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US Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in James Mattis as Secretary of Defense [AFP/Jim Watson]
February 21, 2017 - 16:23 GMT
The Secretary of Defense claims US does not intend to take any petrol from the war-torn, Daesh-infested Middle Eastern nation.
Iraqi forces, supported by the Popular Mobilization paramilitaries, prepare to advance advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
February 21, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
Iraqi troops and paramilitaries fought Daesh militants to clear the way to the airport on the second day of the ground offensive to recapture the western half of Mosul.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to take Iraq's oil. (AFP/File_
February 21, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
President Donald Trump has made repeated calls to 'take their oil'.
Rosneft is Russia's largest oil producer. For the fourth quarter, the company said its net production was up 11.8 percent year-on-year for a new record high. (Shutterstock)
February 21, 2017 - 05:24 GMT
Rosneft said it started a new exploration well in Iraq, which according to state news agency Tass should be completed by July.
Iraqi tanks and armoured vehicles advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, after the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul commenced on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
February 20, 2017 - 15:00 GMT
The fresh push in the four-month operation to retake Mosul involves federal police forces, as well as elite units under the supervision of the interior ministry, army soldiers and Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary fighters.
Donald Trump poses for a photo with retired general James Mattis and vice-president-elect Mike Pence. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
This comes a day after Iraqi forces began offensive in western Mosul.
Iraq digs anti-Daesh trench around city of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
February 20, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
Iraqi forces captured Ramadi from Daesh a year ago and are now struggling to retake Mosul, Iraq's once second largest city, from the extremist group.
Iraqi forces, supported by the Popular Mobilization paramilitaries, prepare to advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, after the offensive to retake the western side of the city from Daesh commenced on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
February 20, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
The Iraqi prime minister on Sunday announced the start of a large-scale operation to retake the western half of the city from Daesh.
In October last year, Iraq started a massive US-backed campaign to recapture Mosul from Daesh. (AFP/File)
February 19, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
"Our main mission is to free man before we free land."
Iraqi forces have driven Daesh militants from most of eastern Mosul as part of a wide-ranging offensive launched last October to retake the city. (AFP/File)
February 19, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Last week, an Iraqi councilor warned that about 140,000 children were in a dire need for humanitarian aid in Daesh-held parts of western Mosul.
Iraqis, mostly supporters of prominent cleric Moqtada Sadr, take part in a mock funeral procession in Baghdad on February 14, 2017, to pay their respects to seven people killed last week during a protest for electoral reform. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
February 17, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
The protesters are demanding a revamp of Iraq's electoral system.
Mihael Petrelis glances at the appellate court's decision outside a federal appeals court after it ruled against lifting the stay on U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order imposing a temporary immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority nations in San Francisco, California. (AFP/Elijah Nouvelage)
February 17, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The revised executive order may explicitly exclude green card holders from the travel ban.
The radical Sunni Daesh group previously took credit for similar attacks in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. (AFP/File)
February 16, 2017 - 16:07 GMT
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack yet.
Female Argentinian football fans during the 2006 World Cup (Flickr, image used for illustrative purposes only)
February 16, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Yet another victory for Baghdad's blossoming feminist movement.
The latest ruling follows a July 2015 court decision asserting Dana’s long-term contractual rights, lasting at least 25 years, to develop and produce gas and petroleum from the Khor Mor and Chemchamal fields. (Oil Guru)
February 16, 2017 - 05:26 GMT
A consortium including the Sharjah-based oil and gas company have been locked in arbitration with the KRG since October 2013 over the development of gas fields in Kurdistan.