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August 17, 2017

Earlier this year, al-Sadr had called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "take a historic, heroic decision" and step down. (File/Photo)
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UAE owned publications say Moqtada al-Sadr's visit to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh was triggered after the leader publicly opposed Tehran's regional politics.

August 15, 2017

This move is the latest indication of developing alliances between the gulf and Iraq. (AFP)
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For the past 27 years the border has been closed aside from once annually for the Hajj pilgrimage.
Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, but are now being revived. (Christophe Simon/ AFP)
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Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi Cabinet announced on Monday.
An Iraqi soldier in Mosul. (AFP)
08:44 GMT
Iraq's prime minister has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the Saudi-led diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha.
While the groups are united against IS, the potential for sectarian tension remains a concern. (AFP)
08:31 GMT
While the groups are united against IS, the potential for sectarian tension remains a concern.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih (R) and Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaybi hold a joint press conference in the Saudi Red Sea resort. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iraq launch joint trade commission.

August 14, 2017

Following a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, on Sunday, Sadr today met with a prominent Sunni cleric, Ahmed al-Kubaisi (Facebook)
17:08 GMT
Iraqis have expressed hope for improved regional Shia-Sunni relations as Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr makes an official visit to the UAE.
Moqtada al-Sadr. (file/photo)
16:30 GMT
Who is Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr?
From "Ali's Wedding." (Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd)
15:16 GMT
"Ali's Wedding" is generating serious buzz!
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. (File/photo)
12:00 GMT
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr visits Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, calling for better relations between Iraq and UAE.
It is likely there will be bloodshed as different religious and political groups clash in post-ISIS Iraq. (AFP)
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It is likely there will be bloodshed as different religious and political groups clash in post-ISIS Iraq.

August 12, 2017

The Iraqi Kurdistan Region will hold its contentious independence referendum on September 25 despite misgivings by the United States (AFP)
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The Iraqi Kurdistan Region will hold its contentious independence referendum on September 25 despite misgivings by the United States.

August 9, 2017

From the video. (YouTube / VoiceOver)
08:17 GMT
Lowkey is back. The Iraqi-British rapper and hip-hop artist is back to commemorate the victims of the Grenfell Tower, demanding accountability.
In early July, Iraqi forces decisively dislodged Daesh from Mosul, which the terrorist group overran in 2014. (AFP)
08:12 GMT
As military operations launch in IS-held areas of Iraq, a mass evacuation is set to take place.

August 6, 2017

Moody's expect the economy in Iraq to contract and continue its slow down at least through 2022. (File photo)
12:20 GMT
Iraq is well-endowed with oil wealth, but is it enough to boost its economy?
Iraq is oil rich and has significant potential for economic development and growth. (File photo)
10:30 GMT
Moody’s issues Caa1 long-term issuer rating, with stable outlook, to Iraqi government.

August 5, 2017

A Hashd al-Shaabi fighter in 2015 (Wikimedia Commons)
17:00 GMT
Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi on Saturday rejected a call by firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to dissolve the Hashd al-Shaabi militia.
A Blackwater helicopter circles the site of a car bombing in Baghdad, 2004 (Wikimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater contractor who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the killings of at least 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.
Nikohl Boosheri as Adena el-Amin on "The Bold Type." (NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
09:00 GMT
The TV show "The Bold Type" has been thrown into the limelight following the reveal that its Muslim character is a lesbian.
Militia fighters from the Popular Mobilization Forces celebrate a victory against Daesh, June 2016 (Wikimedia Commons)
07:17 GMT
Sadr was speaking to thousands of supporters in the Iraqi capital after a rare visit at the weekend to Sunni-ruled regional kingpin Saudi Arabia, a staunch rival of the Shia-dominated Islamic republic of Iran.