Beyond the Headlines: July 25-31

Basra fails to spend budget Missan vies for foreign investment Oil Police bust smuggling network Kirkuk assassinations continue
Then-Maj. Gen. Hamid Abdullah Ibrahim (center), the head of the Oil Police, leads a raid of an oil smuggling operation in Baghdad in late 2010. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

Basra fails to spend budget

BASRA — Iraq’s foremost oil province has spent just 2.96 percent of its 2011 budget, according to Governor Khalaf Abdul Samad.

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