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Ahmed Rasheed

Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on northern Iraq oil refinery

29 Nov 2020

TIKRIT, Iraq A rocket hit a small oil refinery in northern Iraq on Sunday, causing a fire at a fuel storage tank and forcing a complete shutdown of operations after the blaze spread to a nearby pipeline network, two refinery officials said.

Exclusive: Iraq trains U.S.-sanctioned militia leader for army position - sources

27 Nov 2020

BAGHDAD The Iraqi military is training a former member of an Iran-backed militia, who is under U.S. sanctions for killing protesters, to become a high-ranking officer in the army, according to six government, security and militia officials.

Iraq seeks first ever oil prepayment deal as finances strained

23 Nov 2020

LONDON/BAGHDAD Iraq is seeking its first ever crude oil prepayment deal to boost its finances as the country struggles to cope with lower oil prices and demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, its oil ministry said on Monday.

Rockets fall inside Baghdad's Green Zone, child killed - military

18 Nov 2020

BAGHDAD Four Katyusha rockets landed in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone and security officials said the attack targeted the U.S. embassy, Iraqi police and security sources said on Tuesday.

Arabs doubt Biden will herald change in the Middle East

07 Nov 2020

BAGHDAD/RIYADH Arab leaders congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory, but some people in the Middle East expressed cynicism over U.S. policy even if he pursues diplomacy rather than President Donald Trump's blunt approach to the region's myriad problems.

Kuwait says supports any OPEC+ supply decision as 2021 curbs loom

29 Oct 2020

DUBAI/BAGHDAD/LONDON Kuwait said on Thursday it would support any decision made by OPEC and its allies on future oil supply policy after OPEC and industry sources told Reuters some producers would prefer to pump more from January rather than extend output curbs.

Gulf OPEC, Iraq question whether to keep deep oil cuts into 2021- sources

29 Oct 2020

DUBAI/BAGHDAD/LONDON, Oct 29 Gulf OPEC producers the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as well as Iraq, are debating whether they should roll over existing oil supply cuts into 2021, as they struggle to stick to their agreed reductions, OPEC and industry sources said.

Iraq flags oil project delays, sees recovery next year: minister

20 Oct 2020

BAGHDAD/LONDON The Iraqi oil minister said on Tuesday that oil projects are being delayed in his country because of the OPEC+ production cuts, but he expects an oil price recovery from the second quarter of next year to help the sector.

Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

27 May 2020

BAGHDAD Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.

Iraq agrees with oil majors to cut output, but short of OPEC+ target

13 May 2020

BASRA, Iraq/ BAGHDAD Iraq is cutting its oil output by around 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), a third less than required under an OPEC+ supply pact, after it failed to persuade international oil majors operating its giant fields to agree to deeper reductions.

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