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2011-01-30 08:34:58

A water shortage in Iraq is raising tensions in the multi-ethnic Kirkuk province, where Arab farmers accuse the Kurdistan region of ruining them by closing the valves to a dam in winter. "We are harmed by the Kurds, and the officials responsible for Baghdad and Kirkuk will not lift a finger," said Sheikh Khaled al-Mafraji, a leader of the Arab Political Council that groups mainly Sunni tribal leaders.The Dukan dam, which was built in 1955 in Iraq's northern autonomous region of Kurdistan, is...

2008-11-28 14:27:46

An Iraqi government official said Kurds in the province of Dahouk have been granted permission to export crude oil to international markets. Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain Shahristani visited the region recently, after which ministry spokesman Asem Jihad said the Kurds had permission to ship oil to Turkey using a twin Iraqi pipeline. The official did not say who would receive royalties from the shipments, but Kurds said production should reach 250,000 barrels a day by the end of next year. The...

2008-11-07 15:00:18

A pipeline explosion caused by pressure problems left a large oil slick along the Turkey-Iraq border, Turkish officials say. Yusuf Yavascan, the governor of Turkey's Sanliurfa province, said sabotage had been ruled out as the cause of the Iraqi-Turkish pipeline blast this week, Today's Zaman said Friday. The oil leaked into a stream near a lake formed by the nearby Ataterk Dam, officials said. "We are not talking about sabotage. Our examinations revealed that the pipeline ruptured...

2008-10-21 12:00:25

US-based telecommunications company Newport Global Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire for cash and stock LaSilkee Virtual Connections, a Jordanian telecommunications company operating under a license granted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rounsevelle Schaum, chairman of Newport Global Technologies, said: "This is a strategic acquisition for our company because it will become the satellite-fiber-optic...

2008-10-14 09:00:38

The Iraqi oil minister Hussain al-Shahristani has met with representatives of pre-qualified international oil companies to open bidding for the development of eight oil and gas fields accounting for approximately 40 billion barrels of oil reserves, the first such move since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003. Iraq, which is estimated to have around 115 billion barrels of oil, is hoping to increase production to 500,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from the current 2.5 million...

2008-09-15 12:00:30

An armed group has attacked the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline that transfers Kirkuk crude oil to the Turkey's Mediterranean port, the privately-owned Sbay media website reported on 15 September. An official from North Oil Company has said that a group of armed men exploded the Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline near Mosul; accordingly Iraqi oil export via Cehyan will be suspended for three days, Sbay said. Originally published by Sbay media website, in Sorani Kurdish 15 Sep 08. (c) 2008 BBC...

2008-08-12 06:01:00

Text of report in English by official Jordanian news agency Petra- JNA website ["Energy Minister: Iraq Agrees To Increase Discount on Oil Supplies To" - Petra News Agency Headline] Amman, Aug. 11 (Petra) Iraqi government has agreed to increase discount on crude oil quantities sold to Jordan from Kirkuk oil fields, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaldun Qutayshat stated Monday [11 August]. Under the agreement with Jordan, the discount on Kirkuk crude oil sold to Jordan will be...

2008-08-07 06:00:13

Dubai Al-Sharqiyah Television in Arabic highlighted in its newscasts between 1300 and 2000 gmt on 6 August reports on the end of the Iraqi Council of Representatives' current term and the failure of the Iraqi political forces to reach an agreement on the Provincial Council Election Draft Law. The channel reported on calls by Iraqi parliamentarians to dismiss UN Representative in Iraq Staffan de Mistura, a threat by the Iraqi Islamic Party to withdraw from talks on the election law, and a...

2008-08-06 18:00:11

BAGHDAD _ After weeks of late-night negotiations and under intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi lawmakers failed to pass a much-debated provincial elections law Wednesday before adjourning for the month. The failure to pass the law, which would govern elections in provinces across the country, may push the elections into next year. If elections don't happen by the end of this year, it could be July before the balloting could be carried out, U.N. spokesman Said Arikat said. Elections originally...

2008-08-06 15:00:15

Iraqi lawmakers Wednesday delayed for the third time a vote on the provincial election law after failing to agree on governance in Kirkuk. Consideration of the provincial election was delayed until the next legislative quarter after lawmakers were unable to reach consensus on elections in oil-rich and ethnically diverse Kirkuk, sources told al-Sumaria Iraqi satellite television network. Because Iraqi lawmakers failed to reach agreement on the measure before adjourning for a month-long...


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