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Iraq signs $690m barrier contract with S.Korea’s Daewoo

Raheem Salman reports for Reuters:

Iraq said on Tuesday it had signed a 511 million euro ($690 million) contract with South Korea's Daewoo to build a sea barrier at its planned Grand Faw port in the south of the country.

Under the contract, Daewoo will build the barrier, known as a "breakwater" within 30 months, Iraq's Transport Ministry said in a statement on its website.

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Suicide bombers kill 14 in attacks on army bases

Kareem Raheem reports for Reuters:

Suicide bombers killed 14 members of Iraq's security services and wounded 37 in attacks on army bases north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.

Iraq is suffering from its worst surge in violence in at least five years with insurgents stepping up bombing campaigns against security forces and civilians.

In the first set of attacks, two bombers detonated in quick succession at an intersection between the towns of Taji and Tarmiya, around 25 km (15 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, killing eight Iraqi soldiers and wounding 26.

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Iraq still investigating MEK attack

Suadad Al Salhy reports for Reuters:

Iraq is hunting militants, still unidentified, who led a deadly attack on an Iranian dissident camp near Baghdad and dismisses suggestions its own security forces were behind the violence, a senior government official said.

More than 50 people were killed at the dissident Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) group's Camp Ashraf in September in an attack the United Nations described as "an atrocious crime" and which drew condemnation from the United States and Britain. Assailants took time to conduct execution-style killings and plant bombs.

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In pictures: Women at risk in Iraq

Sarah Malian reports for the BBC:

25 November is the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. To mark this, photographer Sarah Malian has been working with Christian Aid and a partner agency, Asuda, to document the lives of women affected by domestic violence in northern Iraq.

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Baghdad Sunnis: Mosques closed to protest attacks

Sinan Salaheddin reports for the Associated Press:

Iraqi Sunni religious leaders said Saturday that they have decided to close down the sect's mosques in Baghdad indefinitely to protest attacks targeting clerics and worshippers, highlighting the country's deepening sectarian rift.

Sheik Mustafa al-Bayati, member of the Iraqi Doctrine Council where senior Sunni scholars sit to issue religious edicts, says the decision was taken on Thursday and came into effect on Saturday.

Many mosques appeared to comply with the closure. At Baghdad's Sunni northern district of Azamiya, a banner at the closed gate of the hallowed Abu Hanifa mosque read: "The mosque is closed until further notice because of the targeting of imams, preachers and worshippers."

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Floods provide Internet fodder for frustrated residents

Agence France-Presse reports:

Flooding across Iraq that has left at least 13 people dead and caused widespread structural damage has also provided rich fodder for sarcastic Iraqis bemoaning their decrepit public services.

The floodwaters, which have cut off entire areas of Baghdad and several other cities to most vehicles, were caused by several days of heavy rainfall that overwhelmed the crumbling drainage system.

Video footage posted on Facebook depicted residents of the Iraqi capital negotiating water-logged streets in life rafts or on planks of wood, armed with makeshift oars.

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Iraq executes 12 ‘terror’ convicts, says judicial official

Agence France-Presse reports:

Iraqi authorities have executed 12 men convicted of crimes related to “terrorism”, a senior judicial official said today, amid widespread international condemnation against Baghdad's use of the death penalty.

“Yesterday (Sunday), we executed 12 convicts,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “All of them were Iraqi men accused of terrorism.”

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Yazidis in Iraq: A tough time

F.V.T. blogs for The Economist:

SINCE far back in time Yazidis have gathered every year at Lalish, a village in Iraqi Kurdistan, to celebrate the Feast of Assembly, their faith’s most important annual rite. Yet this year the minority's conical temples and tombs stood empty. Even Baba Sheikh, the Yazidis' leader, was too afraid to attend the seven-day festival.

A recent upswing in violence has pushed Iraq’s monthly death toll close to 1,000. The region around the capital, Baghdad, has borne the brunt of the carnage. But attacks have also increased in the relatively peaceful Kurdish autonomous region in the north, where much of Iraq’s Yazidi community of 70,000-300,000 lives.

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Iraq forces need ‘massive’ rights re-training: UN envoy

Agence France-Presse reports:

Iraq's security forces require "massive amounts of re-training" in human rights to better conduct operations and combat the country's deadliest violence since 2008, the UN's new envoy to Baghdad said.

Nickolay Mladenov, UN chief Ban Ki-moon's special representative, also said he did not expect any long-term political problems to be addressed before elections due on April 30, but voiced hope that authorities could make progress on key issues such as the delivery of basic services.

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Bombings target Iraq police, pilgrims, killing 19

Ghazwan Hassan and Reuters staff report for Reuters :

At least 19 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and pilgrims on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, just before the end of a Shi'ite Muslim religious festival.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which coincided with the holy ritual of Ashura, when Shi'ites commemorate Imam Hussein who died more than 1,000 years ago. The 10-day ritual ends on Thursday.

Shi'ites are considered apostates by hardline Sunni Islamist insurgents who have been regaining momentum in Iraq this year.

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