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Blair: Iraq's economy growing since Saddam ousted

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday that British forces should be proud of their role in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, citing what he claimed was major social and economic progress since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.Full story

Iraqi militia threatens U.S. interests over film

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi militia that carried out some of the most prominent attacks on foreigners during the Iraq war on Thursday threatened U.S. interests in the country over a film that has triggered protests in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. Full story

Turkey, Iraq work on export of Basra oil via Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's energy ministry has started technical work with Iraq's central government on shipping crude oil from Basra in southern Iraq via the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline to Turkey's Mediterranean coast and on to world markets, its minister said on Friday. Full story

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Members of the IMCO work with a sniffer dog to find mines in the Shatt-al-Arab district, in Iraq's southern city of Basra

Members of the Iraqi Mine and Unexploded Ordnance Clearance Organization work with a sniffer dog to find mines in the Shatt-al-Arab district, in Iraq's southern city of Basra, November 6, 2012. Decades of war have left Iraq with one of the worst mine problems in the world, according to UNICEF, with

Members of the IMCO work to find mines in the Shatt-al-Arab district, in Iraq's southern city of Basra
Members of the IMCO work to find mines in the Shatt-al-Arab district, in Iraq's southern city of Basra

Members of the Iraqi Mine and Unexploded Ordnance Clearance Organization work to find mines in the Shatt-al-Arab district, in Iraq's southern city of Basra, November 6, 2012. Decades of war have left Iraq with one of the worst mine problems in the world, according to UNICEF, with around 20 million

Members of Iraq's anti-terrorism unit for oil facility protection take their positions during a training exercise in Basra
Members of Iraq's anti-terrorism unit for oil facility protection take their positions during a training exercise in Basra

Members of Iraq's anti-terrorism unit for oil facility protection take their positions during a training exercise in Basra, 420 km southeast of Baghdad November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ - Tags: MILITARY ENERGY)