Iraq’s southern oil exports approach record high in Sept-sources

By Alex Lawler LONDON, Sep 20 : Oil exports from southern Iraq are heading for a record high this month, two industry sources said, adding to signs that OPEC’s second-largest producer is following through on a deal to raise supply and local unrest is not affecting shipments. Southern Iraqi exports in the first 19 days […]

Germany committed over long-term to help Iraq rebuild-defence min

By Sabine Siebold TAJI, Iraq, Sept 16 : German forces will be needed in Iraq for a long time to help rebuild the country’s military as it struggles to ensure that Islamic State militants do not regroup in underground cells, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. Germany, which has about 125 […]

Iraq parliament elects Sunni lawmaker al-Halbousi as speaker, breaking deadlock

By Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Rasheed ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq, Sept 15 : Iraq’s parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Saturday, marking an important step towards establishing a new government four months after an inconclusive national election. Parliament had been due to elect a speaker and two deputies during its first meeting on Sept […]

Mosul reconstruction to give UNESCO window to revive fortunes

By John Irish PARIS, Sept 10 : The United Nations’ cultural agency wants to use the reconstruction of Iraq’s second city Mosul as a way to restore its credibility and show how a fraying multilateral order can be revived, its director general said on Monday. Officially entitled the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, […]

Basra airport targeted by rocket fire as violent protests grip Iraq

By Aref Mohammed and Raya Jalabi BASRA/ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 8 : Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire on Saturday after another night of protests against Iraq’s political elite during which demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate and briefly took oilfield workers hostage. Iraqi security sources said three Katyusha rockets fired by unknown assailants had hit […]

Basra airport targeted by rocket fire as violent protests grip Iraq

By Aref Mohammed and Raya Jalabi BASRA/ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 8 : Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire on Saturday after a night of protests over perceived misrule by Iraq’s political elite during which demonstrators torched the Iranian consulate and briefly took oilfield workers hostage. Iraqi security sources said three Katyusha rockets fired by unknown […]