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Iraq Bloodshed Hits 5-Year High as Lawmakers Remain Deadlocked

http://www.voanews.com/content/iraq-bloodshed-hits-five-year-high-as-lawmakers-remain-deadlocked/1785460.html LONDON — Iraq passed a grim milestone this week as bombings and gun attacks took the total number of people killed this year to 5,500.  The bloodshed is at its highest since 2008, when Iraq was emerging from a brutal Sunni-Shia sectarian war. The wreckage is cleared from a car bomb attack on a café … Continue reading »

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Cornell to Return 10,000 Ancient Tablets to Iraq

By Jason FelchNovember 3, 2013, 6:30 a.m.  http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-iraq-tablets-cornell-university-20131103,0,7036026.story#axzz2jbPY1KlH Cornell University is preparing to forfeit to Iraq a vast collection of ancient cuneiform tablets in what is expected to be one of the largest returns of antiquities by an American university. The 10,000 inscribed clay blocks date from the 4th millenium BC and offer scholars an unmatched record … Continue reading »

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US Wants ‘Inclusive’ Iraq

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/02/us-usa-iraq-idUSBRE9A010E20131102 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday to build a more inclusive democracy in his country and said the United States would cooperate with Iraq as it tries to push back a resurgent al Qaeda. As Iraq experiences a rising spiral of sectarian violence two years after U.S. troops departed following eight years of … Continue reading »

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Iraqi Leader Blames Regional Unrest for Revival of al Qaeda in Iraq

(Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said on Thursday he was seeking U.S. help to counter a resurgent al Qaeda in his country and blamed the revival of the extremist group on power vacuums in the region rather than divisive Iraqi policies. On his first visit to Washington in two years, Maliki met with … Continue reading »

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Senators Warn Obama that Maliki May be Leading Iraq Back to Civil War

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/senators-warn-obama-that-maliki-may-be-leading-iraq-back-toward-civil-war/2013/10/29/178f3c06-4100-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html   A bipartisan group of foreign policy leaders in the Senate warned in unusually blunt terms Tuesday that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may be pulling his country back toward civil war. In a letter to President Obama timed for Maliki’s visit to Washington, the leaders of the Senate defense and foreign affairs committees … Continue reading »

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Syrian Kurds Capture Border Post with Iraq

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/10/syrian-kurds-capture-border-post-with-iraq-20131026235911316996.html Kurdish fighters in Syria have seized a major border crossing with Iraq from al-Qaeda-linked groups, which had held the crossing since March, according to activists and an Iraqi official. The Kurdish fighters captured the Yaarabiya post in northeast Syria on Saturday after three days of clashes with several rebel groups there, including Jabhat al-Nusra … Continue reading »

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Iraq to Press US on Drones, F-16s to Fight al-Qaeda

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/us-iraq-security-idUSBRE99O0JG20131025 (Reuters) – The Baghdad government wants the immediate delivery of U.S. drones and F-16 fighter jets in order to combat al Qaeda insurgents, who are making swift advances in the west of the Iraq, a senior Iraqi security official said. Washington agreed in August to supply a $2.6 billion integrated air defense system and … Continue reading »

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Iraq Shootings Kill 5, Including TV Cameraman

Officials in Iraq say gunmen have killed five people, including a television cameraman, in two separate attacks around Baghdad. Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Thursday night when gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on a small fast food restaurant in Baghdad’s western neighborhood of Amariyah, killing four people and wounding seven. In … Continue reading »

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Many dead in attacks on Iraq checkpoints

Shootings and a suicide bombing targeting security checkpoints have killed at least 16 security forces and wounded 35 others in a remote western town, Reuters news agency has reported, quoting police sources. Associated Press news agency, quoting police officials reported that eight of the deceased were policemen. Police officers said the first attack took place … Continue reading »

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Iraq gets Russian Arms Shipments Under Landmark $4.4 Billion Deal

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2013/10/21/Iraq-gets-Russian-arms-shiopments-under-ladnmark-44B-deal/UPI-37601382369825/ BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 (UPI) — As Iraq’s government grapples with a rising al-Qaida insurgency in which thousands have been killed, officials say the military has started taking delivery of Russian arms as part of a landmark $4.3 billion contract signed in October 2012. They did not specify which systems have arrived in Iraq or when, … Continue reading »

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