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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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