BAGHDAD (Reuters) -President Barack Obama is pushing Iraq’s democracy out of the nest before it can fly and abandoning Iraqis while they are still at war, many Iraqis said on Wednesday after the end of U.S. combat operations.
Obama said in an address on Tuesday that it was “time to turn the page” in Iraq, declaring the Iraqi people now had primary responsibility for their security and future.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The European Union signed a 2.5 million euro ($3.2 million) agreement with Iraq Sunday to help Iraqi scientists’ dismantle, decommission and decontaminate nuclear facilities built under dictator Saddam Hussein.
Iraq has tried to clean up its 10 old nuclear sites around the country as U.S. combat operations end seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam. But the going has been slow since the work began two years ago.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is moving ahead with plans to hold its first complete census since 1987 on Oct. 24, regardless of whether a new government is formed by then, the head of the survey said on Wednesday.
The census could prove controversial in a country torn for years by sectarian warfare and still riven by discord between majority Shi’ites, once dominant Sunnis and minority Kurds. U.S. officials have warned against rushing into it.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in apparently coordinated attacks on Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and elsewhere on Wednesday, less than a week before U.S. troops formally end combat operations.
The bombings also wounded more than 200 people, underscoring how fragile Iraq’s security is, and how tense its political situation, more than five months after an election that produced no outright winner and as yet no new government.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Foreign investors eager to win contracts to rehabilitate Iraq’s idle factories are delaying decisions due to a lack a government five months after an election, a deputy industry minister said on Tuesday.
Iraq is trying to shake off the legacy of years of violence, sanctions and economic decline by opening up its financial and industrial sectors and luring foreign investment and expertise to help it rebuild.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 39 recruits and soldiers were killed and 57 wounded on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army recruitment centre in the centre of the Iraqi capital, authorities said.
The suicide bombing is the bloodiest attack in weeks as political tensions simmer following an inconclusive election more than five months ago and ahead of the end of U.S. combat operations this month.
BAGHDAD, July 29 (Reuters) – French engineering group Alstom
(ALSO.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) signed an initial agreement with Iraq to build a power
plant that could cost up to $2 billion in southern Iraq, a
senior French diplomat said on Thursday.
French Ambassador to Iraq Boris Boillon said a final
agreement between Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity and Alstom, the
maker of industrial power plants and high-speed trains, is
expected to be signed before the end of the year.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Worried about bombs and suicide attacks? Iraq has the solution for businessmen who want to invest but fear venturing into Baghdad’s dangerous streets — work and live in a mini-city right next to the airport.
The major oil exporter has been struggling to attract much-needed investment to develop its infrastructure after years of militant bloodshed, under-investment and sanctions as many firms wait for security to improve.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – As the violence of sectarian warfare ebbs, Iraq’s government has taken tentative first steps to combat another kind of violence — domestic abuse, primarily against women.
The Interior Ministry has opened two “family protection” centers in Baghdad police stations, the first of their kind, to deal with cases of domestic violence.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two car bombs exploded near the holy Shi’ite city of Kerbala in southern Iraq on Monday, killing 19 mainly Shi’ite pilgrims and wounding 54, an Iraqi official said.
In a separate incident in the capital Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed at least four people on Monday in an attack on the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel, security officials said.