Iraqi PM renounces British citizenship by law

Haider al-AbadiBaghdad: Iraqi officials close to the country's new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi say he has renounced his British citizenship since officially assuming office last week.

The three government officials close to al-Abadi, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to discuss the matter, said he surrendered his British passport after his government was officially approved by parliament on September 8.

Iraq's constitution stipulates that an Iraqi citizen may hold multiple passports. However, anyone who assumes a senior security or government position must abandon any other acquired citizenship.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over IraqBaghdad - European and Dubai-based airlines have begun re-routing flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe.

An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai told The Associated Press on Monday it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France also say they will do the same.

This follows the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over rebel-held Ukraine.

Loss of Mosul threatens Iraqi PM's hold on power

Nouri al-MalikiBaghdad: The disastrous loss of a large swath of the north to Islamic militants is threatening to cost Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, his job as even longtime Shiite backers turn against him and seek an alternative.

During a meeting of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish party leaders, one young up-and-coming Shiite politician angrily told al-Maliki that his "obsession with power" and botched policies were to blame for this week's debacle.

Militants seize city of Tikrit, say Iraqi officials

Recep Tayyip ErdoganBaghdad: Al-Qaida-inspired militants on Wednesday seized effective control of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control a day earlier of much of Mosul, the country's second-largest city, in a major blow to the authority of the country's Shiite government and a sign of Iraq's reversals since US forces withdrew in late 2011.

36 killed in attacks across Iraq

36 killed in attacks across IraqBaghdad, April 14 - At least 36 people were killed and 28 others wounded in separate violent attacks across Iraq Sunday, police said.

In one attack, eight policemen were killed and 10 people wounded in a suicide truck bomb attack targeting police in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, Xinhua quoted a police source as saying.

The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck into a police checkpoint and blew it up in Debis town.

49 killed, 148 injured in Iraq attacks

49 killed, 148 injured in Iraq attacksBaghdad, Sep 18 - As many as 49 people were killed and 148 wounded in various attacks across Iraq Tuesday, including a wave of bombing in the capital city, police and interior ministry sources said.

Eight people were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's Husseiniya area in the evening, while six people were killed and 18 wounded when two car bombs exploded in the Sadr City, reported Xinhua citing a police source.

19 killed in Iraq attacks

19 killed in Iraq attacksBaghdad, Aug 23 - At least 19 people were killed and 26 wounded in a spate of attacks in Iraq Thursday, most of them targeting security forces, police said.

Ten soldiers and four civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked an army checkpoint with a booby-trapped tank near Ramadi city, 100 km from Baghdad, reported Xinhua citing a police source. The attack also injured 10 other people, including four soldiers.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire with machine-guns at a checkpoint of the Iraqi army in the Aslah neighbourhood in Mosul city, some 400 km from Baghdad, killing two soldiers, a police source said.

18 killed in Iraq bombings

18 killed in Iraq bombingsBaghdad, March 30 - At least 18 people were killed and over 100 injured in five car bombing incidents in Iraq Friday, Xinhua reported.

The bombings targetted Shiite mosques in Baghdad and Kirkuk city, an interior ministry source said, adding at least 14 people were killed and 25 wounded in the four attacks in the capital city.

The fifth was a suicide attack, which targetted the worshipers while leaving a mosque in Kirkuk, some 250 km from Baghdad, killing four and wounding 80, a police source said. (IANS)

20 die in Iraq bombings

Iraq-bombingBaghdad, March 19 : Twenty people were killed and over 90 wounded in a series of bombings and shootings in Iraq Tuesday, the police said.

In Baghdad, eight car bombs ripped through crowded areas mainly in Shiite districts across the capital, killing 15 people and wounding 73, an interior ministry source told Xinhua.

Also in the capital, two people were killed when two bombs attached to their cars detonated in western and eastern Baghdad, while a third was shot dead by gunmen in the southern part of Baghdad, the source said.

Eight killed, 120 injured in Iraq attacks

Eight killed, 120 injured in Iraq attacksBaghdad, March 12 - A suicide bomber killed five people and wounded 120 others, including 65 schoolchildren, in northern Iraq Monday, while three people were killed in two other attacks in central Iraq, police said.

In the first incident, the blast occurred when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the police headquarters in the town of al-Debis, some 45 km from Kirkuk city, killing five people and wounding 120 others, reported Xinhua citing source.

Iraq appoint new national football coach

/Hakeem-Shakir.jBaghdad, Dec 31 : Hakeem Shakir has been promoted from caretaker to Iraq head coach, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has said.

The AFC said in a statement Sunday that the Iraq football association made the decision after Shakir acted as caretaker following Brazilian Zico's resignation late November, reports Xinhua.

Shakir led Iraq to the finals of the under-19 Asian championship and the West Asian championships in 2012.

Shakir, 49, will face his first task of the Gulf Cup 2013 starting in Bahrain next week.

Iraq are also vying for a place in the 2014 World Cup finals.

Iraqi deputy PM survives assassination bid

Iraqi deputy PM survives assassination bidBaghdad, Dec 31 - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlak Sunday survived an attempt on his life, Xinhua reported.

Al-Mutlak was participating in a protest in Anbar province, about 100 km from Baghdad, when the attack took place. Several of his bodyguards were wounded.

Protests against Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki have intensified since the arrests of bodyguards of Sunni Finance Minister Rafie al-Issawi last week.

Maliki's opponents accuse him of seeking to marginalize Sunni leaders.

Iraq's electoral commission upholds election results in Baghdad and surrounding area

Nouri Al MalikiAuthorities have said that Iraq's election results in Baghdad and the surrounding area have been upheld by the country's electoral commission after a partial recount.

The BBC reported on Sunday that the hand recount of 2.5 million ballots, requested by incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, took two weeks.

The BBC also said that Maliki's coalition party had come in second in the voting.

The recount confirms the two-seat parliamentary lead of Maliki's challenger Iyad Allawi and is compatible with the original results announced in March.

Dozens of people die in Baghdad in a series of bomb blasts

Dozens of people die in Baghdad in a series of bomb blasts Iraqi officials have said that a trio of suicide car bombers set off their deadly cargoes in Baghdad Sunday morning, inflicting heavy carnage.

At least 41 people died and 237 others were wounded in the three explosions, the Los Angeles Times has reported. No group had claimed responsibility for the attacks, although provincial security committee official Abdul Kareem al-Thirib attributed them to al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, the New York Times said.

Five Iraqi women killed in collision with US forces

baghdad-iraq-mapBaghdad, Jan 6 : At least five Iraqi women were killed in a traffic collision with a vehicle carrying US forces south of Baghdad Wednesday, police said.

Police told the DPA that at least six Iraqis were injured in the collision, which took place on the highway linking the central town of Hilla with the capital.

A US military helicopter rushed to the scene and transported the wounded to a US military hospital, police said.

Iraq executed 77 people in 2009

Iraq executed 77 people in 2009Baghdad, Jan 5 : Iraq executed 77 people convicted of capital offences over the course of 2009, the Iraqi government announced Tuesday.

Judge Mahdat al-Mahmoud, chair of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said a special court for terrorism-related offences had been created to deliver speedy justice in such cases.

The announcement followed a criminal court decision in the Iraqi town of Rusafa Dec 29 to sentence to death three men for their role in a June bombing that killed 88 people and injured 200 outside a mosque in the northern town of Taza.(DPA)

Iraq to file lawsuit against US security firm

Nuri al-MalikiBaghdad, Jan 5 : Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has said his country would file a lawsuit against US private security firm Blackwater over the killing of Iraqi civilians here two years ago.

Maliki has rejected a US judge's decision to drop charges against five Blackwater security guards who were involved in killing unarmed civilians at a crowded intersection in western Baghdad in 2007, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

US judge dismisses Blackwater case; Iraqis upset

US judge dismisses Blackwater case; Iraqis upsetBaghdad, Jan 2 - Iraq has said it regretted the decision by a US judge to dismiss the charges against five Blackwater security guards who allegedly killed innocent Iraqi civilians in 2007.

"The Iraqi government regrets and is disappointed by the decision," Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government, said in a statement Friday.

Iraq poised to transform oil market in next decade

Iraq poised to transform oil market in next decadeBerlin/Baghdad, Dec 31 - Political and security issues in war-torn Iraq have been the focus of the world's attention for more than six years. Now, the country's oil reserves are doing the talking. After a string of recent deals between the Iraqi government and foreign oil majors, experts believe that Iraqi oil will transform the global oil market over the course of the next decade.

37 killed, 70 injured in Iraq bombings

iraq-bombingBaghdad, Dec 31 : At least 37 people were killed and 70 injured in three devastating bombings across Iraq Wednesday, police said.

The deadliest attack struck the offices of the governor of al-Anbar province in the overwhelmingly Sunni city of Ramadi.

Qassim Mohammed al-Fahadawi, the governor of the province, and Abbas al-Dulaimi, the deputy director of the Ramadi police, were among those injured when a man detonated explosives packed into his car outside the governor's office, police told DPA.

Soon after, a second man detonated explosives strapped to his body outside the government building.

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