BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Trade Ministry has stopped registering Turkish companies, it said on Thursday, as the neighbors sparred over Ankara’s refusal to send back a fugitive Iraqi vice president who was sentenced to death in absentia.
The ministry insisted the move was made for “regulatory and statistics” purposes, but Turkish businesses in Baghdad were worried the decision was taken because of the dispute between the two capitals and a government source told Reuters it was political.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi lawyer Ahmed al-Abadi put up with years of threatening phone calls for taking on sensitive sectarian cases but, after he narrowly escaped death when three shots were fired at his car last year, he could take no more.
Abadi had just finished successfully defending a woman accused of involvement in a sectarian killing and he thinks this was the reason behind the gun attack – but he decided against seeking legal redress.
BAGHDAD, July 31 (Reuters) – Twin car bombs hit central
Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people, and security
forces fought off a separate attack inside a police station by
two suicide bombers trying to free al Qaeda prisoners.
The major assault underscored the seriousness of Iraq’s
struggle with insurgents more than seven months after the last
U.S. troops left behind a country still grappling with political
instability and sectarian tensions.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Twin car bombs hit Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people, and security forces foiled a separate attack on a police station by two suicide bombers who hoped to blackmail the authorities into releasing al Qaeda prisoners.
In a day of violence that underscored the seriousness of Iraq’s struggle with insurgents, clouds of dark smoke rose above the centre of the capital where the car bombs exploded minutes apart, leaving the dead and wounded lying in the street or slumped inside a damaged minibus, witnesses and police said.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq on Tuesday told an Iranian dissident group that was given a base in Iraq by Saddam Hussein but is now out of favor with a government that is close to Iran that it must move out of the camp immediately or be forced to leave.
Iraqi authorities have been locked in a protracted row with the Mujahadin-e Khalq (MEK) over their plan to move 3,000 MEK members from Camp Ashraf to a large former U.S. military base – a step toward expelling the group from Iraqi territory.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has responded positively to Iraq’s concerns about Exxon Mobil’s (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) oil deal with Kurdistan, and emphasized his country’s respect for Iraq’s constitution and laws, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said.
The statement came as U.S. oil major Chevron Corp (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) confirmed its purchase of 80 percent of two blocks in Kurdistan in a move likely to infuriate the central Iraqi government which says all oil deals must pass through Baghdad.
BAGHDAD, July 17 (Reuters) – Iraq on Tuesday called on its
citizens living in Syria to return home because of escalating
violence in its neighbour, after police said two Iraqi
journalists had been killed in Damascus.
The Iraqi cabinet voiced concern about the “increasing
incidents of murder and assault on Iraqis living in Syria”,
government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Yasir Abdul-Hakim, a sculpture student at Iraq’s Fine Arts Academy, wanted to learn his craft by making copies of a nude Greek statue. A professor told him to cover them with clothes.
He covered the first one, but the second one he copied naked, as it was.
“One of the professors told me: ‘What are you doing? You are exposing your life to danger’,” Abdul-Hakim said with a bitter smile.
BAGHDAD, July 8 (Reuters) – Most of Iraq’s 34 private banks
have reached the central bank’s 150 billion Iraqi dinar ($128.8
million) capital requirement level for 2012, a measure to
enhance their financial capability, officials said.
The central bank laid out a three-stage programme in 2009
for banks to raise their capital – a move intended to boost the
banks’ ability to deal with any crisis they might face in a
country still trying to rebuild its battered economy after years
of war and economic sanctions.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is struggling to restore marshes which were deliberately dried out during Saddam Hussein’s rule and continue to cause fierce sandstorms that pose serious health risks.
Deputy Environment Minister Kamal Latif said that, despite efforts to restore the marshes, Iraq was likely to suffer from dusty weather for a majority of days over the next decade.