Antiquities Department lashes out at ‘meager’ budget allocations

By Noor Ali Azzaman, April 5, 2013 Allocations for the Department of Antiquities for 2013 will hardly meet 15 percent of needs to guard, preserve and excavate the country’s ancient riches, said Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwa Sumaism. Sumaism made the remarks amid reports that hundreds of major Mesopotamian landmarks are unprotected and that(…)

Iraqi deputies spar over ‘Iranian arms to Syria’

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, April 3, 2013 The issue of the alleged flow of Iranian arms to Syria via Iraqi airspace has divided disparate Iraqi political factions and their representatives in parliament. The issue was brought to the attention of Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki during a visit to Baghdad last month by U.S. State Secretary(…)

Experts urge government to turn marshes into natural reserve

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, April 2, 2013 Iraqi experts attending a festival in southern Iraq urged the government to declare Iraqi marshes a national park. The festival, in which marsh Arabs and their representatives took part, is part of a series of activities Iraq Nature Organization is bringing together to lobby the government and international(…)

Iraq says it will confront Turkish aerial incursions

By Samer Saeed Azzaman, April 1, 2013 Iraq has warned Turkey to halt flights by its warplanes and unmanned aerial vehicles into its airspace. The warning comes amid reports of a surge in violations by Turkish fighters and drones of Iraqi skies in pursuit of what Ankara says are Turkish Kurdish rebels taking Iraqi mountains(…)

Iraq imported more than 5 million tons of food last year

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, March 29, 2013 Iraq imported 5.4 million tons of food last year to cover its state-run food rationing system, according to the Director-General of the state-run Grain Board of Iraq. The system, initiated in 1990 to offset impact of punitive U.N. trade sanctions, allows Iraqi families free access to quantities of(…)

Iraq to export oil to Egypt

By Shayma Adel Azzaman, March 27, 2013 Iraq has agreed to ship 133,000 barrels of oil per day to Egypt, the Ministry of Oil said. The ministry’s spokesperson Abdulzahra al-Hindawi said the government has also agreed to pay the dues of Egyptian expatriates who worked in Iraq prior to the 1991 Gulf War over Kuwait.(…)

Which government enjoys such immunity and impunity

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, March 25, 2013 Iraqi institution, despite its drawbacks, might need certain revisions or additions that will give the government immunity from accountability and responsibility for large-scale attacks in which sometimes more than 100 innocent Iraqis are killed. The revised institution or the additional paragraphs should also allow the government to do(…)

Iraq to export more than 7 million barrels per day in 2015 – official

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, March 23, 2013 Iraq said there was no basis for reports that it will fail to handle the surge in oil output expected by 2015. “Reports doubting Iraq’s capability of exporting the volumes (of oil) that will be produced in the future are baseless,” said Abdulhadi al-Amidi, Oil Ministry’s director of(…)

Ancient community on verge of extinction in Iraq

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, March 21, 2013 One of Iraq’s most ancient communities is threatened with extinction with only a few thousand remaining in the country. The Mandeans, who are locally known as Sabaeans, were present in Iraq, and specifically in the southern plateau between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, more than 2000 years ago.(…)

Iraqi minority asks for international protection

By Marwan al-Ani Azzaman, March 20, 2013 Iraqi Turkmen say they are not being treated properly and equally and have asked the United Nations and the European Union for protection. In a statement, the head of a coalition grouping the various Iraqi Turkmen factions Arshad al-ٍSalehi said his people in the country were denied equal(…)

Iraq rushing to meet demonstrators’ demands

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, March 18, 2013 The Iraqi government says it is working hard to meet most of the demands raised by demonstrators and their leaders in the latest unrest that swept central Iraqi provinces. Huge demonstrations erupted in the Provinces of Nineveh, Salahudeen, Ramadi and parts of Baghdad in protest against what many(…)

16,000 Iraqis have gone missing since 2003-U.S. invasion

By Ali Latif Azzaman, March 16, 2013 More than 16,000 Iraqis have been kidnapped and still without a trace since the 2003-U.S. invasion, according to statistics gathered by the Ministry of Human Rights. It is the first time the ministry reveals official figures about Iraqis who had gone missing in the wars and turbulence that(…)

Iran to reap $16 billion a year from its gas exports to Iraq

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, March 14, 2013 In a few months, millions of cubic meters of Iranian natural gas will be flowing to Iraq to feed its power stations and earning Tehran a massive sum of nearly $16 billion a year. The deal to import natural gas from Iran has raised eye-brows about government claims(…)

Iraq has paid $30 billion to cover fuel imports since 2003-U.S. invasion

Azzaman, March 12, 2013 Ten years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq still spends billions of dollars every year to meet domestic demand for fuel, an oil expert said. Isam al-Jalabi, a former Iraqi oil minister and a renowned oil analysts, said the country has paid more than $30 billion to meet for fuel imports in(…)

Iraqi Kurdish region’s external trade hits $20 billion

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, March 12, 2013 Iraq’s Kurdish region trade with the outside world is now estimated at $20 billion a year, a senior Kurdish official said. The massive sum is mostly spent on imports from foreign countries with Turkey topping the list, the Governor of Arbil Province Nawzad Hadi  said. Arbil is the(…)

Surge in Iraqi fuel imports from Iran

Azzaman, March 11, 2013 Despite its massive oil riches, Iraq is currently importing a large chunk of fuel products from Iran to meet a surge in domestic fuel needs. Iraq imports electricity from Iran as well as gasoline. But recently, it has agreed to import two million liters of diesel fuel a day from Iran.(…)

U.S. invasion and occupation turn Iraq into failed state

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, March 10, 2013 Ten years after the U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation, Iraq has disappeared as a state with central authority. True, there is a central government in Baghdad but the authorities there rely on a U.S.-engineered constitution that has created a huge gap between theory and practice. Theoretically, the government(…)

Iran wants to abolish entry visas with Iraq

By Saadoun al-Jaberi Azzaman, March 8, 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akhbar Salehi has said his country wants to abolish entry visa with Iraq Salehi, who is on a private visit to the holy city of Najaf, said ties between the countries were expanding and the abolition of visas “will enable the peoples of the(…)

More than 1000 Christians killed in Iraq since 2003-U.S. invasion

By Wail Matti Azzaman, March 7, 2013 More than 1000 Iraqi Christians, all civilians, have been killed since the 2003-U.S. invasion of Iraq, the country’s most senior clergyman said. Patriarch Louis Rafael, who was officially nominated in Baghdad on Wednesday, said attacks on his community have driven hundreds of thousands of his followers to flee(…)

Russia’s Lukoil says Iraq’s West Qurna to go on stream end of year

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, March 5, 2013 Russia’s Lukoil says its development of Iraq’s West Qurna is proceeding smoothly and the field is to produce 150,000 barrels a day by the end of this year. “The projects our company is executing in Iraq are of paramount importance. We are preparing to turn West Qurna 2(…)