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(…)

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(…)