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Iraqi PM Says Turkey Not Respecting Agreement to Withdraw Troops

By Saif Hameed and Ece Toksabay BAGHDAD/ANKARA, Dec 31 – Iraq’s prime minister accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to respect an agreement to withdraw its troops from the country’s north and its foreign minister said if forced, Iraq could resort to military action to defend its sovereignty. The diplomatic dispute flared after Turkey deployed

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Iraq’s Growing Pains

Regional tensions bolster Iraq’s internal divisions By Suadad Al Salhy and Mohammed A. Salih Ankara’s push to bolster its position in the region has resulted in deployment of extra troops at a military camp in Iraq to train armed forces. This caused further sectarian tensions in the country, whose Iran-backed government considers the move a

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At U.N., Iraq Plays Down Dispute with Turkey Over Troop Deployment

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 – Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday appeared to play down a dispute between Baghdad and Ankara over the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying bilateral talks between the neighboring states to end the row were proceeding favorably. “We are solving it between Baghdad

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Germany May Send Troops to Join Coalition in Middle East

By John O’Donnell FRANKFURT, Nov 29 – Germany could send 1,200 soldiers to the Middle East by the end of the year to provide service support to planes and ships of a coalition battling Daesh, Germany’s top defense official told a newspaper on Sunday. Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to support the offensive against Daesh during

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Israel’s Army Raid in Refugee Camp Kills Two Palestinians

By Maher Abukhater Jerusalem Nov 16 – An early Monday Israeli army raid on Qalandia refugee camp north of Jerusalem left two Palestinians dead, three wounded, and many houses damaged. Camp residents said hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided the camp after midnight to demolish the home of Mohammad Abu Shaheen, who was arrested by Israel

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Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Somali Hotel Attack

MOGADISHU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen, who stormed the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple

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