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Iraq seeks $100 bln to reconstruct transport, agriculture and oil sectors

Friday, 9 February 2018

Iraq seeks around $100 billion in foreign investment in transport, energy and agriculture as part of a plan to rebuild parts of the country and revive the economy after a three-year war on ISIS. The government’s National Investment Commission published a list of 157 projects it will seek investment for at an International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq to be hosted by Kuwait Feb. 12 to 14. Some of these projects are about rebuilding destroyed facilities like Mosul’s airport, ...

Iraqi Kurds accused of carrying out ‘mass executions’ of ISIS members

Friday, 9 February 2018

Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Iraqi Kurdish security forces of carrying out mass executions of detainees alleged to be members of ISIS. The watchdog said the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters detained Iraqis and foreigners at a school in Sahel al-Maliha, 70 kilometers northwest of Mosul, from which ISIS was expelled in July. “The evidence suggests that Asayish (Kurdish) security forces conducted mass executions of captured ISIS suspects night after night for a week, perhaps killing scores ...

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS captivity dies of acute heart failure

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Shahd Khodr Mirza, a Yazidi girl who hails from the town of Tal Banat in Iraq, passed away on Tuesday at 16 years old after being under ISIS captivity for three years. Shahd died at a hospital in Dahuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan after suffering from acute heart failure which may have resulted from the physical and psychological torture she suffered while being held by ISIS. Farida Fleit, who works at the NGO Yazda which supports Yazidi minorities, told Al Arabiya that Shahd was continually raped ...

Desperate Islamist parties raise the bogey of Baath resurgence in Iraq

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Some Iraqis amuse themselves by imitating the reply of an elderly woman who was approached on the street by a television reporter a few years ago. The reporter had asked her, “In your opinion, what is the difference between the current regime (under the control of Islamist parties) and the former regime (that of Saddam Hussein)?”In a very distinctive and outspoken manner she answered: “May God punish the current regime which makes Saddam Hussein’s era look like a ...

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US not planning to contribute money at Iraq reconstruction conference

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The United States does not plan to contribute any money at a conference in Kuwait next week to fund Iraq’s reconstruction drive after the war against ISIS, US and Western officials said, a move critics say could deal a new blow to American standing internationally. “We are not planning to announce anything,” a US official said on Thursday regarding financial assistance at the conference, which US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend. The ...

Iraq gas output rises after rehabilitation of northern field

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Iraq’s natural gas output has increased by 50 million cubic feet a day to 70 million cubic feet a day after the rehabilitation of Ajil, a field in northern Iraq which was destroyed by ISIS in 2015, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Wednesday. The latest increase should bring Iraq’s gas output close to 1 billion cubic feet a day of gas. The oil ministry announced on January 1 the nation’s output had reached 900 million cubic feet a day. The militants ...

Iraq publishes most wanted list headed by ISIS leader

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Iraqi authorities published a list of most wanted fugitives on Tuesday headed by elusive ISIS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his number two.It was the second list Iraq had published this week of people wanted on suspicion of belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of executed dictator Saddam Hussein.“They are more dangerous than those who appeared on the first list published on Sunday and they are wanted internationally whereas the others are wanted only by the Iraqi ...

US-led coalition says ‘adjusting’ down forces in Iraq

Monday, 5 February 2018

The US-led coalition said on Monday it is “adjusting” its force levels in Iraq downward as it shifts away from combat operations against ISIS. In a statement, it gave no specifics but made clear that the focus now will be on consolidating military gains made against ISIS after more than three years of fighting in Iraq and Syria. “2018 will be a critical year in adjusting coalition forces as it consolidates gains against ISIS and brings hope for a better future to the Iraqi ...

Raghad Saddam Hussein responds after being named on Iraq’s most-wanted list

Monday, 5 February 2018

Saddam Hussein’s daughter, Raghad, has vowed to confront all those who “insult her” by suing them back.Her comments came during a telephone interview with Al Arabiya in response to the inclusion of her name in the list of the most wanted Iraqis.Iraqi security services on Sunday published the names of 60 people wanted on suspicion of belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of late dictator Saddam Hussein.Raghad revealed during the phone call that she does not currently ...

Iraq to launch security operation against White Banners group, but who are they?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

In a continuation of security operations in the governorate of Kirkuk, a security meeting was held on Saturday headed by Deputy Commander of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah, who said that they agreed with the Peshmerga military forces to launch a security operation between the defense lines of the Kurdish and Iraqi forces. He added that this will be done to prevent terrorist factions in the city, as well as to search for the White Banners group who have increased their ...

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