Iraq urging civilians to evacuate Islamic State-controlled areas before attack

 By Muhammed al-Salehi Azzaman, December 28, 2014 A senior Iraqi Shiite militia leader has urged civilians in 18 villages controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants to leave before the launch of a new offensive to purge the Province of Diyala of the jihadist group. The offensive, they say, is necessary to spare the inhabitants of [...]

Iraqi official accuses U.S. planes of aiding Islamic State militants

By Ali al-Mawsaiw Azzaman, December 27, 2014 An Iraqi official say U.S. and planes are assisting Islamic State (IS) militants through air drops as fighting rages for the control of two strategic districts in the Province of Tikrit. The militants were driven out of the district of Dhiloiya, their major stronghold in the province but [...]

The litany of training Iraqi army

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 26, 2014 Since the Iraqi army was disbanded in the wake of the 2003 U.S. invasion, talk about training the armed forces on the latest weaponry has been part of political rhetoric in the country. But the new army that has emerged in the wake of the former army was [...]

Islamic State militants disperse among population amid fears of imminent attack on Mosul

By Samer Saaeed Azzaman, December 23, 2014 Islamic State Jihadists have emptied their barracks and headquarters and dispersed across Mosul amid vows by the government for an imminent attack to retake the city. The militants invaded the city in June and since then they have been fortifying their positions and expanding their territory. Mosul is [...]

Islamic State militants disperse among population amid fears of imminent attack on Mosul

By Samer Saaeed Azzaman, December 23, 2014 Islamic State Jihadists have emptied their barracks and headquarters and dispersed across Mosul amid vows by the government for an imminent attack to retake the city. The militants invaded the city in June and since then they have been fortifying their positions and expanding their territory. Mosul is [...]

Iraq to increase oil exports to 3.4 million barrels per day to raise more hard cash as prices tumble

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 22, 2014 Iraq says its oil industry is readying itself for a substantial hike in oil output to increase exports and consequently revenues for the hard cash strapped country. Iraq, like other oil-producing states, has been hard hit by the slump in oil prices by nearly 50% recently. “The Oil [...]

Iraq says U.S. sold it outdated helicopter gunships

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, December 21, 2014 The United States has shipped to Iraq outdated helicopter gunships, which are easy for Islamic State militants to shoot down, according to the Defense and Security Commission at the Iraqi parliament. The commission said “many” of these helicopters gunships have become easy targets to the militants because the [...]

More than 2000 Iraqis reported missing from two ‘massacres ’

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, December 19, 2014 More than 2000 Iraqis are still reported missing as a result of two ‘massacres’ perpetrated by Islamic State militants as them stormed into two major Iraqi cities in June, the Ministry of Human Rights said in a statement. The ministry said its latest figures were not final as [...]

Iraq drawn into ‘secondary’ battles

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 17, 2014 All the battles targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq today are of a secondary character from a military viewpoint. The battles are marginal because they are geared towards safeguarding the capital, Baghdad, and the areas which the authorities are keen to protect for demographic reasons. Everyone knows the [...]

Iraq’s dinar to weather slump in oil prices, experts say

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 16, 2014 The sharp fall in oil prices is not likely to adversely impact the exchange rate of the Iraqi dinar, experts said. They said Iraq’s hard cash reserves are estimated at $70 billion, enough to pay for imports for at least a year. “Iraqi law does not allow the [...]