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As climate threats grow, Iraq battles a new enemy: Water shortages

After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers – many of them military volunteers – are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water. Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with ...

KRG to prioritize salaries in 2018 budget

The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to prioritize salaries and basic services in its budget for the first half of next year after its revenues took a hit with the loss of Kirkuk oil fields in October. Two financial reports were put to the Council of Ministers. Minister of Natural Resources Ashti ...

American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press. U.S. Ambassador Douglas ...

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their warheads. Tests later found that the warheads contained a crude blister agent resembling sulfur mustard, a banned ...

Iraq's top Shiite cleric orders fighters to disarm after defeat of ISIL

Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday ordered his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government following the country's defeat of ISIL. Moqtada Al Sadr's fighters, Saraya Al Salam, or Peace Brigades, took up arms against the extremist group in 2014 after the fall of Mosul and are ...

Turkish air strikes kill 29 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party targets in northern Iraq on Monday and killed 29 of the group's militants, Turkey's armed forces said. The PKK fighters were believed to be preparing an attack on Turkish border posts from the Hakurk and Metina regions of northern Iraq, the army said in ...

IS battle may be won, but Iraq faces major challenges

Iraq may have announced a final victory over the Islamic State group in the country, but Baghdad's triumph remains fragile and the root causes for the jihadists' rise have not been tackled. Troops backed up by the air power of a US-led coalition have waged some of the fiercest urban warfare seen ...

Yazidis caught in 'political football' between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis' mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next. Food and money are in short supply since aid organizations stopped delivery after Iraq's advance. Buildings collapsed in the ...

After Fall of ISIS, Iraq's Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

In the heat of the late summer sun, weeks after the end of one of the largest urban battles since World War II, a high school principal trekked from his home in east Mosul to the west bank of the Tigris River to confront the ruins of his life's work. Bordering Mosul's Old City, his

Iraq formally declares end to fight against Islamic State

Iraq has formally declared its fight against Islamic State over after three years of heavy combat, although surviving militants are widely expected to launch a guerrilla war. Isis has been driven from all the territory it once held inside Iraq, the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, announced in ...

Iraqi Christians celebrate in town retaken from IS

Iraqi Christians celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday in the town of Qaraqosh that was previously occupied for three years by jihadists of the Islamic State group. The bell tower of the church of the Immaculate Conception is still scarred by war, but its interior has been ...

Q&A: Bassim Mohammed Khudair, director general of the Iraq Drilling Company

Iraq's state drilling company builds its credentials as it competes with international service companies for international oil company contracts in Iraq.

2018 budget faces opposition, delays

Kurdish, Sunni and Basrawi MPs are the most vocal critics of the draft budget, claiming inadequate revenue sharing despite slightly increased overall spending.

Drops in temperatures top Kurdistan's peaks with snow

A cold snap has swept across the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and Iran, leading to plummeting temperatures, blocked roads, and school closures. Fazil Ibrahim, the head of the Kurdistan Region's Earthquake and Meteorological Department, told Rudaw that due to the drop in temperature, snow has ...

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Sistani condemns U.S. decision on Jerusalem

Iraq's senior shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. ''This decision is condemned and decried, it hurt the feelings of hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims,'' said a statement from ...

He secretly documented Islamic State atrocities as Mosul Eye. Now he's done hiding

He would wander the streets of occupied Mosul by day, chatting with shopkeepers and Islamic State fighters, visiting friends who worked at the hospital, swapping scraps of information. He grew out his hair and his beard and wore the shortened trousers required by the extremists. He forced himself ...

The Risk Of Militia Participation In Elections

As Iraq nears provincial and parliamentary elections in May 2018, it is becoming clear that politicians affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces will take part in the elections. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has been very clear that those who want to participate cannot do so as part of the ...

Hairdressing, sewing, cooking – is this really how we're going to empower women?

In the blue tent on the building site that forms Noora Murat Khalaf's home, the shiny new sewing machine is incongruous, to say the least. The sewing machine was given by an NGO, as part of a women's empowerment programme. Along with a cohort of other displaced Yazidi and Christian women, Khalaf ...

Across the Mideast, friends and foes of the U.S. denounce Trump's Jerusalem move

Officials, religious leaders and activists across the Middle East on Thursday condemned President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with U.S. allies and foes alike denouncing the move as reckless and likely to ignite further violence in the region. Criticism of the move, ...

Rescuing the lost children of IS

Tens of thousands of foreign fighters joined so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - many of them from Russia. What has become of their families now the self-declared caliphate is crumbling?

Q&A: Hossam Hussein Wali, Director General of the South Refineries Company

Iraq's largest refinery, and the industry in south Iraq generally, is making steady progress for necessary growth.

New Chapter Begins In Iraq's War On Terrorism, As Baghdad Sighs In Relief

Major operations in populated areas of Iraq may have ended in a decisive win for Iraq's armed forces but the decimation of Da'ish in the land of two rivers is not over yet. What was left of Da'ish's military contingents fled to Iraq's western desert looking for reprieve but did not find any there. ...

Coalition says fewer than 3,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria

The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its spokesman said on Tuesday. Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate has crumbled this year in Syria and Iraq, ...

Peshmerga ministry dissolves two Yezidi units, cuts salaries

The Kurdistan Region has dissolved two Peshmerga units that were tasked to protect areas in and around the Yezidi town of Shingal following the deployment of Iraqi forces to these places, officials told Rudaw. The two affected units are Ezidkhan Protection Units and Shingal Command who jointly had ...

Saudi Oil Minister Talks of Strengthening Ties on Iraq Visit

In the latest sign of improving relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's oil minister attended an energy conference in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra on Tuesday. Khalid al-Falih said Saudi Arabia wants to expand investment projects in Iraq to include energy, manufacturing and ...

Islamic State's 'caliphate' has been toppled in Iraq and Syria. Why isn't anyone celebrating?

Every day for more than three years, the U.S.-led coalition bombed Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, for a total of nearly 30,000 strikes. But on Nov. 26, not a single airstrike was launched. Just a week earlier, Iraq's military had won back the last sliver of territory controlled by the ...

Iraq: Flawed Prosecution of ISIS Suspects

The Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government are conducting thousands of trials of Islamic State suspects without a strategy to prioritize the worst abuses under Iraqi and international law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The haphazard approach and rampant due ...

Iraqi Cabinet decisions: Dec. 5, 2017

Whenever the media office of the Council of Ministers releases decisions of the Cabinet, Iraq Oil Report publishes a translation from the original Arabic.

The Battle against Islamic State

It was an awkward coalition riven by political and sectarian differences, facing an elusive, fanatical enemy dug into an urban maze of narrow streets and alleyways. So, could Iraq's government really deliver on its vow to vanquish Islamic State? In the end, the army, Shi'ite Muslim paramilitaries ...

CIA director warns Iranian general on Iraq

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Saturday that he sent a letter to a top Iranian military official warning him that the United States would hold Tehran accountable for any attacks it conducted on American interests in Iraq. Pompeo, who has voiced staunch opposition to Iran, said he sent the letter to ...

Iraq after ISIL: 'It was like a ghost town'

Linda Adib Younis' house in the Iraqi town of Telskof has high ceilings, with shelves all the way to the top stacked with trinkets - cuddly toys, ornate porcelain figures, vases. There were even more before she was displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in 2014.

France's Macron calls on Iraq to dismantle all militias

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government-sanctioned, Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces , a rare public call to do so by a major Western leader. Macron's call, which followed a meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in Paris, ...

Mosul hospital rebuilt from ruins of battle

After the battle to retake Iraq's second city from Islamic State militants, Al Khansaa Pediatrics Teaching Hospital in eastern Mosul was in ruins, a burnt skeleton of wood and metal was all that remained. For the hundreds of thousands of returning residents who had fled the fighting, treatment for ...