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JUL 25, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political stability as lawmakers struggle to form a new government that can tackle rising violence in the country. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 ...

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JUL 25, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Blasts targeting Shiites in Iraq's Kirkuk kill four

A series of blasts outside Shiite prayer halls killed four people and wounded 19 others on Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police and medical sources said. Three roadside bombs near the Zahraa husseiniya in west Kirkuk wounded four people, while a roadside bomb near the Jaafar al-Sadeq husseiniya in the city's south caused no casualties. Islamic State ...

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JUL 23, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Iraq lawmakers postpone vote on new president

Two names have emerged as front-runners to succeed Talabani — former Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh and the Kirkuk provincial Gov. Najimaldin Karim. Since 2003, Iraq's political parties have agreed to assign the position of president to a Kurd, prime minister to a Shiite and speaker of parliament to a Sunni. [...] the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a ...

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JUL 23, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Islamic State Selling Iraqi Oil To Finance 'Caliphate'

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, July 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate". Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near ...

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JUL 23, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Oil smuggling finances Islamic State's new caliphate

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate".     Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit ...

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