Stability in power supplies leads to surge in prices of cooling gadgets

By Samer Saeed Azzaman, April 15, 2013 After decades of outages, Iraq’s national grid is set to provide Iraqis with electricity for most of the day. Reports from the Ministry of Electricity say that the grid has improved and it is on its way to generated up to 12000 megawatts – slightly more than the(…)

Will the U.S. apologize to Iraq for its disgraceful 2003 invasion?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 12, 2013 March 20 marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a country that had not attacked America or posed the slightest threat to it. It is therefore disgraceful to see some Iraqis celebrating the occupation of the country by U.S.. troop under the rubric of ridding(…)

Iraq ends cooperation with Siemens for failure to honor contracts

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, April 11, 2013 The Ministry of Electricity has ended “all forms of cooperation” with Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, a senior official said. The ministry’s spokesperson Musaib al-Mudaris accused the company of failure to honor obligations under contracts to build power plants in the country. He said(…)

British archaeologists return to Iraq for first time in more than 20 years

By Khawla al-Ukaili Azzaman, April 9, 2013 British archaeologists are back to Iraq after more than two decades of absence and have started digging at a Mesopotamian site close to the fabled city of Ur, the British embassy in Baghdad said in a statement. The statement said the team of six scientists is from the(…)

Iraq to hit “final nail in coffin of darkness” in October

Azzaman, April 8, 2013 Iraq says October this year will see an end to power shortages in the country and advises owners of private generators to start selling their machines to junk traders. “The Ministry (of Electricity) has the ability to solve the crisis of power in the country by the end of October in(…)

Deputy premier says parties involved in ‘illegal’ oil exports

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 6, 2013 There are some parties who are involved in selling oil illegally in Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Husain al-Shahristani said. Shahristani, who supervises the country’s energy sector, warned that the government was keen to put end to such exports. “Quantities of oil are being exported without the knowledge of(…)

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(…)