U.S. not honoring arms deals with Iraq

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, January 6, 2014 The U.S. is refusing to ship weapons worth billions of dollars to Iraq fearing that the government will transfer them either to Syria or Iran, a parliamentary commission has found. The defense commission at the Iraqi parliament says Iraq has already paid $41 billion to cover arms deals(…)

Southern province offers women free courses to obtain driving license

Azzaman, January 5, 2016 The authorities in Basra want to break men’s monopoly of driving cars on the streets of this southern province. There are no laws preventing women from driving in Iraq, but in certain areas and due to the rise in Islamic militancy one can rarely see a woman driver. The Basra provincial(…)

Don’t cry over Iraq’s disintegration

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, January 3, 2014 Another year has folded of Iraq’s eternal history. I say ‘eternal’ because those trying to obliterate the country from the face of the map will not reach their aims unless they keep sticking to the peels instead of working hard on the core of issues. Any construction requires(…)

Korean firm to drill 20 oil wells in impoverished province in south

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, January 2, 2014 A Korean firm is to drill 20 new oil wells at the Gharraf oil field which is currently being developed by Malaysia’s Petronas and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co Ltd, an oil ministry official in the Province of Dhi Qar said. Kareem Yaser, who heads the provincial commission on(…)

Jordan using Iraq as transit for exports to Turkey

By Adel Kadhem Azzaman, December 30, 2013 Jordan is using Iraq as a transit route to ship agricultural produce to Turkey, the Ministry of Agriculture said. “The entrance of Jordanian agricultural products into Iraq is merely for transit purposes so that the goods can be transferred to Turkey,” the ministry’s spokesperson Ali al-Mutair said. Mutair(…)

More Iraqi families flee sectarian violence

By Salam al-Shammari Azzaman, December 29, 2013 The upsurge in violence in Iraq in the past few months has forced hundreds of families to flee to safer areas, officials in the restive Province of Diyala have said. They said at least 250 families have fled their areas recently and asked the government in Baghdad for(…)

Baghdad asks Kurds for information on “106 million oil barrels” it says have gone missing

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 27, 2013 Kurdish reports of their oil output and exports fail to account for 106 million barrels of oil, the Ministry of Finance says. The ministry’s audit department has officially asked the regional Kurdish government in northern Iraq to account for the massive volume of oil it says it has(…)

Kurds seek more security cooperation with Baghdad

By Fiyan Farouk Azzaman, December 23, 2013 The head of the Kurdish Intelligence service in northern Iraq wants to see more cooperation on security issues between the central government in Baghdad and the regional Kurdish government in Arbil. Nazhat Hali, the head of the Kurdish intelligence service known locally as Paristan, said the sides were(…)

Chief of staff tours Anbar following death of senior army officers

By Nourideen Hameed Azzaman, December 21, 2013 The death of the commander of the army’s 7th division along with at least 20 other senior officers in a deadly clash with al-Qaeda shows that the terrorist group is still a power to reckon with. Top Iraqi political and military officials rushed to the Province of Anbar(…)

Iraq population up by nearly 1 million a year

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 20, 2013 Iraq’s population is growing by nearly 1 million people a year and is expected to reach 36 million in 2014, the Ministry of Planning has revealed. The ministry’s spokesperson Abedzahra al-Hindawi said the forecast for population growth in the country was based on surveys carried out in 2010(…)

Kurdish official says royalties from Kurdish oil exports to end up in Iraq Central Bank

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 18, 2013 A Kurdish official has said the Kurds would turn income from oil exports originating in their autonomous region to federal government coffers in Baghdad. The remarks by Ashwaq al-Jaf from the Kurdish block in the Iraqi parliament come amid rising tensions between the government in Baghdad and the(…)

90 killed in Iraq violence in one day

By Ali Latif Azzaman, December 17, 2013 At least 90 people were killed in Iraq on Monday in a spade of car bombings and suicide attacks. Most of the attacks targeted Muslim Shiite pilgrims on their way to pay homage to one of their saints in the holy city of Karbala. In one attack targeting(…)

Kurds lash out at Shahristani’s oil policies

By Nidhal al-Laithi Azzaman, December 16, 2013 A senior Kurdish official has strongly criticized Husain al-Shahristani for his insistence on having Kurdish oil development and exports placed under central government control. “Shahristani has no right to administer (Iraq’s) oil wealth on his own,” said Muhsen Saadoun, a Kurdish parliamentarian and a leading official in the(…)

Iraqi Arabs and Kurds and lost opportunities

By Fatih Abdulsalam Azzaman, December 14, 2013 Whenever it is time to prepare for general elections in Iraq, Arab and Kurdish differences are highlighted. The sides differ on numerous issues, most outstanding is the one related to oil exports from the Kurdish region. But this important and crucial file, which should have been solved long(…)

Russia’s Lukoil blamed for delay in bringing giant Iraqi oil field on stream on time

By Shaymaa Adel Azzaman, December 13, 2013 Baghdad has expressed its displeasure and anger at Lukoil’s failure to start pumping oil from a giant field it is developing in southern Iraq on time. Lukoil, which won a contract to develop West Quran 2, was supposed to start commercial production of crude from the field by(…)

984 Iraqis were killed in November

By Mohammed al-Salehi Azzaman, December 12, 2013 The death toll due to the extraordinary bloodshed afflicting Iraq since the start of 2013 is rising and at least 984 Iraqis were killed in November. “Official statistics reveal that there were at least 984 martyrs who lost their life due to daily violent actions that took place(…)

Foreign firms urged to build ‘low-cost’ homes for Iraqis

By Dalya Ahmad Azzaman, December 10, 2013 Baghdad Municipality is offering foreign construction firms contracts to build low-cost homes that are affordable by low-income Iraqis, a statement said. The statement which the municipality issued early this week calls for the construction of up to 700,000 new homes. The statement said 25 foreign firms have so(…)

Iran’s natural gas main source of Iraq’s electricity

By Ali Latif Azzaman, December 9, 2013 Iraq is relying more and more on imports of Iranian gas to drive its power plants. As new and gigantic power plants come on stream mainly in the central and southern parts of the country, the need for natural gas is surging while domestic output is plummeting. Isam(…)

Iranian firms urged to invest in southern province

By Basem al-Rikabi Azzaman, December 8, 2013 The southern Province of Missan has turned to Iran for the execution of scores of strategic projects to improve conditions and the quality of public utilities. The provincial council has said it was in contact with major Iranian firms for the execution of 150 projects in the province(…)

Kurds stick to stand on oil exports despite Baghdad’s warning

By Fareed Hassan Azzaman, December 6, 2013 Kurdish authorities have vowed to go ahead with plans to export oil via Turkey despite Baghdad government’s warning of consequences. The head of the Kurdish regional government Nejerwan al-Barzani has said exporting oil produced within the Kurdish region’s three provinces of Arabil, Sulaimaniya and Dahouk was legal and(…)