Women suicide bombers arrested

By Ali Latif Azzaman, November 18, 2013 Anti-terror squads have seized several vehicles laden with explosives with women drivers on their way to target sites in the capital Baghdad. “The vehicles were reshaped. Women were used as drivers in order not to raise suspicion at checkpoints,” said a security source on condition of anonymity. The(…)

70,000 Iraqi refugees in Syria return home

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, November 17, 2013 Tens of thousands of Iraqis who had taken Syria as a refuge have returned home in the past two years, the Iraqi Red Crescent said. Before descending into violence, Syria was a haven for Iraqis escaping violence in their own country. It was reported that more than 1(…)

Turkey to open escrow account for oil exports from Iraq’s Kurdish region

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, November 16, 2013 Turkey is to open an escrow account to deposit royalties resulting from oil shipments originating in Iraq’s Kurdish region. The measure comes following strong opposition from the central government in Baghdad to any purchases of oil produced in the Kurdish region’s three provinces of Sulaimaniya, Dahouk and Arbil.(…)

Karbala asks for $100 million to pay for Ashura

By Mohammed Dhaher Azzaman, November 14, 2013 Millions of mourners have flocked to the religious city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram in which Muslim Shiites mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. Wednesday and Thursday have been declared a holiday in(…)

Parliament asks western countries to stop Iraqi Christians from leaving

By Abbas al-Baghdadi Azzaman, November 13, 2013 The Foreign Relations Committee at the Iraqi parliament has blamed western countries and the United States for adopting policies that encourage members of the dwindling Christian community to leave the country. The committee has asked the government to exert pressure on these countries to stop offering what it(…)

Everyone wants to have a finger in Syria’s ‘pie’

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, November 11, 2013 All parties involved in the Syrian conflict are revising their positions to reap what they have sown in the past three years. The Lebanese party Hizbolah through its Secretary-General Hasan Nassrallah, says fighting in Syria has entered its final stages. Al-Dhawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, has issued a statement(…)

Iraq wants to resume pumping via Saudi pipeline

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, November 10, 2013 Iraq wants Saudi Arabia to allow it to resume pumping oil to international markets via a strategic pipeline that crosses the kingdom to terminals on the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia confiscated the pipeline in 2001 and is reported to be using for its own domestic purposes. Iraq’s Oil(…)

Insurgents attack power pylons, plunging much of central Iraq into darkness

By Ali Latif Azzaman, November 9, 2013 Insurgents have attacked and destroyed high-voltage pylons carrying electricity to Baghdad and the Provinces of Babel and Salahudeen, Electricity Ministry spokesperson Musaib al-Mudaris said. Mudaris said the attacks targeted a major power line that is crucial to the functioning of the national grid. “The attacks removed several neighborhoods(…)

Violence major factor in property prices in Baghdad

By Israa al-Qaisi Azzaman, November 7, 2013 Property prices in Baghdad are not determined by market forces or other factors such as location and type of neighborhood. The rise in violence in some of the smartest areas of Baghdad has led to a drastic drop in property prices, while prices in relatively quiet low-income neighborhoods(…)

1,200 new school buildings for Basra

Azzaman, November 6, 2013 The southern Province of Basra is constructing 1,200 new schools most of them in suburban towns and villages, the provincial council said in a statement. The statement described the new flurry in building new schools as “a strategic project” that will providen modern prefab schools across the province. “Basra’s districts, sub-districts(…)

Iraqi MPs warn Kurds over oil exports

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, November 4, 2013 If Kurds go ahead with plans to export oil on their own, the government will reduce their share from oil royalties, the powerful Energy and Oil Commission at the Iraqi parliament said. International media reports have quoted senior Iraqi Kurdish officials as saying that they were constructing a(…)

Iraqi-style ‘heroes’ and suicide bombers

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, November 3, 2013 A police officer manning a checkpoint in an Iraqi city suspects that a car is laden with explosives. He stops the vehicle and asks the driver to allow him to inspect the car. There is a long queue of cars waiting to be inspected as is the case(…)

1.6 million Iraqis live in Baghdad slums

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, November 2, 2013 The slums in Baghdad outskirts are not fit for human residence nonetheless they house 1.6 million people, according to Baghdad Governor Ali al-Tamimi. Tamimi said Baghdad, which is home to more than six million people, suffers from a chronic housing shortage and lacks the resources to offer decent(…)

Calls to halt execution of defense minister under Saddam Hussein

By Saymaa Adel Azzaman, November 1, 2013 The Iraqi government is facing growing pressure from various political factions to halt the execution of the defense minister who was part former President Saddam Hussein’s last cabinet. Lt. Gen. Sultan Hashem was Saddam Hussein’s last defense minister and led Iraqi troops during the 2003-U.S. invasion of Iraq.(…)

Baghdad denies reports of Kurds using national pipeline via Turkey for own oil exports

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, October 31, 2013 Iraq’s Oil Ministry says reports that Kurds were utilizing the spare capacity in its twin pipeline via Turkey to ship their own oil to international markets are not true. “We are not aware of any illegal linkage by Iraqi Kurdistan with the pipeline carrying Iraqi crude via Turkey(…)

Korean firms to build 100,000 flats in Iraq’s Basra

Azzaman, October 29, 2013 A consortium of Korean firms has agreed to build 100,000 new flats in the Province of Basra to alleviate a chronic housing shortage, a statement by Basra Governor Majid al-Nasrawi said The statement, faxed to the newspaper, added that the Korean firms were in talks with Basra Investment Authority to explore(…)

Iraq’s lexicon of violence

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 27, 2013 Iraq’s lexicon of violence is expanding with scores of new entries representing absence of law and order. Lexically, the Iraqi discourse typically represents the state of countrywide violence. And lexically too, the Iraqi discourse typically represents a social reality in which there is no room for terms referring(…)

Minister declares end to power outages in Iraq

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, October 26, 2013 There will no more cuts in electricity supplies from the national grid, said Electricity Minister Abdulkarim Aftan. “The days of power outages are gone forever,” Aftan declared in a press conference. “From now on, Iraqis shall not witness any interruption in power supplies even for a few seconds.”(…)

Insurgents blow up bridge on highway with Jordan

By Kareem Zair Azzaman, Octrober 24, 2013 Armed groups among them affiliates of al-Qaeda have escalated their attacks on government troops, particularly in the Muslim Sunni-dominated areas of central Iraq. There has been an upsurge in attacks, suicide and car bombings in the country since last April with thousands of people killed and injured. But(…)

Baghdad and Ankara to solve differences

By Sabah al-Khalidi Azzaman, October 23, 2013 A thaw in ties between Baghdad and Ankara is expected soon following a visit by a high-raking Turkish official to Iraq. Volkan Bozkir, the head of Foreign Relations Committee at the Turkish parliament, is in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi government officials, including Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki. A(…)