Posts Tagged ‘Fadhila’
31 August 2007
British forces, in control of southern Iraq since 2003, are expected to complete their withdrawal from Basrah in September and redeploy to a desert airbase, having already exited most urban centers in the last year. The move is interpreted by some as a prelude to a full British military withdrawal from Iraq, and a fight for supremacy is already raging in Iraq’s oil heartland among competing political factions, backed by their armed militias.
International oil companies looking to establish influence must navigate a political minefield, but some …
5 May 2006
Talks on forming Iraq’s next government seem to be edging closer toward an agreement on the main portfolios, including the Oil Ministry, and an announcement could be made as early as next week, Iraqi sources said Thursday.
Two candidates emerged this week as the strongest candidates for the oil portfolio: former Oil Minister Thamer al-Ghadban, a technocrat who is backed by several parties including some in the largest parliamentary bloc, the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance, and Hussein al-Shahristani, a physicist who heads an independent bloc within the …
24 May 2006
Iraq’s new Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani sought to send a positive message to international oil companies eyeing Iraq as he took over at the ministry Tuesday.
“There is need to pass an oil and gas law to guarantee the right conditions for international companies to help develop the Iraqi oil sector,” al-Shahristani told reporters in Baghdad, after the handover from former acting minister Hashem al-Hashemi.
The 64-year-old nuclear scientist, who served as deputy speaker in the previous National Assembly, admitted that Iraq needs billions of dollars in …