Iraq

Iraqi PM renounces British citizenship by law

Haider al-AbadiBaghdad: Iraqi officials close to the country's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi say he has renounced his British citizenship since officially assuming office last week.

The three government officials close to al-Abadi, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to discuss the matter, said he surrendered his British passport after his government was officially approved by parliament on September 8.

Iraq's constitution stipulates that an Iraqi citizen may hold multiple passports. However, anyone who assumes a senior security or government position must abandon any other acquired citizenship.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over IraqBaghdad - European and Dubai-based airlines have begun re-routing flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.

An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai told The Associated Press on Monday it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France also say they will do the same.

This follows the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over rebel-held Ukraine.

Loss of Mosul threatens Iraqi PM's hold on power

Nouri al-MalikiBaghdad: The disastrous loss of a large swath of the north to Islamic militants is threatening to cost Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, his job as even longtime Shiite backers turn against him and seek an alternative.

During a meeting of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish party leaders, one young up-and-coming Shiite politician angrily told al-Maliki that his "obsession with power" and botched policies were to blame for this week's debacle.

Militants seize city of Tikrit, say Iraqi officials

Recep Tayyip ErdoganBaghdad: Al-Qaida-inspired militants on Wednesday seized effective control of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control a day earlier of much of Mosul, the country's second-largest city, in a major blow to the authority of the country's Shiite government and a sign of Iraq's reversals since US forces withdrew in late 2011.

36 killed in attacks across Iraq

36 killed in attacks across IraqBaghdad, April 14 - At least 36 people were killed and 28 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq Sunday, police said.

In one attack, eight policemen were killed and 10 people wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack targeting police in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.

The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck into a police checkpoint and blew it up in Debis town.

49 killed, 148 injured in Iraq attacks

49 killed, 148 injured in Iraq attacksBaghdad, Sep 18 - As many as 49 people were killed and 148 wounded in various attacks across Iraq Tuesday, including a wave of bombing in the capital city, police and interior ministry sources said.

Eight people were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's Husseiniya area in the evening, while six people were killed and 18 wounded when two car bombs exploded in the Sadr City, reported Xinhua citing a police source.

19 killed in Iraq attacks

19 killed in Iraq attacksBaghdad, Aug 23 - At least 19 people were killed and 26 wounded in a spate of attacks in Iraq Thursday, most of them targeting security forces, police said.

Ten soldiers and four civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint with a booby-trapped tank near Ramadi city, 100 km from Baghdad, reported Xinhua citing a police source. The attack also injured 10 other people, including four soldiers.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire with machine-guns at a checkpoint of the Iraqi army in the Aslah neighbourhood in Mosul city, some 400 km from Baghdad, killing two soldiers, a police source said.

Iraqi PM Maliki to visit India

Nouri-al-MalikiBaghdad/New Delhi, June 20 : Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to visit India later this year on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The invitation to the Iraqi prime minister was conveyed by visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid.

Maliki has accepted the invite to visit India. The visit is likely before the end of this year, said sources.

Khurshid is on a two-day official visit to Baghdad at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart Hoshiyar Zebari. The visit is part of efforts by India to engage with Iraq at the highest level and deepen ties with the oil-rich country.

18 killed in Iraq bombings

18 killed in Iraq bombingsBaghdad, March 30 - At least 18 people were killed and over 100 injured in five car bombing incidents in Iraq Friday, Xinhua reported.

The bombings targetted Shiite mosques in Baghdad and Kirkuk city, an interior ministry source said, adding at least 14 people were killed and 25 wounded in the four attacks in the capital city.

The fifth was a suicide attack, which targetted the worshipers while leaving a mosque in Kirkuk, some 250 km from Baghdad, killing four and wounding 80, a police source said. (IANS)

20 die in Iraq bombings

Iraq-bombingBaghdad, March 19 : Twenty people were killed and over 90 wounded in a series of bombings and shootings in Iraq Tuesday, the police said.

In Baghdad, eight car bombs ripped through crowded areas mainly in Shiite districts across the capital, killing 15 people and wounding 73, an interior ministry source told Xinhua.

Also in the capital, two people were killed when two bombs attached to their cars detonated in western and eastern Baghdad, while a third was shot dead by gunmen in the southern part of Baghdad, the source said.

Eight killed, 120 injured in Iraq attacks

Eight killed, 120 injured in Iraq attacksBaghdad, March 12 - A suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 120 others, including 65 schoolchildren, in northern Iraq Monday, while three people were killed in two other attacks in central Iraq, police said.

In the first incident, the blast occurred when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the police headquarters in the town of al-Debis, some 45 km from Kirkuk city, killing five people and wounding 120 others, reported Xinhua citing source.

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq soon

Iran to begin gas exports to Iraq soonDubai, March 11 - Iran will start exporting gas to Iraq within next three months, according to Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi.

Qasemi, who met his Iraqi counterpart Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi in Baghdad, said Sunday the agreement on Iranian gas supplies to Iraq had "reached the stage of final signing".

"The launch of gas exports will proceed by stages. First, gas will start to be supplied to Baghdad and then, within another three months, to Basra," IRNA quoted Qasemi as saying.

Iraq appoint new national football coach

/Hakeem-Shakir.jBaghdad, Dec 31 : Hakeem Shakir has been promoted from caretaker to Iraq head coach, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has said.

The AFC said in a statement Sunday that the Iraq football association made the decision after Shakir acted as caretaker following Brazilian Zico's resignation late November, reports Xinhua.

Shakir led Iraq to the finals of the under-19 Asian championship and the West Asian championships in 2012.

Shakir, 49, will face his first task of the Gulf Cup 2013 starting in Bahrain next week.

Iraq are also vying for a place in the 2014 World Cup finals.

Iraqi deputy PM survives assassination bid

Iraqi deputy PM survives assassination bidBaghdad, Dec 31 - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak Sunday survived an attempt on his life, Xinhua reported.

Al-Mutlak was participating in a protest in Anbar province, about 100 km from Baghdad, when the attack took place. Several of his bodyguards were wounded.

Protests against Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki have intensified since the arrests of bodyguards of Sunni Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi last week.

Maliki's opponents accuse him of seeking to marginalize Sunni leaders.

Al Jazeera replaces top news director amid WikiLeaks disclosure?s on collusion with US

 Al Jazeera replaces top news director amid WikiLeaks disclosure?s on collusion with US Manama, Sept 21 : Qatar-based pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera Network has reportedly replaced its top news director in the wake of WikiLeaks revelations that he modified the network’s Iraq war coverage in response to pressure from the US.

According to the New York Times, the network has named a member of the Qatari royal family and a businessman, Sheik Ahmad bin Jasem bin Muhammad Al-Thani, to replace Wadah Khanfar.

Obama eager to end war in Iraq

US-Troops-IraqPresident Obama says he is on track to carry out his promise of ending the Iraq war.

Despite a stalemate situation in Baghdad on efforts to form a new government, Obama is happy with his achievements in Iraq. He is convinced that he will carry out his promise, which he did while campaigning for the post of the president.

Obama's message of opposition to the Iraq war helped him to gain support among Democrats in his presidential election campaign.

Use military force in Iraq gave Osama what he was looking for!

Use military force in Iraq gave Osama what he was looking for!The former head of British intelligence said on Tuesday that the decision to use military force in Iraq in 2003 gave Osama bin Laden the jihad he looking for.

London is examining its role in the Iraq war from the planning stages in 2001 to the end of British combat operations in 2009.

London's Guardian newspaper has reported that Eliza Manningham-Buller, who led British intelligence agency MI5 from 2002-07, told the London inquiry into the Iraq war Tuesday that the Iraqi invasion was a propaganda victory for al-Qaida.

Flydubai Starts Flight To Iraq

Flydubai Starts Flight To IraqFlydubai has commenced its initial flight to Iraq by flying to the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region.

The low cost airline made this declaration on Saturday.

The FZ201 aircraft finished a three-hour trip to Erbil on Friday after it lifted off from the Dubai International Airport.

Flydubai's chief commercial officer Hamad Obaidalla stated that stability is coming back to Iraq and mainly to the Kurdistan area, and this makes Erbil an important gateway into the country.

Bombings in Iraq leave more than 41 people dead

Bombings in Iraq leave more than 41 people deadAuthorities have said that insurgents detonated a string of bombs in Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 41 people and injuring 181 others, most of them religious pilgrims.

The deadliest attack was carried out by a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives that targeted pilgrims near Abu Haneefa al Numan Mosque in Adhamiyah, north of Baghdad, about 8 p. m., McClatchy Newspapers have reported. McClatchy also said that blast killed at least 28 people and wounded 81.

Iraq violence leaves 8 dead, 15 wounded

Iraq violence leaves 8 dead, 15 woundedOfficials have confirmed that multiple attacks in Iraq Tuesday killed eight people and wounded 15 others.

CNN has reported that Interior Ministry officials said an Iraqi army brigadier general in the northwestern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhumiya was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded.

The official further said that another car bomb exploded in northwestern Baghdad in Hurriya killing one civilian and wounding two others.

CNN further said that a car explosion in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora killed one civilian and wounded four others.




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