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 [...]

Iraqi universities attract more than 175,000 applicants

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, October 10, 2012 More than 175,000 high-school graduates have applied to join universities in Iraq, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has said. The number is believed to be the largest ever, indicating that the country’s education system is back on its feet following years of problems blamed on [...]

Iraq to earn $115 billion from oil sales in 2012

By Shayma Adel Azzaman, October 9, 2012 Iraq is expected to earn $115 billion from oil sales this year, the Oil Ministry says. The ministry’s spokesperson Asem Jihad said the surge in royalties would be the result of an increase in output made possible by developing new fields and upgrading others. Iraqi relies almost solely [...]

Iraq to invest $500 billion in energy sector

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, October 7, 2012 Iraq’s development plan calls for investing $500 billion in the energy sector, according to Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Shahristani. Shahristani, who oversees the country’s energy sector, did not mention the duration of time during which the massive sum is to be invested, but said developing the sector would [...]

U.S. stole archives and refuses to return them to Iraq

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, October 6, 2010 U.S. occupation troops had stolen more than 20,000 documents and their government now refuses to hand them over to Iraq, the head of Iraqi National Archives Saad Iskander said. Iskander, in a telephone interview with the newspaper, said the Iraqi Jewish archives were among the treasures U.S. troops [...]

Turkey seems powerless in face external conflicts

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, October 4, 2012 Turkey is in a position that no one can envy. Everything turns upside down in front of its eyes  but still it can do nothing apart from raising slogans or expressing wishes. All the files, which Turkey has wanted to use for its own benefits, have turned against [...]

Iranian contractors building $450 million gas pipeline to Iraq

Azzaman, October 2, 2012 Iranian local contractors are constructing a pipeline that will ship 25 million cubic meters per day of Iran’s natural gas to Iraq. It is one of the biggest gas pipeline projects the Iranians are carrying out on their own despite crippling trade sanctions, particular on the oil sector, imposed by U.S. [...]