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Maliki pledges support for inventors

Haider Ibrahim report for AKnews:

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he will order to form a high council to support Iraqi innovators.

Maliki's statement came during the conference of Iraqi Innovators in Baghdad today. The P.M. vowed his cabinet will provide the greatest support for the country's inventors and innovators in various fields.

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Maliki added he will work with the Council of Minister to found the high council for inventors which will be tasked with providing the necessities "for the success of the aspirations of the Iraqi and world inventors".

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Iraq concerned U.S. withdrawal helps Kuwait port

Haider Ibrahim report for AKnews:

Kuwait has succeeded in exploiting the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq the Foreign Relations Committee of the Iraqi parliament stated Friday. The small Gulf state will benefit, it was said, because the majority of U.S. military units retreating from Iraq will be stationed in Kuwait.

The Iraqi government criticized Kuwait for forming a military force to protect the Mubarak Port which raised disputes between the two sides saying that this move will "redouble" the conflict between the two sides.

Committee member Nada al-Jabbouri told AKnews that the role of the Iraqi government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is very weak over the issue of the Mubarak Port, and the government did not use the U.S. presence in Iraq to put pressure on Kuwait to resolve the controversial situation.

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Iraq pullout blinds U.S. intel operations

UPI reports:

The U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq is cutting off vital intelligence bases and listening posts that have played a key role in clandestine operations that have scored major successes in the global counter-terrorism campaign.

...[T]he loss of clandestine facilities means "there will be a considerable lapse in and degradation of the U.S. intelligence-gathering and situational awareness capabilities in Iraq," observed U.S.-based global intelligence consultancy Stratfor.

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Iraqi women trafficked for sex, report says

Laura Smith-Spark report for CNN:

For thousands of Iraqi women and girls, the conflict that began in 2003 was only the start of their ordeals.

In the chaos of war and the confusion, lawlessness and poverty that followed, an untold number have become victims of sexual traffickers, some within Iraq and others sold over the borders.

But the problem of trafficking has gone almost unreported, kept in the shadows by a combination of corruption, religious and cultural taboo and lack of interest by the region's authorities in tackling it, researchers say.

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Iranian exiles demand Iraqi citizenship

Bryar Mohammed report for AKnews:

On the 32nd anniversary of their relocation to Iraq, members of nearly 800 Iranian exile families are demanding Iraqi nationality.

Some 85 families are currently kept in Camp Sherwand, between Kalar and Khanqin (Garmiyan area).

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Turkomen did not celebrate Eid due to fear of attacks

Aswat al-Iraq reports:

The Chairman of the Iraqi Turkomen Front and Member of al-Iraqiya Coalition, Arshad al-Salehy, has said on Thursday that Iraq's Turkomen, especially in northern Iraq's oil-rich city of Kirkuk, have not celebrated Eid al-Adha Holidays, due to the deteriorated security situation and the continuation of aggressive attacks against them.

"We are cornered by silence by both government and Parliament sides, and would like to ask for the reason why Iraqi Turkomen are being targets for killings and abduction," Salehy told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that the "Iraqi Society has began to be divided between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, whilst the Turkomen are still linked to their 'Iraqism', territory and homeland."

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Salih meets Biden at White House

The Kurdistan Regional Government announces in a press release:

With the debate about the U.S. troop presence in Iraq seemingly out of the way, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Barham Salih urged the Vice President of the United States Joseph P. Biden to deploy the broad array of diplomatic and economic tools necessary to ensure that the stability and prosperity of the Kurdistan Region is preserved and built upon.

During a meeting at the White House, Prime Minister Salih and Vice President Biden discussed the impact of the forthcoming US military withdrawal from Iraq on the Kurdistan Region and on Iraq as a whole. In their discussion, Prime Minister Salih stressed the importance of increasing meaningful US engagement on all fronts – economic, cultural, political and security – “to create an enduring strategic relationship between the US and Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region.”

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China 2014 World Cup hinges on Iraq match

The Times of India reports:

China must beat Iraq in Asian World Cup qualifying at Qatar on Friday or risk blowing their chances of appearing at Brazil in 2014.

China have lost two of three games so far in Group A - one of five groups in the penultimate round of qualifying - and already sit six points behind leader Jordan and three behind Iraq. Only the top two teams in each four-team group advances to the fourth round.

Iraq, coached by Brazilian great Zico, won 1-0 at Shenzhen last month, and despite being forced by FIFA to play in Doha due to security concerns at home, will move six points clear of China with a win with just two games remaining.

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Three wounded in Diyala car blast

Bryar Mohammed report for AKnews:

Yesterday a car bomb rocked Khanaqin city (170 km from Baghdad) in Diyala province.

Police officer Adnan Fayeq from Jalawla a suburb of the city told AKnews "an improvised explosive device attached to a pick up truck exploded in the Ashti neighborhood of Jalawla."

The driver, an Arab, lost one of his legs and two bystanders were seriously wounded in the blast.

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A long-awaited apology for Shiites, but the wounds run deep

Tim Arango report for the New York Times:

As the United States ends its second war in Iraq, the legacy of the first one still haunts. The memory of the first President Bush’s urging Iraqi Shiites to rebel against the government in 1991, and standing by as thousands were slaughtered, is a tragic counternarrative to the revolutions that have swept the Middle East and a torment that even now complicates relations between the countries.

In an effort to salve the long-festering wounds and to counter Iran’s influence ahead of the military drawdown, the United States ambassador, James F. Jeffrey, has offered Iraq’s Shiite leaders something they have heard very little of from Americans over the years since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003: remorse and humility.

In a move that analysts say is highly unusual for a top-level diplomat, Mr. Jeffrey has lately apologized to Iraqi politicians and tribal leaders in the Shiite-dominated south for the United States inaction during the 1991 popular uprising. Particularly galling for the Iraqis was that President George Bush publicly encouraged the revolt and then allowed American forces to stand by while it was suppressed by Saddam Hussein’s helicopter gunships and execution squads in a bloodbath that claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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