Iraqi Kurdish leaders spar over form of future administration

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, September 30, 2012 Top Kurdish leaders are in disagreement over what type of administration their semi-independent Kurdish region should have in the future, according to a high-ranking Kurdish official. The official, Mahmoud Othman, said both Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi President and Massoud Barzani, the head of the Kurdish region, think differently [...]

A world war is raging in Syria

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, September 29, 2012 The peaceful struggle for freedom in Syria has turnd into full-scale war. This has become a big headline and there is no one who could ever challenge it or hide it  including the regime in Syria itself. Alongside this war, battles by intelligence agencies, weapons traders, battles launched [...]

$125 million for 182 school buildings in four Iraqi provinces

By Khaula al-Aukaili Azzaman, September 27, 2012 The Ministry of Education has allocated  $125 million for the construction of 182 schools in four Iraq provinces. An Iraqi firm   is constructing the schools to meet demand for the rising student population and ease congestion in current schools. The state-run al-Simoud Steel Enterprise is building the schools. [...]

Iraqi Kurdish region to produce 1 million barrels of oil in 2015

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, September 26, 2012 The future of Iraq’s oil sector has never been as rosy as it is now. Predictions for oil production and exports are promising and the country is on its way to turn into world’s number one exporter. A few years ago, the Iraqi Kurdish region was barren as [...]

UNESCO to ‘save’ Iraq’s leaning minaret

By Sami Elias Azzaman, September 25, 2012 The U.N.’s cultural agency, UNESCO, has agreed to repair Iraq’s tilting minaret known as al-Hadba, an official in the Province of Nineveh said. The minaret, one of Iraq’s major attractions, is situated in the northern city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province. Built more than 800 years [...]

Iraq refurbishes Ur in hope of Papal visit

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, September 24, 2012 Iraq is tidying up the remains of the ancient city of Ur in hope of a proposed visit by Pope Benedict XVI. The Antiquities Inspectorate in the Province of Dhi Qar of which Naisiyra is the capital says it has started restoration activities in Ur. Ur, the metropolitan [...]

Five-year plan to eradicate poverty in Iraq

Azzaman, September 23, 2012 Iraq has drawn a five-year development plan to eradicate poverty, diversify economic resources, and lessen reliance on oil exports as the major source of income, a statement by the Ministry of Planning said. The plan will be launched in 2013 and the country is expected to invest up to $275 billion [...]

Iraqi exiles in Syria fear for their lives but are afraid to return home

By Zeena Sami Azzaman,  September 22, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria are in danger but cannot return for fear of being questions and imprisoned, according to a legislator who just ended a fact-finding mission to Syria. Hassan Alawi said he met many Iraqi exiles willing to escape violence in Syria but [...]

Iraqi pupils to receive grants and uniforms

By Adel Kadhem Azzama, September 20, 2012 The government says it is working on a new program to lure parents to send their children to school. This year up to five million pupils joined primary schools across the country but officials say more needs to be done to have all children covered by education and [...]

More international airlines arrange direct flights to Iraqi airports

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, September 19, 2012 More foreign airlines are flying directly to Iraqi airports, an indication the country is slowly returning to normalcy and quiet after years of violence. Major airlines have scheduled flights to Baghdad now and some have added other major Iraqi cities to their destinations. The busiest Iraqi airports are [...]