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Thousands caught in Iraq's Anbar offensive

As Iraqi forces prepare to try to recapture the city of Falluja, tens of thousands of civilians find themselves trapped between Islamic State militants ready to use them as human shields and a government suspicious of their loyalties.

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Iraq launches offensive on IS in key province

Iraqi troops and Shi'ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts on Monday in Anbar, the country's largest province, at the start of what is likely to be a long and fiercely contested offensive.

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Oil prices won't fall this year says Kuwait

Global crude oil prices are not expected to fall in the second half of 2015 and it was still too early to talk about Opec's supply decision when the group meets next in June, Kuwait's Opec governor said on Monday. "It

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Shi'ite forces ordered to deploy after fall of Iraqi city

Shi'ite paramilitaries were preparing to deploy to Iraq's western province of Anbar on Monday after Islamic State militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in the biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since last summer.

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UAE summons Iraq envoy over Saudi comments

The UAE summoned Iraq's ambassador on Wednesday to protest against his prime minister's accusations that its ally Saudi Arabia was funding terrorism, state news agency WAM reported, while Bahrain called the comments "irresponsible&q

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Saudi rejects Maliki's charges on funding militants

Saudi Arabia has rejected accusations by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki that Riyadh and Qatar are funding Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in Iraq's western Anbar province. Maliki's remarks to France 24

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Fuelled by Syria war, Al Qaeda bursts back to life in Iraq

* Al Qaeda seizes key districts of Ramadi, Falluja * Sunni tribes could be formidable adversary for al Qaeda * Syria's war spreading sectarianism around region Al Qaeda gunmen see

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Iraq signs final Akkas gas deal with Kogas

Iraq's oil ministry said it had signed a final deal with Korea Gas Corp (Kogas) to develop its Akkas gas field in the western province of Anbar, the country's largest with reserves of 5.6 trillion cubic feet. Iraq had asked Kogas to develo

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Dana, Crescent plan $60bn gas city in Iraq

UAE firms Dana Gas and Crescent Oil are looking to build a gas city in Iraq's western province of Anbar that they hope would draw $60 billion in investment, said province Governor Qassim Al-Fahdawi. The gas could come from the province's A

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Efforts to prevent resurgence see setback

Renewed violence in the former heartland of Iraq's al Qaeda-inspired Sunni Muslim insurgency bodes ill for efforts to prevent a resurgence of a sectarian conflict that has killed tens of thousands. Officials have blamed Sunni extremists an

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