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Australian jets may have killed 18 civilians in Mosul air strike, ADF admits

Australian Defence Force officials have admitted between six and 18 civilians were killed in a Mosul airstrike involving Australian jets, but said they could not determine if Australian or allied missiles caused the deaths. The defence minister, Christopher Pyne, described the deaths as “deeply regrettable” but said the 12-month investigation into the strike on 13 June 2017 could not come to a conclusion ...

In Iraq, political wrangling spawns debate over US troops

BAGHDAD: From the halls of parliament to the lightning-fast rumour mills of social media, pro-Iran factions are demanding US troops withdraw from Iraq in a challenge to the country’s fragile government. The political wrangling is another indication of Iraq’s precarious position as it tries to balance ties between two key allies — the United States and the Islamic republic of ...

Iran and Iraq hail energy cooperation as US reins in sanction waivers

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s oil minister Thamer al-Ghadhban and his Iranian counterpart Bijan Namdar Zangeneh met on Saturday to discuss Iranian gas imports for Iraq’s power stations. However, the US has signaled the sanction waivers it granted to some of Iran’s energy customers will soon expire. During a press conference following their meeting, Ghadhban stressed the importance of Iran ...

America is trying to get more out of its relationship with Iraq

You have to hear it to believe it. Iraqi political leaders seriously believe they have blessed the Iraqi people with the benefits of freedom and chide them for not appreciating the value of this freedom and for not knowing that many countries in the region are envious of their freedom. Like doting, loving fathers imparting their wisdom to their innocent ...

Iraq-Jordan border industrial zone set to bolster economic exchange

AMMAN – Jordan and Iraq expect to bolster economic ties with a border industrial zone that promises 50,000 job opportunities and a host of projects to revitalise bilateral trade. The industrial zone is planned to reinforce economic cooperation in all fields with the help of private sector in both countries. It is also meant to facilitate exports of tax-exempted Jordanian ...

Iraq: ‘Dangerous disease’ hits tomato produce

Iraqi farmers have accused parties loyal to Iran of being behind a “dangerous disease” which has hit the country’s tomato produce, Al Khaleej Online reported on Friday. Social media activists said that the epidemic – which seems to have hit tomato produce in the southeastern city of Basra – has caused thousands of tonnes of tomatoes to turn rotten. Though the reason ...

Zarif to visit Iraq Sunday

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to leave Tehran for Baghdad on Sunday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that a high ranking economic delegation will accompany Zarif in the trip. CEOs of dozens of entrepreneur companies will accompany the foreign minister, he added. Zarif is scheduled to meet with high-ranking Iraqi officials, attend ...

Iraq appeals to UN for help tackling threats from climate change

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Crumbling infrastructure after decades of conflict, rising temperatures, and desertification are threatening the security of Iraq today, the country’s water minister said at the United Nations this week. “The rise in temperatures and war on terrorism that displaced millions of people to areas without any services have had a severe impact on the people,” Minister ...

Iraq begins manual vote recount in Duhok, Nineveh

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) began a manual recount of ballots from the contested May 12 national election in the provinces of Duhok and Nineveh on Saturday morning. “The vote recount in Duhok takes place in the hall of the College of Agriculture at Duhok University. In addition to the ballots of the people of ...

US Reportedly to Open New Bases in Iraq, Despite Local Authorities’ Opposition

A number of prominent political figures and members of the Iraqi parliament have spoken out against the US’ military presence in the country, with a senior adviser to Iraqi cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr slamming it as an “occupation of the country.” The US is planning to open a new military airbase in Iraq near the town of al-Qa’im in Anbar Province, the local news outlet ...