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Kurds retake oil facility in North Iraq, 15 workers still missing

Kurdish peshmerga forces retook a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk which Islamic State insurgents seized earlier, but the fate of 15 employees remained unclear.   Two officials from

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IS seizes Iraq oil facility, 15 workers missing

Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people. Two officials

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US troops likely needed in Iraq to battle IS: Hagel

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation un

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Oil rises, but set for record run of monthly falls

Oil rose above $49 a barrel on Friday, supported by renewed violence in Iraq but with a persistent global supply glut keeping the market on course for a seventh straight month of declines, its longest bear run on record. Benchmark

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Saudi Arabia to build 965km security barrier on Iraq border

Saudi Arabia is constructing a 965-km high-tech "great wall" - a security barrier consisting of a sand berm and two chainlink fences topped by razor wire - along its border with Iraq to separate itself from the Islamic State (IS), said

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Gulf Air suspends flights to Baghdad

Gulf Air has suspended all flights to Iraq's capital Baghdad until further notice, it announced yesterday. The move follows an incident on Tuesday, when a FlyDubai aircraft carrying 154 passengers was shot at while landing at

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Shell to build $11bn petchem plant in Iraq

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, Industry Minister Nasser Al-Esawi said on Wednesday. Al-Esawi told a press conference in Baghdad the

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Shell to build $11bn petchem plant in Iraq

Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra, Industry Minister Nasser Al-Esawi said on Wednesday. Al-Esawi told a press conference in Baghdad the

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Gulf Air cancels Iraq flight after Flydubai shooting

Bahrain’s national carrier cancelled its flight to Baghdad yesterday (January 27) after a Flydubai plane, carrying 154 passengers, was shot at while landing in the Iraqi capital. Gulf Air is 'monitoring' the securit

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Turkey, Iraq plan new gas pipeline

Iraq and Turkey have agreed to build a new natural gas pipeline, technical analysis on which will commence soon, a report said. The announcement was made during the 17th meeting of the Turkey-Iraq Joint Economic Commission on Sund

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