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(…)

When will Iraqis have their credible identity cards?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 24, 2014 For decades Iraq has been passing through a vicious circle of administrative obfuscation. The Interior Ministry which is charged with issuing identity cards, passports or nationality certificates, is not doing its job properly. Iraq probably needs a new ministry with the title of ‘Ministry of Administrative Affairs’ to(…)

Kurds digging moat along borders with Syria to stop ‘infiltrators’

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, April 23, 2014 The Kurdish regional government is digging a moat along its borders with Syria to stop infiltration by armed groups, the Kurdish region’s prime minister said. Nejervan Barzani said the ditch was necessary to protect the region from possible attacks by car and suicide bombings. But the digging is(…)

Turkey blamed for interruption of Iraqi oil exports via its territory

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 22, 2014 Turkey is meddling in Iraqi affairs and is using the pipeline via its territory to exert political pressure on the government in Baghdad, a consultant with close ties to the Iraqi Oil Ministry said. The consultant, who asked not to be identified, said it was wrong to blame(…)

Kurds vow not to relent on oil development and exports

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, April 19, 2014 Iraqi Kurds have pledged not to give in to pressure from Baghdad on their right to develop and export oil on their own and their share from the country’s oil royalties. The row between the sides has escalated with both threatening unspecified consequences. Baghdad says it has the(…)

Iraqi elections held amid popular despair

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 17, 2014 Streets in Iraq are adorned with billboards and other election-related advertising. On the surface one would think that Iraqis are on the verge of a new transformation as they go to polls by the end of the month. But the majority of legible voters know that there is(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS occupies long sections of oil pipeline via Turkey

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 15, 2014 Iraq has almost given up hope, at least for the time being, to repair damage inflicted on its oil pipeline via Turkey, according to sources at the state-run North Oil Company. The company, based in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, administers the pipeline in Iraqi Territory. It says(…)

Minister promises 24/7 power supply in summer

By Tamara Abdulrazzaq Azzaman, April 14, 2014 Iraqis were promised on Monday 24/7 power supply in the summer provided that the country’s electricity plants received enough fuel, said the Minister of Electricity Karim al-Jumaili. Power consumption soars during Iraq’s summer season as temperatures surge to 40 degrees centigrade and beyond in southern Iraq from mid-May(…)

Iraqi troops brace to purge Ramadi from ISIS militants

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, April 13, 2014 Iraq is massing troops for an assault on what it says are “hideouts” of Jihadists and militants who are still in control of a number of neighbourhoods in Ramadi, the capital of the Province of Anbar. Most of the militants in Ramadi belong to ISIS, the Islamic State(…)

Iraqi Airways seeks $2 billion loan from U.S. to finance Boeing deal

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, April 11, 2014 Iraqi Airways is seeking a $2 billion loan to finance a contract for the purchase of 40 Boeing passenger planes, director of the state-owned national carrier Nasser al-Bander said. Bander said his company was forced to ask for the deal due to delays in approving its budget by(…)

Iraq’s Majnoun oilfield output reaches international markets as output surges

By Saadoun al-Jaderi Azzaman, April 10, 2014 First shipments of oil from Majnoun oilfield have found their way to international markets as the field’s output reaches 210,000 barrels per day, Mustafa Jihad, the officer in charge of information at the field said. “Exports from the field started when production rose to 210,000 barrels per day,(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS diverting river to forestall Iraqi army attack on Falluja

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 8, 2014 Jihadists from the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are filling in the Euphrates River with gravel and mud to divert its course, sources from inside Falluja said. The sources, refusing to be named, said ISIS was fearing an imminent attack by Iraq troops on the(…)

Iraq jihadist group ISIS a ‘threat’ to Baghdad

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, April 7, 2014 Iraqi troops have fortified positions in the outskirts of Baghdad and in the vicinity of Baghdad International airport following reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) was planning attacks on the capital. Iraqi security forces said the ministries of interior and defence were deploying troops(…)

Iraqi inmates abused at Saudi prisons

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, April 4, 2014 Iraq has accused Saudi Arabia of abusing its detainees held at Saudi prisons. The Ministry of Human Rights said it asked the Saudis to grant Iraqi investigators permission to visit Iraqi inmates incarcerated in Saudi prisons. “We call on Arab and international human rights organizations to follow up(…)

Iraq’s wheat crop to hit 4.5 million tons this year

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, April 3, 2014 Good weather conditions should help the country harvest up to 4.5 million tons of wheat this year, said Ali al-Muttair, spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture. Muttair said the volume equals Iraq’s annual consumption of the crop, which is mostly turned into flour and used as bread. Iraq’s(…)

Who calls the tune for Arab media?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, April 2, 2014 The proliferation of television channels and media outlets in the Arab world was supposed to give the Arab media some degree of freedom. But unfortunately they are still the pipers with Arab regimes and governments calling the tunes. For this reason, the media in the Arab world have(…)

Parliament fails to approve budget

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, March 31, 2014 Iraqi deputies have once again failed to pass 2014 budget with many of them staying away when the budget proposal was brought up for discussion. The current parliament has only three weeks before its current term comes to an end. The failure to pass the budget has almost(…)

Rancor replaced differences in Arab summit in Kuwait

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, March 29, 2014 The scenes from last week’s Arab summit in Kuwait showed Arab leaders to be not only week but in denial of the rudiments that are necessary for the renaissance of any society or nation. The items on their agenda were related to topics they had no power to(…)