Iraq wants to solve issues related to joint oil fields with neighboring states

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, August 1, 2011 Iraq is striving to finalize agreements with neighboring states in relations to oil fields it shares with them, the Oil Ministry says. Asem Jihad, the ministry’s official spokesperson, said Iraq was keen to get its fair share of the development of these fields, though its neighbors have been [...]

Iran told to return stolen Iraqi antiquities

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, July Iraq has urged Iran to return Iraqi relics it has seized in accordance with agreements between the countries. The request was made by Tourism and Antiquities Minister Liwa Sarsam who is currently on a visit to Iran to boost cultural ties and reactivate past agreements. “We have asked the Iranian [...]

Iraq allocates $450 million to reduce unemployment currently at 23%

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, July 30, 2012 The Ministry of Planning has earmarked $450 million as part of efforts to combat poverty and unemployment in the country, the ministry spokesperson said. The spokesperson Abdulzahra  al-Hindawi said both unemployed and below poverty rates were extremely high in Iraq. Citing new statistics, he said, unemployment was estimated [...]

Iraq’s power supply still way below domestic demand

By Basem al-Rikabi At least $37 billion have been earmarked to revamp the country’s national grid since the 2003-U.S. invasion but Iraqis still suffer from outages that may continue up to 20 hours a day in some areas. Power shortages come as the whole country is smoldering in temperatures which have gone beyond 55 degrees [...]

Iraq rehabilitates bombed church in Baghdad

By Nishoor Ali Azzaman, July 28, 2012 Iraqi authorities have almost finished the rehabilitation of the Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad whose bombing, blamed on al-Qaeda operatives, killed 58 people and inflicted heavy damage on the building. The 2010 attack on the church was described as a massacre as gunmen held worshippers hostage and [...]

What went wrong with Bashar al-Assad?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, July 27, 2012 Reports on fighting in Damascus, the Syrian capital, point to a systematic procedure government troops have been pursuing once entering an area that has been captured by the rebel Free Syrian Arm The reports say that Syrian troops enter houses, pick up a few young men and after [...]

Iraq has spent $37 billion on electricity since 2003

Azzaman, July 26, 2012 Allocations to revamp the country’s rickety power sector have reached $37 billion since the 2003-U.S. invasion, the Electricity Ministry has revealed. The revelation came in a statement the ministry has faxed to Azzaman in response to public pressure and press reports criticizing the current state of power supplies as most parts [...]

Iraqi Kurds seeking economic partnership with Iran

By Dalya Ahmed Azzaman, July 24, 2012 The semi-independent region of Iraqi Kurdistan is looking forward to some form of economic partnership with Iran, according to a senior Kurdish official. Burham Saleh, a Kurdish leader and the former prime minister of the Kurdish regional government, said it was vital for the Kurdish region and neighboring [...]

Southern province to turn into major oil producer in Iraq

  By Majid al-Baldawi Azzaman, July 23, 2012 The southern Province of Missan, among the most impoverished in Iraq’s 18 provinces, is to produce half a million barrels of oil in three years, said Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani. The remarks by Shahristani, who oversees the country’s energy sector, were made as he inaugurated the [...]

Iraqi refugees in Syria blame Syrian rebels for their plight

By Sarri al-Rawi Azzaman, July 21, 2012 Iraqi refugees in Syria say Syrian rebels have been targeting them on sectarian grounds as conditions in Syria are worsening by every passing day. Thousands of Iraqis have returned home and there are reports of at least 23 Iraqi refugees killed since the latest bout of fighting in [...]