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KRG’s Barzani visits Ankara for talks with Erdoğan

Cihan News Agency reports:

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani visited Turkey on Wednesday to have talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Barzani was scheduled to meet with Erdoğan in the evening hours, after Today's Zaman went to press. Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said that energy is one of the main topics that will be discussed with Barzani.

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Gunmen attack Iraqi military base, kill 10 soldiers

The Associated Press reports:

Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

The morning attack at the base outside the city of Mosul, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives-laden truck at the gates of the facility, an army officer and a police officer said.

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Official: Polls to be held on time in Iraq’s Anbar

Ali al-Mashhadani reports for Turkish Press:

Police officials in Iraq's western Anbar province on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that legislative polls in the province would be delayed, saying they had a plan to secure the balloting.

"There will be no delay for the [April 30] elections in Anbar," provincial security chief Ismail al-Mahalawi told Anadolu Agency. "The elections will take place in Anbar along with other provinces."

 

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Soldiers’ Iraqi accusers repeatedly lied under oath, al-Sweady inquiry told

Richard Norton-Taylor reports for the Guardian:

Iraqis who accused British soldiers of murder and torture after a fierce battle are guilty of a "criminal conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice and repeatedly lied under oath to a public inquiry, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The serious charge was made during bitter and heated exchanges as lawyers for the Iraqis accused the British soldiers of "gross violations of the Geneva conventions", including mock executions. Lawyers for the British soldiers suggested the motive behind the Iraqi allegations was an attempt to extract financial compensation.

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Alstom to supply gas turbines for al-Anbar power plant in Iraq

Energy Business Review:

Alstom has secured a contract to supply equipment for the Al-Anbar gas-fired combined-cycle power plant being built in the Anbar province in Iraq.

Under the terms of €225m contract, the company will supply four highly efficient GT26 gas turbines, along with four heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), two steam turbines, as well as six air-cooled turbogenerators.

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Iraq: Abu Ghraib prison closure not permanent

The Associated Press reports:

An Iraqi Justice Ministry official said Wednesday that this week's closure of the infamous Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad is temporary and that it will be reopened once the security situation in the surrounding area is stable.

The closure is the latest chapter in the history of the prison, which during Saddam Hussein's rule was one of the main facilities for jailing and executing his opponents. After the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam, Abu Ghraib became notorious once again, for a 2004 scandal over abuses of detainees by American guards.

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Patton Boggs inks contract with PDK, PUK

Politico reports:

Patton Boggs has inked contracts with two foreign governments, according to documents filed with the Department of Justice. The law firm will represent the government of Gabon and the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan. For the Kurds, Patton will work on issues related to the Immigration and Nationality Act. Specifically, the firm will be looking to get the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) off the list of U.S. terrorist organizations, according to The Hill. Patton will help Gabon with its image inside the United States.

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Violence surges in Iraq’s Anbar province

Al Jazeera reports:

At least 18 people, including two soldiers, have been killed in separate attacks in Iraq's volatile western province of Anbar, medical and security officials say, in a surge in violence before parliamentary elections.

At least 16 civilians were killed when mortar shells landed upon houses in Fallujah, a key city of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Ahmed al-Shami, spokesman for the Fallujah Hospital, said on Wednesday.

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Iraq telecommunications report: Q2 2014

SBWire reports:

The Iraqi mobile sector recorded double-digit growth over the 12 months to December 2013. This supports our outlook for continued subscriptions growth during our five-year forecast period which has been extended to 2018 in this quarter's update.

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Bombers hit Iraq provincial compound as attacks kill 19

Agence France-Presse reports:

Attacks including suicide bombings outside a provincial government compound killed 19 people in Iraq Wednesday, just weeks before a general election that will be a key test for security forces.

The latest violence comes a amid a protracted surge in bloodshed, fuelled primarily by widespread anger among the Sunni Arab minority, and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

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