Category Archives: Iraq

Oil Nations in the Balance Says Iraqi Oil Leader

Falah Alamri, the Iraqi OPEC governor warned oil producers, whether part of OPEC or not, to take a stand on the re-configuration of the global oil market, and soon. The senior Iraqi oil official said that not acting quickly could put oil-producing countries at risk of severe damage that could take a long time to… Continue Reading

Crescent Petroleum: Pre and Post Hussein Era

Crescent Petroleum began its activities in the early 1970s, just before Saddam Hussein became Iraq’s Fifth President. Crescent Petroleum was the first ever “regional, independent [and] privately owned Middle Eastern petroleum company to engage in the acquisition, exploration and development of petroleum concessions.” And even though Hussein was nationalizing various industries, Crescent Petroleum remained independent.… Continue Reading

Asiacell Names Amer al-Sunna New Chief Executive

Iraq’s second largest telecommunications company, Asiacell, recently announced the name of its new chief executive, Amer al-Sunna. Asiacell’s parent company, Ooredoo made the announcement in a statement released on Monday. Sunna has experience already working for Ooredoo groups in the Philippines as well as in Jordan. Last February he joined Asiacell as its managing director.… Continue Reading

Double Attack Thwarted by Troops in Iraq

Three attackers and as many as 14 others were killed on Monday when Iraqi troops recaptured a government compound and police station in Anbar province, about 120 miles west of Baghdad. The attack began in Baghdadi when two bombers detonated an explosive device outside a government compound, while others attackers stormed the compound disguised in… Continue Reading

Iran Displays Sajjil Missile During Military Parade

The 31st anniversary of the commencement of the Iraq-Iran war was marked last week with a spectacular military parade complete with a display of Iran’s growing arsenal of short and medium range ballistic missiles. The solid-fuel Sajjil was brought back for another year, after its parading last year was such a success. The Sajjil missile… Continue Reading

Iranian Forces Kill Two Kurdish Civilians in Rebel Town in Iraq

Iranian forces have killed at least two people and wounded three others during a cross-border bombardment of Sidkan, a Kurdish town in Iraq. Sidkan is located about twenty kilometers from the Iraqi border with Iran and is located within the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Irbil province. The mayor of Sidkan, Ahmed Qadir reported on Monday… Continue Reading

Iraq May be Next

As the Middle East continues to explode into chaos, Iraq has begun to experience its own protest movement. “February 25 is the Iraqi day of rage for change, an end to corruption and sectarianism in Iraq,” said one post on the wall of Facebook group “Baghdad Facebook” this past Thursday. Baghdad Facebook has over 3,000 supporters.… Continue Reading

Six More Shiites Die In Bagdad Bomb Attack

In Baghdad on Monday a car bomb exploded, killing six pilgrims. This is just the latest deadly attack committed against Shiite Muslims who are on their way to perform religious rituals in the Iraqi city, considered holy by many, stated police and hospital officials. In addition to the 6 dead, 13 others were wounded in… Continue Reading

Iraq to Seek Bids To Construct Ten Ships

The Iraqi Transportation Ministry will invite foreign companies to enter bids in March to construct to ten ships. These will include container and bulk cargo vessels, costing approximately $110 million. The head of the government owned ocean transport company, Ismat Amer, stated that Iraq began rebuilding its ocean fleet in 2009. In September, Iraq signed… Continue Reading