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Burnt trees and blocked wells, Islamic State wrought havoc on Iraqi land

Millions of people were killed or fled when Islamic State (ISIS) took over parts of Iraq in 2014 and their scorched-earth tactics still devastate rural communities, a report released by Amnesty Intern


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UN investigation delves into Islamic State's crimes against Eazidis, to kick into high gear in 2019

A UN investigation into atrocities committed against Ezidis and others in Iraq will do more than simply gather information that will molder in an archive, the probe’s leader said on Wednesday (Decembe


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Trump signs ‘Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act’

US President Donald Trump signed into law the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018” on Tuesday (December 11).


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Iraq seeks exemption from US sanctions on Iran: PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said the country would send a delegation to the United States seeking an exemption from sanctions on Iran that would allow it to keep importing Iranian gas.


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UN Special Representative for Iraq Jan Kubis releases farewell message

Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General Jan Kubis released Wednesday (December 12) a public farewell message to mark the end of his tenure in that role.


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Iraqi court sentences former finance minister to seven years in prison

An Iraqi court has sentenced a former finance minister and a former director of Rafidain Bank to seven years in prison for damaging the country’s finances, the Integrity Commission said on Wednesday (


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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad arrives in Baghdad, received by President Barham Salih

Iraqi activist Nadia Murad is meeting with her country’s president in Baghdad after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence.


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European Union, World Bank make significant commitment to Iraq energy sector reform

The European Union (EU) and the World Bank have launched a significant funding and technical assistance program to improve energy access for Iraq’s population, according to a press statement released


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US Energy Secretary discussed Iran sanctions with Iraqi officials

United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday (December 11) he had discussed his country’s sanctions against Iran with Iraqi energy officials, but did not provide details.


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350,000 residents have not returned to Nineveh: Mosul mayor

Mayor of Mosul Zuhair al-Araji said on Monday (December 10) that more than 350,000 people from Nineveh still lived in displacement camps and that it would cost upwards of $50 billion to rebuild the go


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Green Zone opened to public for first time in 15 years (Photos)

The gates of Green Zone were officially opened to the public on Monday (December 10) to mark the first anniversary of the defeat of Islamic State (ISIS).


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German Foreign Ministry makes 22m euro contribution to UNDP fund

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced Monday (December 10) that the German Foreign Ministry has made a 22 million euro ($25.08 million) contribution to a fund that fast-tracks fina


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Nouri al-Maliki says he expects to be selected as vice president

Leader of the State of Law Coalition Nouri al-Maliki said on Monday (December 10) that he expected to be a vice president in the new government.


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Full text of Nadia Murad's 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

On December 10, 2018, Ezidi activist Nadi Murad received the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along for their work with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege.


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Iraqi government, UNAMI launch strategy to combat violence against women

The Iraqi government and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) launched a national strategy to combat violence against women on Sunday (December 9) at an event in Baghdad.


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Iraqi oil minister expects prices to rise over time

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Monday (December 10) he expected the fall in oil prices to stop and for prices to rise over time, adding that if OPEC had not cut production, prices would ha


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Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

Iraq on Monday (December 10) celebrated the anniversary of its costly victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) group, which has lost virtually all the territory it once held but still carries out sporadi


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Iraqi counterterrorism forces detain 12 ISIS militants in Kirkuk

Iraqi counterterrorism forces have arrested twelve suspected Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Kirkuk over the last two weeks, authorities said on Sunday (December 9).


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PUK has still not secured justice ministry nod: Shirwan Mirza

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) lawmaker Shirwan Mirza said on Sunday (December 9) that certain parties are working to ensure that the justice ministry is not given to the PUK, without directly nam


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Council of Representatives fails again to achieve quorum for vote on Abdul Mahdi's ministerial nominees

The Council of Representatives failed yet again on Sunday (December 9) to achieve quorum for a crucial session, this time to vote on nominations for the eight remaining ministerial posts in Prime Mini


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