Pope to visit Ur, says senior provincial official

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, November 30, 2012 The southern Province of Dhiqar, where the Biblical city of Ur lies, says it has received “assurances” that Pope Benedict XVI will pay homage to the ancient city. “The Province has received assurances that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Ur and the house of the Prophet of God [...]

War over oil and wealth in Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, November 29, 2012 U.S. occupation troops have left the country more than a year ago and the Iraqis thought their departure should improve conditions. In fact that is what almost everybody had expected. But the country is still mired in a deep political crisis that hinges over authority and wealth. It [...]

Italian scientists uncover new graves in Ur

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 26, 2012 A team of Italian archaeologists have found seven new graves in the ancient city of Ur, which according to the Bible was the birth place of Abraham. “The graves belong to the Akkadian period and date to 2200 B.C.,” according to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwa [...]

Iraq adds 250 megawatts to national grid

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 25, 2012 Iraq says a newly constructed power plant in the southern Province of Babel is now fully operations, adding 250 megawatts to the national grid. Electricity Ministry spokesperson Musaib al-Mudarisi said the plant includes two generating units each with 125 megawatts and has already been linked to the national [...]

Sweden harassing Iraqi refugees, rights group say

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 23, 2012 The Swedish authorities are using coercive and inhumane measures to force Iraqi refugees to leave, an Iraqi human rights group said. “Swedish behavior towards Iraqi refugees is tough and the (Swedish) authorities are using coercive and inhumane methods to compel them to leave the country,” the Iraqi Human [...]

Iraq imports 70% of its consumer needs

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, November 22, 2012 Iraq imports 70% of its needs from foreign countries, especially neighboring states, said the head of the Iraqi Chamber of Commerce Jaafar al-Hamadani. Hamdani did not say how much the imports cost the treasury but they are estimated to devour more than half the country’s oil revenues. Hamadani [...]

Iran to boost Iraq investments to $25 billion

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, November 20, 2012 Iran, facing stringent western sanctions, is expanding its trade ties with neighboring states with Iraq emerging as a top trade partner. Iranian trade delegations are have been touring neighboring states such as Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Arab Gulf states. Iranian trade delegations have been touring Iraq, [...]

Is a war between Iraqi government troops and Kurdish militias imminent?

By Akab al-Taher Azzaman, November 19, 2012 The row between the regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan and the central government in Baghdad is worsening. Its solution is in need of courageous and wise steps if a sustainable settlement for the divisive issues is sought. Relations between the two sides must be re-organized and revised. However, [...]

Wars have disabled six million Iraqis

By Saadoun al-Jaberi Azzaman, November 17, 2012 The wars Iraq has gone through in the last three decades have produced a nation of disabled people – six million out of a population of 30 million. “People with disabilities caused by the three wars Iraq has suffered are estimated at more than 6 million,” according to [...]

Gas flaring costs Iraq $5 million a day

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 16, 2012 The flaring of associated gas from the country’s producing oil fields, particularly in the southern Province of Basra, costs $5 million a day, according to Dhia al-Mawsawi, the Director-General of Southern Oil Company. Iraq’s three largest producing-fields lie in Basra, where most of the country’s oil output and [...]