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NATO Mission to Iraq to Increase 8-Fold

By John Lee. NATO defence ministers concluded their second day of meetings via secure teleconference on Thursday. They discussed NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both missions are key contributions to the fight against international terrorism. On Iraq, Ministers agreed to expand the scope of the NATO mission, following Iraq's request, in order to support […]

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Iraqi Cabinet approves New "Alternative Energy" Power Plants

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet has agreed to approve a recommendation from the National Investment Commission (NIC) for the Ministry of Electricity to proceed with an investment project for the construction of seven "alternative energy" power plants. The new power stations are to be built in Karbala, Wasit, Babylon, and Al-Muthanna provinces. (Source: Govt […]

Iraq to buy New Ambulances

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet has agreed to allocate funds for the purchase of an additional 300 ambulances. The decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet (Council of Ministers) on Tuesday. (Source: Govt of Iraq)

Iraqi Airlines Resume Flights to Iran

Iraqi Airlines has resumed operating flights to Iran in compliance with the coronavirus protocols, an Iranian official said. The spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran said Iraqi airlines have restarted flights from Najaf to Tehran and Mashhad after a hiatus due to the health restrictions. Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh also noted that there is no […]

UN pushes Economic Diversification, Private Sector

Briefing to the Security Council by SRSG Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert | Tuesday, 16 February 2021 (As Delivered): Madam President, Distinguished members of the Security Council, Allow me to begin by again condemning last night's deadly rocket attack on Erbil. Such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats to Iraq's stability. Close collaboration between Baghdad and […]

Iraqi Kurdish Court Sentences Journalists to Jail

In response to [Tuesday's] sentencing of Iraqi Kurdish freelance journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari to six years each in jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued the following statement: "Today's sentencing of journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari is not only unfair and disproportionate, but it also proves that the […]

Iraq allocates additional resources for Labs, Medicines

By John Lee. The Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. It received a briefing from the Minister of Health on the latest Covid-19 related developments and on the ongoing national efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. Following discussions, the Cabinet agreed to: Authorise the […]

Genel Energy Updates on Oil Reserves

Genel Energy has issued an update on oil reserves and resources across its portfolio. Bill Higgs (pictured), Chief Executive of Genel, said: "The quality of our reserves is the foundation of our resilient business model, providing us with low-cost production that can generate cash for many years to come. "Drilling at Sarta this year has […]

GKP issues Update on Shaikan Field

Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has provided a Competent Person's Report ("CPR") update on the Shaikan Field in which it has an 80% working interest.   The CPR, an independent third-party evaluation of the Company's reserves and resources as at 31 December 2020, was prepared by ERC Equipoise ("ERCE"). Jon Harris, Gulf Keystone's Chief Executive Officer, […]

DNO Adds New Oil Reserves

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has announced it replaced 87 percent of 2020 production through additions to its proven (1P) reserves notwithstanding reduced activity in the wake of low oil prices. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the Company replaced 111 percent of last year's production through additions to 1P reserves. Yearend […]

Iran, Iraq Agree to Form Trade Courts

An agreement signed during the Iranian Judiciary chief's recent visit to Iraq entails setting up specialized courts with jurisdiction over economic and trade disputes involving the nationals of the two countries, an official said. Speaking at a televised interview on Saturday night, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's High Council for Human Rights Ali Baqeri Kani […]

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