Video of Iraq patient transported on tricycle goes viral on social media

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

In an unusual scene, a patient being transported on a small tricycle along with supplemental oxygen has reportedly took place in Iraq, a viral video on social media has shown.Internet users widely shared the footage showing a man from the governorate of Al-Basra transporting an ill person using a three-wheeled motorized vehicle.Oxygen supplements can also be seen hanging to support the patient, the footage appears to show.The scene took Twitter users by surprise, with many of them criticizing ...

Far from war, Basra’s cats lap it up in their own hotel

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A world away from Iraq’s battlegrounds, Basra’s cat-lovers have found a haven for their favorite pets. Veterinary student Ahmed Taher Maki has turned his home in the southern city into what he believes is Iraq’s first cat hotel. For as little as 5,000 Iraqi dinars ($4.20) a night - or half that for long stays - the guests can enjoy beds, regular meals, health checkups and a mini playground, all under the cooling purr of an air conditioner. Maki said he was hoping to ...

Why the Iraqi government is weak in facing corruption

Friday, 16 March 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi insists that Iraq has defeated terrorism, including ISIS and other militia. However, this is still wishful thinking as the developments of the past few weeks have clearly demonstrated. Of course, Abadi wants to have a strong ace up his sleeve before the parliamentary elections. But Abadi is probably overlooking the fact that he can hold an even stronger card with him now as the importance of combating terrorism has waned from public attention. Abadi has ...

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Iran becoming ‘nervous’ about warmer Saudi-Iraqi relations, report states

Sunday, 11 March 2018

A recent report by The Economist described the beginning of close Saudi-Iraqi ties as making Iran nervous. Following a series of events, including the near opening of a Saudi consulate in the city of Basra, and the resumption of air links between the kingdom and Iraq, creating over 140 flights per month, Iran is worried that their influence will be marginalized, as they consider Basra their “backyard”, the magazine reported. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was considered a key ...

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 ...

Iraq offers nine oil and gas blocks for exploration near Iran, Kuwait borders

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Iraq will invite foreign energy firms to bid for the exploration and development of nine new oil and gas blocks bordering Iran and Kuwait, the oil ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Iraq is to hold a press conference on Monday to announce details of the exploration blocks which are located in the south and east of the country and include one offshore block in the territorial waters, according to the statement. “The ministry is targeting to boost both ...

Shell says to focus on Basra gas in Iraq after Majnoon exit

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Oil major Royal Dutch/Shell said on Wednesday it would focus its efforts on the development and growth of the Basra Gas Company in Iraq after handing over operations of the Majnoon oil venture back to the Iraqi government. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Shell Iraq has started preparations to finalise the exit of Shell from Majnoon, one of the largest fields in the country. “In May 2017, the ministry of oil in Iraq applied the performance penalty and remuneration factor on the Shell ...

Iraq secures $195 mln Japanese loan for electricity sector

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Japan has agreed to lend Iraq up to $195 million for a project to help repair a thermal power station in the southern province of Basra, an Iraqi government statement said on Saturday. Though Iraq is a major OPEC oil producer, the country faces chronic electricity shortages, with its fragile grid struggling to meet demand after years of war, sanctions and neglect. The loan was signed during a visit to Iraq by Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kentaro Sonoura, who met Prime ...

Iraq plays against Jordan in first match after ban lifted

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Iraq has kickstarted on Thursday its match against Jordan, considered to be its first friendly game match Fifa lifted ban games on its territory.The game started at 10:00 pm (local time) in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.“Today’s match is a good initiative to lift ban on Iraqi stadium,” Iraqi national team coach Basim Qasim said in a statement. “We feel proud,” he said “since we are fulfilling this aim of lifting the ban.”“What our national team ...

Suicide car bomb explodes on highway near oilfields in southern Iraq

Friday, 19 May 2017

A suicide car bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint on a highway near oilfields in Iraq’s southern province of Basra on Friday, police sources said.Several people were killed in the blast at the Rumeila checkpoint, including two soldiers and a number of civilians in a bus, the sources said.

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