Kurds vow not to relent on oil development and exports

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, April 19, 2014 Iraqi Kurds have pledged not to give in to pressure from Baghdad on their right to develop and export oil on their own and their share from the country’s oil royalties. The row between the sides has escalated with both threatening unspecified consequences. Baghdad says it has the(…)

Iraqi elections held amid popular despair

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 17, 2014 Streets in Iraq are adorned with billboards and other election-related advertising. On the surface one would think that Iraqis are on the verge of a new transformation as they go to polls by the end of the month. But the majority of legible voters know that there is(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS occupies long sections of oil pipeline via Turkey

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 15, 2014 Iraq has almost given up hope, at least for the time being, to repair damage inflicted on its oil pipeline via Turkey, according to sources at the state-run North Oil Company. The company, based in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, administers the pipeline in Iraqi Territory. It says(…)

Minister promises 24/7 power supply in summer

By Tamara Abdulrazzaq Azzaman, April 14, 2014 Iraqis were promised on Monday 24/7 power supply in the summer provided that the country’s electricity plants received enough fuel, said the Minister of Electricity Karim al-Jumaili. Power consumption soars during Iraq’s summer season as temperatures surge to 40 degrees centigrade and beyond in southern Iraq from mid-May(…)

Iraqi troops brace to purge Ramadi from ISIS militants

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, April 13, 2014 Iraq is massing troops for an assault on what it says are “hideouts” of Jihadists and militants who are still in control of a number of neighbourhoods in Ramadi, the capital of the Province of Anbar. Most of the militants in Ramadi belong to ISIS, the Islamic State(…)

Iraqi Airways seeks $2 billion loan from U.S. to finance Boeing deal

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 11, 2014 Iraqi Airways is seeking a $2 billion loan to finance a contract for the purchase of 40 Boeing passenger planes, director of the state-owned national carrier Nasser al-Bander said. Bander said his company was forced to ask for the deal due to delays in approving its budget by(…)

Iraq’s Majnoun oilfield output reaches international markets as output surges

By Saadoun al-Jaderi Azzaman, April 10, 2014 First shipments of oil from Majnoun oilfield have found their way to international markets as the field’s output reaches 210,000 barrels per day, Mustafa Jihad, the officer in charge of information at the field said. “Exports from the field started when production rose to 210,000 barrels per day,(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS diverting river to forestall Iraqi army attack on Falluja

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 8, 2014 Jihadists from the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are filling in the Euphrates River with gravel and mud to divert its course, sources from inside Falluja said. The sources, refusing to be named, said ISIS was fearing an imminent attack by Iraq troops on the(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS a ‘threat’ to Baghdad

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 7, 2014 Iraqi troops have fortified positions in the outskirts of Baghdad and in the vicinity of Baghdad International airport following reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) was planning attacks on the capital. Iraqi security forces said the ministries of interior and defence were deploying troops(…)

Iraqi inmates abused at Saudi prisons

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, April 4, 2014 Iraq has accused Saudi Arabia of abusing its detainees held at Saudi prisons. The Ministry of Human Rights said it asked the Saudis to grant Iraqi investigators permission to visit Iraqi inmates incarcerated in Saudi prisons. “We call on Arab and international human rights organizations to follow up(…)

Iraq’s wheat crop to hit 4.5 million tons this year

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, April 3, 2014 Good weather conditions should help the country harvest up to 4.5 million tons of wheat this year, said Ali al-Muttair, spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture. Muttair said the volume equals Iraq’s annual consumption of the crop, which is mostly turned into flour and used as bread. Iraq’s(…)

Who calls the tune for Arab media?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 2, 2014 The proliferation of television channels and media outlets in the Arab world was supposed to give the Arab media some degree of freedom. But unfortunately they are still the pipers with Arab regimes and governments calling the tunes. For this reason, the media in the Arab world have(…)

Parliament fails to approve budget

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, March 31, 2014 Iraqi deputies have once again failed to pass 2014 budget with many of them staying away when the budget proposal was brought up for discussion. The current parliament has only three weeks before its current term comes to an end. The failure to pass the budget has almost(…)

Rancor replaced differences in Arab summit in Kuwait

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, March 29, 2014 The scenes from last week’s Arab summit in Kuwait showed Arab leaders to be not only week but in denial of the rudiments that are necessary for the renaissance of any society or nation. The items on their agenda were related to topics they had no power to(…)

Central bank buys 36 tons of gold

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, March 27, 2014 The Central bank has almost doubled its gold reserves after a large purchase of 36 additional tons of the precious metal. “This month (March) the Central Bank purchased 36 tons of god,” said a statement issued by the bank. “The purchase is a corner stone of the country’s(…)

Will violence derail Iraqi elections?

Azzaman, March 25, 2014 Iraqi general elections are about a month away, but will they go ahead as planned? The resurrection of al-Qaeda-linked militants, particularly in central Iraq, will certainly make the vote almost impossible in many areas. For nearly three months, fighting has been raging in the Province of Anbar with violence mounting in(…)

Kurds surrender killer of Iraqi journalist

By Ali Latif Azzaman, March 24, 2014 Kurdish authorities have handed over to Iraqi police the Kurdish presidential bodyguard who gunned down a journalist in Baghdad. The journalist Mohammed al-Shammari was both a practicing reporter and a professor at Baghdad University’s College of Journalism. The Kurds have a large contingent of their heavily armed militiamen(…)

ISIS militants kill senior police officer in restive Diyala

By Salam Abedsammari Azzaman, March 22, 2014 Militants have killed a senior police officer in an attack on a police headquarters in the restive Province of Diyala. The officer Lt. Gen. Ragheb al-Umari was affiliated to a federal police force and was leading a contingent of security forces to aid local police fend off attacks(…)

Italian drone to map ancient Sumerian sites in southern Iraq

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman,  March 21, 2014 Italian archaeologists excavating ancient sites in southern Iraq plan to use a drone to survey the ruins of Ur and the surrounding areas, the Governor of Dihqar Province Mohammed Baqer said. Baqer said the drone was already flown to a nearby base and his provincial authorities have obtained(…)

Southern city opens new museum

By Noor Ali Azzaman, March 19, 2014 The southern city of Hilla has opened a new museum housing artifacts which were kept by the city’s residents. Hilla, which is the capital of the Province of Babel, is rich in antiquities. It is situated a few kilometers away from the fabled ancient city of Babylon. “Many(…)