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Iraq: 13 Sunnis Killed, Then 12 Shiites

Seven Sunni construction workers were killed by unidentified gunmen who fired on them from a speeding S.U.V. on Tuesday morning in Abara, a majority-Sunni village in Diyala Province, police and medical officials said. When their families took the bodies to a ritual washing hall, a bomb exploded, killing six family members, two women and four … Continue reading »

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Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia?

The November 19 double-suicide bombings of the Iranian embassy in Beirut may have looked shocking in the headlines – they killed 23 people. But they also should not have come as a surprise. Since 2011, Tehran has earned its karma in Lebanon. The attack, whose victims included an Iranian diplomat, was likely payback for the Shiite theocracy’s … Continue reading »

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Next door to Syria, an al-Qaeda-linked group is also gaining ground in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda splinter group with a goal of creating a new country based on a radical interpretation of Islamic law, has launched a major campaign to establish control of territory in several provinces of Iraq. For more than a year, the group, known as ISIS, … Continue reading »

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Bombings Kill Dozens Around Baghdad

BAGHDAD — A series of attacks on Sunday against markets, shopping areas and auto repair shops in largely Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more, the police and medical officials said. Iraq is experiencing a protracted wave of sectarian violence that has increased since the American military withdrawal in … Continue reading »

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Al Qaeda linked group says it attacked Iraqi mall, police HQ-SITE BAGHDAD Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:32pm EST

(Reuters) – A group linked to al Qaeda said it was behind suicide attacks on an Iraqi police intelligence headquarters and shopping mall in the northern city of Kirkuk, the SITE monitoring group said on Thursday, citing a communique. Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the two sites in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of … Continue reading »

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Meeting the Prince of Blackwater

PHILADELPHIA – Erik Prince – the founder of the private security firm once known as Blackwater – embarked on a publicity tour here on Friday, defending mercenaries as intrinsic to the birth of the United States and lashing out at the federal government that he believes unfairly persecuted him. In a talk at the Free … Continue reading »

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Maliki, Khamenei discuss mutual cooperation

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed with the Iranian Supreme Guide, Ali Khamenei, the prospects of mutual cooperation between Iraq and Iran. A statement by the PM’s office received by IraqiNews.com cited “Maliki, during his meeting with the Supreme Guide of the Iranian Revolution Ali Khamenei in the Iranian Capital, Tehran, stressed … Continue reading »

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Kurds’ Oil Deals With Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq

ISTANBUL — The sharp, dry mountains that run between Turkey and Iraq have long marked a front line in the battle between the Turkish government and Kurdish separatists where cross-border attacks took many lives on both sides. Though a rapprochement has calmed the border, the United States fears stability may now be in even greater … Continue reading »

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Militants Attack Iraqi Police, Then Take Hostages

BAGHDAD — Militants attacked a police building in the northern city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, and after being repulsed some of them stormed a nearby shopping center and took hostages, the authorities said. A suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the entrance to the building, which houses a police intelligence unit. Security forces, … Continue reading »

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Iraq Controls Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq’s self-ruling Kurds agreed to let the central government in Baghdad control the amount and quality of crude they export as well as manage revenue from its sale, Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi said. The Kurdistan Regional Government will export oil using a metering system operated by the Oil Ministry in Baghdad, Luaibi told a news … Continue reading »

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