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Ahmed Rasheed

Iran changes tack in Iraqi politics after mastermind's assassination

May 27 2020

BAGHDAD Two diplomats are quietly leading Iran's push to influence politics in Iraq, in a departure from the more blunt enforcement employed by Qassem Soleimani, a top commander slain in a U.S. air strike.

Iraq agrees with oil majors to cut output, but short of OPEC+ target

May 13 2020

BASRA, Iraq/ BAGHDAD Iraq is cutting its oil output by around 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), a third less than required under an OPEC+ supply pact, after it failed to persuade international oil majors operating its giant fields to agree to deeper reductions.

Iraq lawmakers approve government of Prime Minister-designate Kadhimi

May 06 2020

BAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals.

Iraq emerging as OPEC's main laggard in making record output cut: sources

May 06 2020

BAGHDAD/LONDON Iraq has yet to inform its regular oil buyers of cuts to its exports, suggesting it is struggling to fully implement an OPEC deal with Russia and other producers on a record supply cut, traders and industry sources said.

Iraq faces problems cutting 1 million bpd of crude output: sources

Apr 30 2020

BASRA, Iraq/BAGHDAD Iraq will struggle to cut crude output a record 1 million barrels per day (bpd) or 23 % from May under OPEC's deal with Russia and other producers, and Baghdad has yet to agree with oil majors about where the cuts will come from, industry sources said.

Fractures grow among Iraq militias, spell political retreat

Apr 01 2020

BAGHDAD In February, an Iraqi militia commander trained by Iran took over the empty office of his slain superior, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed weeks before alongside Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike.

Little-known ex-governor nominated as Iraqi PM, Shi'ite groups object

Mar 17 2020

BAGHDAD Iraq's president named little-known former regional governor Adnan al-Zurfi as prime minister-designate on Tuesday in another bid to overcome months of unrest and deadlock, but powerful Shi'ite blocs quickly lined up to reject his nomination.

Three U.S. troops wounded in renewed rocket attacks on Iraq's Taji base

Mar 14 2020

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON Three American troops and several Iraqi forces were wounded on Saturday in the second major rocket attack in the past week on an Iraqi base north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials said, raising the stakes in an escalating cycle of attacks and reprisals. | Video

Iraq to halt projects and borrow abroad to offset oil crash

Mar 12 2020

BAGHDAD, March 12 Iraq will have to shelve most development and energy projects and borrow abroad to ensure it can pay public servants and food imports if an oil price crash continues, officials and lawmakers said.

In death, Iran's Soleimani bequeaths perilous dilemma for Iraq

Feb 03 2020

BAGHDAD A month after a U.S. missile killed him, Qassem Soleimani looms as large over Iraq's fractured democracy as he ever did alive.

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