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Israeli general who helped destroy Iraq, Syria nuclear plants says stopping Iran’s program is much harder

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei speaks during a televised address in Tehran, Iran on March 21, 2021. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images As Iran boosts uranium enrichment to 60%, a short jump to military grade at......

Militants attack north Iraq oil wells, production unaffected – ministry

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Militants using explosives attacked two oil wells northwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Saturday but no significant damage resulted and production was not affected, the Iraqi oil ministry said. The attack at the Bay Hassan oilfield “did not cause a fire or damage, affect production or stop oil pumping......

OPEC raises 2021 oil demand growth forecast on hope pandemic wanes

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LONDON (Reuters) -OPEC on Tuesday raised its forecast for growth in world oil demand this year on expectations the pandemic will subside, providing help for the group and its allies in their efforts to support the market. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed......

The sudden visit to COVID victims’ families that sparked Jordan’s royal rift

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AMMAN (Reuters) – When Prince Hamza visited the relatives of COVID-19 patients who died after a hospital ran out of oxygen, he triggered a rift in Jordan’s monarchy that has shaken the country’s reputation as a stable country in a volatile region. FILE PHOTO: King of Jordan Abdullah II addresses......

Jordan bans media coverage of royal rift, Saudi reaffirms support

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(Adds dropped words in second paragraph) FILE PHOTO: Jordan’s Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein delivers a speech to Muslim clerics and scholars at the opening ceremony of a religious conference at the Islamic Al al-Bayet University in Amman, Jordan August 21, 2004. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan banned all......

Josh Hawley, a critic of Biden picks’ support for wars in Middle East, previously blogged in support of Iraq War

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “The question should not be, When do we get to leave? But instead, How are we going to win?” Hawley wrote in one blog post from 2005 about Iraq. Regardless of whether former President Donald Trump runs again in......

Iraqi Airways to start direct flights to Abu Dhabi – news agency

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FILE PHOTO: An Iraqi Airways plane is seen at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Iraq September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraqi Airways plans to start direct flights to the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on May 1, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported on Sunday,......

Pentagon linguist pleads guilty to passing secrets in Iraq to man linked to Hezbollah

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A female linguist who worked for the Pentagon in Iraq pleaded guilty to handing over classified information about on-the-ground human sources who were assisting the United States to a Hezbollah-tied foreign national with whom she was romantically linked, the......

Oil nations tipped for political instability if the world moves away from fossil fuels

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here The Egina floating production storage and offloading vessel, the largest of its kind in Nigeria, is berthed in Lagos harbor on February 23, 2017. Stefan Heunis | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Algeria, Chad, Iraq and Nigeria will be......

House panel votes to repeal 19-year-old Iraq war authorization

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here “There are continuing threats from Iranian-backed militants. There are threats from ISIS and al Qaeda. That said, the 2002 AUMF doesn’t help us deal with any of these threats,” Meeks said. “Our forces would stay under Iraq under the 2001......

Pope Francis meets father of drowned Syrian boy

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday met the father of Alan Kurdi, the boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach six years ago became an image of the suffering of Syrians trying to escape war. The pontiff, winding up a historic trip to Iraq, met Abdullah Kurdi......

U.S. will defend troops and interests after rocket attack in Iraq, Defense Secretary says

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks to Defense Department personnel during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, February 10, 2021. Carlos Barria | Reuters WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned those......

Pope Francis to visit regions of Iraq once held by Islamic State

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Tens of thousands were also displaced when militants from the Sunni Muslim Islamic State (IS) group overran northern Iraq in 2014, destroying their historic churches, seizing their property, and giving them the choice to pay a tax, convert, leave or face death. BBC – For more and to sign up......

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Plains of Ur, Iraq – Pope Francis and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace Iraq’s long-beleaguered Christian minority during a historic meeting in the holy......

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