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Iraq says it will continue sanctions-busting imports from Iran

Iraq is close to finalizing a deal that will allow it to import Iranian energy despite American sanctions by avoiding the U.S. dollar, an Iraqi official said. "A big delegation came from the Iranian central bank and the idea was proposed to trade with Iran in euros," Abdulkarim Hashim Mustafa, speci

STARS AND STRIPES

ISIS bride and Twitter terrorist to America: Sentence me to some counseling sessions, please

“I hope America doesn’t think I’m a threat to them,” Hoda Muthana tells ABC News in her first on-camera interview. What would have given us that idea? The fact that she ran off to join ISIS five years ago and only now is coming back after their collapse? Or her Twitter campaign urging Muslims in the

HOT AIR

Trump right for once: Europe should take back foreign fighters

Six years ago, I walked into a dark room in one of the poor areas in Cairo. Two Syrian friends of mine had asked me to drop by to meet a special friend of theirs. Through the twilight, I saw a rather corpulent, but friendly looking man in his 50s. My friends introduced me to Qassem, a soldier from t

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Trump Could Make U.S. 'Relive Iraq All Again' Over Refusal to Listen to Intelligence Leaders, Former CIA Agent Warns

Former deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center Phil Mudd has warned that President Donald Trump’s disregard for the counsel of his intelligence agencies could lead the United States into another situation similar to the invasion of Iraq.

NEWSWEEK

Iran Says Suicide Bomber Who Hit Revolutionary Guards Was Pakistani

Iran said Tuesday that at least three Pakistani citizens were among the assailants responsible for killing 27 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on a bus last week, including the driver of the explosives-laden car that rammed the vehicle.

NEW YORK TIMES

General Electric (GE): GE Power Provides Advanced 9E Gas Turbine Iraq’s Al Qudus Power Plant

Delivering on its commitment to support the development of Iraq’s energy infrastructure, General Electric’s (GE) power unit, GE Power, provided an advanced 9E gas turbine to the Ministry of Electricity’s (MoE) Al Qudus Power Plant. GE will also service up to seven GE 9E gas turbines at the facility

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Iran-al Qaeda alliance may provide legal rationale for U.S. military strikes

Iran is providing high-level al Qaeda operatives with a clandestine sanctuary to funnel fighters, money and weapons across the Middle East, according to Trump administration officials who warn that the long-elusive, complex relationship between two avowed enemies of America has evolved into an unacc

WASHINGTON TIMES

How many IS foreign fighters are left in Iraq and Syria?

Tens of thousands of foreign nationals are believed to have travelled to Syria and neighbouring Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) group. With the end of the IS territorial "caliphate" imminent, the US has led calls to repatriate the hundreds of men women and children who have been detained on

BBC

Iraq's Kurdish Regional Parliament Elects Interim Speaker

Members of the Kurdistan Region Parliament attend a session in Erbil, Iraq February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari. The parliament in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on Monday elected its first ever woman speaker as a temporary stop-gap while deep political rifts persist more than four mont

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Former 1st Cav Soldier to Receive Distinguished Service Cross for Iraq Heroism

A former 1st Cavalry Division soldier will receive the nation's second-highest award for valor for saving three fellow service members from a suicide bomber attack during a 2007 patrol in Iraq.

MILITARY.COM

"El Chapo" will join these notorious prisoners at the "Alcatraz of the Rockies"

Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to join a roster of infamous inmates when he begins serving his sentence at United States Penitentiary -- Administrative Maximum (ADX) at the federal correctional complex in Florence, Colorado, known as the "Alcatraz of the Rockies." Guzman w

CBS NEWS

Saudi prince foresees 'good things' with India on visit overshadowed by Kashmir

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India rolled out the red carpet for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday at a time when it is trying to build diplomatic support against Pakistan following a militant attack in the disputed region of Kashmir.

REUTERS

Outrage in Syria, Iraq as ISIS Members Treated as Celebrities in West

Mahmoud Sheikh Ibrahim has seen the worst of ISIS crimes over his years working with journalists covering the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Shocked to see the numerous interviews by Western publications with ISIS members in Syria and the sympathy some have garnered in the West, he emphasizes that thes

MIDDLE EAST FORUM

Could Turkey Moderate Iran's Influence Over Iraq?

In recent weeks, America’s impending disengagement from Syria has sparked several conflicting views on its repercussions. With the mission to defeat ISIS left unfinished, some argue that the security vacuum will be quickly filled by Iran and Russia. What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is t

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France will handle Trump call to repatriate ISIS fighters 'case-by-case'

France on Monday said it will ignore a request from the Trump administration to repatriate hundreds of Islamic State (ISIS) militants captured fighting alongside Syrian-born fighters and other foreign militants in Syria and Iraq.

THE HILL

Why are Iraq’s paramilitaries turning on their own ranks?

Earlier this month, Iraq’s paramilitary group raided the home of and arrested one of its own — a prominent and longtime paramilitary leader, Aws al-Khafaji. The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — an umbrella organization of about 50 predominantly Shiite paramilitary groups — has initiated a crackdow

WASHINGTON POST

GOP lawmakers urge State Dept. to label cartels as terrorist organizations

A pair of House Republicans wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday asking for the U.S. to label violent drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Reps. Mark Green (Tenn.) and Chip Roy (Texas) presented the proposal, which would apply terrorist sanctions on cartel members, third

THE HILL

Votel in Iraq to Discuss Long-Term ISIS Threat

Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command, at Baghdad airport on Sunday, February 17, 2019. (Reuters) Commander of US Central Command Joseph Votel, who is overseeing US forces in the Middle East, flew into Iraq on Sunday for talks with US and Iraqi officials.

AAWSAT.COM

Saudi prince sees 'useful returns' from expected $100 billion investment in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he saw investment opportunities of more than $100 billion (77 billion pounds) in India over the next two years as he began his first official visit amid tensions between arch foes India and Pakistan.

REUTERS

Lara Logan and CBS News Have Parted Ways

Lara Logan, the journalist who gained wider renown covering war-torn spots in the Middle East for CBS News, is no longer with the network and has not been for several months. The split, disclosed as the result of Logan making an appearance over the weekend on a podcast in which she suggested news co

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