Falluja hospital running out of staff and supplies

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, May 23, 2014 The only hospital in the town of Falluja is running out of doctors and nurses as well as medical supplies, said Ahmad al-Shami. Shami, who has been handling the press since the town was occupied by members of the Iraq-based Jihadist group ISIS, said only three doctors and(…)

Iraq operates two high-speed Chinese trains; Iraqis celebrate as they stop at stations

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, May 22, 2014 Iraq has added two high-speed Chinese trains in latest bid to modernize its old and rickety railways. The diesel-driven trains are used to carry passengers between Basra and Baghdad and Iraqis lined the pavements to celebrate their arrival and stops during their inauguration trip. Karim Nouri, the spokesperson(…)

Iraq elections: will the winners bring about change?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 20, 2014 The electoral commission has announced the results of last month’s general elections with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s alliance emerging as the winner with 92 of the 328 seats in the Council of Representatives (parliament). Maliki falls short of a majority. His only way for a third term is(…)

Hundreds of thousands said to have fled fighting in Falluja

By Ali Lateef Azzaman, May 18, 2014 At least 400,000 people are feared to have fled fighting in the town of Falluja and other areas in the restive Province of Anbar, west of Baghdad. The exodus of people leaving the town surged as Iraqi troops started a campaign of heavy shelling in preparation for an(…)

Iraqi army destroys ‘death boats’ and ‘paths of devil’

By Salam al-Shammari Azzaman, May 17, 2014 Fighting is raging between Iraqi troops and militants from the Iraq-based Jihadist group ISIS in the provinces of Diyala and Kirkuk, Iraqi army and police commanders said. Violence has surged in both provinces, particularly outside their provincial capitals, as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,(…)

Iraq and its contradictions

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 16, 2014 Today almost everything is mixed in Iraq. One cannot separate between what is private and what is public and what is personal and what is part of government policy. The volume of contradictions is massive in the country. In today’s Iraq the religious is mingled with the secular,(…)

Iraq, Iran 2013 trade volume hit $12 billion

Azzaman, May 15, 2014 The volume of trade between Iraq and Iran reached $12 billion in 2013, said Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyeb-Nia. Tayyeb-Nia made the remarks as he welcomed Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs Roos Noori Shawis who is on an official visit to Tehran. Tayyeb-Nia said half(…)

Turkey is ‘obliged’ not to sell oil originating in Kurdish north

Azzaman, May 13, 2014 Iraq has asked Turkey to abide by a 2010 agreement which obliges it not to deliver any quantities of oil it receives from the Kurdish north to Baghdad, the Ministry of Oil said. The ministry’s spokesperson, Isam Jihad, said Iraq and Turkey have an agreement which specifically forbids Turkey from exporting(…)

Militants execute 20 Iraqi soldiers as troops close in on jihadists in Falluja

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, May 12, 2014 Militants executed 20 Iraqi soldiers whom they had taken prisoner following an ambush on an Iraqi army convoy close to the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi army officers said. The officers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the troops mistook jihadists from Iraq-based ISIS to be friendly soldiers(…)

How much did Iraqi elections cost?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 11, 2014 Iraq held general elections last month and 22 million Iraqis were eligible to cast their votes. Few Iraqis probably realize how much the elections cost. The figure is staggering and many may wonder whether it is worth it. The massive costs, estimated at $121 for each eligible voter,(…)

Differences deepen between Baghdad and Kurds in north over budget and oil exports

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, May 8, 2014 Tensions have intensified between the regional Kurdish government in the north and the central government in Baghdad even though the country is waiting for the results of the last month’s general elections. The sides have never been so apart since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion Iraq, which the Kurds(…)

Hundreds of thousands have fled fighting in Anbar Province

Azzaman, May 7, 2014 Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are reported to have fled fighting between Iraq-based Jihadist group ISIS and government troops in the western province of Anbar. Most of the refugees have escaped to nearby towns and villages but some have made it to northern Iraq as well as Baghdad and some southern(…)

Will Iraqi elections bring any change?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, May 6, 2014 Millions of Iraqis went to polls at the end of last month despite mounting violence and risk of attacks targeting polling stations. They were mainly driven by the hope that the elections will eventually bring about change and transformation that will deliver them from infighting on the political(…)

Hundreds of Iraq’s exiled academics return home

 Azzaman, May 5, 2014 Hundreds of exiled academics have returned home and are already teaching at the country’s 29 state-run universities, said Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The minister Ali al-Adeeb said his ministry was working hard to assign faculty posts to any exiled academic who had left and was willing to return.(…)

Iraqi tribesmen vow to confront ISIS militants in Anbar Province

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, May 3, 2014 Iraqi Sunni tribes say they are prepared to dislodge Jihadist from the restive Province of Anbar but have their own conditions, according the head of Anbar’s Provincial Council Sabah Karkhout. Karkhout said Iraqi tribes had formed their own military council and were prepared for a fallout attack against(…)

Pipeline attacks reduce Iraqi oil exports

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, May 2, 2014 Attacks targeting Iraqi pipelines have slashed Iraqi oil exports with the country now relying almost solely on its export terminals at the head of the Gulf, according to Oil and Energy Commission at the Iraqi parliament. Bahaa Jamal, a commission’s member, said the line carrying Iraqi crude to(…)

Attacks on pipelines are part of plan to destroy Iraqi economy and environment, ministry says

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 29, 2014 There has been a surge in attacks targeting oil pipelines in a bid to disrupt oil exports and inflict maximum harm on Iraqi economy and the environment, said Oil Ministry spokesperson Isam Jihad. Jihad said the attacks cost the treasury billions of dollars in lost oil exports, repairs(…)

Iraq will soon be a country without Christians, Patriarch warns

By Marwan al-Ani Azzaman, April 28, 2014 The head of the Iraqi church has warned that there might be no Christians left in Iraq in a few years if nothing is done to halt their exodus from the country. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako said many of the churches in Baghdad were empty and he(…)

Who in Iraq can answer these questions?

By Fatih Abdulsala Azzaman, April 27, 2014 As Iraqis head to polls in parliamentary elections, there are so many questions that are left without answers. Will the elections eventually produce a government that goes about its work in a normal way and moves out of the fortified ‘Green Zone’ in Baghdad? Will the new government(…)

Flood waters threaten Baghdad as Iraq Jihadist group ISIS close dam gates

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 26, 2014 Jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have closed the gates of a dam they control in the town of Falluja, practically diverting the flow of the River Tigris. The closure of the dam gates is reported to have washed away 200 villages and inundated large(…)