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Iraq ballot boxes storage set ablaze amid cllas of a re-run

A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May has caught fire, Reuters reported. This came just days after parliament demanded a nationwide recount of votes, drawing calls for the…

Bloc of Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s wins Iraq election

A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on…

Iraq declares victory over ISIS

The Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the war against the Islamic State (IS) is over. Al-Abadi making the announcement at a press conference in Baghdad said Iraqi army has control over the entire Iraqi-Syrian border.…

Iraqi forces enter first spots in Tal Afar, west Mosul

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Iraq on Tuesday just days after the start of an offensive to oust Islamic State from the city of Tal Afar, with talks focused on backing Iraqi efforts to stabilize areas recaptured from the…

Iraqi forces move to recapture Tal Afar from IS militants

Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say. A…

US envoy: All IS militants left in Mosul will die

BBC - Any Islamic State militants left in the Iraqi city of Mosul will die there, the US envoy to the multinational coalition battling the jihadist group says. Brett McGurk said coalition and Iraqi government forces were "committed…

Oil prices increase as conflicts in Libya, Iraq intensify

Seeking Alpha - A new set of geopolitical conflicts buoyed oil prices higher today after yesterday's sell-off pushed WTI below its 50-day moving average. Conflicts in Iraq and Libya were the main reason for the rise in oil…

Saudi Foreign Minister makes surprise visit to Baghdad

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has made a rare visit to Baghdad in an attempt to mend the kingdom's tense relations with Iraq. Adel al-Jubeir's surprise trip on Saturday marked the first official visit by a Saudi foreign minister since…

Iraqi forces enter west Mosul neighbourhood pushing IS out

BBC - Iraqi forces have entered a neighbourhood in West Mosul for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State (IS) five days ago. It comes a day after troops retook the city's airport from…

Iraqi forces recapture Mosul Airport from IS

BBC - Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government's offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire…

Iraqi forces seize key town in western Mosul

Iraqi forces have taken a strategically important town close to western Mosul on the third day of their renewed push against so-called Islamic State (IS), the BBC wrote. The taking of Abu Saif means troops now have a direct line of…

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