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Oil rig

Maintenance management tender floated for Iraq oil field Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to submit bids by 10 August

Iraqi Kurdistan refutes Dana Gas payments claims Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Erbil says it does not have any outstanding payments to the UAE-based energy group

Dana Gas wins rights to payments in Iraqi Kurdistan Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

London arbitration tribunal makes order for regional government to restart regular payments

Kurdistan government seizes two oil fields in northern Iraq Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad condemns move as tensions with Erbil reach new high

Gazprom consortium tenders Badra oil field power grids development Subscription Required

13 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to submit bids for contract in eastern Iraq by 10 August

Investors price too little risk premium in Mena credits Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Iraq spillover could create a major change in the region

Barzani says US unlikely to oppose Erbil independence Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Kurdistan Regional Government president says Washington and Turkey not expected to offer resistance or assistance

Banking and tourism sectors post largest losses on Iraqi stock market Subscription Required

7 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Iraq-listed stocks fell up to 37 per cent in June

US, Russia and Iran increase military support to Baghdad Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | Updated: 6 July 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Retaking Saddam Hussein’s former stronghold of Tikrit is critical to the credibility of Iraq’s armed forces, say analysts

Investors become more attuned to regional risk Subscription Required

2 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Fund managers see potential in Middle East and North African countries set for recovery

Sunnis and Kurds walk out of first Iraq parliament session Subscription Required

2 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Minority blocs insist Shias nominate prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki

Iraq Oil Ministry accuses Kurds of false information in legal dispute Subscription Required

2 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad says supreme court has made no substantial ruling on oil exports case

Petrochina floats management tender on Halfaya oil field Subscription Required

1 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to bid for project management consultancy on Iraq project by 11 August

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Isis announces caliphate in Iraq and Syria Subscription Required

30 June 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Islamist group names Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as head of new Islamic state

Iraqi supreme court overrules move to stop Kurdish oil exports Subscription Required

29 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Ruling allows Erbil to sidestep Baghdad’s claims of illegal oil sales from the region

Erbil begins emergency fuel programme Subscription Required

26 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Emergency fuel programme begins in Iraqi Kurdistan as elimination of Baiji refinery output hits rest of Iraq

UN responds to growing Iraqi refugee crisis Subscription Required

26 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Emergency food programme launched as refugees top half a million in northern Iraq

Air strikes to help Iraq retake Baiji soon, say military analysts Subscription Required

26 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Baiji refinery and power complex too important for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to leave to insurgents

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Analysis

Iraq

Iraq violence is about money not religion

25 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The struggle for mastery of Iraq’s $20tn oil and gas reserves

Resort: Baghdad has employed the help of Shia civilians, unable to stop the advance of militants by itself

Iraq's fundamental flaws Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

The growing sectarian division in Iraq has meant the partition of the country could become a reality

Power: Kurdish forces have taken control of Kirkuk

Erbil’s opportunity arrives Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

With the central government in Baghdad losing control of large swathes of the north and west of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government will be key in shaping the future of the country

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription Required

11 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Iraq oil exports

Iraq starts up third floating export terminal Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad bumps up exports from its southern oil fields; but northern sales grind to a halt

Gas flare

Iraq exports essential for Iran gas development Subscription Required

28 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

Tehran aims to start 270-kilometre Iran-Iraq gas pipeline in 2015

Mandate: Al-Maliki hopes to secure a third term, but a tough leadership contest is expected

The waiting begins for Iraq's new government Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

Iraq once again faces a protracted power vacuum as Shia parties negotiate to for a majority

Iraq oil production forecasts

Iraq faces challenge to meet output targets Subscription Required

16 April 2014 | By Mark Watts

Analysts expect Baghdad to fall short of 2020 ambitions despite recent production surge

GCC and Iraq energy awards

Gulf oil and gas spending hits long-term high in first quarter Subscription Required

2 April 2014 | By Mark Watts

More than $25bn-worth of contracts awarded as three-month period eclipses total for 2013

Opec oil production 2012-13

Opec output shrunk in 2013 on Iran and Libya production cuts Subscription Required

29 January 2014 | By Mark Watts

Non-Opec output replaced Opec supply as exporters brace for the potential return of Iran

Preparations

Al-Maliki’s sectarian challenge Subscription Required

16 January 2014 | By Adal Mirza

Sunni disaffection rises in Iraq, just as it prepares for national elections in April

Comment

Nouri al-Maliki

Iraq's ill-equipped prime minister

19 June 2014 | By Mark Watts

Nouri al-Maliki’s declining popularity and loss of control over vast areas of Iraq has weakened his mandate to lead the country

Iraq conflict

Iraq on the brink of destruction

12 June 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Conflict threatens Sunni-Shia tensions across the region. To prevent civil war in Iraq, a decisive response by Washington is required

Poll: About 60 per cent of eligible voters took part

Addressing Iraq's sectarian divide Subscription Required

8 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

The key question is whether Iraq’s power brokers have the will to bring Sunni or Kurdish elements into the government to unite the country

Iraq

Iraq mine clearance slow to progress Subscription Required

10 April 2014

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Iraq

Baghdad appeals to private sector Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Progress with the government’s IPP programme would deliver more benefits than just additional power

Iraq

Oil windfall yet to benefit Iraq's economy Subscription Required

6 March 2014 | By Adal Mirza

Sectarian politics and prolonged violence are inhibiting foreign investment in Iraq’s industries

Iraq gas

Securing gas is a priority for Iraq Subscription Required

27 February 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

If the Iraqi government is to meet its development targets, it is vital that schemes to provide gas are a success

Refinery

Iraq’s refining plans face test Subscription Required

6 February 2014 | By Adal Mirza

All eyes on the first real test for Iraq’s downstream sector as firms bid for Nasiriyah project

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