not affect the deal, the state carrier’s chairwoman told a local newspaper in comments published on Sunday. Kuwait’s parliament voted on Wednesday to investigate all contracts signed by state-owned Kuwait Airways, which is attempting its biggest overhaul …
The attacks, which wounded dozens more, come as security forces battle militants in the western Anbar province, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a powerful jihadist group that has exploited the chaos in neighbouring Syria.
Rebels have accused ISIL of seeking to consolidate power rather than fighting the regime, and even suggested the group was serving the regime’s interests.
Baghdad argues that all oil sales must be overseen by the central government, and regards any independent exports as tantamount to smuggling.
The total of those executed this week is 37, adding to 169 people executed last year
Among those executed was Adel Mashhadani, who was arrested in March 2009 and sentenced to death in November of that year for killing a young girl in a revenge attack.
AFP – Iraq has executed 26 men convicted of “terrorism”, the justice ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, despite widespread international condemnation of Iraq’s extensive use of the death penalty. “The justice ministry carried out the executions of 26 (men) convicted of crimes related to terrorism on Sunday,” the statement said, adding that all …
AFP – Five car bombs struck across several neighbourhoods in Baghdad on Monday killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 40 others, security and medical officials said. Two explosions went off in the predominantly Sunni south Baghdad neighbourhood of Dura, while at least three vehicles rigged with explosives were detonated in the mostly-Shiite …
Iraqi forces backed by tribesmen moved into five Ramadi neighbourhoods Sunday, with helicopters providing cover and firing on the sprawling district of Malaab at the centre of fighting between anti-government fighters and security forces and their tribal allies.
Gunmen seized Fallujah and parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi last week, the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the insurgency that followed the 2003 US-led invasion.
Death tolls vary widely, but all point to a sharp rise in violence.
The Committee to Protect Journalists released a report naming the three Middle East countries as having the most journalist deaths
Al-Qaeda is making yet another appalling comeback
Some journalists managed to escape the building, while others were still trapped inside.
Violence elsewhere killed five policemen, including the police chief of Al-Sharqat district northwest of Baghdad, and wounded five others, police and a doctor said.
At least 10 bombs exploded from around mid-day onwards across Baghdad, targeting mostly Shiite neighbourhoods.
Iraq’s federal government in Baghdad and Kurdistan have long been at odds over how to share the region’s vast energy wealth, a dispute which is seen as impeding the development of new energy projects.
Officials have adopted an array of measures aimed at halting the attacks, focusing their efforts on resurgent Al-Qaeda front groups emboldened by the war raging in neighbouring Syria.
Reuters – Six mortar bombs landed near a border post in northern Saudi Arabia in an attack claimed by an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militia, which said on Thursday it was warning the kingdom to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs. The mortar rounds hit desert on the far northwestern fringes of the kingdom’s oil-producing region on Wednesday, several …
Saudi Arabia says six mortar shells fell in an uninhabited area near the new al-Auja border guard centre of Hafr al-Batin, but caused no damage
The attacks come as Iraq witnesses its worst violence since 2008, a surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 5,400 people this year
One of the worst-hit neighbourhoods was Shaab in north Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded in a commercial area, killing five people and wounding at least 17.
Iraq is suffering its worst violence since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict, and authorities have so far failed to curb the surge in unrest.
Erbil Logistics Centre to serve as base for an Egyptian industrial zone in Iraq, which ministry says would create job opportunities for both countries
The blasts are the latest in a wave of sectarian attacks in the city
One woman killed and three wounded in the attack that came at around noon in the northwest of Damascus
New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate, for November sank to $103 — the lowest point since 8 August.
The seven Iranian exiles, members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), disappeared during the 1 September violence in Camp Ashraf, Northeast of Baghdad, that left 52 people dead.