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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraq Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Short-Range Yaqeen-1 Rocket

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraq Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Short-Range Yaqeen-1 Rocket

Iraq has successfully test-fired a locally designed and manufactured rocket as part of efforts to revive its defense industries and use indigenous military hardware in the fight against Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and potential foreign threats.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

IRAQ POLITICS: 36 Hours After Haider al-Abadi Declared Victory in Mosul Iraqi Forces Strike ISIS in Mosul

“There are still going to be losses from the Iraqi security forces as they continue to secure Mosul.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Amnesty International Calls for Special Mosul Commission to Probe Potential War Crimes By Coalition, Islamic State

The often disproportionate and imprecise use of deadly force by the coalition fighting terrorists in Mosul has prompted major criticism from Amnesty.

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UK POLITICS: Tony Blair Failed to ‘Be Straight’ With the Public About Iraq Invasion: Chilcot

UK POLITICS: Tony Blair Failed to ‘Be Straight’ With the Public About Iraq Invasion: Chilcot

“Tony Blair made much of, at various points, the need to exert influence on American policy-making,” Sir John Chilcot said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

IRAQ POLITICS: Fall of Mosul Won’t Stop Islamic State Spreading Fear

“Several dozen people directed by Islamic State may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” the EU warned.

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MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

MIDDLE EAST POLITICS: U.S. Ultimate Goal is to Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst

US ultimate goal is to separate Iraq and Syria from Iran to stop Baghdad and Damascus from being part of the axis of resistance against Israel and America.

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IRAN POLITICS: Muslims Obliged to Fight Against Israel: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

IRAN POLITICS: Muslims Obliged to Fight Against Israel: Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

“Today the fight against the Zionist regime is obligatory and necessary for Muslims. Why do some evade this duty?” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Grand al-Nuri Mosque Destroyed By Islamic State

“Blowing up the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque amounts to an official acknowledgement of defeat,” Iraqi Prime Minister said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: 100,000 Children in Dangerous Conditions in Mosul: UNICEF

IRAQ POLITICS: 100,000 Children in Dangerous Conditions in Mosul: UNICEF

“In some cases, they have been forced to participate in the fighting and violence,” Peter Hawkins, representative of UNICEF in Iraq added.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US, Allies Sending Them More Arms to Fend Off Iran Threat: Syrian Rebels Say

SYRIA POLITICS: US, Allies Sending Them More Arms to Fend Off Iran Threat: Syrian Rebels Say

The stakes are high as Iran seeks to secure its influence from Tehran to Beirut in a “Shi’ite crescent” of Iranian influence through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, where Sunni Arab states have lost out in power struggles with Iran.

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IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

IRAQ POLITICS: ISIS Car Bomb Attack Ripped Baghdad

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens injured in twin car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first explosion, which ripped through an ice cream shop, has been claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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IRAQ POLITICS: Civilians Lack Food, Water, Medicine as Mosul Battle Mounts: UN

IRAQ POLITICS: Civilians Lack Food, Water, Medicine as Mosul Battle Mounts: UN

Up to 200,000 people still live behind Islamic State lines in Mosul’s Old City and three other districts, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande told Reuters late on Sunday.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Some 10,000 People Fleeing West Mosul Every Day: UN Migration Agency Warns

IRAQ POLITICS: Some 10,000 People Fleeing West Mosul Every Day: UN Migration Agency Warns

“International law is unambiguous. The protection of civilian lives is legal and moral duty that stands above all other objectives,” underscored the UN aid chief.

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USA POLITICS: 50 Percent Fewer Visas Issued in April to Citizens of Countries Covered by Trump’s Travel Bans

USA POLITICS: 50 Percent Fewer Visas Issued in April to Citizens of Countries Covered by Trump’s Travel Bans

Trump, who has said the travel bans were intended to make Americans safer from attacks, signed an executive order on Jan. 27 barring people from the seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 55 Middle Eastern Countries, Trump Pledge 34,000 Troops to Fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: 55 Middle Eastern Countries, Trump Pledge 34,000 Troops to Fight ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Described as Riyadh Declaration, the document was signed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots.”

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IRAQ POLITICS: US Firm in Iraq Ignores Theft, Alcohol Smuggling for F-16 Fighter Jets

IRAQ POLITICS: US Firm in Iraq Ignores Theft, Alcohol Smuggling for F-16 Fighter Jets

The fired investigators, Robert Cole and Kristie King, said they uncovered evidence Sallyport employees were involved in human trafficking for prostitution.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Fighting: Hundreds Flee, Others Return to Liberated Areas

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Fighting: Hundreds Flee, Others Return to Liberated Areas

“We are besieged in the Resala area. There are stray bullets from other areas where there is fighting; three children have died,” said Mohamed Sobhi.

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UK POLITICS: Fallon Calls Controversial Missiles Producer MBDA ‘Role Model’

UK POLITICS: Fallon Calls Controversial Missiles Producer MBDA ‘Role Model’

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called MBDA known for controversial arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Libya’s Gaddafi, a “role model” of cooperation.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

IRAQ POLITICS: Shi’ite Ruling Coalition Opposes Kurds’ Independence Referendum

Iraq’s Shi’ite ruling coalition would oppose Kurdish to hold a referendum on independence after defeat of Islamic State, its president, Ammar al-Hakim said.

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UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK POLITICS: Blair Prosecution Over Iraq War Blocked By Attorney General Jeremy Wright

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC is prepared to go to court to demand that former Prime Minister Tony Blair not be prosecuted over the Iraq war.

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