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Iraq says 26 companies allowed to bid for oil, gas blocks in border areas

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Iraqi oil ministry said on Friday 26 companies have qualified to bid for oil and gas blocks in border areas.Five companies qualified recently to take part in the bidding round, alongside 21 others already selected, the ministry said in a statement.In November Iraq invited foreign companies to bid for contracts to explore and develop oil and natural gas reserves in nine new blocks as the OPEC nation seeks to boost its output capacity.The bidding terms will be finalized by the end of May and ...

Iraqi Kurdish ministers resign amid violent protests

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Two political parties have withdrawn from Iraq’s Kurdish regional government amid street protests over delayed salaries, poor services and rampant corruption, a Kurdish lawmaker said Thursday.Thousands of Kurds have taken to the streets in recent days in Sulaimaniyah, a stronghold of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, torching tires and attacking the offices of political parties. Security forces have used tear gas and fired live rounds to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators, and have ...

Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Human Rights Watch in a report on Tuesday criticized Iraq and the autonomous Kurdish authorities over mass trials of suspected ISIS group militants.In "Flawed Justice: Accountability for ISIS Crimes in Iraq", HRW said Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities in the north were holding "thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law"."The broad prosecution under terrorism law of all those ...

Suicide attack targets Nahrawan area south east of Baghdad

Monday, 27 November 2017

Two suicide attackers shot several civilians before one of them blew himself up in the Nahrawan area, south east of Baghdad, on Monday Iraq's Interior Ministry said, without providing casualty figures. Local media reported that at least nine people were killed.  

Iraq: Deadly suicide car bomb rocks disputed town north of Baghdad

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A suicide car bomber has killed at least 32 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said. Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, the official said. A doctor at the town’s general hospital put the number of wounded at 80, some of them lightly injured. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by ...

Nearly 30,000 Kurds displaced from city near Kirkuk: Aid groups

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Nearly 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk where sectarian tension flared after Iraqi forces took control of it, humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday. Most of those displaced from Tuz Khurmato are in need of urgent aid and staying in open shelters, officials from two international humanitarian organizations told Reuters. A third, Amnesty International, said on Tuesday that satellite images, videos, photos and dozens of ...

Iraqi Kurds postpone polls in face of crisis

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday postponed presidential and legislative elections because of the current crisis with Baghdad, its electoral commission said.The region’s Independent High Electoral Commission said it had “decided to suspend temporarily preparations for the elections set for November 1 because of the current situation”.Iraqi government forces said Wednesday they had retaken from Kurdish fighters almost all the areas disputed between Baghdad and ...

Kurdish forces withdraw to June 2014 lines: Iraqi army commander

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum rejected by Baghdad, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday.An Iraqi military statement said government forces had taken control of Kurdish-held areas of Nineveh province, which includes the major city of Mosul, on Tuesday after the Peshmerga pulled back. The Mosul hydro-electric dam, northwest of the city, ...

Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk

Monday, 16 October 2017

Iraqi forces took control of “vast areas” in the oil-rich region of Kirkuk without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga, state TV said on Monday. The announcement came after reports that Iraqi forces began moving at around midnight toward an important airbase and oilfields located west of the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gave orders to the security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population and the Peshmerga,” the TV said. Iraqi ...

Save the Children: 400,000 children still displaced from Mosul fighting

Monday, 16 October 2017

Around 400,000 children are still displaced from the fighting for Mosul, one year after the start of a military offensive to recapture the Iraqi city from the ISIS, Save the Children said on Monday. ISIS’s self-declared caliphate effectively collapsed in July, when US-backed Iraqi forces re-took Mosul, the group’s de facto capital in Iraq, after a grueling nine-month battle. “Just because the fighting in Mosul has stopped doesn’t mean the ...

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