Number of Iraqis living in poverty at 30%

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, August 31, 2014 Poverty in Iraq has risen to nearly 30% after it had dropped to 19%, the Planning Ministry said in a statement. Iraq has a population of 32 million people and the substantial rise in poverty rates means that more than 10 million Iraqis are now poor. The statement(…)

Iraqi planes evacuate starving children from besieged town

By Mazen Abdulhameed Azzaman, August 29, 2014 Iraqi air force planes are defying Jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) by delivering food and medical supplies to nearly 18,000 inhabitants of Amerli. “One helicopter managed to land in the besieged town and evacuated the most vulnerable to a hospital in Baghdad, including some starving children,” an(…)

Turkey biggest beneficiary of Islamic State’s oil smuggling

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, August 28, 2014 The Islamic State (IS) cashes in on the smuggling of Iraqi and Syria oil but Turkey makes the best out of the illegal trade, an international oil consultant said. Isam al-Jalabi said large quantities of oil were being smuggled and Caliph al-Baghdadi of the Islamic Caliphate known as(…)

Iraqi forces ‘gearing up’ to retake Mosul from Islamic state

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, August 27, 2014 Iraqi troops and allied Sunni tribal leaders are on their way to launch an attack to retake Mosul, a senior provincial official said. Zuhair al-Jalabi, the head of Nineveh’s provincial council, said the troops and tribes were emboldened following the advances of Kurdish militias or peshmerga and units(…)

Mosul MPs urge government to halt aerial bombing

By Samer Saeed Azzaman, August 26, 2014 Members of parliament representing the Province of Nineveh have urged the country’s leaders to halt airstrikes on the city of Mosul, the provincial capital. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city fell to Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) on June 10, who have imposed harsh Islamic rules of the(…)

Iraq’s transport minister heading force to break siege of Amerli

Azzaman, August 24, 2014 A militia force of nearly 2,000 fighters is heading towards Amerli to save its more than 18,000 inhabitants from a possible massacre by Jihadits from the Islamic State who are encircling the town. The force commanded by Transport Minister Hadi al-Ameri is reported to have already engaged in fighting militants from(…)

Iraqis criticize U.S. ‘duplicity’ in fighting Islamic State

By Mohammad Salehi Azzaman, August 23, 2014 Iraqis suspect that the U.S. and its western allies will be serious, honest and fair in fighting militants from the Islamic State (IS) who now control large swathes of the country. Many in Iraq, while welcoming U.S. airstrikes against IS, formerly known as ISIS, say the selection of(…)

Trickle of international aid will do nothing to alleviate Iraq’s human tragedy

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 21, 2014 There is ostensibly a massive campaign going on to deliver aid to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have been displaced from cities, towns and villages in at least five provinces. The fighting that has been raging since Islamic State’s onslaught on the northern and western areas of(…)

Conditions of Yazidi refugees ‘heartbreaking,’ says ICRC

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, August 20, 2014 More than 90,000 Yazidi refugees who fled Mount Sinjar to the Kurdish Province of Dahouk live in horrific conditions and many of them have taken the shade trees, bridges and subways as temporary homes, according to Saleh Dabbakeh, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in(…)

Sunni tribes thwart IS efforts to storm town

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, August 19, 2014 The leader of Sunni Arab tribes in the embattled town of Haditha has lashed out at militants of the Islamic State (IS), saying he and his men would fight them to death. Sheikh Awad Saeed said it was wrong to describe IS, formerly known as ISIS, as ‘a(…)

Kurdish forces torch Arab homes and refuse return of those displaced to their areas

By Samer Saeed Azzaman, August 18, 2014 Kurdish militias are torching homes of Arabs in the villages they retake as they advance towards the city of Mosul aided by heavy U.S. air bombardment. The burning of Arab houses has taken place in areas belonging to the districts of Kuwair and Zammarat which militants from the(…)

Iraqi Sunnis set conditions to fight Islamic State militants

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, August 16, 2014 Iraqi Sunnis will only start fighting Jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) if the newly appointed premier meets their demands and ends their marginalization, the elected council of Anbar Province said in a statement. The statement, which included the conditions for the Sunni tribes to start fighting IS,(…)

The U.S. and its ‘wretched’ support of Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 14, 2014 What has the newly appointed government done for it to garner such support the world over in the forefront of which the United States? The government is not yet a reality. Its head has just been nominated. Nonetheless and despite the fact that we still know very little(…)

Newly-appointed premier: New face or new approach!

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 13, 2014 Practically, there is no new face in the current Iraqi political scene. All the faces on television screens are the product of the political process that has plunged the country into the abyss. With a ‘new face’ I do not specifically refer to a particular person. I mean(…)

New pipeline to carry 1 mbd from Missan oil to southern terminals on the Gulf

By Bassem al-Rikabi Azzaman, August 12, 2014 PetroChina has completed the construction of a new pipeline capable of carrying 1 million barrels a day from the Province of Missan to Iraq’s southern terminals, according to Missan governor Ali Lazem. Lazem said the pipeline, which extends for 272 kilometers, will serve the surge in output that(…)

Islamic State forces more than 600,000 Iraqi minority members to flee

By Samer Saaid Azzaman, August 11, 2014 More than 600,000 people belonging to Iraqi minorities in the Province of Nineveh have been uprooted, according to haneen al-Qaddo, who served as Nineveh’s deputy governor before the advent of the Islamic State (IS). Qaddo is a member of the Shabek Minority, whose members are mainly Muslim Shiites(…)

Iraqi church leader visists Sistani

Azzaman, August 9, 2014 Iraq’s top Christian clergyman has paid a visit to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraqi Muslim Shiites top cleric, to brief him on the latest exodus of Iraqi Christians from their last remaining towns and villages in the Province of Nineveh. Patriarch Louis Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, has(…)

Islamic State militants gearing up for attack on Baghdad

Islamic State militants gearing up for attack on Baghdad Azzaman, August 8, 2014 Militants of the Islamic State (IS) are preparing themselves for an assault on Baghdad, according to remarks by a high-ranking Iraqi Shiite cleric. Moqtada al-Sadr, who runs his own militias known as Mahdi Army, said he gathered the information from his own(…)

Iraq airports and skies safe, says minister

Azzaman, August 7, 2014 Baghdad International Airport is safe for scheduled flights and international airlines have no reason to worry about security, Transport Minister Karim al-Nouri said. Nouri said all Iraqi airports were functioning and open to flights both domestic and international apart from the one in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city which militants of(…)

Ancient Iraqi sect calls for international help to prevent genocide

Azzaman, August 5, 2014 The leader of an ancient and secretive Iraqi community has called on the United Nations and world leaders to safeguard his people against a possible genocide by militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The appeal has come from Tahseen Bek, the supreme leader of Yazidis, an(…)