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Iraqi lawmakers back term limits

BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- An Iraqi lawmaker confirmed that members of Parliament passed legislation that bars Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki from seeking a third term in office.

Iraq takes steps toward April vote

BAGHDAD, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An Iraq analyst said Iraqi elections officials have published what appears to be a list of parties slated to take part in provincial council elections in April.

Iran and Iraq: Battle of the ayatollahs

BAGHDAD, June 7 (UPI) -- Iran is stepping up its plans to dominate Iraq, and a key project is to ensure the Iraqi holy city of Najaf doesn't reclaim its status as the spiritual center of Shiite Islam.

No transfer for Hashemi, Baghdad claims

BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A case involving terrorism allegations filed against the Iraqi vice president will remain in Baghdad's jurisdiction and not Kirkuk's, a judicial council said.

Sunni-Shiite split hits Iraq's provinces

DIYALA, Iraq, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The sectarian rift in Iraq is making itself felt in Sunni-dominated Diyala province, where the governor and half the council are in self-imposed exile.

Iraqi election ban a political move

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A ban on Iraqi political figures from taking part in March elections is payback by certain groups who did poorly in provincial elections, a scholar suggests.

Iraq's southern oil workers in government reshuffle

ERBIL, Iraq, May 30 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government has moved, demoted or fired more than a dozen people within the southern Iraqi oil sector this month as domestic and international union officials decry their treatment.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Basra fight hurts oil exports

WASHINGTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Oil flow will be affected by the Iraqi army's crackdown in the oil capital Basra after all, following a pipeline bombing and dangerous conditions for workers.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq's '08 fate -- Basra, Kirkuk

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Iraq's crude capital, Basra, and perhaps its most controversial city, Kirkuk, also flush with oil, face a formidable 2008.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Experts: Iraq partition is al-Qaida ploy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Dividing Iraq along religious and ethnic lines would play into the hands of al-Qaida, which has sought to stoke sectarian hatred in the country, experts say.

Analysis: Oil flows in Basra power vacuum

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Political parties, and their militias, are fighting for power over the Basra government, the oil sector it controls, and the oil and fuels smuggling that bring in extra funds.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor
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