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Senior Iraq MP target of international extortion bid

Police in Australia and Canada arrested four people accused of trying to extort a senior Iraqi politician, after what was described Wednesday (February 24) as a year-long campaign of intimidation.


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Rocket strikes on US in Iraq seen as message from Iran

Renewed rocket attacks on US targets in Iraq show Iran-aligned factions are heaping pressure on the government while Tehran may be seeking leverage over America's new administration, analysts say.


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Turkey rescues 7-year-old Yazidi girl in ISIS raid

Turkish police on Wednesday (February 24) arrested two suspected members of the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Ankara and released a seven-year-old girl from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority, me


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Iraq records 4,306 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday (February 24) it recorded 4,306 new coronavirus infections and thirteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.


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Biden, al-Kadhimi discuss embassy rocket strikes

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi spoke about this week's rocket strikes on the US embassy in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday (February 23), with both leaders sa


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First vaccine shipment arrives in Iraq on March 1: ministry

Iraq’s Health and Environment Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said on Tuesday (February 23) that a plane loaded with China's Sinopharm vaccine will arrive in Iraq on March 1.


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Iraq records 4,181 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (February 23) it recorded 4,181 new coronavirus infections and sixteen deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.


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Rockets target US embassy in Iraqi capital: military

A volley of rockets on Monday (February 22) targeted the high-security zone in the Iraqi capital that is home to the US embassy, the military and security sources said.


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Protester shot dead in south Iraq: medic

A young man was shot dead on Monday (February 22) during a protest in the capital of Iraq's southern Dhi Qar province over poor public services, a local medical source told AFP.


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Iraq records 3,864 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Monday (February 22) it recorded 3,864 new coronavirus infections and twenty-three deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.


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Baghdad sends 268bn IQD to wheat farmers in Kurdistan Region

Iraq’s federal government has transferred 268 billion Iraqi dinars ($183.6 million) to the Kurdistan Region to be distributed to farmers as payment for wheat sales in 2014, 2015, and 2016.


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Two ISIS militants killed in Coalition airstrike in southern Kirkuk

Spokesperson for Iraq’s Joint Operations Command Major General Tahisn Khafaji said on Monday (February 22) that two Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed in an airstrike in the Wadi Shay area of


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Iraq's ancient Christian community, decimated by violence, fear

Some fled after the US-led invasion, others during sectarian bloodshed and more following jihadist attacks. Iraq's last two violent decades have hollowed out its Christian community which dates back


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Iraq records 3,187 new coronavirus cases: ministry

Iraq’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday (February 21) it recorded 3,187 new coronavirus infections and 27 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.


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Rockets target Iraqi airbase after clashes with ISIS

Four rockets hit the Al-Balad airbase north of the Iraqi capital on Saturday (February 20), the military said, as security sources told AFP a local contractor for a US company managing Iraq's F-16s wa


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Clashes between Iraqi forces and ISIS leave at least 7 dead

Iraqi security forces clashed with the Islamic State (ISIS) group north of Baghdad on Saturday (February 20), leaving at least five jihadists and two security personnel dead.


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Expired frozen chicken is exported to central, southern Iraq from Kurdistan Region: minister

Iraq’s Minister of Agriculture Muhammed al-Khafaji alleged on Friday (February 19) that expired frozen chicken is imported from Turkey to the Kurdistan Region, where the expiration date is changed pri


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Council of Representatives to vote on 2021 federal budget this week: MP

Iraq’s Council of Representatives is expected to vote on the draft 2021 Federal Budget Law later this week with Thursday as the most likely date, member of the Finance Committee Sadiq Mudlul al-Sultan


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NATO to increase size of counter-ISIS training mission in Iraq

The defense ministers for NATO countries agreed on Thursday (February 18) to bolster the alliance’s training mission aimed at strengthening the Iraq’s military as it looks to curb the resurgence of th


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KIG holds fourth party congress, re-elects party leader Ali Bapir

Members of the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) gathered on Thursday (February 18) for the start of the party’s Fourth Congress, which will take place over the next two days at the Sulaimani Internationa


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