Iraqi citizen surrenders Sumerian relics to Antiquities Department

By Salah al-Rubaiai Azzaman, June 12, 2013 An Iraqi woman from the southern province of Dhiqar has handed very ancient Mesopotamian relics to the country’s Antiquities Department. The head of the antiquities directorate in the province, Husain Ali, said the women voluntarily came forward and passed “eight Sumerian pieces” to his office. “Our office has(…)

Iraq agrees to sell oil to Sudan on credit

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, June 11, 2013 Iraq has agreed to ship 900,000 barrels of oil to Sudan per month on deferred payment, the Oil Ministry has said. But the ministry’s spokesperson Asem Jihad said for the  agreement to go through the sides should find an international bank that will act as a financial guarantor.(…)

Nine car bombs in six days

By Adbulzahara al-Muhammadawi Azzaman, June 9, 2013 In the six days since the sparring Iraqi politicians reportedly put their differences aside, there have nine major car bombs most of them in the restive provinces of Nineveh and Anbar. Scores of innocent Iraqis were killed and hundreds injured in one week. When Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki(…)

Government meeting protesters’ demands

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, June 8, 2013 The government has taken a new initiative to calm down Sunni Muslim protests that have swept major towns in central Iraq. Tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating mainly in the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahudeen at what they see as marginalization by the Shiite Muslim-dominated(…)

An eye for a tooth and a tooth for an eye!

 By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, June 6, 2013 Campaigns are being mounted in numerous cities in southern Iraq for recruits to fight on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The recruits join a ruinous and deadly war in Syria and funerals of many of them who got killed in the fighting there are no longer(…)

Mesopotamian terraced-tower in danger of collapse, warns scientist

By Abeer al-Diwani Azzaman, June 5, 2013 The nearly 7000-year old ziggurat of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nippur is in danger and in the absence of immediate repairs it may collapse anytime, a senior Iraqi archaeologist has warned. Qadissiya University’s Professor of Archaeology Mohammed Kamel said latest heavy rains have washed away large portions(…)

‘Death boats’ occupy man-made lake in Iraq

By Salam al-Shamari Azzaman, June 4, 2013 A man-made lake in the restive Province of Diyala is being used as a base for the transportation of weapons and armed men for attacks in central Iraq, a senior security official said. Muthana al-Tamimi, who heads the provincial security commission, said armed groups, mainly those affiliated to(…)

Thousands of trucks trapped on Iraqi side of border with Jordan

Azzaman, June 3, 2013 Nearly 7000 trucks are trapped on the Iraqi side of the border with Jordan and their drivers have issued a plea to the government to allow them to cross. The border point with Jordan, Traibeel, is one of the busiest with the outside world, but recently the government imposed restrictions on(…)

895 new artifacts handed in to Iraq Museum

Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, May 31, 2013 The Antiquities Department says it has received 895 artifacts from Iraqi government offices and ordinary citizens. The artifacts, the department says, have already been passed to the Iraq Museum. The handover is one of the largest and for the first time includes the transfer of archaeological pieces by government(…)

Will the Middle East turn into semi-states run by militias?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 30, 2013 The active participation of militias in the conflict in Syria is no longer a secret. However, the move is a dangerous development that will possibly open the door for the return of sectarian fighting in neighboring Iraq, known for its own ruthless militia factions. In fact there are(…)

Iraq’s gas output to reach 115 billion cubic meters in 2035

 Azzaman, May 28, 2013 Iraq plans to become a major gas producer and exporter in the third decade of the 21st century, the chairman of the Iraqi Energy Academy Ibrahim Baher al-Uloom said. Uloom said major projects were underway in the country to put end to the flaring of gas from Iraqi oil fields and(…)

Indian oil firm terminates contract with Iran; opts for Iraqi crude

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, May 27, 2013 An Indian oil major is reported to have stopped buying Iranian crude in response to pressure from the U.S. and other western states. India’s largest oil and refining company, Hindustan Petroleum, is said to have signed a contract with Iraq’s SOMO, the country’s oil export arm, for the(…)

Iraq launches ‘big’ offensive against al-Qaeda bases in western province

By Abdulzahra al-Mahmadawi Azzaman, May 26, 2013 Thousands of Iraqi troops are involved in what is described here as “the biggest offensive” against al-Qaeda since the withdrawal of U.S. occupation troops nearly two years ago. More than 20,000 troops supported by armor and helicopter gunships are sweeping the western desert which is part of the(…)

British scientist entrances audiences by playing ancient Babylonian musical piece

Azzaman, May 24, 2013 A British archaeologist received a resounding applause from hundreds of experts attending a symposium on the wonders of ancient Babylon following his performance of a Babylonian musical piece. The symposium was held in the Greek Theater in ancient Babylon and was attended by some of the world’s top Mesopotamian archaeologists among(…)

Iraq’s Kirkuk to build moat to prevent car bombings

Iraq’s Kirkuk to build moat to prevent car bombings By Marwan al-Anai Azzaman, May 23, 2013 Kirkuk will soon be ringed with a fortified moat to prevent vehicles reaching the oil-rich city without passing through the checkpoints manning the highways leading to it. The digging of the new ditch comes on the heels of massive(…)

Financial instability due to “unauthorized statements,” says Central Bank

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, May 21, 2013 The volatility of the Iraqi currency, the dinar, is deterring both Iraqi and foreign entrepreneurs from investing in the country, the Central Bank said in a statement. The statement comes following a volatile period that has seen the dinar weakening vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar despite Central Bank’s measures(…)

Foreign firms flee restive province

By Nouriddeen Hameed Azzaman, May 20, 2013 Scores of foreign firms have fled the restive Iraqi Province of Anbar, a senior provincial official said. The official, Saadoum al-Shaalan, said the flight of foreign firms comes amid an upsurge in violence that has swept the country in the past few months. Explosions and car bombings have(…)

Premier orders arrest of security chiefs for failure to thwart attacks

 By Salam al-Shammari Azzaman, May 19, 2013 The latest upsurge in violence that has seen hundreds of fatalities in the past few days has prompted the Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to order the arrest of security chiefs in charge of areas where the explosions and car bombings have taken place. Maliki is commander-in-chief in Iraq(…)

Corruption has no bounds in Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 17, 20103 The corruption in Iraq has turned into a phenomenon, which is certain to be there for generations to come. The only way to put an end to it is through the formation of a national unity government that will make fighting corruption its top priority. There are two(…)

Parliament to summon finance minister as dinar loses more value against dollar

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, May 16, 2013 The parliament has decided to call in the Finance Minister and heads of Iraqi banks following the latest slump in the value of the Iraqi dinar vis-à-vis the dollar. The move comes as the dinar dropped to more than 1300 to the dollar at a time the Central(…)