‘We do not work for you,’ Iraqi officials tell advisor to Iran’s Khamenei

Monday, 19 February 2018

Iranian politician Ali Akbar Velayati’s statements that Tehran will not allow liberals or civil society activists or anyone who does not fit Tehran’s criteria to return to power sparked Iraqi officials’ outrage. National Coalition bloc MP Abdul Karim Abtan slammed Velayati and said Iraqis do not work for him. “We do not work for Velayati or anyone else. We are Iraqis and our national project is Iraqi. Velayati may have power over one or two Iraqi (politicians) but this ...

Syria continues to unravel in post-ISIS war

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The war in Syria has not ended. In fact, the phase of ‘post-ISIS wars’ has just started. Syria remains a dangerous link between regional conflicts and the great powers, despite the defeat of ISIS in the east. The recent confrontation between Iran and Israel in Syria is only one of the few possibilities that could fuel the next phase of civil war in Syria.A messier quagmireTurkey has opened a direct confrontation with the People’s Protection Units in the northern Kurdish town of ...

Huda al-Husseini

Acute fall in Iraqi food production exposes major flaws

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Iraqi reconstruction conference held in Kuwait brought international organizations to the fore, exposing the serious flaws in the country’s political system, which its leaders are in the habit of flaunting along with their hollow achievements.Agricultural produce falls by 40 percentFor instance, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated in its latest report that Iraq’s rural population, estimated at 12 million people (one third of the country's ...

Adnan Hussein

Iraq: When countries build while others destroy

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Iraq has been promised a sum of $30 billion in reconstruction plans. Truth is, not many are excited about the idea for several reasons which include the difficult economic circumstances the region’s countries are going through and the high cost of wars. What’s worse than money shortage is the mismanagement in Iraq itself. Who would want to invest money in a country where militias are deployed and corruption is rampant? There is sectarianism there and the government is weak.Terrorism ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

$30 bln pledged at donor conference for Iraq’s reconstruction

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A total of $30 bln were pledged on Wednesday at a donor conference for Iraq's reconstruction after the country's devastating war with ISIS, falling well short of the $88.2 bln Baghdad is seeking. The biggest pledge at the gathering in Kuwait came from Turkey, which announced $5 bln in credit to Iraq, while Kuwait's ruling emir said his oil-rich nation will give one billion dollars in loans and one billion dollars in direct investments. Saudi Arabia pledged $1.5 bln while the Kuwait-based Arab ...

Kuwait to give $2 billion in loans, investments for Iraq

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kuwait’s Emir said it would lend $1 billion and commit a further $1 billion of investments to Iraq, joining a group of international backers that have this week pledged funds to bolster the country’s recovery. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with ISIS militants who seized almost a third of the country. “Kuwait will earmark $1 billion in loans to Iraq and ...

When the state is missing in action

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Tribes in Iraq have violated the irrigation law, violated each other’s lands, provided a safe haven for wanted men, attacked hospitals where some of their members died during surgery, fought over oil that’s being smuggled outside the country and passing through its areas or over drugs that are being smuggled into the country and protested against judicial verdicts issued against any of its members. What these tribes are doing is certainly unacceptable as it’s illegal. Nothing ...

Adnan Hussein

Iranian-backed Iraqi militia to back Hezbollah in any war against Israel

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of Iraq’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement which is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting in Syria, said on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut that his forces will fight alongside Lebanon’s Hezbollah in case Israel attacks it. Kaabi’s statements came after he visited the tomb of Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyah in Beirut’s southern suburb. Mughniyah was killed in 2008 in a car bomb attack in Damascus. “We will be ...

ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is ‘alive but wounded’ in Syria hideout

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

An Iraqi interior ministry official said ISIS's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike. "We have irrefutable information and documents from sources within the terrorist organization that al-Baghdadi is still alive and hiding" in Syria's northeastern Jazira region, said intelligence and counterterrorism department head Abu Ali al-Basri, quoted today in the government daily As-Sabah. ISIS retains a ...

Iraq says reconstruction after war on ISIS to cost $88 billion

Monday, 12 February 2018

Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with ISIS will cost $88.2 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told an international donors’ conference on Monday. Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country. Iraq declared victory over ISIS in ...

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