Iraqi premier mulls setting up ‘national council’ to oversee oil exports

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, January 21, 2014 Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki wants to set up a ‘national council’ that will supervise oil development, output and exports. Maliki made the remarks following reports that Baghdad and the Kurdish region were close to solving differences over oil exports. A high-level Kurdish delegation headed by the region’s Prime(…)

Impoverished province to produce 1 million barrels of oil a day in 2016

By Saadoun al-Jaberi Azzaman, January 20, 2014 The impoverished Province of Missan is expected to produce up to one million barrels of oil per day by 2016, said Sami Naji, a senior official at the Missan Oil Company. The province, of which the city of Amara is the provincial capital, sits on some of the(…)

Oil-rich Basra warns against cut in its share of oil royalties

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, January 18, 2014 Basra has warned the government against a proposed reduction in its share from the country’s oil revenues. The Province of Basra has Iraq’s most prolific oil fields and is the largest contributor to the country’s oil output estimated at 2.7 million barrels of per day. The province, like(…)

More than 200,000 flee fighting in Anbar Province

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, January 17, 2014 More than 200,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the restive Province of Anbar, a senior provincial official has said. Hameed al-Hashem, deputy chairman of the provincial council, said fighting was raging in the provincial center of Anbar and the strategic town of Falluja. However, he said,(…)

Parliament backs increase in discount on oil and gas sales to Jordan

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, January 16, 2014 Iraqi deputies say they will approve a government request to increase the discount on oil exports to Jordan to $20 per barrel from $18, according to the Oil and Energy Commission at the Iraqi parliament. Besides oil, Iraq supplies Jordan with natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and heavy(…)

Imagine Iraq without oil

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 14, 2014 Let us imagine that the national budget does not rely on oil revenues due to the depletion of oil wells or their closure for one reason or another. What will become of Iraq if a case or scenario like this – which is not totally unlikely – becomes(…)

The war everybody is waiting for

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 13, 2014 There are obvious signals on the path to the war that is to be launched over the Province of Anbar. The sides are mobilizing forces and resources, locally, regionally and internationally. The U.S. is sending more than one signal to furnish Iraq with advanced weapons including Apache helicopters(…)

Pressed in Syria, Jihadists sneak into Iraq

By Abbas Baghdadi Azzaman, January 12, 2014 Al-Qaeda linked militants are pouring into Iraq from Syria following losses in recent battles, the most senior Muslim Sunni tribal Chieftain has said. Ahmad Aburisha, who heads Arab Sunni tribes in the restive Province of Anbar, said most of the Jihadists of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq(…)

Refugee exodus continues as al-Qaeda militants solidify positions in Falluja

By Ali Latif Azzaman, January 10, 2014 The inhabitants of the embattled city of Falluja are fleeing in droves as al-Qaeda militants strengthen positions and blow up bridges leading to the city. The Iraqi Red Crescent said at least 13,000 families have fled the city in the past few days and the exodus was continuing.(…)

Iraq snubs Iran’s offer to help it fight al-Qaeda militants

By Saadoun Shakir Azzaman, January 9, 2014 Iraq has rejected an offer from Iran to help it fight al-Qaeda militants who are currently in control of a strategic town and parts of a provincial capital in the western parts of the country. “Iraq is not in need of Iran’s assistance and intervention in its fight(…)

Sunni tribesmen vow to crush al-Qaeda militants

By Noorideen Hameed Azzaman, January 7, 2014 Sunni tribesmen in the restive province of Anbar are rising against al-Qaeda and its operatives who are reported to have infiltrated their areas in large numbers. “The tribes are readying themselves for a decisive battle against al-Qaeda and ISIS,” declared Sabah Karhout, Anbar’s provincial council chairman. ISIS is(…)

U.S. not honoring arms deals with Iraq

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, January 6, 2014 The U.S. is refusing to ship weapons worth billions of dollars to Iraq fearing that the government will transfer them either to Syria or Iran, a parliamentary commission has found. The defense commission at the Iraqi parliament says Iraq has already paid $41 billion to cover arms deals(…)

Southern province offers women free courses to obtain driving license

Azzaman, January 5, 2016 The authorities in Basra want to break men’s monopoly of driving cars on the streets of this southern province. There are no laws preventing women from driving in Iraq, but in certain areas and due to the rise in Islamic militancy one can rarely see a woman driver. The Basra provincial(…)

Don’t cry over Iraq’s disintegration

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 3, 2014 Another year has folded of Iraq’s eternal history. I say ‘eternal’ because those trying to obliterate the country from the face of the map will not reach their aims unless they keep sticking to the peels instead of working hard on the core of issues. Any construction requires(…)

Korean firm to drill 20 oil wells in impoverished province in south

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, January 2, 2014 A Korean firm is to drill 20 new oil wells at the Gharraf oil field which is currently being developed by Malaysia’s Petronas and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co Ltd, an oil ministry official in the Province of Dhi Qar said. Kareem Yaser, who heads the provincial commission on(…)

Jordan using Iraq as transit for exports to Turkey

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, December 30, 2013 Jordan is using Iraq as a transit route to ship agricultural produce to Turkey, the Ministry of Agriculture said. “The entrance of Jordanian agricultural products into Iraq is merely for transit purposes so that the goods can be transferred to Turkey,” the ministry’s spokesperson Ali al-Mutair said. Mutair(…)

More Iraqi families flee sectarian violence

By Salam al-Shammari Azzaman, December 29, 2013 The upsurge in violence in Iraq in the past few months has forced hundreds of families to flee to safer areas, officials in the restive Province of Diyala have said. They said at least 250 families have fled their areas recently and asked the government in Baghdad for(…)

Baghdad asks Kurds for information on “106 million oil barrels” it says have gone missing

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 27, 2013 Kurdish reports of their oil output and exports fail to account for 106 million barrels of oil, the Ministry of Finance says. The ministry’s audit department has officially asked the regional Kurdish government in northern Iraq to account for the massive volume of oil it says it has(…)

Kurds seek more security cooperation with Baghdad

By Fiyan Farouk Azzaman, December 23, 2013 The head of the Kurdish Intelligence service in northern Iraq wants to see more cooperation on security issues between the central government in Baghdad and the regional Kurdish government in Arbil. Nazhat Hali, the head of the Kurdish intelligence service known locally as Paristan, said the sides were(…)

Chief of staff tours Anbar following death of senior army officers

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, December 21, 2013 The death of the commander of the army’s 7th division along with at least 20 other senior officers in a deadly clash with al-Qaeda shows that the terrorist group is still a power to reckon with. Top Iraqi political and military officials rushed to the Province of Anbar(…)