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Trump’s defense chief, in Iraq, says: We’re not here for your oil

The US military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq on Monday. Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as US-backed Iraqi forces…

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Iraq forces converge on Mosul airport

Federal police forces, as well as elite units from the interior ministry, army soldiers and Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary fighters, launched a major assault on Sunday. On the second day of the renewed offensive, they pushed northwards towards Mosul airport, which lies on the southern approach to the city, on the east bank of…

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Iraq launches assault on Daesh-held west Mosul

OREIJ: Iraqi forces launched an offensive Sunday on militants defending Mosul’s west bank, in what could be the most brutal fighting yet in a four-month-old operation on the country’s second city. They swiftly retook five villages and set their sights on Mosul airport, which lies just south of the city, marking a new phase in…

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Huge Baghdad car bomb kills at least 52: officials

A massive car bomb ripped through a used car market in the south of Iraq’s capital Thursday, killing more than 50 people in the deadliest such attack this year, security officials said. The Amaq propaganda agency linked to the Islamic State jihadist group (IS), which has claimed nearly all such attacks recently, reported the blast…

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Plane’s wheel catches fire

JEDDAH: Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday after a wheel caught fire on landing in Saudi Arabia, Saudi state media said. Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers “in record time without any casualties”, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The aircraft was landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport in…

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Ski resort brings winter cheer to Iraq displaced

KOREK RESORT: In the fledgling ski resort of Korek in war-torn Iraq, the only battles are snow fights between visitors who often leave their traumatic memories at the foot of the slopes. That’s what Fawaz Behnam and many of the children and adults frolicking in knee-deep powder around him like about the idyllic tourist spot….

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Trump appeals decision that lifted the travel ban

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday denounced a judge who lifted the travel ban he had imposed on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, taking an unusual jab at an independent branch of the U.S. government as he vowed to bring back the restrictions.

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Judge orders White House to list people excluded by Trump ban

BOSTON/SEATTLE: A federal judge in Virginia ordered the White House to provide a list of all people stopped from entering the United States by a travel ban imposed last week on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries by President Donald Trump.

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International reactions to Trump’s travel ban

President Donald Trump’s order to ban US entry to nationals of seven mostly Muslim countries has sparked growing international criticism. Here is a roundup of reactions on Monday. – Iraq – Iraq’s parliament voted to call on the Baghdad government to enact a reciprocal travel ban on Americans if Washington does not withdraw its decision…

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Trump visa ban causes outrage – #MuslimBan trends worldwide

By: Syeda Sarah Hasan Trump has issued a provocative order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Somalia. Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days by executive order. A senior White House official later admitted that this…

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Iraqi family barred from flying to US from Cairo

An Iraqi family was barred from flying from Cairo to New York Saturday after US President Donald Trump signed an order restricting arrivals from seven Muslim countries, airport officials said. The husband, wife and two children, who had American visas and reserved seats on an EgyptAir flight, were informed that they could not board because…

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Trump signs controversial executive order

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new executive order Friday to suspend refugee arrivals and impose tough new controls on travellers from seven Muslim countries. Making good on one of his most controversial campaign promises, and to the horror of human rights groups, Trump said he was making America safe from “radical Islamic…

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Trumpism – a fatal agenda

By: Syeda Sadia Batool Nelson Mandela worked hard to get rid of the policy of apartheid because racial discrimination had made South Africa a place unable to live in. His struggle did not only end racism in South Africa, its effect brought change in the mindset of people through out the world and twice elected…

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Trump signs order to move on Mexico border wall project

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump took a first step toward fulfilling his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border Wednesday, signing two immigration-related decrees.

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Iraqi forces battle IS militants inside Mosul university complex

MOSUL: Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants inside the Mosul University campus on Saturday in a second day of fierce clashes in the complex. “There are still clashes. We entered the university and cleared the technical institute, dentistry and antiquities departments,” Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi of the  Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) told a Reuters…

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Oil slides 2 percent on strong dollar, doubts of OPEC output cuts

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly a month, extending the previous session’s sell-off as the U.S. dollar strengthened and doubts mounted over whether producing countries would implement of a deal to cut output.

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Baghdad suicide car bomb blast kills 17: police

BAGHDAD: A suicide car bomb attack in a densely-populated neighbourhood of Baghdad Monday killed at least 17 people and left dozens wounded, police and hospital officials said. Many of the victims were daily labourers waiting for jobs at an intersection in Sadr City, a sprawling majority Shiite neighbourhood in the northeast of the capital that…

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Frightened civilians flee as Iraq forces battle IS in Mosul

MOSUL: Frightened Iraqi civilians hurry down a muddy street in Mosul as gunshots echo through the neighbourhood and a helicopter wheels overhead, firing a barrage of bullets towards militants below. Others choose to stay, hanging white flags from their homes and periodically peering out as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group for control of…

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US says Islamic State chief alive, still leading

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Friday it believes that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is indeed alive, despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the jihadist group leader.

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Fearful Christmas in Baghdad after attacks on Christians

BAGHDAD: Christians in Baghdad celebrated Christmas on Sunday in a heightened state of fear after deadly attacks on Christian-owned shops that sell alcohol.

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Khawaja Asif slams US for Middle East conflicts

ISLAMABAD: In an undiplomatic tone on Monday, Federal Defence Minister Khawaja lashed out at the United States for wreaking havoc in the Middle East in the name of regime change. The defence minister made the remarks in a post on micro-blogging website Twitter. “In name of regime change, US has brought untold misery to Iraq,…

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