Scores executed and hundreds await their turn to the gallows

By Laith Jawad Azzaman, August 30, 2012 Scores of prisoners have been hanged in Iraq among them two Arab nationals, one from Syria and the other from Saudi Arabia, the Justice Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said those executed were convicted of “terrorist issues.” Two batches of convicted prisoners have been sent to [...]

Iraq only producing one third of its electricity needs

By Nashoor Ali Azzaman, August 28, 2012 Iraq’s national grid churns about one third the country’s needs for electricity estimated at nearly 15000 megawatts, the Ministry of Electricity said in a statement. The ministry said Iraq’s current power output was estimated at 5852 megawatts but output was not steady due to unexpected interruptions. The current [...]

Conference to discuss challenges facing Iraq’s oil industry

By Nashoor Ali Azzaman, August 27, 2012 Oil is Iraq’s sole hard cash earner and at the same time a bone of contention as the country’s disparate ethnic groups are vying for its control. The clash over oil was about to result in military confrontation last month between Kurdish militias known as peshmerga and government [...]

Thousands of Iraqi exiles and Syrian refugees flock to Iraq

Thousands of Iraqi exiles and Syrian refugees flock to Iraq By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, August 26, 2012 Syria is no longer a haven for Iraqis fleeing violence in their own country. At least 24000 Iraqi exiles have returned home and many more are expected to come. But it is not only the Iraqi exiles who [...]

The Syrian crisis has become unsolvable

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 26, 2012 The Syrian crisis has two decisive ways to solve and both of them are not possible. A political solution is much overdue as the parties have already missed its deadlines so many times,  despite dim hopes of reviving the process following the appointment of a new U.N. envoy [...]

Iraqi refugees in Syria urge U.N. to help with their plight

By Mundher al-Shawfi Azzaman, August 21, 2012 More than 2000 Iraqi refugee families have fled their villages and towns in the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus and they are now asking the U.N. refugee agency for help. Most of them have flocked to the township of Jarmana, a low-income area of the Syrian capital, [...]

Kurds accused of desecrating Yazidi minority’s shrine and graves

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, August 18, 2012 A small and secretive Iraqi community in Iraq says Kurds have desecrated one of their cemeteries as well as a shrine in the northern Kurdish Province of Dahouk. The community known as Yazidis have their habitat in Kurdish rugged mountains where they have been practicing their religion and [...]

All know Syria’s regime end is in sight but some find maneuvering an advantage

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 16, 2012 The countries involved in the crisis in Syria and those keeping a close eye on the situation there are all planning for the post-President Bashar al-Assad era. However there are some regional states with special calculations. These countries think that Assad’s government might stay in power for at [...]

Iraq sends big delegation to Tehran to boost economic ties

By Nashor Ali Azzaman, August 15, 2012 Deputy-Prime Minister Roz Shawees has taken a big delegation with him on a visit to Tehran for talks with Iranian officials to boost relations between the countries. The delegation includes Iraqi ministers of finance, trade and industry as well as the governor of the Central Bank. The  talks [...]

Iraqi wheat produce largest in 30 years

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, August 14, 2012 Government silos are brimming with wheat as this year’s harvest has surpassed expectations, The Director General of Iraq Grain Board Amer Abdulaziz said. Abdulaziz said despite discouraging weather conditions Iraqi farmers have shipped 1.9 million tons of wheat to government silos. “The yields are the largest in 30 [...]