Iraq

Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist threat, press Washington for arms

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WASHINGTON - The semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq is pressing the Obama administration for sophisticated weapons it says Kurdish fighters need to push back Islamist militants threatening their region, Kurdish and U.S. officials said.

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Iraqi Shi'ite militias use hit lists to pick off foes - police 31 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Shi'ite militias have drawn up hit lists of suspected Sunni insurgents to be kidnapped, executed and hung in public, security and police officials said, raising the stakes in a sectarian war tearing the country apart.

Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq-sources 30 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region.

Shi'ite militia hangs up 15 executed Sunnis in Iraqi square 30 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Shi'ite militia forces executed 15 Sunni Muslims and then hung them from electricity poles in a public square in the town of Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.

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U.S. judge says cannot seize Kurdish crude for now 29 Jul 2014

HOUSTON - A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.

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U.S judge says cannot seize Kurdish crude for now 29 Jul 2014

HOUSTON/BAGHDAD - A high-stakes dispute over a tanker carrying $100 million (59 million pounds) in Iraqi Kurdish crude took a surprising turn on Tuesday when a U.S. judge said she lacked jurisdiction given the ship's distance from the Texas shore and urged that the case be settled in Iraq.

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Air France, Virgin among airlines avoiding Iraqi airspace 29 Jul 2014

BERLIN - Major airlines are taking differing stances to flying over Iraq, reflecting the piecemeal approach airlines currently take to flying over conflict zones and ahead of an international meeting of industry representatives to discuss the issue.

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Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers 29 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.

Iraq lays claim to Kurdish crude cargo in Texas court 28 Jul 2014

HOUSTON - Iraq filed suit on Monday in a Texas court to gain control of a cargo of crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan that Baghdad says was sold without its permission.

Baghdad police find 15 dead in bloody start to Muslim holiday 28 Jul 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police found 15 corpses on Monday, including three women shot in the head, in a bloody start to the holiday ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said.