Biwater wins $1.2bn Kurdistan Water Contract

British water engineering company Biwater has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract by the Kurdistan Regional Government to meet vital water supply and sanitation needs. Biwater have been contracted to deliver water and wastewater treatment solutions for the cities of Erbil and Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Works will alleviate the current strain […]

KRG FM: Together we will Ensure a Win-Win Partnership

KRG Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa shed light on KRG’s international outreach, ties with Baghdad and the neighboring countries and Kurdistan’s contribution to regional stability, at this week’s Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference, arranged by CWC Group in London. Below is the full text of Minister Mustafa’s speech: Excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman, I am […]

UN Distributes Blankets to Women in Camps Near Mosul

Freezing Temperatures in IDP Camps: UN Women Iraq Distributes High Thermal Blankets and Necessity Kits to Women and Girls in two camps Near Eastern Mosul The UN Women Iraq team went on mission near eastern Mosul this week to distribute 3,000 high thermal blankets to women and girls in two camps. Women and girls have […]

Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Attack and fighter aircraft conducted […]

Former BG boss to take over from Hayward at Genel?

By John Lee. Sky News has learnt that the former head of BG Group, Chris Finlayson, is being lined up to take over from Tony Hayward as Chairman of Genel Energy‎. An appointment is unlikely to be finalised until sometime in the new year, and Genel is also considering other candidates for the role, according to […]

NATO to Train Iraqi Officers in Iraq

By John Lee. NATO is to start running training programs for the Iraqi military in Iraq itself from January. The alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference: “… we have already training activities in Jordan where we train Iraqi officers and we have trained several hundred officers there already. “We will continue our […]

Exxon Pulls Out of 3 Blocks in Kurdistan

By John Lee. ExxonMobil has reportedly pulled out of three of the six exploration blocks it operated in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to Iraq Oil Report, it has abandoned the Qara Hanjeer, Arbat East, and Betwata blocks, while retaining 80 percent stakes in the Al Qosh, Pirmam and Bashiqa blocks. KRG’s Minister of Natural Resources, Ashti […]

Deputy Prime Minister outlines KRG’s Reform Initiatives

Kurdistan Region Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani outlined his government’s reform initiatives during speech to the sixth Kurdistan Oil and Gas conference, organised by CWC Group, in London on Monday. Below is the transcript of Deputy Prime Minister’s speech: Distinguished guest, ladies and gentlemen. I’d like to warmly thank CWC for inviting me back again […]

Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely […]

82,000 Currently Displaced from Mosul – UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued an update on the Iraq situation as at 6th December: KEY FIGURES 82,068 People displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military offensive began on 17 October1 11,705 UNHCR kits of core relief items distributed to families (assisting some 70,000 people) displaced from Mosul and […]