Iraq’s refining capacity to reach 750,000 barrels a day in 2013

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 5, 2012 Iraq’s refining capacity will surge to 750,000 barrels a day from the current 600,000, said Oil Ministry Undersecretary Ahmad al-Shamaa. But the surge in refining output will still fall short of meeting the country’s domestic needs. Iraq currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars on fuel imports from [...]

Who is not corrupt in Iraq?

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 4, 2012 There are many news stories about corruption in Iraq these days. The strange thing is that these stories do not emanate from the media. It is the government and its bodies who are the most vociferous about them. Iraq has its own integrity commission, an anti-corruption watchdog. The [...]

Kurdish leader lashes out at Iraqi premier, says he will not ‘surrender’

Azzaman, December 2, 2012 The Kurds will not give in to demands by the central government to spread its authority over disputed areas, said Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani in an interview with the newspaper. Barzani said Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki was wrong to think that the Kurds would allow government troops in areas currently under [...]

Pope to visit Ur, says senior provincial official

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, November 30, 2012 The southern Province of Dhiqar, where the Biblical city of Ur lies, says it has received “assurances” that Pope Benedict XVI will pay homage to the ancient city. “The Province has received assurances that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Ur and the house of the Prophet of God [...]

War over oil and wealth in Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, November 29, 2012 U.S. occupation troops have left the country more than a year ago and the Iraqis thought their departure should improve conditions. In fact that is what almost everybody had expected. But the country is still mired in a deep political crisis that hinges over authority and wealth. It [...]

Italian scientists uncover new graves in Ur

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 26, 2012 A team of Italian archaeologists have found seven new graves in the ancient city of Ur, which according to the Bible was the birth place of Abraham. “The graves belong to the Akkadian period and date to 2200 B.C.,” according to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Liwa [...]

Iraq adds 250 megawatts to national grid

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 25, 2012 Iraq says a newly constructed power plant in the southern Province of Babel is now fully operations, adding 250 megawatts to the national grid. Electricity Ministry spokesperson Musaib al-Mudarisi said the plant includes two generating units each with 125 megawatts and has already been linked to the national [...]

Sweden harassing Iraqi refugees, rights group say

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, November 23, 2012 The Swedish authorities are using coercive and inhumane measures to force Iraqi refugees to leave, an Iraqi human rights group said. “Swedish behavior towards Iraqi refugees is tough and the (Swedish) authorities are using coercive and inhumane methods to compel them to leave the country,” the Iraqi Human [...]

Iraq imports 70% of its consumer needs

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, November 22, 2012 Iraq imports 70% of its needs from foreign countries, especially neighboring states, said the head of the Iraqi Chamber of Commerce Jaafar al-Hamadani. Hamdani did not say how much the imports cost the treasury but they are estimated to devour more than half the country’s oil revenues. Hamadani [...]

Iran to boost Iraq investments to $25 billion

By Ali Shattab Azzaman, November 20, 2012 Iran, facing stringent western sanctions, is expanding its trade ties with neighboring states with Iraq emerging as a top trade partner. Iranian trade delegations are have been touring neighboring states such as Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Arab Gulf states. Iranian trade delegations have been touring Iraq, [...]