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Powerful Iraqi Shi’a cleric Sadr quits politics

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 …

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Kuwait-Airbus deal on track despite probe

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 …

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Iraq executes 26 men on terrorism charges: ministry

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 …

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16 killed in Baghdad car bombs: officials

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 …

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Iraqi forces assault gunmen in crisis-hit city

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.

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Iraq militia says fires mortar bombs at Saudi as warning

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 …

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