ISIS Recruiter of Child Soldiers Shot Dead in Mosul

By Simon Kent. Unconfirmed reports suggest a Saudi Arabian national under the nom de guerre “Abu Wathbah al-Saudi,” has been shot dead in Mosul, the last urban stronghold of the self declared Islamic State. The terrorist’s role was apparently the recruitment of child soldiers. If true, it would only be one in a string of […]

At Qayyarah, Iraqi Troops Just 30 Miles from Mosul

By Simon Kent. Battling through an apocalyptic landscape of black smoke from burning oil, (fighters from the self declared Islamic State hoped this would hinder air strikes) Iraqi soldiers have reached the center of Qayyarah. Snipers held up the advance, before soldiers were able to capture a government compound. Qayyarah is just 60 km south […]

Airstrikes Show Pattern of Low Level Conflict

By Simon Kent. Coalition aircraft conducted 4 air strikes against the self declared Islamic State over the past 24 hrs, with “tactical units” being targeted near Ramadi and Hit in Anbar, a front of the Iraqi government and local anti-IS tribes. Another strike hit a tactical unit near Sinjar, which is close to Kurdish Peshmerga […]

Abadi: Kirkuk Resumption Protects Reservoir

By Simon Kent. Prime Minister Haidar al Abadi (pictured) has remarked that the resumption of pumping oil into the Kurdish export pipeline from Kirkuk–from 70,000 bpd to an expected 150,000 bpd, is due to preserving the reservoir in one of the world’s oldest oilfields. Previously oil was being re-injected by the federal North Oil Company […]

Iraqis Ahead of the Curve in Unmanned Vehicles?

By Simon Kent. Two Iraqi brothers have constructed a robot dubbed “Alrobot” (“the robot”) to send into battle against the self declared Islamic State. The slick looking vehicle, the size of a small beach buggy, has an approximately 1 kilometer range and is controlled via laptop. If deployed, it would be among the first generation […]

Luaibi Targets More Production Ahead of OPEC Meeting

By Simon Kent.  Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al Luaibi has met with IOCs and asked them to do their utmost to increase production in Iraq’s southern fields, which has fluctuated in 2016. The announcement, relayed by Ministry of Oil spokesman Asim Jihad, comes over a month before a meeting on the 26th of September […]

Ministry of Oil: IOC Contracts Must Reflect Prices

By Simon Kent. Newly appointed Minister of Oil Jabbar Ali al Luaibi has announced that the government’s plan to review contracts with IOCs is still in effect. Iraq has long been seeking contracts which reflect lower prices, since the technical service contracts (TSCs) signed in 2009 remunerate IOCs for a fixed per barrel fee. This […]

What Next for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On July 26, the Iraqi government announced that the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) will be converted into “an independent military formation affiliated with the armed forces’ commander-in-chief.” The Shiite force […]

British EOD Technician Dies During Bomb Disposal

By Simon Kent.  An unnamed British Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician has been killed while trying to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) in Ramadi, the mayor of the town has announced. The contractor was employed by US contracting firm Janus. Although cleared of fighters of the self declared Islamic State, Ramadi has been left […]

Police Find Mass Grave Near Mosul

By Simon Kent. Iraqi Security Forces have found a mass grave containing the remains of police from Ninevah province, in a village south of Mosul, the last urban stronghold of the self declared Islamic State. A Sunni Iraqi police Colonel from nearby Salahaddin, Ahmed al Jubouri, remarked on the discovery, “Security forces at the recently  liberated al-Jawaana […]

Condensate and LPG Exports Continue

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil have announced that 2 cargoes, one of LPG, one of Condensate, have departed the export terminals at Basra. Iraq began exporting LPG earlier this year through its Basra Gas Company Joint Venture, a consortium of Shell, Iraq’s South Gas company and Mitsubishi as the minority stakeholder. Proceeds will […]

Italy’s Ambassador Meets Qais al Khazali

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.    The official website of the League of the Righteous movement (Asaib Ahl al-Haq) reported Aug. 14 a visit by the Italian ambassador to Baghdad, Marco Carnelos, to league Secretary-General […]