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Iraqi Kurdistan oil shipments hit 8m barrels

Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over eight million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.

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Iraq, Syria pose Saudi dilemma: failed states or Iran proxies

With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia faces a dilemma. Saudi Arabia has long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for

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Bombings shut down Zain Iraq's network in Kirkuk

A spate of deadly bombings that struck Kirkuk in northern Iraq at the weekend has damaged and temporarily shut down telecoms operator Zain Iraq's network in the province, a company source told Reuters on Monday. Three bombings

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US seeks coalition against Islamic State

The US is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said.

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UN accuses Islamic State of mass killings in Iraq

The United Nations condemned on Monday "appalling, widespread" crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners that could amount to war crimes. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay condemned &

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Iraq, Iran urge global action against Islamic State

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday during talks with Iran's foreign minister that international efforts would be necessary to destroy Islamic State Sunni militants who have seized swathes of his country and of

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8 killed in Iraq intelligence HQ bombing

 A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle into an intelligence headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least eight people, police and medical sources said. The attack came a day after Shi'ite militiamen machinegunned 68

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Iran denies report linking Iraq co-operation to nuke talks

Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear programme. France, one of the six nations in nuclear talks with Tehran, said

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Amid US air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force

President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the US military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice. Iraq had only a fledgling air force when the United States withdrew in 2011. Washingto

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US spending millions in Iraq to destroy its own arms

The US Air Force has resumed bombing missions in what's still being called Iraq - at least for the sake of convenience. The aim of the missions is stated as being the defence of a minority group known as the Yazidis, who practice a

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