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US to Prolong Exemption to Iraq’s Purchase of Iranian Energy: Source

US to Prolong Exemption to Iraq’s Purchase of Iranian Energy: Source

BAS News - 2019-05-24 12:37
ERBIL — Washington has ensured Iraqis about a waiver for importing gas and oil from neighboring Iran despite the US sanctions, a source close to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abul-Mahdi, said. "There is currently no official information [on the issue] but we ...
US to Prolong Exemption to Iraq’s Purchase of Iranian Energy: Source - BAS News

Iraq to Recover Thousands of Antiquities from US: PM

BAS News - 2019-06-11 23:20
ERBIL - Iraq in the near future will recover 15,000 antiquities from the US, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday. "Iraq was and will always remain a cultural and historical center, and we must make use of this great legacy to build the presen ...

Iraqi Prime Minister to Visit Erbil This Week

BAS News - 2019-06-10 15:42
ERBIL — Iraq Prime Minsiter Adil Abdul-Mahdi will visit Erbil later this week to congratulate the new president of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani. According to the information obtained by BasNews, Abdul-Mahdi’s visit is scheduled for the end of the ...

UK Sends Forces to Iraq to Capture IS Leader Baghdadi

BAS News - 2019-05-30 23:32
ERBIL - The UK has deployed special forces to Iraq for a "kill or capture" mission aiming to find the top Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a report revealed on Thursday. According to a report by The Mirror, around 30 British Army’s Special ...

Vaccinating Iraq’s children

The Global Coalition - 2019-05-29 17:21
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US to possibly stop training Turkish pilots

ANF - 2019-05-29 11:49
Reports say the US may stop training Turkish pilots as part of the F-35 fighter jet project in the wake of the Turkish state’s intention to purchase S-400 air defense systems from Russia. ...

Iraq to Reopen Green Zone During Eid al-Fitr Holidays

BAS News - 2019-05-27 22:38
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has issued a decree to reopen the Green Zone in central Baghdad during the Eid al-Fitr while tensions are yet to be defused in the region. According to a statement by Abdul-Mahdi's office, the heavily fortifi ...

France ‘opposes in principle’ Iraq's death penalty for nationals

Rûdaw - 2019-05-27 14:55
"It respects the sovereignty of Iraq's institutions ...

French telecom giant Orange stripped of stake in Iraq’s Korek Telecom

E-Kurd - 2019-05-24 23:53
BAGHDAD,— An Iraqi industry regulator has stripped France’s Orange SA of its stake in wireless operator Korek and handed it to a group of local investors, according to an official document seen by Bloomberg. An administrative order from Iraq’s Communicat ...

Reuters.. US to send 5,000 troops to Middle East

Waar Media - 2019-05-24 12:58
WAAR_DUHOK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense is considering a U.S. military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Tehran and Washington ...

WFP’s new programme to Iraq

The Global Coalition - 2019-05-22 18:30
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Kurdish MPs to Meet with Iraqi PM, Discuss Disputed Kurdish Areas

BAS News - 2019-05-20 11:46
ERBIL — Kurdish factions at the Iraqi parliament are invited to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi where they are planning to discuss the recent alarming situation in the areas disputed between Erbil and Baghdad. MP Bahar Mahmoud told B ...

Iraq Postpones Resumption of Flights to Syria

BAS News - 2019-05-19 21:54
ERBIL - Iraq has postponed the resumption of direct flights to neighboring Syria, while it previously announced that it would resume flights on Saturday. Earlier on Saturday, Damascus said that it had been informed of Iraqi Airway's decision of delaying ...

'Walk to heaven': Shia pilgrims trek to Iraq's Karbala

Qantara - 2019-05-18 17:46

Senate Confirms Matt Tueller as New US Ambassador to Iraq

BAS News - 2019-05-17 15:38
ERBIL — The US Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Matt Tueller to the post of US Ambassador to Iraq. Tueller previously served as an ambassador to Yemen and Kuwait, and he worked with US diplomatic missions in Iraq and other countries across ...

US and Iran Don't Seek War: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2019-05-14 23:28
ERBIL - Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that neither the US nor Iran is seeking a war between the two countries. Abdul-Mahdi pointed out that, although Washington and Tehran are in long-term disputes, they are both close friends of ...

Pompeo’s Trip to Baghdad Focused on Protection of US Forces

BAS News - 2019-05-08 10:31
ERBIL — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Baghdad overnight Tuesday where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and other top official, reportedly focusing on the safety of US forces in the country. “We talked to them ab ...

Exxon Mobil Deal Not Related to US Sanction Waiver: Iraqi PM

BAS News - 2019-05-07 16:55
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that the deal his country is about to sign with Exxon Mobil is not related to the sanctions waiver that Washington has granted to allow Baghdad to continue economic cooperation with Iran. As p ...

Siemens to Upgrade Iraq's Electricity Grid: Abdul-Mahdi

BAS News - 2019-04-30 21:12
ERBIL - Siemens was the "main partner" in a roadmap agreement to upgrade Iraq's electricity grid, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday. The Iraqi premier made the remarks at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where A ...

Iraqi PM Says IS Leader is Possibly in “Remote Areas”

BAS News - 2019-04-30 16:23
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that the leader of Islamic State (IS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdad is possibly in the “remote areas”. The statement came a day after a video was released purportedly showing Baghdadi speaking in front ...

Iraqi PM to Embark on a Visit to Europe

BAS News - 2019-04-29 15:29
ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi is scheduled to embark on a visit to Europe where he will tour three countries, said PM’s press office on Monday. Abdul-Mahdi will begin his trip on Tuesday when he will first fly to the Netherlands. He is se ...