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 [...]

More perks for Iraqi university faculty

By Adel Jaber Azzaman, October 17, 2012 The government has increased benefits and perks of university faculties to make them comparable to neighboring states. In light of the new regulations, university faculty with academic titles of professor or assistant professor are entitled to keep their positions five years after the official retirement age of 65. [...]

Saudi Arabia sending money to its detainees in Iraq

Azzaman, October 16, 2012 The Saudi authorities, in coordination with the Iraqi government, are sending money to their detainees in Iraq, a Saudi envoy said. The envoy Hamad al-Hajiri said there were 66 Saudi citizens in Iraqi jails. Six of them have been sentenced to death on charges of terrorism. However, none has been executed [...]

Commission orders arrest of Iraqi Central Bank Governor on corruption charges

By Kareem Abedzair Azzaman, October 15, 2012 In a surprise move, the Commission of Integrity has ordered the arrest of Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi, his deputy Mudher Aref and 15 other officials, the Central Bank has revealed. The commission says the arrest orders come following its investigations which have shown that the governor, his [...]

Iraq relying more and more on foreign medical doctors

By Ali Al-Fiyadh Azzaman, October 14, 2012 Iraq, a country which used to export medical personnel to other states, is relying more and more on foreign doctors. The health system, despite massive allocations, has still not recovered and in certain specializations and consultancies there are not enough Iraqi medical specialists to support the system. Prior [...]

The war that looks imminent and impossible at the same time

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 12, 2012 If a war breaks out between Turkey and Iran, the regime in Damascus will be the main beneficiary. Such a war will put an end to the 18-month long rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. This is not my own analysis. Numerous observers watching closely the escalation between Ankara [...]

Road accidents claim 490 lives in eight months in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Fareed Arbil Azzaman, October 11, 2012 Driving on roads in Iraq’s Kurdish region is very dangerous. Recent casualty figures caused by road accidents make roads in the region’s three provinces among the most dangerous in the world. Some 490 people have died in 3,612 road accidents that took place in the region in the [...]