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Obama picking his targets, while missing the point

For the 20 years between 1991 and 2011 - the interval between Operation Desert Storm and the final withdrawal of U.S. forces after a lengthy occupation of Iraq - Washington policymakers, Republican and Democratic, relied on various forms of coer

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Arab nations back US to expand anti-jihad operations

Arab nations have rallied behind US President Barack Obama's call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Bahrain and nine other Arab countries agreed, in a joint communique, to do more to stop the flow of fu

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Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 11.2m barrels

Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped a total of 11.2 million barrels of crude oil since May via a pipeline to Turkey's Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, Turkish energy minister Taner Yildiz told a conference in the southeastern city of Gaziante

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Islamic State's fund raising poses a challenge

Sometimes they came pretending to buy things. Sometimes they texted, sometimes they called, but the message was always the same: "Give us money." Months before they took control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, Islami

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Oil holds above $98 on Mideast concerns

Brent crude nudged higher to stay above $98 a barrel on Thursday amid geopolitical concerns in the Middle East, although worries about ample supply and weak demand that dragged prices to 17-month lows in the previous session kept a lid on gains.

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Iran delays start of gas exports to Iraq due to conflict

Iran's scheduled start of gas exports to neighbouring Iraq will be delayed because of fighting between Islamic State militants and Iraqi troops, the Iranian Oil Ministry's official website Shana quoted Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh as sa

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Kuwait Energy discovers oil in Block 9, Iraq

Kuwait Energy, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, has announced that a consortium comprising Kuwait Energy and Dragon Oil has made its first oil discovery at Block 9, Iraq. The discovery was at the cons

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New Iraq oil minister faces daunting task

Iraq's new oil minister is a veteran politician who will need to deploy all his experience to resolve disputes over Kurdish oil production and allay foreign investor fears about Islamist militia control in northern oil fields.

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Saudis to build 900-km fence on Iraq border

Saudi Arabia has begun the construction of a high-security five-layered 900-km fence on the border with Iraq to protect the country from “infiltrators and smugglers,” said the state news agency. The highly-sophisticate

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New UN rights boss warns of 'house of blood' in Iraq, Syria

The new UN human rights chief urged world powers on Monday to protect women and minorities targeted by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, saying the fighters were trying to create a "house of blood". Jordan's

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