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May 2014 - Iraq Special Weapons News

  • Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants IRIN 27 May 2014 -- Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera.
  • Iraq Seeks Arbitration in Dispute With Turkey over Kurdish Oil Sale VOA 26 May 2014 -- Baghdad has requested legal arbitration in a dispute with Turkey over the sale of Iraqi Kurdish oil. The move comes after the first super tanker of Iraqi Kurdish oil departed from Turkey, despite warnings and threats from Baghdad to not go ahead with the sale. Analysts say the move raises the stakes again in a long-running game of political brinkmanship as Baghdad seeks to thwart Kurdistan's moves towards greater self-sufficiency.
  • Less hope of return for new wave of Iraqi refugees in Jordan IRIN 19 May 2014 -- So frenzied was Hyam Hussnie's late night escape on a desert highway that she could not believe that when she arrived in Jordan "my children were still alive and with me."
  • Iraqi Leader to Discuss New Arms Supply Contracts With Putin RIA Novosti 20 May 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki plans to discuss new arms contracts during an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iraqi parliamentarian Muhammad al-Akili told RIA Novosti.
  • Iraq PM coalition gains most parliamentary seats Iran Press TV 19 May 2014 -- A coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has won the most seats in the country's April 30 parliamentary polls.
  • Iraq: Ban welcomes initial parliamentary election results UN News Centre 19 May 2014 -- Welcoming the announcement of the initial results of Iraq's Council of Representatives election, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today looked forward to the final tally and subsequent timely formation of a new government.
  • Statement on ICC preliminary examination into Iraq allegations UK MOD 13 May 2014 -- The International Criminal Court is looking at allegations of historic detainee abuse in Iraq. Attorney General responds for the government.
  • Anbar IDPs in Baghdad fear for their safety IRIN 13 May 2014 -- Displaced families who have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq's troubled Anbar Province say anti-Anbar hostility is leaving many too scared to register with the authorities, pushing them into the shadows and cutting them off from aid and public services.
  • Iraq: UN envoy concerned about impact of ongoing fighting on civilians in Fallujah UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- The top United Nations envoy in Iraq says he remains concerned at reports of increased armed activities in Fallujah, in Anbar province, and its impact on civilians.
  • Interview: Election Was 'Entirely Iraqi-Owned Process' RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Nikolay Mladenov was in Iraq for the country's parliamentary election on April 30. He talked with RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq correspondent Faris Omar about his assessment of the voting process.
  • Iraq to receive first batch of Russian Night Hunter helicopters before end of 2014 VoR 06 May 2014 -- The Iraqi Air Force will receive Russia's Mil Mi-28NE 'Night Hunter' military helicopters before the end of this year, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.
  • Following successful polls, UN lauds 'incredible resilience' of Iraqi voters UN News Centre 01 May 2014 -- United Nations officials today congratulated the people and Government of Iraq for turning out in significant numbers in Wednesday's elections, and commended the electoral authorities and security personnel for their efforts.
  • Iraq's Maliki hails high election turnout Iran Press TV 01 May 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has welcomed a high turnout in the country's parliamentary polls, describing it as a "slap in the face of terrorism."

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