Monday, 22 July 2019

Tag Archives: Iraq

US to extend Iran energy sanctions waiver for Iraq

WASHINGTON has assured Afghanistan it would prolong the sanctions waiver, allowing Iraq to purchase Iranian energy, a source, close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd Mahdi, told Sputnik. “There is currently no official information [on the issue] but we have the United States’ assurance that Iraq will be excluded [from the ...

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US calls back embassy staff in Baghdad as tensions with Iran escalate

BAGHDAD: The US ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, citing intelligence on a “imminent” threat from Iraqi militias with close links to Iran. The evacuation order came 10 days after President Donald Trump ordered the movement of an aircraft carrier task force ...

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Iraq PM to make first official Iran visit Saturday

BAGHDAD: Iraqi premier Adel Abdel Mahdi will travel to Iran on Saturday, a member of his office said, in his first official visit to the country rivalling Washington for influence over Baghdad. The US reimposed tough sanctions on Tehran’s energy and finance sectors last year but has granted Baghdad several ...

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Iran wants railroad project with Iraq soon

BAGHDAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is looking forward to establishing a railroad project with Iraq in the near future, Iraqi state television quoted him as saying on Monday. It provided no further details. Rouhani, who is making his first official visit to Iraq, said in a news conference that he ...

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France offers $1.15bn loan to Iraq for reconstruction

PARIS: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that his government granted one billion euros (1.15 billion U.S. dollars) loan to Iraq to support reconstruction and stability efforts in the areas destroyed by the war against the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants. “France has decided to allocate a loan of ...

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Siemens nears multi-billion euro deal in Iraq

FRANKFURT: German engineering group Siemens is working on a deal worth up to 9 billion euros ($10.6 billion) to supply energy generation technology to Iraq, business daily Handelsblatt reported, citing government and industry sources. Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser has travelled to Iraq to secure a memorandum of understanding with ...

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Russia accuses U.S. of training former IS fighters in Syria

MOSCOW: The chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. General Valery Gerasimov’s allegations, made in a newspaper interview, center on a U.S. military base at Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing ...

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Reporters Without Borders says 65 journalists killed in 2017

PARIS: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says that 65 journalists were killed in 2017, the lowest toll in 14 years. According to figures released by the non-governmental organization on Tuesday, 60 percent of the journalists who were killed were murdered. RSF said the overall decrease is due to journalists leaving countries ...

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Rescuers Search Debris After Iran-Iraq Quake Killing 430

SARPOL-E-ZAHAB: Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies. The grim work began in earnest again at dawn ...

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Strong Quake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border, Killing More Than 330

TEHRAN: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck northern Iraq and parts of Iran has killed more than 330 people in both countries and injured more than 3,000, according to officials. It is the strongest quake to hit the region in years. Most of the reports of dead and injured came ...

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