BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Telecommunications should be one of the hottest growth industries in Iraq. But providers have yet to introduce 3G technology into a market where the military jams mobile phone networks to stop insurgents detonating bombs.
Poor infrastructure, high operating costs, conflicts between communications regulators and security problems are stunting development in a country slowly rebuilding eight years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – In a gloomy room in his parents’ home, heavy with the smell of medicine, Iraqi police officer Jaafar Ali lies motionless, his body paralyzed by a bullet to the head fired by an al Qaeda militant.
“We have spent six years now as if we are watching a dead person, one who can only move his hand,” said Ali’s mother, Shukria Harbi, wiping away tears. “I am an old and tired woman and he has been like this for six years.”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A mass grave holding the remains of over 800 bodies, many believed to be opponents of ousted leader Saddam Hussein, has been discovered in western Iraq, a Human Rights Ministry spokesman said Thursday.
Kamil Ameen said the grave, found in the desert of western Anbar province, Iraq’s Sunni heartland, included remains of Kurds, Shi’ites, women and children and was one of the bigger mass graves unearthed in recent years.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Frustrated by little support from his government and chasing a dream of having his own business, Iraqi nurse Sabah Jassim pooled his savings and turned to a private bank to develop a medical clinic in Baghdad.
Jassim is one of hundreds of entrepreneurial Iraqis eager to start up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein.
BAGHDAD, March 30 (Reuters) – Anti-government revolts around
the Arab world have turned Iraq into an attractive investment
alternative despite its stubborn insurgency, still capable of
lethal attacks eight years after the U.S.-led invasion.
More than 180 Turkish companies visited the war-battered
country, which needs $600 billion in foreign investment, this
week to discuss business, trade and investment opportunities as
conflict and protests hit countries elsewhere in the region.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 53 people were killed on Tuesday when gunmen took hostages at a provincial council headquarters in Saddam Hussein’s hometown, precipitating a battle with security forces who swept in to end the siege.
It was one of the deadliest attacks in Tikrit since a suicide bombing killed up to 60 police recruits in January and was the first hostage incident since 52 people were killed in a Baghdad church raid by al Qaeda-linked gunmen last October.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 20 people were killed and 65 wounded on Tuesday when gunmen stormed a local government building and took hostages in Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, a health official said.
Sabah al-Bazee, a freelance Iraqi journalist who worked for Reuters and other media, was among those killed, his family said.
BAGHDAD, March 23 (Reuters) – Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity
said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with three foreign
firms to install 50 diesel-fuelled emergency power generator
stations across the country to help ease its acute power
Eight years since the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein,
Iraqis still have power for only a few hours a day, one of the
main sources of public discontent towards the authorities who
have failed to tackle the problem despite windfall oil revenues.
BABYLON, Iraq (Reuters) – Nayef Hajwal still dreams of the day when he will see tourists flowing through the ancient city of Babylon, as he did in the 1970s and ’80s when he took pictures of thousands of foreign visitors.
“Tourism was flourishing in Babel. Tourists from all nationalities used to visit,” said the 69-year-old retiree, who worked as a guard and photographer at Iraq’s most famous tourist site. “Now tourism in Babylon is not so good.”
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi court sentenced a British security contractor on Monday to life in prison for killing two colleagues in 2009.
Daniel Fitzsimons had faced a possible death sentence after he was arrested in August 2009 over the shootings of Paul McGuigan, a Briton, and Darren Hoare, an Australian.