Oil Minister heaps praise on Russia’s Lukoil

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, October 15, 2014 Russia’s Lukoil is a major partner to Iraq, said Oil Minister Adel Abdulmahdi. Abdulmahdi said Russia’s giant oil major was developing some gigantic oil fields in the country and its activities were bearing fruit. The minister made the remarks during a meeting with Lukoil’s chairman Vagit Alekperov, who [...]

U.S. playing the same game in both Iraq and Syria

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 14, 2014 Islamic State (IS) militants are closing in on the Syrian city of kobane, which is almost empty of its Kurdish population. Those left behind are Kurdish fighters who are either members of or sympathizers with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The geopolitics of the fight against IS, also [...]

Kurds to resume talks with Baghdad on outstanding issues

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, October 13, 2014 A high-level Kurdish delegation will pay a visit to Baghdad within a few days in the last attempt to solve issues driving the sides apart, said Mahmoud Othman, the head of the Kurdish parliamentary bloc in Baghdad. Nejervan Barzani, the head of the Kurdish regional government in Arbil, [...]

Islamic State on way to occupy Baghdad neighborhoods

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, October 12, 2014 Islamic State (IS) militants could advance as far as the outskirts of Baghdad if not stopped, a parliamentary commission warned. Security and Defense Commission at the Iraqi parliament said IS, also known as ISIS, was about to control the whole of the Province of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province [...]

Islamic State versus Iraq: Time on whose side?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 11, 2014 As if nothing has happened in Iraq in the past five months when Islamic State (IS) militants routed several army divisions and spread their control over large swathes of territory. The report by the Washington Post that IS, also known as ISIS, will soon overrun the Province of [...]

Iraq’s health per capita expenditure lowest among neighboring states

By Zeena Sami Azzaman, January 15, 2013 Iraq’s expenditures on health are the lowest in the region, the parliamentary commission on health and environment has revealed. The commission’s head Jawad al-Bazoni said Iraqi health allocations were still far below those in neighboring states and the country suffered from a drastic shortage of medical consultants. “Iraq’s [...]

Iraq rice yields far below domestic needs

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, January 14, 2013 Iraq’s 2012 rice harvest hardly meets a fraction of domestic needs, figures by Trade Ministry reveal. In a statement, the ministry said Iraq’s local rice produce totaled 149,000 tons in 2012 while domestic consumption  was estimated at more than two million tons a year. Rice yields in 2012 [...]

Wealthy Arabs have failed Syrian refugees

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 13, 2013 There are hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled violence in Syria seeking refuge in neighboring states. The refugees are vulnerable not only to bad weather conditions but almost all of them cannot make ends meet as the majority of them are women and children. Some Arab states [...]

More than 2.5 million tourists visited Iraq in 2012

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, January 12, 2013 More than 2.5 million tourists visited Iraq in 2012 most of them on pilgrimage to the country’s holy shrines, new figures have revealed. The figures were issued by the Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism and show that Iraq has become a mecca for Muslim tourists, mainly Shiites from [...]

U.S. holds 80,000 Iraqi antiquities

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, January 11, 2012 The U.S. still keeps 80,000 Iraqi artifacts and refuses to turn them back to the Iraq Museum, a senior Antiquities Department official has said. The official, Hazem al-Shammari, said Iraqi authorities were in touch with their U.S. counterparts but the discussion have so far led to nothing. Shammari [...]