Iraq Oil Report's Daily Brief compiles the most important news and analysis about Iraq from around the web.

Islamist militants kill 30 in attacks around Iraq

Raheem Salman of Reuters reports:

Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 30 people around Iraq on Thursday including 12 soldiers in an assault on a remote army base in the north, deepening insecurity with a national election just two weeks away.

Sectarian bloodshed has increased since the Shi'ite Muslim-led Baghdad government began an offensive against insurgents, some of them affiliated with al Qaeda, dug in around Falluja and Ramadi in the western province of Anbar.

Click here for the entire story

Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch

Isabel Coles of Reuters reports:

Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier.

Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 meters deep and 2 meters wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria.

Click here for the entire story

Ventyx helps Iraq boost grid stability

UtilitiesME reports:

Ventyx, an ABB company, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Electricity (MOE) in Iraq to provide energy management systems that will help improve grid stability in Iraq.

The agreement is part of an initiative to help build a modern and reliable electricity transmission system for Iraq.

Click here for the entire story

Iraqi policeman dies shielding recruits, attacks kill 21

Agence France-Presse reports:

An Iraqi policeman sacrificed himself to shield army recruits from a suicide bomber northeast of Baghdad on Thursday, as attacks mainly targeting security personnel killed 21 people nationwide, officials said.

The violence comes as Iraq suffers a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 2,650 people this year despite wide-ranging security operations against militants.

Click here for the entire story

Security, jobs top concerns among Iraqis in pre-election polling

Ronald Baygents of the Kuwait News Agency reports:

Security and jobs were the top concerns cited among Iraqis polled earlier this year in a prelude to Iraqi elections later this month, according to Elvis Zutic, resident director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Iraq.

Zutic presented findings from the late January NDI poll during a panel presentation on Wednesday at the United States Institute of Peace. The panel topic was "Consolidating Democratic Gains or Cementing Sectarian Divides? Prospects for Iraq's April 30 Elections." The poll, which was broken down among four regions of Iraq — Baghdad, the South, the North and the West — showed that among all Iraqis, 41 percent believed their country was going in the right direction, Zutic said.

Click here for the entire story

KRG’s Barzani visits Ankara for talks with Erdoğan

Cihan News Agency reports:

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani visited Turkey on Wednesday to have talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Barzani was scheduled to meet with Erdoğan in the evening hours, after Today's Zaman went to press. Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said that energy is one of the main topics that will be discussed with Barzani.

Click here for the entire story

Gunmen attack Iraqi military base, kill 10 soldiers

The Associated Press reports:

Militants launched a brazen attack on a military base in a restive area in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 10 soldiers and wounding 12, officials said.

The morning attack at the base outside the city of Mosul, about 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives-laden truck at the gates of the facility, an army officer and a police officer said.

Click here for the entire story

Official: Polls to be held on time in Iraq’s Anbar

Ali al-Mashhadani reports for Turkish Press:

Police officials in Iraq's western Anbar province on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that legislative polls in the province would be delayed, saying they had a plan to secure the balloting.

"There will be no delay for the [April 30] elections in Anbar," provincial security chief Ismail al-Mahalawi told Anadolu Agency. "The elections will take place in Anbar along with other provinces."

 

Click here for the entire story

Soldiers’ Iraqi accusers repeatedly lied under oath, al-Sweady inquiry told

Richard Norton-Taylor reports for the Guardian:

Iraqis who accused British soldiers of murder and torture after a fierce battle are guilty of a "criminal conspiracy" to pervert the course of justice and repeatedly lied under oath to a public inquiry, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The serious charge was made during bitter and heated exchanges as lawyers for the Iraqis accused the British soldiers of "gross violations of the Geneva conventions", including mock executions. Lawyers for the British soldiers suggested the motive behind the Iraqi allegations was an attempt to extract financial compensation.

Click here for the entire story

Alstom to supply gas turbines for al-Anbar power plant in Iraq

Energy Business Review:

Alstom has secured a contract to supply equipment for the Al-Anbar gas-fired combined-cycle power plant being built in the Anbar province in Iraq.

Under the terms of €225m contract, the company will supply four highly efficient GT26 gas turbines, along with four heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), two steam turbines, as well as six air-cooled turbogenerators.

Click here for the entire story

Page 1 of 16412345...102030...Last »