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Iraq

12.03.2013

An al-Qaeda affiliated group has claimed responsibility for carrying out an ambush that killed 48 Syrian soldiers and nine Iraq guards state employees in Iraq's Anbar province last week, Aljazeera reported.

In a statement posted online on Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Qaeda's wing in Iraq, said the presence of Syrian government forces in Iraq proved collusion between the Shia-led government in Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

12.03.2013

A U.S. soldier accused of killing five fellow servicemen at a military combat stress center in Baghdad is set to appear at a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday as Army prosecutors and defense attorneys present motions concerning his mental health, Reuters reported.

Sergeant John Russell, who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of going on a shooting spree at Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad airport, in a 2009 assault the military said at the time could have been triggered by combat stress.

08.03.2013

Ten people killed in a series of attacks in northern and central Iraq, most of which targeted security personnel, police said on Friday, dpa reported.

Two people were killed and seven injured in bombings in the Salah al-Din province, some 170 kilometres north of Baghdad. Blasts shook the cities of Tikrit, Beiji and Samraa.

In the city of Mosul gunmen killed an army officer, his wife and child in an attack on their home.

Five members of the one family were killed in a similar attack in the city of Hilla. The five were pro-government militiamen.

02.03.2013

Iraqi Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi announced his resignation on Friday in protest against the policies of the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Al Jazeera reported.

Al-Issawi, who is a follower of Sunni Islam, announced his resignation in front of the crowd of protesters in the Sunni Anbar province.

Earlier, in January this year, he was the subject of an assassination attempt. Unknown persons detonated a bomb in the Minister of Finance's route. Al-Issawi wasn't injured.

27.02.2013

Iraqi Airways was set Wednesday to relaunch service to neighbouring Kuawit with its first flight there since 1990, said a senior official at the state-owned carrier, dpa reported.

Iraq's Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August 1990 after an oil dispute, prompting an international military campaign that forced Iraqi troops out of the tiny Gulf emirates months later.

Saddam was toppled in a US-led incursion of Iraq in 2003.

27.02.2013

Turkey refuses to construct a gas pipeline to Iraq's Kurdish Autonomous Region without the consent of the Iraqi central government, Aswat al-Iraq Agency quoted Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Karim al-Luaibi said.

According to Luaibi, Ankara officially informed Iraqi authorities of its refusal of the project.

The pipeline was earlier proposed by the government of Iraqi Kurdistan.

20.02.2013

Iraq has expressed its consent to the construction of a gas pipeline from Iran to Syria through its territory, Iraqi newspaper Aswat al-Iraq reported on Wednesday.

The country's government authorized Oil Minister Abdul Karim al-Luaibi to sign a framework agreement with oil ministers from Iran and Syria to build the gas pipeline.

Iraq, Iran and Syria's oil industry ministers signed a preliminary agreement on cooperation in the construction of the gas pipeline on July 25, 2011 in the southern province of Bushehr. Cost of the agreement is estimated at $10 billion.

20.02.2013

An Iraqi court has sentenced a Saudi man to death for joining a Jihadist group blamed for terrorist acts in the country, the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council announced Wednesday, dpa reported.

The Council, Iraq's highest judicial body, said that the Criminal Court had convicted the Saudi of entering Iraq illegally via Syria and joining the Islamic Army in Iraq "with the pretext of fighting the US forces and destabilizing the country."

It was not clear when the convict had been arrested and if he has the right to appeal the ruling.

15.02.2013

Najaf airport in Iraq has suspended five Iranian airlines for debts, Alsumaria news reported.

The supervisory committee of the Najaf airport said that the Iranian airlines owe them about $9 million for various tariffs and airport services.

Head of the monitoring committee Faid Al-Shammari said that the flights were suspended after a conducted monitoring.

He added that the flights will be resumed as soon as the debts are fully paid.

Najaf airport in Iraq receives flights from Iran's Tehran and Masshad.

12.02.2013

At least nine people were killed late Monday when a suicide bomber blew up his car in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) reported.
A suicide bomber drove his car which was packed with explosives into a military checkpoint in the Mutahna area in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, the report said.

Five soldiers were among the dead and 18 others were wounded in the blast, DPA reported.