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Peshmerga fighters to stand against Daesh

03 January, 2015
MOSUL, Iraq –  Near Mosul Dam, some 16 Peshmerga fighters mustered around a small hut – the only visible means of protection from enemy fire – while others hovered around a small campfire for warmth.

Just hours earlier, the road leading into the Kurdish army's base was hit by artillery from Islamic State – or “Daesh” as it is known in the Middle East, forcing some closures. But the fighters were calm and collected – sharing jokes and cigarettes ahead of another long and cold night protecting their cherished land in the northern part of this embattled land.

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Iraq to postpone reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait

BAGHDAD: Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion (£2.9 billion) instalment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Isl

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