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Iraq

16.08.2013

In a development with serious international ramifications, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has detained an Indian ship carrying oil in the Persian Gulf, Times of India reported.

Sources said the ship, named MT Desh Shanti, was on its way to India from Iraq when it was detained by the IRGC.

The ship is owned by the Shipping Corporation of India. The development has stunned authorities here as it was transporting oil from Iraq, a country which has overtaken Iran as the second largest supplier of crude to India after Saudi Arabia.

12.08.2013

The U.S. government on Saturday strongly condemned al-Qaida for perpetrating a chain of terror attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, calling the attackers "enemies of Islam", Xinhua reported.

"At least 40 people were killed and 250 others wounded in a wave of violent attacks across Iraq on Saturday, mostly in Baghdad. The 10 car bomb attacks, mostly targeting markets, restaurants and cafes, occurred as Iraqis were celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

06.08.2013

At least 11 people were killed and 28 others wounded in the latest violent attacks across Iraq on Monday, police said.

At least three people were killed and 20 others injured when a car bomb exploded in a market in Tall Afar area west of Mosul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, Xinhua reported.

One civilian was killed and eight others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near a bakery in a market in Kamalya area in eastern Baghdad, the source said.

08.07.2013

Iran and Iraq will construct a joint industrial park near the Qasr-e Shirin border checkpoint in current solar year, which started on March 21, a representative of the Industrial Estates Corporation of the Kermanshah province said, Donya-e-eqtesad daily reported.

There are 917 approved projects on construction of industrial parks in Iran, with 703 of them ready for commissioning, he said.

The trade turnover between Iran and Iraq surpassed $6.35 billion in the last solar year, which ended on March 20, Iranian media reported.

28.05.2013

A wave of bombs exploded in markets in Shi'ite neighborhoods across Baghdad on Monday, killing more than 50 people, Reuters reported police and health officials as saying, in the latest attacks to increase fears Iraq risks sliding back into broader conflict, Alarabiya reported.

While no group claimed Monday's blasts, Sunni Muslim Islamist insurgents and Al-Qaeda' s Iraqi wing have increased attacks since the beginning of the year and often target Shi'ite districts to try to trigger wider confrontation.

22.05.2013

At least 15 people were killed and 90 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, said the police.

A car bomb went off near the Abu Ghraib Grand Mosque, a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib area, 25 km west of the capital Baghdad, on Tuesday evening, killing eight people and injuring 15 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The explosion also caused damage to a number of civilian cars and buildings nearby, he added.

22.05.2013

Turkey is negotiating the terms of cooperation with the U.S. company Chevron for joint activity in the field of energy in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomy, Hurriyet newspaper said on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, in particular, this partnership with Chevron may involve the construction of oil and gas pipelines from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey.

Earlier, Turkey signed an agreement with the U.S. company Exxon Mobil on oil exploration in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Exxon Mobil and Turkish oil and gas company TPIC (TPAO's subsidiary) intend to establish a joint venture in Iraqi Kurdistan.

22.05.2013

Iranian giant carmaker Iran Khodro will establish a production line with the capacity of 30,000 units in the Iraqi city of Iskandariya by the next month, IRNA reported.

The production line will car parts in SKD method, IRNA quoted Iran Khodro deputy director for exports Abdolazim Sadian as saying.

In January, Nour Salem, a member of the Economy and Investment Committee in the Iraqi parliament, declared that this committee had suggested a ban on the import of Iranian-made cars, which have resulted in horrible car accidents due to manufacturing flaws.

20.05.2013

Two car bombs exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Monday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 25, security officials and medics said, dpa reported.

One of the cars went off in a busy street in the majority Shiite city and the other targeted a parking lot.

In central Iraq, the bodies of 14 people kidnapped in Anbar province were found.

A rise in attacks in recent months has raised fears of a return to the kind of sectarian violence that drove Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

20.05.2013

Eight policemen were killed in attacks Monday in Iraq's Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province, security officials said, dpa reported.

The eight were killed when gunmen opened fire on two patrols in al-Anbar city, 120 kilometres west of the capital Baghdad.

The attackers then fled, police said.