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Iraq, US clash over Iran’s energy imports: Paper

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SHAFAQNA- Pars Today: Iraq is pushing back on US pressures to stop buying natural gas and electricity from Iran in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad, the New York Times reports. Iran is the sole foreign…

UK army permitted killing civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan: Report

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SHAFAQNA- Pars Today: A report has found that the British army allowed soldiers to shoot and kill unarmed civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan for activities defined as suspicious such as those holding a mobile telephone or a shovel. An investigation…

Ammar Hakim hails Iran's role in supporting Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News Agency: Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar Hakim censured the US efforts to undermine relations between Tehran and Baghdad, and thanked Iran for its constructive role in supporting Iraq. He made the…

Iran has found real regional allies for first time

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News Agency: Senior Adviser to Iran’s Leader for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati said that Islamic Republic of Iran has found real regional allies for the first time in a way that countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon,…

Iraqi Politicians condemn Trump comments to use country to watch Iran

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SHAFAQNA | Nasibeh Yazdani- Iraq’s president and many other politicians in the country condemned Trump's comments to US media in which he said American forces would remain at a US base in Iraq to "watch Iran". Mr. Trump, in an interview…

Iraqi PM: Baghdad won’t be part of US sanctions on Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Iraq will not be part of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Said Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdol-Mahdi on Wednesday. Iraq "will not be part of the U.S. sanctions against Iran or any other people”, Abdul-Mahdi said during a meeting with…

Ayatollah Sistani: Iraq never becomes a center to harm other countries

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SHAFAQNA- Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Sistani in a meeting with the Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq emphasized on his disagreement about changing Iraq to the center for harming other countries. Today, Ayatollah Sistani…

Trump says he wants to Keep US Military Presence in Iraq to Watch Iran

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SHAFAQNA- U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized that he wants to maintain a military presence in Iraq in order to “watch” Iran. Trump's decision to draw down military forces in the Middle East has been met with fierce criticism, and…

One killed, Seven wounded in terror Attack on a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- One killed, Seven wounded in terror Attack on a bus carrying Iranian Shiite pilgrims in Iraq. The bus was travelling from Samarra to Baghdad when it was targeted about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Baghdad by unidentified gunmen,…

Najaf initiative for rebuilding links between Sunni and Shia communities in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : Some Shia clerics in Najaf have begun a program meant to improve the dialogue between Sunni and Shia communities. The goal is to promote the concept of equal citizenship among all Iraqis and uphold values of shared…

Special advisor to the Secretary-General of UN visited Imam Ali (A.S) shrine

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain:  Kereem Ahmed Khan, Special advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of the international investigative team of ISIS's atrocities, expressed appreciation for having visited the Imam Ali Shrine…

Video: Teenager killed as protesters attack Turkish base in Iraq's Kurdish region

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SHAFAQNA- Pars Today: A teenage boy has been killed in a bout of violence involving Turkish troops and Kurdish protesters in northern Iraq. According to Press TV, reports late on Saturday said Turkish soldiers stationed in Iraqi Kurdistan…

Iran, Iraq discuss ICT cooperation

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Iran’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and his Iraqi counterpart Naim al-Rubaye discussed further cooperation in the field of communication and information technology…

Tunisian Ambassador to Iraq: We will cooperate with Najaf city at all economic, cultural, and religious levels

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: Ibrahim Rizqi, the Tunisian ambassador to Iraq, and his accompanying delegation had the honor of visiting the Imam Ali Holy Shrine in Najaf, Iraq. "I commend and thank all the officials at the Imam Ali Holy Shrine…

1000s join rally in turkey in solidarity with detained kurdish lawmaker

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SHAFAQNA- Pars Today: Thousands of people have taken part in a rally in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey to express solidarity with a detained lawmaker from a pro-Kurdish party who launched a hunger strike in November. According…

The many challenges of assisting those affected by war

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Katrina Ritz, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq, describes the situation on the ground in Iraq “stable” but in need of much assistance. I think what we often think is when the…

Iran’s Zarif in Imam Hussein (A.S) Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA- Karbala has been host to Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He converges on the holy city of Karbala in southern Iraq to honor Imam Hussein and, attend Iran-Iraq economic conference. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad…

French FM visits holy shrine of Imam Ali (A.S) +Photos

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SHAFAQNA- During his two-day trip to Iraq, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian visited holy shrine of Imam Ali (A.S) and also met with Ayatollah Mohammad Said al-Hakim, one of Iraq's top four Shiite clerics in Najaf on Tuesday, the first visit to…

Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan call for expansion of bilateral relations

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SHAFAQNA- During the Iranian foreign minister's visit to Iraq and the country's Kurdistan region, Iran and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have emphasized the importance of expansion of bilateral relations in various sectors. The…

Zarif : No one allowed to interfere in Tehran-Baghdad ties

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SHAFAQNA- The Iranian foreign minister said Tehran and Baghdad enjoy solid relations, stressing that no other country is allowed to meddle with those bilateral relations. "The Iranian-Iraqi ties are solid and we do not allow anyone to interfere…

Photos: Zarif meets Ammar al-Hakim

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SHAFAQNA- Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, arrived in Baghdad this afternoon on a 5-day visit for talks with the neighboring state’s officials. In the first day of this trip, Zarif had a meeting with the Head of the National…

Thousands of orphans get full care

SHAFAQNA- According to the official statement issued form al-Ayen Organization for social care that the number of orphans reaches 31,186 in the middle of Iraq, 20,697 in Baghdad and 4,504 in the north. The statement also refereed that the…

2 killed, 25 injured due to Explosion in western Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- Two people were killed and 25 injured on Friday morning in an explosion in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim near the border with Syria to which displaced families are being encouraged to return. "The final casualties from the car bomb…

US Secretary of State makes an unannounced Iraq visit

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SHAFAQNA- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday met with Iraqi leaders in an unannounced Iraq visit as part of his tour to the Middle East. Mike Pompeo traveled on Wednesday first to Baghdad, where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister…

Iraq-Turkey ties going in positive direction

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi President Barham Salih's visit to Ankara is expected to bolster bilateral relations and displayed their strong determination to deepen relations. On Friday, a statement by the Iraqi  presidency office said  Barham Salih…

Photos: More than 1000 Female students honored by The al-Abbas’s (p) Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: The al-Abbas’s (p) Holy Shrine honors more than 1,000 female students in the fifth annual ceremony of the students wearing the Iraqi abaya. Al-'Ameed University of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine has hosted on Friday morning…

Iran MPs reviewing economic cooperation with Iraq, Syria

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Rapporteur of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ali Najafi Khoshroudi said on Sunday that the Iranian parliament examined grounds to expand economic cooperation with Iraq and Syria. In the meeting, the latest…

U.S-led coalition admits killing civilians in Syria and Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- The U.S. military said in a monthly report on Sunday it has led to killing over 1,100 civilians since it started its military campaign in Iraq and Syria in 2014. According to a report from Defense One's Kevin Baron, 1,139 civilians…