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ExxonMobil employees evacuating oil field in southern Iraq

Employees of Energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturday. Continue reading

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Iraqi president in Mosul after sinking of ferry killed 94

Iraq’s president has rushed to the northern city of Mosul and is holding meetings with security officials there over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 94 people. Continue reading

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Across Baghdad, a moment of respite and guarded hope

Baghdad’s main commercial district has seen more bombings than its residents can count. Continue reading

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Iraqi Shite militia detains commander who criticized Iran

An official with the Iraqi government-sanctioned umbrella of mainly Shiite paramilitary groups says a militia commander was arrested after he criticized Iran’s influence in the country. Continue reading

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Iraqi activist shot dead in tense southern city of Basra

Masked gunmen shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in Basra on Tuesday, a brazen afternoon assassination that threatens to worsen tensions in the southern city wracked by violent protests. Continue reading

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Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location. Continue reading

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Iraqi lawmakers elect Sunni Arab as parliament speaker

Amid escalating political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers elected an Iran-backed Sunni Arab as speaker of parliament on Saturday, the first step in forming a new government four months after national elections. Continue reading

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Iraqi city of Basra seethes over water crisis, unemployment

The brackish water pouring from the taps of homes in Basra has caused stomach ailments and skin rashes for thousands in the southern Iraqi city once famous for its network of freshwater canals that gave it the nickname the “Venice of the East.” Continue reading

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Calm returns to Iraq’s Basra after week of violent protests

A sense of calm returned to Iraq’s southern city of Basra on Sunday after a week of violent protests over unemployment and poor public services that left at least 15 people dead and threatened stability in the oil-rich region. Continue reading

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Official: Katyusha rockets fired at Basra airport in Iraq

Unknown assailants fired three Katyusha rockets at Iraq’s Basra airport Saturday, an airport official said, after a chaotic and violent night that saw hundreds of protesters burning tires on main streets and highways and setting ablaze the Iranian cons… Continue reading

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Car bomb claimed by Islamic State kills 7 in western Iraq

Seven people were killed Wednesday in a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in a former stronghold of the jihadists in western Iraq, a security official said. Continue reading

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Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq’s prime minister

Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq’s prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, an Iraqi official said Sunday. Continue reading

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Suspect said to have confessed to killing girl in Germany

An official in Iraq’s Dohuk province says it will be up to provincial authorities to decide if the suspect in the rape and killing of a 14-year-old girl in Germany will be extradited. Continue reading

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Explosions rip through Baghdad mosque, killing 7

Iraqi security officials say a pair of explosions has ripped through a mosque in a mostly Shiite district in Baghdad, killing at least seven worshippers, including two children. Continue reading

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Iraqi vote offers chance to chart post-IS future

Iraqis head to the polls this weekend for the first time since the government declared victory against the Islamic State group, in national elections that could tilt the balance of power between the United States and Iran. Continue reading

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Iraqi officers say US plane mistakenly kills 7

Two senior Iraqi army officers say a U.S. military plane has mistakenly fired at a gathering of tribal fighters and civilians west of Anbar, killing seven and wounding 11 others. Continue reading

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IS takes credit for suicide attack in Baghdad suburb

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a double suicide attack that killed 11 people. Continue reading

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Iraq: Bombing in southeast Baghdad kills 11

Iraqi police and hospital officials say a bombing in southeast Baghdad has killed 11 people. Continue reading

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Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraqi territory, the Defense Ministry’s spokesman … Continue reading

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Officials: More than 80 dead in IS-claimed Iraq attack

Iraqi officials say the death toll has risen to more than 80 killed in an Islamic State group-claimed attack in southern Iraq targeting a restaurant frequented by Shiite Muslim pilgrims. Continue reading

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