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Iraq

16.07.2012

Baghdad warned Turkey on Sunday that its separate oil deal with Iraq's northern self-ruled Kurdish region could damage trade relations, the latest sign of tension between the two neighbors Today`s Zaman reported

This month, Iraq's Kurds announced that they have started exporting crude oil and gas to Turkey. The goal is to barter it for refined petroleum products to meet domestic demand.

16.07.2012

Operations to build a gas pipeline from Iran to Iraq will be completed in 2014, said Iran's Oil Minister Rostam Ghasemi.

Last year, Iran and Iraq signed an agreement that sends 25 million cubic meters of gas from the Western province of Ilam to the al-mansoureh and Baghdad power plants for fuel.

In other comments, Mr. Ghasemi said a necessary permit for transporting gas from Turkey to Europe had been issued.

The oil minister who was visiting the National Iranian Gas Company emphasised that important factories that owe the gas company money have to pay their bills.

10.07.2012

Turkey's demand for energy resources is growing rapidly, so the country welcomes the construction of new oil pipelines with Iraq, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz said today, Anadolu agency reported.

Yildiz said that the capacity of the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline, designed to transport crude oil from Iraq to Turkey can be increased several times over three years.

The minister said that Turkey and Iraq are considering a new oil pipeline construction.

05.07.2012

At least eight people were killed Wednesday in three separate explosions in Iraq, security officials said, a day after attacks left more than 30 dead.

Three military soldiers were killed when an explosive hit their patrol in Tal Afar, near the city of Mosul, 400 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, security officials told dpa.

A policeman and two civilians were killed in an explosion targeting a police patrol in the nearby village of Sahaji, added the officials.

05.07.2012

At least four people were injured Thursday in a car bombing north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, police said, a day after eight were killed in three separate attacks, dpa reported.

The latest attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who blew himself up inside the car at a market in Tikrit, some 170 kilometres north of Baghdad, added the officials.

At least 33 people were killed Tuesday in bomb attacks in the cities of Karbala and Diwaniya, south of Baghdad.

03.07.2012

Iraq refused to cooperate with the western sanctions against Iran through a boost in crude production to make up for a fall in Iran's oil exports, FNA reported.

Iraq's oil ministry slammed the current critical conditions reining the market due to the EU sanctions on Iranian oil, and stressed that it would not make up for a fall in supply in the global markets.

03.07.2012

Up to 25 people were killed and 75 wounded in a car bomb explosion in the city of Diwaniyah, the capital of Muthanna province in southern Iraq on Tuesday, a local police source said, dpa reported.
The bombers blew themselves up simultaneously during processions in the shrine city, 118 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad.
The attack came despite heightened security to protect thousand of pilgrims who head to Karbala for the commemoration on Thursday of the birth of the last Shiite Imam.

02.07.2012

Seven people were killed when gunmen planted two roadside bombs targeting a police checkpoint in central Iraq, security sources said on Sunday, dpa reported.

Most of those killed in the attack late Saturday in Samaraa city, 117 kilometres north of Baghdad, were police officers, sources added.

Iraq has recently seen a rise in violence, with gunmen targeting security forces across the country.

02.07.2012

flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, has added another Iraqi destination to its network, with four-times weekly flights to Basra scheduled to begin on August 8, 2012.

Basra joins the capital, Baghdad, plus Najaf, Sulaimaniyah, and Erbil, swelling flydubai's Iraqi route map to five points, one of the most comprehensive networks to Iraq in the region.

25.06.2012

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said the volume of Iran's trade exchanges with Iraq amount to approximately $10 billions, but Tehran still wants to have wider economic relations with its Western Muslim neighbor, Fars News reported.

"The volume of the trade exchanges between Iran and Iraq amounts to $9.7bln which shows an 8% growth compared with the last year," Najjar said addressing the closing ceremony of a meeting between Iranian and Iraqi bordering provinces in Iran's Western Kermanshah province on Sunday.