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Iraq Mediators Join Israeli-Saudi Arabia Talks on Normalizing Relations | SOURCE: VOA NEWS

Iraqi mediators have been working patiently behind the scenes to try to bring about a diplomatic rapprochement between long-time adversaries Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Iran have been battling each other through their regional proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for a number of years.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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  • The US and Iraq reiterated their mutual intention to continue bilateral security coordination and cooperation,” stressing that the redeployment of the US and coalition forces is based on “the increasing capacity of the Iraqi forces.”

SOURCE: ASHARK AL-AWSAT


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  • India has begun importing Iranian oil, under the assumption that trade with Iran will resume. Meanwhile, the United States overtook Saudi Arabia as India’s second biggest oil supplier, as refiners boosted cheaper U.S. crude purchases to record levels to offset OPEC+ supply cuts, data from trade sources showed. Iraq continued to be the top oil seller to India. India is the world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer.

SOURCES: SHAFAQ.COM OIL PRICE


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  • France has called for a meeting of the US-led International Coalition over the “revival” of the Islamic State in Iraq. The so-called Coalition against Daesh has not met for a long time, despite France, which is also part of the international coalition, called on new US President Joe Biden to continue fighting ISIS as a priority.

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  • US forces are developing the Al-Harir base in northern Iraq despite a decision by the Iraqi parliament to expel foreign troops from the country, Iraqi sources reported. The military base has recently become the center of US operations management in neighboring areas of northern Syria.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


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  • Iraq’s crude exports to India grew nearly double-digits last year, helping it retain the title of India’s top oil supplier in 2020, but it may struggle to attain similar growth in 2021 if the newly appointed US President Joe Biden resurrects the nuclear deal with Tehran (as expected), which could potentially see the return of Iranian crude, analysts told S&P.

SOURCE: SP GLOBAL


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  • More than two years after the end of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Iraq, Iraqi politicians and political factions are engulfed by waves of concerns about Washington’s plot to revive the terrorist group in their country. Reports suggest that the US is transferring to the Iraq-Syrian borders for future terrorist operations the ISIS prisoners who were kept in Hasakah jails in northeastern Syria.

SOURCE: ABNA 24


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  • Twin suicide bombings have ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 28 people and wounding 73 others, amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis. The suicide bombings marked the first in three years to target Baghdad’s bustling commercial area.

SOURCE: IRISH EXAMINER


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  • Iran has agreed to resume gas supplies to Iraq after the two countries reached an agreement over the disbursement of outstanding debt. US sanctions have prevented Iran from accessing its assets in several countries, including Iraq, making it difficult for those countries to settle the debt.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY


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  • Turkey and Iraq agreed to continue fighting terrorists trying to disrupt stability in their common region, the Turkish president announced. Erdoğan said terror groups such as Daesh as well as the PKK and FETÖ, were “common enemies” of both sides and underlined that separatist terrorist aims had no future in Turkey, Iraq or Syria.

SOURCE: HURRIYET DAILY NEWS


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