Iraq wants to buy Iranian weapons, including drones

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, September 24, 2013 Iraq is turning towards neighboring Iran for light arms and sophisticated weaponry as its fight against terror and insurgent groups intensifies. A high-level defense Iraqi defense delegation is in Tehran and its leader, Acting Defense Minister Saadoum al-Duliami is reported to have obtained the green-light from Prime Minister(…)

Oil and violence dominate Iraqi scene

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, September 23, 2013 Two news items dominate the Iraqi media. The first is about oil. The second about the upsurge in violence. The media have their counts of bombing attacks, mainly by suicide bombers. Seventy such attacks were reported last week, claiming more than 400 lives. But the media also provide(…)

Iraq sees drop in poverty levels and unemployment

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, September 22, 2013 Iraq’s yearly development plans have helped it reduce poverty to 19 percent from 23 of the country’s population of more than 30 million, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning said. Mahdi al-Allaq said the country will see further drops in poverty levels as Iraqi ministries have already started(…)

Basra trade fair attracts scores of foreign firms

Azzaman, September 21, 2013 Scores of foreign firms are exhibiting their products at a trade fair in Basra, the Trade Ministry said in a statement. The statement said the fair brings together companies willing to invest in the oil-rich city, particularly in areas other than its booming oil sector. “The presence of so many foreign(…)

Iraqi marshes in danger once again

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, September 19, 2013 Efforts to revive the marshlands in southern Iraq are not bearing fruit and the marsh Arabs say they can no longer make a living relying on their wetland. Most of the Iraqi marshes, which covered large swathes of land, were dried up when the former regime diverted the(…)

Italian scientists excavate ancient Babylonian town in Iraq

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, September 18, 2013 A team of Italian scientists is excavating the ancient site of Abu Tibra, believed to hold the remnants of a fabulous Babylonian town close to the Biblical city of Ur in southern Iraq. The team of seven archaeologists will spend three months on the site and will employ(…)

This is a chemical initiative and not a political solution

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, September 16, 2013 Now we have something new floating on the arena of the Syrian crisis. We have a chemical initiative that dominates the scene rather than a political one. The new initiative is supported by Russia and marketed by President Bashar al-Assad as part of efforts to evade a U.S.(…)

Kurdish villagers vow to halt drilling by Chevron

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, September 14, 2013 The inhabitants of two Kurdish villagessay U.S. energy giant Chevron has not honored promises to improve living conditions in their areas and supply them with service projects. Hundreds of villagers demonstrated against the firm which had signed an exploration oil deal in the area of Bardarash in the(…)

Security tightened at Iraqi oil fields as violence surges

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, September 13, 2013 Fears of attacks and reprisals have prompted the government to tighten security at the country’s oil installations and oil fields, the Oil Ministry said. The ministry’s spokesperson Isam Jihad said the government has decided to provide additional security measures to prevent any disruption in output and exports. The(…)

Iraq denies torturing Saudi prisoners

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, September 10, 2013 Iraq has denied reports that the Saudi detainees in its jail were subjected to torture. “The Saudi detainees are held in reform and rehabilitation centers where they are engaged in various activities among them literacy programs, sports and sewing,” said Health Ministry spokesperson Hayder al-Saadi. He said the(…)

New moat to guard Falluja against car bombings

By Ali Latif Azzaman, September 9, 2013 The authorities are constructing a ditch around the violent city of Falluja in latest bid to guard it against bomb attacks. The city, which once was the main bastion of al-Qaeda, has recently seen a surge in violence and car bombings. It is the latest Iraqi city to(…)

Iraq Port Authority criticizes deal with Kuwait on maritime agreement with Kuwait

By Khaula al-Ukaili Azzaman, September 7, 2013 Iraq Port Authority says it is unhappy with a maritime deal the government has signed with neighboring Kuwait. The government signed an agreement to delineate maritime borders between Iraq and Kuwait but the authority says it makes movement of ships on the Iraqi side more difficult. When the(…)

Commission of Integrity to ease return of former Baath Party members to civil service

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, September 6, 2013 The Commission of Integrity says it is ready to solve problems related to the mass dismissal of the members of the former Baath party in Iraq. Shortly after the 2003-U.S. invasion, the Baath party, which ruled the country more than four decades was disbanded along with the armed(…)

Fresh executions in Iraq

By Karim Abezair Azzaman, September 4, 2013 Three more Iraqis were executed after being convicted of terrorism, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. It said they were sentenced to death by a Baghdad court light of the country anti-terrorism law. Death sentences by courts are only carried if supported by a presidential order.(…)

Oil flows from newly developed Iraqi oil field

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, September 3, 2013 Oil is flowing for the first time from a newly developed Iraqi oil field in the south. The field of Gharraf is the first to come on stream among several gigantic fields the country is developing in cooperation with foreign majors. “We have started exporting oil from the(…)

Ethnic town hit by 39 car bombs in eight months

Azzaman, September 1, 2013 The small town of Tuz Khormato in the Province of Saladdin has been hit by yet another car bomb, bringing the total number of explosion there to 39 since the start of 2013, then newspaper’s record reveal. Azzaman correspondent in Tikrit, the provincial capital of Saladdin, says two people were killed(…)

More than one million Iraqi soldiers face 7,000 ‘terrorists’

Azzaman, August 30, 2013 Iraq has more than one million soldiers but still they are finding it extremely hard to reinstate law and order. Deadly bomb attacks blamed on a resurgence of al-Qaeda killed more than 1,000 Iraqis in July and August has seen some of the deadliest attacks in many years. Adel Abdul Mahdi(…)

New oil fields to come on stream by end of 2013

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, August 29, 2013 New gigantic oil fields will soon come on stream adding up to 400,000 barrels per day to Iraqi output, the Ministry of Oil said. The ministry’s spokesperson Asim Jihad said the field of Gharraf will make a debut on Iraqi oil scene in early September, churning out 35,000(…)

The strike that Damascus has been patiently waiting for

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, August 27, 2013 The evidence U.N. weapons inspectors in Syria need is the same which any monitors will require whether in Syria or elsewhere. The chemical scientists will analyze samples of earth, air or material that has been contaminated with chemical weapons. They will examine those affected, the dead and injured(…)

Total reliance on oil revenues may lead to catastrophic consequences to economy

By Hamdi al-Attar Azzaman, August 26, 2013 Iraq’s Tax Authority has warned against what it described as total reliance on oil export revenues. “The country depends wholly on royalties from oil exports. The catastrophe for the economy is inevitable once oil wells start aging,” said the authority’s director-general Kadhem Abdullah. Abdullah said the country lacked(…)