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IED kills 2 soldiers in Sadr City

AKnews reports:

Two soldiers were killed, another one was injured, when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Sadr City in northern Baghdad this morning.

A police officer who refused to be named said that the soldiers were on patrol with the 11th Army Division.

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IEDs around police officer’s house kill 1, injure 2

AKnews reports:

A police officer in Ramadi, Anbar province, survived a large scale assassination attempt today, while one member of his family was killed and three others were injured.

According to police Lt. Hameed al-Dalimi, insurgents planted several improvised explosive devices around the house of police Maj. Arkan al-Dalimi in central Ramadi.

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Iraq lifts Turkish flight ban for week of talks

Steve Bryant reports for Bloomberg:

Turkish aircraft resumed passenger flights to southern neighbor Iraq after authorities in Baghdad granted a week to resolve a dispute over unpaid fees, Turkish Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan said.

The sides will meet to seek a solution to a claim by four Turkish companies that they’ve been owed $20 million by Iraq since 1990, Caglayan said in an e-mailed statement. Iraq banned Turkish flights after the companies won a Turkish court order allowing them to seize assets of Iraq Air Ways, Caglayan said.

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Shell gas deal signing moved to Nov. 27

Kadhim Ajrash and Nayla Razzouk report for Bloomberg::

Iraq will sign a final accord on Nov. 27 with Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Mitsubishi Corp. (8058) for a $17 billion project to capture natural gas from fields in the south of the country, according to the Oil Ministry.

The signing was delayed by three days for logistical reasons, Asim Jihad, a ministry spokesman, said by telephone from Baghdad today. The agreement was due to be signed Nov. 24, Deputy Oil Minister Ahmad al-Shamaa said last week.

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Kurdistan yet to ban Turkish flights

AKnews reports:

Kurdistan Region has not yet banned Turkish airplanes from landing in Kurdistan, an official said.

French news agency AFP said Hadi Ameri, the transport minister, has banned Turkish planes from landing at Iraqi airports, including those in Erbil and Sulaimaniya, in response to a similar step taken by Turkey.

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MPs to impeach Baghdad secretary

Husam Ali reports for AKnews::

The presidency of Iraqi House of Representatives has set Tuesday for impeachment of Baghdad Secretary Saber Isawi on financial corruption charges.

Sherwan al-Waeli, of the State of Law Coalition (SLC, led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki) told a press conference in Baghdad that the presidency has agreed to a demand to impeach Isawi on charges of extortion, wasting millions of dollars on the projects for the prospected Arab Summit in Baghdad and signing several contracts with fake Chinese companies.

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Entire cabinet to change after Kurdistan PM swap

Fryad Mohammed reports for AKnews:

The ruling parties in the Iraqi Kurdistan region have agreed that after premier swap, a new cabinet be installed, a spokesman said.

Jaafar Ibrahim, politburo spokesman for Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), told AKnews as KDP hands over the PM post from Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the entire sixth cabinet will be substituted with new officials.

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Guard killed in attack on Asayesh director in Kirkuk

AKnews reports:

A guard was killed, another one was injured, when unknown gunmen fired bullets at the house of the director of the Kurdish Intelligence Police, or Asayesh, in Kirkuk.

According to Sarhad Qadir, director of Kirkuk Police, the gunmen opened fire out of a speeding car in Kirkuk's Tuz district.

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Iraq, Turkey butt heads, block flights over debt dispute

Mohammed Tawfeeq and Ivan Watson report for CNN:

Iraq has banned all Turkish flights from landing in the country in response to a dispute over millions of dollars owed by an Iraqi government oil company to Turkey.

Iraqi transportation ministry spokesman Karim al-Nuri said the decision to block Turkish planes from Iraq, including the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, was in response to a similar ban in Turkey against Iraqi flights. However, a Turkish government official denied that Ankara blocked Iraqi planes.

The official did say that Turkey warned that if Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) does not pay the $3 million owed to his country, then the country would ban Iraqi aircraft.

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Maliki hopes for Japanese investment in oil plants

The Mainchi Daily News reports:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday expressed hope that Japanese corporations will invest in oil and infrastructure development in Iraq, playing down security concerns in the country.

"I think the various experiences and skills Japanese businesses have will be able to contribute to reconstruction of oil facilities and basic infrastructure" which sustained damage during the 2003 Iraq War, Maliki, who is on a four-day visit to Japan, said in an interview with Kyodo News.

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