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Kurdish government meets Baghdad officials on eve of independence vote

ERBIL, IRAQ: A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government held talks with the Iraqi government in Baghdad on Saturday, two days before a planned referendum on secession from Iraq. “The delegation will discuss the referendum but the referendum is still happening,” said Hoshiyar Zebari, a top adviser to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani. “We said we would talk to Baghdad before, during and after the referendum.” The KRG has said the vote is intended to give its autonomous territory a legitimate mandate to achieve…

Russia and Iraq restore air travel after 13-year freeze

MOSCOW: Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline (Air Travel) services on Sunday for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country. An Iraqi Airways plane left Baghdad at 10.31 am (0731 GMT) and was expected to arrive at Moscow's Vnukovo airport at 2.19 pm (1119 GMT), according to the Russian airport's online departure and arrival timetables. "The first commercial flight arrives today," said Sergei Izvolsky, spokesman for Russia's civil…

‘Gates of Hell’: Iraqi army says fighting near Tal Afar worse than Mosul

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces battling to retake the small town of al-’Ayadiya where militants fleeing Tal Afar have entrenched themselves, saying on Tuesday the fighting is “multiple times worse” than the battle for Mosul’s old city. Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters were positioned inside most houses and high buildings inside the town, making it difficult for government forces to make any progress, army officers told Reuters. Iraqi government troops captured the town of Mosul from Islamic State in July, but only after…

Eight killed, over dozen injured in car bomb in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD: A car bomb ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least eight people, police and rescue sources said. According to rescue officials, the explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in the city’s Shia district of Sadr as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar. It was not immediately clear if a suicide bomber had driven the vehicle to the target or if…

Car bombs kill 23 in central Baghdad, hit Ramadan crowds

BAGHDAD: Two car bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early on Tuesday, security sources said, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of the holy month of Ramadan who shop and eat ahead of the next day's fast. Islamic State, the hardline group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, claimed both attacks in statements on its Amaq news agency. A car packed with explosives blew up near a popular ice cream shop in the commercial Karrada district, killing at least 13 people and wounding…

Suicide bomber kills at least 11 at Baghdad market

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad's main vegetable market on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens, security officials and medics said. "A soldier at the gate of Jamila market opened fire on a suicide car bomb after noticing a suspect vehicle but the terrorist blew up his car," interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said. A police colonel and a hospital official said at least 11 people were killed and 35 wounded. Maan said the soldier who opened fire on the attacker was…

Islamic State car bomb kills six in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: A car bomb in eastern Baghdad claimed by Islamic State killed six civilians and wounded 15 on Thursday, police and medics said. The Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State, said a parked car loaded with explosives in the al-Obeidi area had targeted a gathering of Shi'ite Muslims, whom the ultra-hardline Sunni group considers apostates. Attacks across Baghdad in the past week, some claimed by Islamic State, have killed more than 60 people, with violence escalating as US-backed Iraqi forces try to drive…

Baghdad blasts kill at least 27: police

BAGHDAD: Two suicide bombers ripped through a busy market area in central Baghdad Saturday, shattering a relative lull in attacks in the capital and dampening preparations for New Year celebrations. The bombers attacked the Al-Sinek area, killing at least 27 people and wounding 53, a police colonel said. An officer in the interior ministry and a hospital official confirmed the toll. "Many of the victims were people from the spare parts shops in the area, they were gathered near a cart selling breakfast when the…

Attack in Iraq’s Kirkuk over, 74 IS militants dead: governor

KIRKUK: Iraqi security forces on Monday ended an attack by the Islamic State group in Kirkuk city, killing at least 74 militants in three days of clashes, the provincial governor said. "The attack is over and life has returned to normal," Najmeddin Karim, the governor of Kirkuk province said. "The security forces have killed more than 74 Daesh (IS) terrorists and detained several others, including their leader." Karim said the initial confessions of the ringleader confirmed reports that around 100 fighters attacked Kirkuk…

Islamic State suicide bombers kill at least 10 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD: Suicide bombers struck two areas of the Iraqi capital Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 30, officials said, attacks claimed by the Islamic State group. In the deadliest blast, a bomber detonated explosives in the Amil neighbourhood of southern Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding 16 or more, officials said. Another bomber detonated explosives near a garage for taxis and buses and a tent providing refreshments to passersby as part of a Shia religious ritual, killing at least…