Iraq battered by Syria war, key elections

BAGHDAD, April 17 (UPI) -- Iraq is being blasted daily by suicide bombings and shootings spawned by the civil war in neighboring Syria amid the run-up to municipal elections.

Iraq balks at Turkish plan to extend raids

BAGHDAD, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Iraq has asked Turkey to stop attacking PKK terrorists in autonomous Kurdish regions of northern Iraq as Turkey considers renewing its mandate for the raids.

Oil rift deepens Baghdad-Kurds dispute

BAGHDAD, April 5 (UPI) -- Tension between Baghdad and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave have intensified after the Kurds halted oil exports in a payment dispute.

Sadr party challenges Maliki

BAGHDAD, April 3 (UPI) -- A member of Moqtada Sadr's political party said Thursday his party would push a political fight with the Iraqi prime minister if Sadrist demands were not met.

U.S. forces release 204 Iraqi detainees

BAGHDAD, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government Sunday said more than 200 detainees were released from U.S-run prisons in Iraq last week.

Iraqi PM: Wrong time for U.S. pullout

BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said he doesn't believe now is the right time to pull U.S. troops from his country.

Analysis: Iraq oil law (still) coming soon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The question is simple enough on the third and final day of a major Iraq energy conference where hundreds of hungry oil men and women broke bread with Iraq’s industry chiefs, politicians and technocrats: when will Baghdad set the ground rules for the international oil community’s long-awaited venture into the largest oil prize on earth?
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Iraq prepares reconciliation document

BAGHDAD, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The future of 42,000 Iraqi prison inmates tops a national reconciliation plan aimed at easing the political tension in Iraq, it was reported.

Baghdad mortar attack kills seven

BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- At least seven people died Sunday in Iraq in fighting between militants and U.S. forces near the Shia slum of Sadr City in Baghdad, it was reported.

Militant leader freed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. forces in Iraq have freed a top aide to rebel Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr after holding him for more than two years.

Iraqi VP wants dialogue with militants

BAGHDAD, March 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi said his government needs to establish dialogue with insurgents, excluding al-Qaida, to work toward peace.

Hard-line Shiite wins nod as Iraqi P.M.

BAGHDAD, April 21 (UPI) -- Political factions in Iraq's Parliament said Friday they would accept Jawad al-Maliki, a hard-line Shiite leader, as prime minister.
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