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Iraqi security forces enter Baiji refinery BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces entered the country's largest refinery for the first time on Tuesday after months of battling Islamic State militants who had surrounded it, a police colonel and state television reported. "The first Iraqi force, the anti-terrorism force called Mosul Battalion, entered Baiji refinery for the first time in five months," police colonel Saleh Jaber, of the Baiji refinery protection force, told Reuters. State television flashed news of the advance but did not show footage. Neither account could be immediately independently confirmed. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Palestinian bus driver found hanged in Jerusalem JERUSALEM: A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes Monday, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder.The incident happened late on Sunday, with a supervisor finding the man's body at a bus depot in Har Hotzvim, an industrial zone in Jewish west Jerusalem, police said in a statement. Family members identified the victim as Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni, from Al-Tur on the ...
Car bomb wounds 5 on perimeter of Baghdad airport BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded on the perimeter of Baghdad's heavily guarded international airport complex on Sunday, wounding five people, security sources said.The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to a parking lot where passengers are searched before boarding airport taxis, three sources said.The checkpoint is several kilometres from the terminal building.It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack. An airport official said authorities tightened security while air traffic was normal.Around ...
Islamic state militants withdraw from area around Iraq refinery BAGHDAD: Islamic State militants withdrew on Saturday from the perimeter of Iraq's biggest oil refinery after months fending off government troops seeking to retake the strategic complex, said an army officer and Al-Hadath television station.The officer, speaking to Reuters from the Baiji refinery, said the Sunni insurgents removed roadside bombs they had planted and fled. Al-Hadath said security forces had entered the compound.It was not immediately possible to confirm either account.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Top US general arrives in Iraq as military campaign expands BAGHDAD: The top US military officer, General Martin Dempsey, arrived on Saturday in Baghdad on an unannounced visit as US commanders prepare to expand American assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State."I want to get a sense from our side about how our contribution is going," Dempsey, chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Reuters shortly before landing in Baghdad.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Iraq retakes strategic oil town from militants KIRKUK: Iraqi forces recaptured the strategic oil town of Baiji Friday in a significant victory over the Islamic State group, as the UN accused the militants of crimes against humanity in neighbouring Syria.Baiji is the largest town to be retaken by government troops since IS-led militants overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland in June in their bid to create an Islamic "caliphate".The northern town, which had been out of government control for months, is ...
UN hails 'important' step in Baghdad-Kurd row BAGHDAD: An initial deal between Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad aimed at resolving long-standing budget and oil disputes is "a very important first step," the United Nations said on Friday.Baghdad has long opposed the three-province region's independent export of oil, while Kurdish leaders have criticised Baghdad for withholding budget payments to the region.In a first move to end the disputes, the two sides agreed Thursday for Baghdad to pay $500 million to Kurdistan in ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln