Archive | 9th January 2013

Iraq Closes Jordanian Border

By John Lee. Iraqi troops have closed the only major border crossing with Jordan on Wednesday, after Sunni Muslim demonstrators blocked a highway to Syria and Jordan as part of mass protests against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The crossing at Traibil [Turaybeel, Tirbil, Tarbiel] (pictured) is in the Sunni province of Anbar, where protests […]

Kuwait Energy In, Turkey's TPAO Out

By John Lee. Iraq has approved the deal under which Kuwait Energy would replace Turkey's state-owned Turkiye Petrolleri AO (TPAO) on the Block-9 exploration contract. Abdul-Mahdy al-Ameedi, director of the ministry's contracts directorate, told Reuters: "Kuwait Energy has acquired the stake of the Turkish company TPAO, and now it's holding 70 percent of the contract, […]

US Contractor Pays Millions for Torture in Iraq

By John Lee. An American defense contractor has paid $5.28 million to resolve a case in which it was accused of mistreating detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities. The 72 plaintiffs alleged that employees of L-3 Services, now called Engility Corporation, tortured and abused them. The abuses caused widespread outrage, and led to […]

Oil Exports Down in December

By John Lee. Iraq's crude oil exports fell by 11 percent in December due to bad weather in southern oil export terminals and the suspension of exports from Kurdistan, according to a report from Dow Jones. Exports averaged 2.348 million bpd, down from 2.620 million bpd in November. From the south, Iraq exported 2.023 million bpd, […]

Iraq "Needs $20bn to Upgrade Agriculture"

By John Lee. Iraq's Parliamentary Agriculture Committee says that Iraq needs investment of more than $20 billion to upgrade the agricultural sector. Committee member Kadhim al-Bahadili told AIN: "The deliberate negligence by the former regime to the agricultural sector caused significant desertification and obliged 80 percent of the farmers to abandon their lands and move […]

$4.6bn Iranian Exports to Iraq in 9 Months

By John Lee. Iran's exports to Iraq totalled $4.59 billion during the last nine months, reports the country's IRNA news agency. The Iranian customs department announced at the beginning of last December that Iraq is "a pioneering state in importing Iranian commodities". Aswat al-Iraq reports that since the downfall of the previous regime in 2003, […]


MP Accuses Turkey of Limiting Water Supply

By John Lee. An Iraqi Member of Parliament has accused Turkey of limiting the supply of water to Iraq for political reasons. MP Karim Elewi of the Parliamentary Agriculture Committee said Iraqi agriculture was being damaged by the shortage of the water amount coming from Turkey, and by governmental neglect for this important sector, which […]

Capacity Building Workshop on Survey Questionnaire Design

As part of its support to the Council of Representatives (CoR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Inter-Agency Information and Analysis Unit (IAU), conducted a workshop on survey questionnaire design for 24 researchers from the CoR Research Directorate. The training was held at the Council of Representatives in Baghdad on 23 […]

Emergency Parliament Session Indicates Size of Opposition to Maliki

By Reidar Visser. The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has operated continuously in Iraq since 2003.   Overview Olive Groups Iraq statistics are drawn from multiple sources, including media reporting and direct liaison with in country assets. Included within the statistics are a […]