The BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have expressed their support to the government of Iraq facing terrorism threats. "We are deeply concerned by the situation in Iraq. We strongly support the Iraqi government in its effort to overcome the crisis, uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at their summit meeting on Tuesday.
Iraq's sharply divided parliament elected a speaker Tuesday in a step forward in the delayed government formation process, as a renewed bid to recapture Tikrit from militants ended in retreat. World powers and Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, have piled pressure on MPs to set aside their differences in the face of a jihadist-led offensive that has overrun swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad.
Iraqi forces began an attack Tuesday to retake the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, the second offensive since Sunni extremists took over several cities across the country last month. Army officials told dpa that military forces began their assault on the city from the northern and southern entrances of the city, and are trying to move towards the center of Tikrit.
Militants seized part of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah Sunday in fighting that killed six people, an official said, as a new drive towards the capital entered its third day.
Gunmen killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people Saturday when they stormed two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound reputed to be used for prostitution, police and government sources said. "Twenty-five women were killed and eight people wounded, among them four men, when gunmen stormed two buildings in a residential compound in Zayouna in east Baghdad," an interior ministry official said to AFP.
The UN special envoy to Iraq said on Saturday the country could plunge into chaos if its divided parliament fails to move forward on forming a government in its next session set for Sunday. Nikolay Mladenov called on all lawmakers to attend the session. Lack of progress on choosing the top three government posts - president, prime minister, and speaker - "will only serve the interests of those who seek to divide the people of Iraq and destroy their chances for peace and prosperity," he said in a statement, Reuters reports.
US State Department has paid more than a billion dollars to the private military company Blackwater since autumn of 2007 despite the fact that Washington investigator Jean Richter received death threats by the head of the company in Iraq.
A suicide car bombing and a roadside bomb killed 28 people and wounded 25 in Iraq's disputed northern city of Kirkuk Friday, the head of the local health directorate said. Many of the victims, who included women and children, were refugees who had fled a jihadist-led onslaught in neighboring provinces and were seeking to travel to safer areas in the south, Sabah Mohammad Amin said to AFP.
A suicide car bombing and a roadside bomb killed 13 people and wounded 21 others in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk on Friday, an Iraqi health official said.
Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani will serve as acting foreign minister in place of Hoshyar Zebari, one of the Kurdish ministers boycotting the cabinet, an official said on Friday.
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region claimed control of disputed northern oilfields Friday, a move sharply condemned by Baghdad as relations between the two sides hit a new low, Reuters reports. "Members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk Oil Protection Forces moved to secure the oilfields of Bai Hassan and the Makhmour area," the region's government said in a statement.
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Foreign Minister of Iraq, Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd by nationality, has confirmed that the Kurdish political bloc had ceased its activities in the government in response to accusations by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Reuters reports Friday. "We've ceased our activities in the government," said Zebari, stating that Kurdish Ministers have ceased their work in his ministry, as well as in the ministries of migration, health and the office of the Prime Minister.
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Iraq's Kurds said Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was "hysterical" and not suitable to run the country. The political worsened three days ahead of a planned parliamentary session, AFP reports. Maliki "has become hysterical and has lost his balance", a statement from the office of Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani said.
A political analyst considers that the United States is responsible for ISIL Takfiri terrorists taking control of chemical weapons in Iraq as the US should have already destroyed the arms, Press TV reports. The United States is responsible for ISIL Takfiri terrorists taking control of chemical weapons in Iraq as the US should have already destroyed the arms, Press TV reports quoting the political analyst.
Iraq has warned the UN that ISIS rebels have seized about 40kg (88lb) nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul, Reuters repots citing a letter of Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammed Ali Alhakim. According to Reuters it has obtained on Wednesday July 8 a letter of Iraqi official to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
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Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the Kurdish-controlled city of Arbil was becoming an operations base for the Islamic State militant group that seized swathes of northern and western Iraq last month, Reuters reports.
The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated July 1 and made public Tuesday, Baghdad's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said "armed terrorist groups" entered the Muthanna project site on the night of June 11 after disarming the soldiers guarding it.