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Sep 9, 2011

Iraq: Victim or beneficiary of September 11 attacks?

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Ten years after the hijacked airliner attacks on the United States, Iraqis are swamped in the violent wake of a war launched on a tenuous premise and uncertain if they are headed to democracy or dictatorship.

While the sectarian slaughter that pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war is years past, the violence spawned by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein continues to take a heavy toll in an oil-rich former pariah trying to rebuild.

Aug 11, 2011

Iraqi lawmakers seek $2.85 bln from telecom firms

BAGHDAD, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament has ruled
that three mobile operators must pay $2.85 billion in licence
fees and fines within a month, overturning a deal allowing them
to pay over five years, lawmakers and officials said on
Thursday.

The ruling late on Wednesday could reinforce investor
worries about unclear regulations over who controls the
telecommunications sector, one of the fastest growing
industries in a country pulling back from years of war.

Aug 9, 2011

Western style clashes with old bureaucracy in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – After fighting for more than a year to get paid for reconstructing a government building in Baghdad, Iraqi businessman Abu-Deema says he is throwing in the towel and packing up for a market where he won’t drown in bureaucracy.

His patience finally wore out when his paperwork was put on hold for a month while the senior account manager he was dealing with in the government went overseas on vacation.

Aug 7, 2011

Iraqi PM sacks electricity minister for deals-source

BAGHDAD, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki has dismissed his electricity minister after the
government said an investigation had uncovered irregularities
in power contracts with two foreign companies, a source in
Maliki’s office said on Sunday.

The electricity ministry also said it had asked the cabinet
to rule on a $2.76 billion power plant construction contract
with a unit of South Korea’s STX Group after saying the company
risked missing a deadline to meet one of its contract terms.

Aug 7, 2011

Iraqi PM dismisses electricity minister over deals-source

BAGHDAD, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki has ordered his electricity minister to step down
after the government said a probe had uncovered irregularities
in power contracts with two foreign companies, a source in
Maliki’s office said on Sunday.

The electricity ministry also said it had asked the cabinet
to rule on a $2.76 billion power plant construction contract
with a unit of South Korea’s STX Group after saying the company
risked missing a deadline to meet one of its contract terms.

Jul 30, 2011

Iraq says to buy 36 F-16 fighters from U.S

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday his government would buy 36 F-16 fighters from the United States, doubling the number it had initially planned to purchase to strengthen its weak air defenses.

The announcement of the deal came as Iraq and the U.S. government discuss whether to keep some U.S. troops or military trainers in the OPEC country after the planned withdrawal of the last American soldiers at the end of the year.

May 5, 2011

Bin Laden may have little impact on Iraq battlefield

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. commandos in Pakistan may have little practical impact on al Qaeda in Iraq, a weakened but still deadly Islamist insurgency that could launch strikes for the next decade.

Now largely a homegrown militant group with few ties to bin Laden’s global leadership, al Qaeda in Iraq may seek revenge for the killing of the world’s most wanted man but in the long run probably will be more a thorn in the Iraqi government’s side than a destabilizing force, security officials said.

May 2, 2011

Iraq expects reprisals for bin Laden killing

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s army and police went on high alert on Monday for possible revenge attacks in one of al Qaeda’s major battlegrounds after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his Pakistan hideout.

Oil infrastructure, power stations and bridges could be targets of militant attacks, security sources said, to prove bin Laden’s death has not disrupted operations in Iraq, still an important arena for the Islamist group eight years after the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

May 2, 2011

Iraq steps up security after bin Laden killing

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s army and police went on high alert on Monday for possible revenge attacks in one of al Qaeda’s major battlegrounds after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on his Pakistan hideout.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush referred to Iraq as part of the U.S. “war on terror” although no link was found between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the September 11 attacks. Al Qaeda militants became a significant force in the violence that ravaged Iraq after the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam.

Apr 30, 2011

Iraq approves $400 mln payment to U.S. “human shields”

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s parliament on Saturday agreed a $400 million deal to compensate Americans who accused Saddam Hussein’s regime of using them as human shields during the 1990-91 Gulf War, lawmakers said.

MPs passed a law authorising the payment to settle all claims by Americans, some of whom said they were tortured by Saddam’s supporters.