• Outgoing Abadi signs blow to Turkish exports / Fehim Tastekin

    While Turkey was eagerly anticipating a new government in Baghdad to sort out many problems with Iraq, a last minute decision by the outgoing prime minister has added a fresh item to the list of ongoing disagreements between the two countries.



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