Political prejudice and not prudence rules Iraq

By Fatih Abdulsalam Prejudice and self-interest have become the main factors in drawing up policies for Iraq and in determining the stands of various political groups on the ground as the country’s crisis deepens. The situation, despite the risks it involves, drags on in the absence of adherence to the constitution, which itself has become [...]

Exxon Mobil’s exit from giant Iraqi oil field not decided yet

Azzaman, November 3, 2012 Exxon Mobil has not yet walked away from its technical service agreement for the southern West Quran-1 oil field, an Oil Ministry official said. The U.S. oil giant was reported to have decided to quit the field, the world’s second largest with reserves estimated at 43 billion barrels of oil. Differences [...]

$4 billion for new refinery in Karbala

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, November 1, 2012 The Ministry of Oil has allocated $4 billion for the construction of a new refinery in the southern Province of Karbala. The refinery will take four years to complete and it will be built by Iraqi technicians and engineers under the supervision of a team of international experts. [...]

Iraqis enjoy almost continuous power supply after years of blackouts

By Khayoun Saleh Azzaman, October 31, 2012 For the first time since the 2003-U.S. invasion, Iraqis had a short respite from power shortages amid reports that an end to blackouts is soon to come. Over the Muslim Eid of al-Adha, during which consumption of power soars, the more than six million people of Baghdad enjoyed [...]

Secretive Iraqi minority bears brunt of sectarian violence

Azzaman, October 29, 2012 You are unwanted in Iraq if you belong to a minority. But one could even be cursed if they were part of a secretive community like Shabaks. The Shabaks are ethnically and religiously abhorred by other communities and they have been target not only of anger but persecution of the powerful [...]

Iraqi police storm Central Bank; arrest 36 officials

By Sabah al-Khalidi The Interior Ministry says its forces have stormed Central Bank building in Baghdad and arrested 36 officials on suspicion of corruption. “A security force belonging to the ministry implemented an arrest warrant issued by the judicial council against a numerous officials of the Central Bank without any problem,” the ministry said in [...]

Syrian Kurds receive military training in Kurdish region

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, October 23, 2012 Iraqi Kurds have provided military training to Syrian Kurdish rebels in the months since the start of the Syrian rebellion in March 2011, according to a senior Iraqi Kurdish official. The official, Mohammed Othman, claimed the training covered the Syrian Kurds who had left their areas and sought [...]

Scores of antiquities seized; smugglers arrested

By Basem al-Rilabi Azzaman, October 22, 2012 Iraqi police have confiscated scores of artifacts and arrested two smugglers in the southern Province of Dhiqar. The pieces include statues and coins from different periods of Iraq’s ancient history. “Interior Ministry forces in coordination with the Iraqi army seized 64 archaeological pieces as well as 114 bronze [...]

Sharp drop in number of Iranian pilgrims visiting Iraq

By Mohammed Dhaher Azzaman, October 21, 2012 Western sanctions on Iran are having adverse impact on Iraq’s economy, according to Tareq al-Khaikani, the head of the economic commission for the southern Province of Karbala. Khaikani’s remarks are the first admission that the sanctions bite into Iraq’s economy. He was particularly referring to religious tourism, the [...]

‘Daydreaming’ about peace in Syria

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 18, 2012 Everybody yearns for peace in Syria. But peace cannot be achieve through prayers by the Pope, the pleading of an Imam or the wishes of a politician. A ruinous war is going and it seems it is difficult to imagine peace without score-settling. The destruction and casualties are [...]