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  • IRAQ: The Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs warned that Daesh has intensified its activities in Iraq in recent months. At the end of 2017, the Iraqi authorities declared victory over the terrorist group, but the armed organization continues to operate through sleeper cells in some parts of the country.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • IRAQ: China’s oil giants China National Petroleum Corp. and CNOOC Ltd. are considering acquiring Exxon Mobil Corp.’s remaining stake in an oil field in Iraq (West Qurna 1 field). The oilfield is one of the world’s largests.

SOURCE: WORLD OIL

 

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  • IRAQ: US embassy in Baghdad targeted by rockets after announcement of troop withdrawal. It has not yet been identified who or which group fired the rockets, but it is highly suspected of the Iran-backed Shia militias under the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • IRAQ-SAUDI ARABIA: Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened their land border, 30 years after the Gulf War prompted its closure, showing closer ties between the two countries, likely to irk Riyadh’s rival Tehran.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE

 

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  • IRAQ/IRAN: Iraqi Minister of Defense will visit Iran with the intention to expand defense cooperation.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS

 

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IRAQ: Iraq has renewed its invitation to Saudi companies to invest in the country’s oil and gas sector. This year Iraq announced that it had agreed to allow Saudi companies to invest in its western Akkas gas field, Iraq’s largest gas field, located near the Syrian border.

SOURCE: MEED

 

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  • SAUDI ARABIA/ IRAQ:  Saudi Arabia and Iraq agreed to continue joint cooperation in confronting terrorism.

SOURCE: ASHARQ AL AWSAT

 

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EGYPT/IRAQ: Egypt and Iraq signed agreements to enhance bilateral ties including oil and water resources. One of the agreements was an oil-for-reconstruction deal, in which Egyptian companies would carry out development projects in return for oil, Iraq’s main natural resource.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

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  • Thousands of people took to the streets against the Government. Demanded changes in the ruling elite and protested against corruption, on the first anniversary of a popular uprising in Iraq.

SOURCE: PLENGLISH

 

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  • IRAQ: Lukoil, Russia’s second-biggest oil producer, is seeking to develop new oilfield projects in Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer.

SOURCE: WORLD OIL

 

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