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Netanyahu hints at Israeli involvement in Iraq blasts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday (August 22) of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.


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Two Iraqi soldiers killed, three wounded in two separate attacks

Two Iraqi army soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in separate attacks by suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Qaratapa and Jalawla sub-districts on Wednesday night (August 2


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Federal MP warns of budget deficit, says KRG failure to submit oil bears blame

The federal budget deficit is expected to rise to 72 trillion Iraqi dinars in 2020 in part because of the failure of the Kurdistan Region to abide by the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law, member o


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Iraq paramilitary groups blame US, Israel for blasts at Iraqi militia bases: statement

Iraqi paramilitary groups on Wednesday (August 21) blamed blasts at their weapons depots and bases on the United States and Israel, a statement said.


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More than 2,000 new education jobs in Kirkuk to be announced: official

Director of Kurdish Education for Kirkuk's Directorate of Education Sherzad Rashid has said that there will be 2,840 new employment opportunities in the province's education sector.


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Attention to cases of missing Ezidis flagging: advocacy organization

With 2,907 Ezidis still missing five years after Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Sinjar district, an Ezidi advocacy group has warned of flagging attention from officials.


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Council of Representatives strips immunity from MP Tallal Zubayi

The Council of Representatives on Tuesday (August 20) removed lawmaker Tallal Zubayi's immunity from prosecution on charges of involvement in corruption.


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Blasts hit militia group position at Iraq's Balad air base: security sources

Several blasts hit a position held by Iraqi Shia paramilitaries next to Balad air base north of Baghdad on Tuesday (August 20), an Iraqi military official and a source in a paramilitary group said.


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Parliamentary committee weighs bringing back metal coins in Iraq

Member of Finance Committee in the Council of Representatives Hanin Qado said on Monday (August 19) that the members of the committee had debated a proposal to bring back metal coins following a meeti


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World Humanitarian Day marked with focus on the role of women aid workers

Humanitarian organizations and UN agencies on Monday (August 19) marked World Humanitarian Day across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.


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Council of Representatives looking to press prime minister about corruption file: MP

The Council of Representatives wants to invite Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and five ministers to answer questions about corruption, but senior aides to the prime minister have objected, according


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'People who love life and music' - dance parties return to Baghdad

Members of rival Iraqi biker gangs, clad in studded leather and black berets, burst out of their semi-circles to break dance, their tattoo-covered arms waving neon glowsticks.


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Islamic State hideout found near Kirkuk: police

The federal police announced on Saturday (August 17) that it had uncovered an Islamic State (ISIS) hideout in Kirkuk's al-Rashad subdistrict. ​


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Council of Representatives moves to crack down on lawmakers missing votes

The Council of Representatives' Legal Affairs Committee has released a new directive on Saturday (August 17) outlining the dismissal procedure for lawmakers who routinely fail to show up for debates a


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Fallujah mayor pens letter of apology after ethnic Kurd threatened in city

Mayor of Fallujah Issa Saer al-Assawi apologized on Saturday (August 17) about an attack on an ethnic Kurd while he was working a restaurant in the city.


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Sadr slams Abdul Mahdi on government reform, public services

The leader of the Sadrist Movement has doubled down on warnings from his party that Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi is not sufficiently committed to government reform and providing services to the Ira


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Coalition says it will comply with PM Abdul Mahdi's directive over use of Iraqi airspace

Following a meeting with officials from the federal defense ministry, the US-led international coalition said that it would immediately comply with an order issued by Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi r


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Japan's Baghdad Embassy, Erbil Consulate will begin issuing visas to Iraqis

The Japanese Government announced on Friday (August 16) that it will soon make it more convenient for Iraqi citizens to obtain travel visas by issuing them through its Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate


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We will take a harder line if Abdul Mahdi’s government continues like this: Sairoon

Sairoon Allaince described the Adil Abdul Mahdi as a failed prime minister and warned of taking a strict stance.


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First group of Hajj pilgrims will return to Iraq on Thursday

Head of the Iraqi High Commission for Hajj and Umrah announced that the first group of pilgrims will return home from Saudi Arabia on Thursday (August 15).


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