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Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is coming to Turkey on Thursday, a visit that follows a recent high-level visit from the central administration of Iraq to Turkey, which signaled a thaw in strained relations with Baghdad Today`s Zaman reported .

According to diplomatic sources, Barzani, who paid his last visit to Turkey in late July, is visiting Ankara on Thursday upon an invitation from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet with top government officials, including Erdogan.


Ankara and Baghdad have accelerated a recent move toward rapprochement with mutual high-level visits as the prime ministers of two countries are planning to exchange visits in the upcoming months, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to visit Turkey in December, following the visits of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Nov. 13-14 and Parliamentary Speaker Cemil Çiçek on Nov. 22-23 to Iraq.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Oct. 27 that he would go to Baghdad after al-Maliki's visit to Turkey.


Seven people were killed Wednesday in Iraq when a suicide attacker in a bomb-laden truck blew up a bridge on the highway to the Jordanian border, local media reported.

Four officers at a police post and three truck drivers were killed when the bridge collapsed, the independent Alsumaria television station reported quoting security officials, dpa reported.

Rescuers were searching for survivors at the site of the explosion, some 450 kilometres west of Baghdad in restive al-Anbar province, the report said.


Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement for the construction of a pipeline that will carry natural gas from Iran to feed power plants in the southern Iraqi province of Basra, PressTV reported.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Basra Governor Majeed al-Nasrawi stated that the pipeline project, which is expected to come on-stream by next summer, has been awarded to an Iranian company.

He further noted that the local government in Basra has even sought cooperation from Iranian companies to develop subway network in Basra, and construct railroad connecting Iran and Iraq.


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran strongly supports lasting stability, security and progress in Iraq, adding that Iran is exhausting its capacities to help the Baghdad government achieve these goals, PressTV reported.

In a meeting with Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar Hakim in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif underscored the high potential of the Iraqi government in playing a constructive role in major regional and international issues.


At least 11 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack on a funeral in northern Baghdad, police said, dpa reported.

A further 30 people were injured when a suicide attacker set off his explosive-laden car near the ceremony in the Iraqi city's mainly Sunni Azamieh district.

The attack is the third in as many days on funerals in the Iraqi capital.

Alsumaria television reported that 14 people were killed in an attack on Sunday in the largely Sunni southern Dora district, while 50 died and 100 were injured in a twin bombing on a funeral in Shiite-dominated Sadr City on Saturday.


At least 28 people were killed in Iraq on Tuesday in a series of gun and bombing attacks in the country's central and northern provinces, security officials and witnesses said.

In the capital, eight people were killed and 19 injured in mortar attacks and car bombings, dpa reported.

Also in Baghdad, a would-be suicide bomber was reportedly killed by bystanders before he could blow up himself.

In Baquba city, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, eight people were killed and seven injured in separate attacks.


As the result of a fire 20 Turkish trucks completely burned in Iraqi Kurdish autonomy, Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The fire broke out due to a major accident involving a fuel tanker. The fire injured four Turkish citizens, their condition is estimated as extremely serious.

The injured were taken to the nearest hospital. The case is under investigation.


The diplomats of the Turkish consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul have been attacked, Sabah newspaper reported today.

According to the newspaper, a convoy of diplomats moving to the city of Arbil was attacked by terrorists. No one was injured although the cars of the convoy were damaged.

The attackers have not yet been identified. A criminal case was filed.


Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says, BBC reported.

Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, adding to an earlier influx of 7,000 on Thursday.

The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs are struggling to cope, correspondents say.

The UN says the reasons are not fully clear, but there has been a sharp rise in clashes between Syrian Kurds and anti-government Islamist militants.