Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq (C) shakes hands with Iran's ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad July 1, 2014. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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Iraq has lifted a 17-day social media ban imposed to disrupt the communications of armed militants who have seized much of its west and north, although about 20 news websites remain blocked, industry sources said Tuesday.One source said Iraq had come under pressure from foreign non-governmental organizations to end the ban but the state telecoms company did not explain why it had done so.Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of funding Sunni insurgents in Iraq, a charge the two Gulf states have denied.This followed last month's nationwide ban on such services from Iraq's three mobile operators – Zain Iraq, part of Kuwait's Zain, Ooredoo unit Asiacell and Orange affiliate Korek.
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