Zawya.com - Iraq Editor's Pick http://www.zawya.com/editors-pick/rss/iraq/ en-us Copyright 2014 Zawya Ltd. All rights reserved. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:51:00 GMT 56 Zawya.com | Middle East Business News and Company Directory 144 76 http://www.zawya.com//editors-pick/rss/iraq/ http://www.zawya.com/images/newsletter_zawya_logo.gif End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace http://www.zawya.com/story/End_of_Gaza_war_doesnt_translate_into_peace-ZAWYA20140902125135/ Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks . Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:53:47 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140902125135 Open As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter http://www.zawya.com/story/As_Islamic_State_fighters_begin_to_blend_in_defeating_them_no_easy_matter-TR20140831nL1N0QX2J6X2/ The way the Islamic State is adapting shows the scale of problems ahead for President Barack Obama, the Pentagon and U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:30:09 GMT Reuters TR20140831nL1N0QX2J6X2 Open U.S. destroys millions of dollars in U.S.-made arms in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/US_destroys_millions_of_dollars_in_USmade_arms_in_Iraq-TR20140826nL2N0QL29KX2/ The growing tally of U.S.-made, U.S.-destroyed weaponry is testament to how far Iraq has veered off the course the Obama administration expected when U.S. troops withdrew in 2011. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:27:52 GMT Reuters TR20140826nL2N0QL29KX2 Open Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_turns_radical_Islam_on_Syria_Muslims-TR20140826nL5N0QV3NCX2/ As Islamic State militants advanced in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zor last month,beg for mercy or face certain death. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:47:16 GMT Reuters TR20140826nL5N0QV3NCX2 Open Iraq struggles to build own air force http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_struggles_to_build_own_air_force-TR20140822nL2N0QR2LTX2/ President Barack Obama told a recent interviewer he did not want the U.S. military to become Iraq's air force. But he may have little choice. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:31:34 GMT Reuters TR20140822nL2N0QR2LTX2 Open "Terrorists" help U.S. in battle against Islamic State in Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/Terrorists_help_US_in_battle_against_Islamic_State_in_Iraq-TR20140821nL5N0QQ1OKX2/ Washington has acquired an unlikely ally in its battle against Islamic State militants in Iraq Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:43:13 GMT Reuters TR20140821nL5N0QQ1OKX2 Open MENA banks face major challenge http://www.zawya.com/story/MENA_banks_face_major_challenge-ZAWYA20140813110219/ Banks across MENA face a major technical and management challenge if they are to remain a force in the fast-evolving environment of today's transaction banking. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:17:07 GMT Cash & Trade ZAWYA20140813110219 Open In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning http://www.zawya.com/story/In_case_of_slain_journalist_negotiations_silence_then_a_chilling_warning-TR20140821nL2N0QQ2HZX2/ Islamic State militants stunned America with a gruesome video posted on YouTube showing the beheading of Foley, 40, by a masked, black-clad man. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:38 GMT Reuters TR20140821nL2N0QQ2HZX2 Open Grandiose Mosul dam always beset with problems http://www.zawya.com/story/Grandiose_Mosul_dam_always_beset_with_problems-TR20140819nL5N0QP3C3X2/ The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq's grandiose ambition, but from the start, the USD 1.5 billion barrier north of the city was beset with significant engineering problems. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:47:06 GMT Reuters TR20140819nL5N0QP3C3X2 Open Fugitive Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam loyalists http://www.zawya.com/story/Fugitive_Iraqi_VP_urges_role_for_Saddam_loyalists-ZAWYA20140819044605/ Former dictator Saddam Hussein's Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:53:20 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140819044605 Open Yazidis haunted by cries for help http://www.zawya.com/story/Yazidis_haunted_by_cries_for_help-TR20140818nL4N0QO4IFX2/ Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:29:15 GMT Reuters TR20140818nL4N0QO4IFX2 Open Petroleum producers shift attention from Middle East: Kemp http://www.zawya.com/story/Petroleum_producers_shift_attention_from_Middle_East_Kemp-TR20140818nL6N0QL23FX2/ Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalisation and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:53:12 GMT Reuters TR20140818nL6N0QL23FX2 Open Islamic State militants grab new weapon - Iraqi wheat http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_militants_grab_new_weapon__Iraqi_wheat-ZAWYA20140814081542/ Sunni militants bent on creating an Islamic empire in the Middle East now control yet another powerful economic weapon - wheat supplies. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:21:01 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140814081542 Subscription Kurdish peshmerga struggle http://www.zawya.com/story/Kurdish_peshmerga_struggle-TR20140813nL6N0QF0MZX2/ The Kurds have failed their first major test against the Sunni militants who want to redraw the map of the Middle East. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:42:51 GMT Reuters TR20140813nL6N0QF0MZX2 Open Jihadist hub in heart of Middle East http://www.zawya.com/story/Jihadist_hub_in_heart_of_Middle_East-TR20140812nL6N0QI11FX2/ Ridiculed at first, the new power which has seized a third of Iraq has carved itself a powerful and possibly lasting presence in the Middle East. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:39:14 GMT Reuters TR20140812nL6N0QI11FX2 Open Power brokers chose safe bet Abadi http://www.zawya.com/story/Power_brokers_chose_safe_bet_Abadi-TR20140812nL4N0QI3TGX2/ While Maliki kept digging in, the main Iraqi and foreign players moved on to wondering who could replace him. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:12:12 GMT Reuters TR20140812nL4N0QI3TGX2 Open Islamists sought to turn Lebanon into Iraq -army chief http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamists_sought_to_turn_Lebanon_into_Iraq_army_chief-ZAWYA20140812100733/ General Jean Kahwaji told Reuters that radical Islamists on the march in Iraq and Syria still posed a "great threat" to Lebanon. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:15:38 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140812100733 Open Iraq's Yazidis haunted by horrors http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_Yazidis_haunted_by_horrors-TR20140811nL4N0QH56VX2/ Many of the Yazidis of northern Iraq who straggled into Kurdish town after escaping the Islamic State deathtrap recalled the agony of leaving relatives exposed on the mountain. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:13:30 GMT Reuters TR20140811nL4N0QH56VX2 Open Kurds use well-oiled lobbying to plead for help in Washington http://www.zawya.com/story/Kurds_use_welloiled_lobbying_to_plead_for_help_in_Washington-TR20140807nL2N0Q72UEX2/ When radical Islamic forces unexpectedly captured several towns from the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters last weekend, the Kurds' public relations machine quickly seized on the setback to boost their case in Washington. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:46:00 GMT Reuters TR20140807nL2N0Q72UEX2 Open Islamic State aims at Baghdad from south http://www.zawya.com/story/Islamic_State_aims_at_Baghdad_from_south-TR20140804nL4N0QA2HOX2/ Using secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein and rough terrain to outfox Iraqi troops, Islamic State insurgents are getting dangerously close to Baghdad. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 03:25:59 GMT Reuters TR20140804nL4N0QA2HOX2 Open Iran's elite Guards fighting in Iraq to push back Islamic State http://www.zawya.com/story/Irans_elite_Guards_fighting_in_Iraq_to_push_back_Islamic_State-TR20140803nL6N0Q73ZUX2/ There has been a clear sign that Shi'ite power Iran has ramped up its military presence in Iraq to counter the threat of Sunni fighters from the Islamic State. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:27:12 GMT Reuters TR20140803nL6N0Q73ZUX2 Open SMEs yet to embrace the web http://www.zawya.com/story/SMEs_yet_to_embrace_the_web-ZAWYA20140803075154/ Small and medium enterprises in the Middle East still lag behind in adopting digital tools to grow their businesses. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:03:16 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140803075154 Open MENA jobs hang in the balance http://www.zawya.com/story/MENA_jobs_hang_in_the_balance-ZAWYA20140731055510/ Economic liberty has a huge potential to increase human prosperity in crisis-hit countries across the region. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:06 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140731055510 Open Iraq's struggle to hold together http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_struggle_to_hold_together-TR20140727nL6N0PZ5G6X2/ Iraq's latest - and gravest - crisis erupted when mostly Sunni fighters swept through the north last month. Now the jihadist black flag flies over of most of the country's Sunni Arab territory. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:20:41 GMT Reuters TR20140727nL6N0PZ5G6X2 Open OPEC net income slides http://www.zawya.com/story/OPEC_net_income_slides-ZAWYA20140727073737/ Non-OPEC crude production is threatening the cartel’s decades-long dominance in the global oil market. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:43:07 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140727073737 Open Purge of minorities re-draws Iraq map http://www.zawya.com/story/Purge_of_minorities_redraws_Iraq_map-TR20140724nL6N0PY3VBX2/ A new map is being drawn across the plains of northern Iraq as Sunni militants of the Islamic State purge the rural landscape of religious and ethnic minorities that have co-existed for hundreds of years. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:31:24 GMT Reuters TR20140724nL6N0PY3VBX2 Open Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce http://www.zawya.com/story/Arab_rifts_may_complicate_search_for_Gaza_truce-ZAWYA20140722055443/ The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:08:29 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140722055443 Open Mideast aviation policies limit growth http://www.zawya.com/story/Mideast_aviation_policies_limit_growth-ZAWYA20140716100232/ Broader open sky deals could increase Middle East intraregional passenger traffic by 30%, according to a World Bank report. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:13:14 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140716100232 Open Bouncing back http://www.zawya.com/story/Bouncing_back-ZAWYA20140713090843/ Regional markets rebound as Dubai announces a peculiar new megaproject. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:27:23 GMT Executive ZAWYA20140713090843 Open Underage fighters drawn into Iraq sectarian war http://www.zawya.com/story/Underage_fighters_drawn_into_Iraq_sectarian_war-ZAWYA20140712093931/ With Sunni insurgents sweeping across the country and thousands of Shi'ites answering a cleric's call to take up arms against them, there is anecdotal evidence that child fighters are being sucked into Iraq's sectarian war. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:47:16 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140712093931 Open Bruised Iraqi army leans on Shi'ite militias, volunteers http://www.zawya.com/story/Bruised_Iraqi_army_leans_on_Shiite_militias_volunteers-TR20140710nL6N0PJ5LAX2/ The Iraqi soldier says he abandoned the army last week in despair. And while he still plans to fight he will not rejoin the unit he deserted in the western city of Ramadi. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:45:33 GMT Reuters TR20140710nL6N0PJ5LAX2 Open Mideast execs more vulnerable to fraud-survey http://www.zawya.com/story/Mideast_execs_more_vulnerable_to_fraudsurvey-ZAWYA20140710051220/ Middle East executives are twice as likely as their global counterparts to be asked for bribes to win business, according to Ernst & Young. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:21:51 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140710051220 Open Iraqi Christians fear end of long history http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqi_Christians_fear_end_of_long_history-TR20140709nL6N0PK2O0X2/ The violence in Iraq is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity there as the few remaining faithful flee Islamic State militants. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:14:23 GMT Reuters TR20140709nL6N0PK2O0X2 Open Insurance premiums in Mideast on the rise http://www.zawya.com/story/Insurance_premiums_in_Mideast_on_the_rise-ZAWYA20140709091727/ Insurance premiums surpassed USD28 billion last year, according to reinsurance giant Swiss Re. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:06:03 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140709091727 Open Iraq chaos fuels Kurds' independence dream http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_chaos_fuels_Kurds_independence_dream-TR20140707nL6N0PH19KX2/ A century after the Kurds lost out in the carve-up of the Ottoman empire after World War One, denied a state of their own, that dream is suddenly closer as fighting among Iraq's Arabs fuels talk of the country being partitioned. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:32:04 GMT Reuters TR20140707nL6N0PH19KX2 Open Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as "Zero Hour" looms over capital http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_chases_Baghdad_sleeper_cells_as_Zero_Hour_looms_over_capital-ZAWYA20140704124946/ Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:52:27 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140704124946 Open The first caliphate of the 21st century, or is it? http://www.zawya.com/story/The_first_caliphate_of_the_21st_century_or_is_it-GN_02072014_030754/ Emboldened by his successes, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi solidified his leadership over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and designated himself as the new ruler of the Islamic Ummah. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 05:39:48 GMT Gulf News GN_02072014_030754 Subscription Another big oil outage would strain supply http://www.zawya.com/story/Another_big_oil_outage_would_strain_supply-TR20140701nL6N0P82YPX2/ The world's unused spare oil production capacity would struggle to cover for another big outage, industry officials and analysts say. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 04:57:30 GMT Reuters TR20140701nL6N0P82YPX2 Open How Iraq's Maliki defined limits of U.S. power http://www.zawya.com/story/How_Iraqs_Maliki_defined_limits_of_US_power-TR20140630nL4N0PA03HX2/ As violent Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant cement their hold over western Iraq, declare a Caliphate, and threaten a new civil war, Washington has again demanded that Iraq's leaders form an inclusive government encompassing the country's minority Sunnis and Kurds. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:25:01 GMT Reuters TR20140630nL4N0PA03HX2 Open Sectarian genie is out of the bottle from Syria to Iraq http://www.zawya.com/story/Sectarian_genie_is_out_of_the_bottle_from_Syria_to_Iraq-TR20140629nL6N0PA0BQX2/ As jihadists storm through the Sunni heartlands of Iraq towards Baghdad,they have lifted the veil on deep sectarianism which has also stoked the fires of Syria's civil war and is spilling over into vulnerable mosaic societies such as Lebanon. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:11:54 GMT Reuters TR20140629nL6N0PA0BQX2 Open Iraq’s Sistani takes charge after years off-stage http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_Sistani_takes_charge_after_years_offstage-ZAWYA20140629051308/ Over his past three Friday sermons, Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, an ascetic 83-year-old of almost mythological stature to millions of followers inIraq and beyond, has seized his most active role in politics in a decade. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:25:49 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140629051308 Open MENA to attract USD96bn in foreign investment in 2014 http://www.zawya.com/story/MENA_to_attract_USD96bn_in_foreign_investment_in_2014-ZAWYA20140625114727/ Foreign investors are expected to inject USD 96 billion in the Middle East and North Africa this year, a 17% increase over 2013, despite continuing instability in some parts of the region. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:50:35 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140625114727 Open Mosul wonders what ISIL rule will bring http://www.zawya.com/story/Mosul_wonders_what_ISIL_rule_will_bring-ZAWYA20140625103039/ Residents who welcomed the expulsion of the Shi'ite-led government's soldiers and police from the mostly Sunni city are now asking what life will bring under the al Qaeda offshoot calling the shots, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:34:47 GMT Reuters ZAWYA20140625103039 Subscription Energy scare good for oil stocks in the short term http://www.zawya.com/story/Energy_scare_good_for_oil_stocks_in_the_short_term-TR20140623nL2N0P40TK3/ For investors, a new energy crisis in the Middle East presents something of an opportunity, albeit a fragile, short-term one. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:48:18 GMT Reuters TR20140623nL2N0P40TK3 Open Mideast producers to hike oil, gas investment http://www.zawya.com/story/Mideast_producers_to_hike_oil_gas_investment-ZAWYA20140622104726/ The Iraq crisis may fuel energy investments in other parts of the world, especially the Middle East. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:06:27 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140622104726 Open Oil price risks put inflation back in focus http://www.zawya.com/story/Oil_price_risks_put_inflation_back_in_focus-TR20140622nL6N0P20B92/ Iraq will be foremost in investors' minds in the coming week as oil price risk has returned to markets, complicating the task for central banks whose policies are beginning to diverge for the first time since the global financial crisis. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:38:58 GMT Reuters TR20140622nL6N0P20B92 Open Is this the end of Iraq? http://www.zawya.com/story/Is_this_the_end_of_Iraq-GN_18062014_190616/ Beyond Da’ish or what regional powers attempted to accomplish in Iraq, it was increasingly clear that the country would not remain unified. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:16:06 GMT Gulf News GN_18062014_190616 Subscription Kirkuk the elephant in the room as Kurds, Iraqis talk pipelines http://www.zawya.com/story/Kirkuk_the_elephant_in_the_room_as_Kurds_Iraqis_talk_pipelines-TR20140618nL6N0OZ0JP3/ Barely a week after Iraqi Kurdistan took over the Kirkuk oil field, Iraqi oil officials seemed resigned to its loss when they joined their Kurdish counterparts at a London industry conference. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:55:38 GMT Reuters TR20140618nL6N0OZ0JP3 Open Peshmerga prepare to fight again for Kurdistan http://www.zawya.com/story/Peshmerga_prepare_to_fight_again_for_Kurdistan-TR20140618nL6N0OZ2SY2/ As Iraqi soldiers deserted, the peshmerga fighters rushed to take their place in the oil-rich region around Kirkuk, occupying ground they consider the heart of their ethnic homeland and over which they have quarrelled with Baghdad for more than a decade. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:51:59 GMT Reuters TR20140618nL6N0OZ2SY2 Open Iraqi Islamists' gains pose challenge to al Qaeda leader http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqi_Islamists_gains_pose_challenge_to_al_Qaeda_leader-TR20140617nL5N0OX3H73/ If the battle in Iraq and Syria were being fought by tycoons rather than jihadis, it might be called a hostile takeover in defiance of the main shareholder that has created a powerful multinational brand with an uncertain future. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:24:34 GMT Reuters TR20140617nL5N0OX3H73 Open Iraq oil sector at risk http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_oil_sector_at_risk-ZAWYA20140618050501/ Upheaval in Iraq could threaten Iraq’s oil sector and the country’s efforts to increase production, analysts say. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:10:49 GMT Zawya ZAWYA20140618050501 Open Gulf's billions insulate economies, markets from Iraq turmoil http://www.zawya.com/story/Gulfs_billions_insulate_economies_markets_from_Iraq_turmoil-TR20140617nL5N0OX53F2/ For years, the rich oil states of the Gulf have struggled to insulate themselves from political turbulence in the rest of their volatile region. Markets' reaction to the insurgency in Iraq suggest they may finally have succeeded. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:56:26 GMT Reuters TR20140617nL5N0OX53F2 Open Iraq's implosion could redraw Middle East boundaries http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqs_implosion_could_redraw_Middle_East_boundaries-TR20140614nL5N0OU4IP2/ The capture of Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit by al Qaeda-influenced jihadis could redesign Middle Eastern national boundaries and lead to a forging of new regional alliances. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:44:45 GMT Reuters TR20140614nL5N0OU4IP2 Open Iraq turns to Shi'ite militias http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraq_turns_to_Shiite_militias-TR20140614nL5N0OV0JS2/ For several months, Asaib Ahl Haq and another Iranian-trained militia, Kata'ib Hezbollah, have been Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's secret weapon in his fight against Sunni militants. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 04:27:28 GMT Reuters TR20140614nL5N0OV0JS2 Open Obama faces limited options in Iraq crisis http://www.zawya.com/story/Obama_faces_limited_options_in_Iraq_crisis-TR20140614nL2N0OU1OF2/ Two and a half years after President Barack Obama disentangled America from a long, unpopular war in Iraq, his options for helping the Iraqi government stave off a militant onslaught are slim as doubts simmer over whether even punishing air strikes would be effective. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:05:54 GMT Reuters TR20140614nL2N0OU1OF2 Open Iraqi insurgent commander is jihad's rising leader http://www.zawya.com/story/Iraqi_insurgent_commander_is_jihads_rising_leader-TR20140611nL5N0OR5ID4/ The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:11:32 GMT Reuters TR20140611nL5N0OR5ID4 Open