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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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PM Abdul Mahdi has warned that oil impasse with KRG cannot continue: KIG

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has warned that the federal government will not tolerate the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) continued failure to meet its obligations under the 2019 Federal Budg


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Pipeline blast in Iraq halts power station supply, output unaffected

A gas pipeline exploded near Basra in southern Iraq on Wednesday (August 14) and halted supplies to a local power station, but did not affect gas or oil output, oil ministry officials and police said.


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Federal forces kill ten ISIS militants, arrest five others in Anbar operation

The federal Counterterrorism Unit said in a statement that ten Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed and five others were arrested during an operation on Tuesday (August 13) in the Anbar desert.


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ISIS attack kills one PMF fighter in Hawija

Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked units of the federal police and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) on Tuesday (August 13), during which one PMF fighter was killed. ​


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Al-Khazali calls for Iraq to abandon parliamentary system

The leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq demanded changes to the Iraqi political system and constitution in a speech on Sunday (August 11).


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Western forces fueling Gulf regional tension: Iraq

The presence of Western forces in the Gulf is fuelling regional tension, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim said on Monday (August 12).


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Committed to reform from opposition: Ammar al-Hakim

The leader of the Hikma Movement reiterated his party’s commitment to political opposition on Monday (August 12), saying that it is dedicated to changing the political situation in Iraq.


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Members of Iraqi security forces wounded fighting ISIS to receive full pensions: minister

The federal defense minister said on Monday (August 12) that all members of the security forces who were injured during the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will be able to ret


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Pentagon identifies US Marine killed in Nineveh province

The US Department of Defense has named the US service member killed in Nineveh province on Saturday (August 10) as Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado.


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Two federal police personnel wounded in sniper attack in Jalawala

Unidentified armed men attacked the Tajnid federal police checkpoint in Jalawla sub-district late on Saturday (August 10).


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PM Abdul Mahdi issues order to close down Mandali border crossing with Iran

Mandali border crossing between Diyala province and Iran was shut down on Saturday (August 10) on orders from Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi.


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US service member killed in Iraq: coalition statement

A United States service member advising Iraqi security forces on a mission was killed on Saturday in the northern Nineveh province, the US-led international coalition fighting Islamic State said in a


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