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Iran-Iraq trade balance hit $10b: Envoy

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA:  The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad reached ten billion dollars for a one-year period, Iran's ambassador to Iraq announced on Wednesday. There are many historical, cultural and political commonalities…

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu…

IRAQ BANS RICE PLANTING BECAUSE OF WATER SHORTAGES

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SHAFAQNA - Reuters | by Moayed Kenany: Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on…

Eye-catching Islamic architectural art at Imam Hussain Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Hussain Holy Shrine: Art possesses a wide area in the Islamic decoration, especially in the places of worship such as mosques and shrines. Imam Hussain Holy Shrine is considered a perfect symbol of Islamic art; it is one of…

Since the beginning of the year 609000 displaced Iraqis have returned home

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SHAFAQNA - Relief Web  :  The returns process is ongoing and since the beginning of the year, 609,000 Iraqis have returned home, yet more than 2 million remain displaced as of May. Between 30 April and 31 May, 119,000 Iraqis have returned…

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at…

Shia Muslims shape 20 percent of global Muslim population

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SHAFAQNA – World Atlas : There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world with Shia Muslims accounting for almost 20%. While most global Muslims are Sunni, a handful of countries have Shia majorities or pluralities. These countries are…

Iraq election: some Ballot boxes burned before recount in east Baghdad

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SHAFAQNA - A massive fire broke out Sunday in three warehouses containing ballot boxes of Iraq's parliamentary election in downtown capital Baghdad. According to BBC, the fire hit Iraq's biggest ballot paper warehouse that was being used…

In eastern Iraq, a small town builds weightlifting champions

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SHAFAQNA - Arabian Business :A 1993 weightlifting training centre is keeping the competitive sport alive some 200 km east of Baghdad.  While some towns in Iraq are known for producing oil or textiles, Badra boasts its own special conveyer…

Explosion in eastern Iraq kills one, injures 8 others

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA : One person was killed and eight others wounded in blast of an explosive charge in the city of Al Khalis in the eastern province of Diyala Saturday night, local media reported. The explosive charge went off in a marketplace…

Moheb Ali: Iraqis are looking for improving their position in Arab world

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SHAFAQNA - The future of Iraqi government probably will not be strong and stable, according to a former Iranian diplomat, who also believes the Iraqis are looking for improving their position in the Arab world and the Arab union and also their…

ISIS claims responsibility over assassination of Iraq election candidate

SHAFAQNA - ISIS claimed responsibility for the assassination Monday of a candidate in Iraq's parliamentary election just days ahead of the polls. Faruq Zarzur al-Juburi, a candidate loyal to Vice President Ayad Allawi, was shot dead by gunmen…

Iraq's new political class - Abdul Hussein Abtan wants a new political narrative

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SHAFAQNA - On 28 January 2007 Iraq security forces foiled a sinister plot in a surrounding village to the sacred city of Najaf. The plotters belonged to a messianic cult: the Soldiers of Heaven, a group hell-bent on seeing through its members'…

Moukebs in Karbala to host pilgrims on 15th of Sha’ban

SHAFAQNA - More than 650 Moukebs (resting places with special facilities and services for pilgrims) are ready to provide services to the pilgrims of Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine in Karbala on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam…

French Catholic Bishop: Iraq's holy shrines best places for humanitarian communication among all sects

SHAFAQNA - The French Catholic Bishop, Michael, expressed his extreme pride at visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the public relations department welcomed him and took him round the landmarks of the holy shrine. “I…

Iraq - Master Of it's Own Destiny?

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SHAFAQNA- As Iraqi elections loom Open Discussions in association with Gulf Cultural Club hosted a seminar at Abrar House in London exploring the reverberations of war in Iraq, which continues even after fifteen years. Iraq is a land blessed…

Discovering ruins determine Imam Hussein's way from Mecca to Karbala

SHAFAQNA - Karbala Center for Studies and Researches of Imam Hussein Shrine has announced discovering some ruins through which the way Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him) took when he came to the holy city of Karbala has been tracked and confirmed. Abdul…

6 million pilgrims attended martyrdom anniversary of Imam Kazim - Iraq

SHAFAQNA - The Secretariat-General of Imam El-Kadhim Shrine held a conference, Thursday 4-12–2018, on the pilgrimage made on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam El-Kadhim (Peace Be Upon Him). The conference was attended by…

Iraqis must commit to peaceful coexistence"

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SHAFAQNA- The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani in Karbala stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society in light of the current situation that Iraq is going through…

Course on Iraqi Style Quran Recitation Underway in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Astan, Seyyed Hani Mousawi, supervisor of the Quranic program, said that the course has been organized in line with a national plan titled “Alawi Support for Iraqi recitation style of the Holy Quran”. The…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

Imam Hussein Shrine invites head of Naqshbandi to visit Iraq's shrine

SHAFAQNA- n response to an invitation by the Iraqi ambassador in Islamabad – Pakistan, the head of the preparatory committee of Neseem Kerbela Fifth Cultural Festival Moslim Abbas Segban met with the head of the Naqshbandi sect in Pakistan…

Ayat. Sistani urges Iraqis to avoid sectarianism in upcoming elections

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SHAFAQNA- In a statement released on Friday, March 9, senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani asked Iraqi nation to avoid sectarian bias in upcoming parliamentary elections in the country in order to vote for the qualified…

Imam Reza (A.S.) University is one of the approved Universities in Iraq

SHAFAQNA- Dr. Yasser Abdul Zahra al-Hajjaj, along with a delegation visited various departments of Imam Reza (A.S.) International University, including the library, Fava building, ICT, University sites, intelligent classrooms, remote and electronic…

Iraq publishes new most wanted terrorists list head by Daesh leader

SHAFAQNA- Iraqi authorities have published a fresh list of most wanted terrorists headed by the name of the fugitive leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and…

Turkish warplanes kill 49 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

SHAFAQNA - Turkish warplanes struck 19 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday, killing 49 militants, Turkey’s armed forces said on Thursday. Two airstrikes were carried out in the Asos/Qandil, Zap, Avasin/Basyan…

Mourning ceremony on Sayyida Fatima's martyrdom at Imam Ali Shrine

SHAFAQNA - Mourning ceremony on Sayyida Fatima's martyrdom at Imam Ali Holy Shrine in Najaf, Iraq 30.1.2018. Source - ABNA

Turkish jets destroy 11 Kurdish PKK targets in northern Iraq

SHAFAQNA -  The Turkish Air Force carried out several attacks against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq this morning, the Turkish military reported. According to the Turkish military, their Air Force destroyed at least 11…