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Netherlands Resumes Training Mission in Iraq

By John Lee. The Netherlands has resumed its training mission in Iraq, following a brief suspension due to security concerns resulting from US-Iranian tensions in the region. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced that, after a re-assessment of the situation, its courses can be re-started. A number of Dutch people are training Iraqi commandos in […]

New UN Special Representative for Iraq Starts Work

Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert assumed her responsibilities today as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), pledging continued UN support for Iraq in its post-conflict recovery. “I am delighted to be here in Baghdad and ready to get down to work. We will […]

Iraq targets major Basra Gulf Expansion

Iraq is pursuing major infrastructure projects to add millions of barrels per day of export capacity, in an effort to keep pace with ambitious plans to raise production. In the short term, the Oil Ministry is looking to jump-start work on a long-delayed pipeline contract with the Australian company Leighton Offshore. Beyond that, Iraq is […]

Former Netherlands Defence Minister to head UNAMI

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (pictured) of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). She will succeed Ján Kubiš of Slovakia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his service. Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert brings over 20 years […]

Netherlands Substantially Increases Support to Iraq

The Netherlands has contributed an additional USD 23.2 million (EUR 20 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives to stabilize areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the Netherlands’ total contribution to USD 65.4 million (EUR 57 million). Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative […]

KRG PM receives new Consul General of the Netherlands

The Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani, received the Netherlands new Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Mr. Willem Consijn and his accompanying delegation. Consul General Consijn stressed his country’s willingness to strengthen the relations with the Kurdistan Region. Prime Minister Barzani congratulated Consul General Consijn on his new position and wished him success […]

New Airline Launched in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. Fly Erbil, Iraq’s only Kurdish airline, successfully completed its first scheduled flight on Monday. The plane set off from Erbil International Airport en route to Stockholm in Sweden. The airline’s administrative director Ahmad Jamal told AFP that Fly Erbil currently has three planes and plans to increase to 10 in the future. […]

Shell plans Major Expansion at BGC

By John Lee. Having sold its stake in the West Qurna 1 project to Japan’s Itochu, Shell is now said to be “fully committed” to the giant Basra Gas Company (BGC), which captures gas from Iraq’s southern oilfields. Frits Klap, managing director of BGC, told Reuters that processing capacity has more than tripled to 938 […]

Basra Gataway Terminal takes delivery of new Dredger

A customised Damen cutter suction dredger, type CSD500, has been named by her owner, Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), at the Damen Dredging yard in the Netherlands. Immediately after the ceremony, the dredger was made ready for transport and towed to Rotterdam, from where it was shipped to Port of Umm Qasr, Iraq. The dredger’s first […]