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Tons of Garbage Being Dumped in Tigris

The Tigris River which bisects Baghdad and several other major Iraqi cities has about one billion cubic meters of polluted materials dumped into it, according to a senior environment expert. Azzaman news agency quotes Kamel al-Saadi, Baghdad Province’s expert on the environment, as saying that pollution was increasing in the river “at an alarming rate” […]

Czech Republic to Sell Fighter Jets to Iraq

The Czech Republic might sell up to 25 Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) subsonic fighter aircraft to Iraq, according to Prague Monitor. The deal requires approval from the U.S., which supplied avionic equipment to the planes. According to some information, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg discussed the issue on his visit to the […]

Shatt al-Arab Borders to be Demarcated

The outgoing Iraqi government announced on Friday that the demarcation of borders on the Shatt al-Arab will begin at the beginning of November under the supervision of the United Nations (UN), according to AKnews. The Shatt al-Arab is where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet and flow into the Persian Gulf. Ahmed al-Shihani, foreign affairs […]

France to Sign 8 New Contracts with Iraq

An adviser in the outgoing Iraqi government said on Thursday that Iraq will sign eight important economic contracts with France during November. The adviser of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmad al-Shehani, told AKnews that "the Iraqi government will sign eight economic contracts next month to expand the economic transactions between the two countries". The […]


Extremes of Risk and Reward in Iraq

The extremes of risk and reward in Iraq were very much in evidence over the past week. On the negative side: Ayad Allawi, in his attempts to bolster his bid for the top job, has reportedly reneged on his commitment to honour oil and gas contracts signed by they current administration; The government has admitted […]

New Tenders for Mall Developments in Iraq

The National Investment Commission (NIC) has just announced a string of new tenders to build "central malls, warehouses and free markets in addition to constructing residential buildings" throughout Iraq. Click here to see the full table of projects. Please submit application forms to either the National Investment Commission directly or by e-mail to [email protected] before […]

125 Companies Bidding to Build 1 Million Houses in Iraq

The Chairman of the National Investment Commission, Dr. Sami Al- Araji, announced that 125 companies of various nationalities have submitted offers to implement the 'One Million Housing Units' project [National Housing Project] throughout Iraq, and says that 35 companies from that list will be chosen. Dr. Araji explained that the project will be built on […]

Iraq to Secure Japan's Energy Needs

Iraq is aiming to become a major oil and gas supplier to Japan, Baghdad's oil minister, Hussein al-Shahristani, said on Wednesday after a meeting with Japanese officials. The Minister also said that Japan offered economic aid in the form of loans and investments to help build Iraq's infrastructure. The statement was released following a meeting […]