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Mar 3, 2015

Iraq battles to rebuild despite war and oil slump

BAGHDAD, March 3 (Reuters) – On a main highway south of
Baghdad, dozens of buildings rise up from the Iraqi plains, the
first blocks of a multi-billion-dollar city emerging from a
landscape more accustomed to conflict and crisis than glitzy new
development.

Bismayah New City, which aims to house half a million people
within four years, dwarfs any construction project Iraq has
attempted in a generation.

Mar 3, 2015

Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shi’ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin.

The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of north Iraq last June and advanced towards the capital Baghdad.

Mar 2, 2015

Iraq army and Shi’ite militias launch attacks north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shi’ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday at the start of a campaign aimed at driving them out of the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin.

The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of north Iraq last June and advanced towards the capital Baghdad.

Mar 1, 2015

Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State north of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s army and Shi’ite militia have launched a long-awaited offensive against Islamic State in Salahuddin province, a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday.

The ultra-radical fighters control several strongholds in the mainly Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin, including Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein.

Dec 15, 2014

Iraq’s new premier battles to unite a fractured nation

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Three months after he took office with a mission to unite his broken, warring country, Iraq’s new prime minister has swept away the divisive legacy of his predecessor with a burst of rapid and dramatic measures.

But Haider al-Abadi faces a huge challenge forging a common front against Islamic State fighters, rebuilding an ineffective army and reasserting a degree of central government authority across Iraq.

Dec 12, 2014

Exclusive: Cash-strapped Iraq seeks Kuwait war reparation delay

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion installment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Islamic State.

Since Iraq was first allowed to resume oil sales nearly two decades ago it has paid funds into a United Nations body overseeing compensation for looting and damage inflicted during Saddam Hussein’s seven-month occupation of Kuwait.

Dec 12, 2014

Cash-strapped Iraq seeks Kuwait war reparation delay

BAGHDAD, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Iraq is seeking to postpone a
final $4.6 billion instalment of reparations for its 1990-91
occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told
Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices
and war with Islamic State.

Since Iraq was first allowed to resume oil sales nearly two
decades ago it has paid funds into a United Nations body
overseeing compensation for looting and damage inflicted during
Saddam Hussein’s seven-month occupation of Kuwait.

Dec 9, 2014

Shaky grip on northern road as Iraqi army advances against IS

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – From somewhere, a sniper opened fire on the seven battle-scarred Humvees of Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi’s convoy as they rode on a crater-pocked highway. The convoy’s gunners replied with volleys of fire. The drivers did not stop.

Obeidi was proving a point by making his first visit to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, where a battle that broke a five month siege has been the main focus of the government’s U.S.-backed fightback against Islamic State.

Dec 9, 2014

Shaky grip on northern road as Iraq pushes advance against IS

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – From somewhere, a sniper opened fire on the seven battle-scarred Humvees of Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi’s convoy as they rode on a crater-pocked highway. The convoy’s gunners replied with volleys of fire. The drivers did not stop.

Obeidi was proving a point by making his first visit to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, where a battle that broke a five month siege has been the main focus of the government’s U.S.-backed fightback against Islamic State.

Dec 4, 2014

Islamic State cedes little ground despite air attacks

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) – They have made enemies across the globe and endured three months of U.S.-led air strikes, but Islamic State fighters have surrendered little of their self-declared caliphate to the broad sweep of forces arrayed against them.

Across thousands of square miles in Syria and Iraq, the radical Islamists face an unlikely mix of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, Shi’ite and Kurdish militias and rival Syrian Sunni Muslim rebels.

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      "I run Reuters news operations in Beirut, Damascus and Amman. I have reported from across the Middle East since 1992, mainly in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Dubai. I have also edited political and general news from Europe/MiddleEast/Africa and was parliamentary correspondent in London."
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