Iraq: Sadr Movement To Begin ‘Serious Negotiations’

August 26, 2010

The Sadr movement announced on Aug. 26 that it will begin serious negotiations with other blocs the week of Aug. 30 to end the government stalemate over the premiership, AKnews reported. A member of the party’s negotiating team said they will “nominate a new candidate who cares of the interest of the Iraqi people.” An Iraqi National Alliance (INA) member said on Aug. 25 that his party has accepted the candidacy of current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of the State of Law coalition, alongside other INA candidates. INA will choose a final prime minister candidate through internal voting.

Source : STRATFOR

Iraq: Talks Resuming

August 20, 2010
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and al-Iraqiya List leader Iyad Allawi have resumed negotiations following a sectarian disagreement, senior politicians said on Aug. 20, Reuters reported. Talks are focused on forming a new government.

Source : STRATFOR

Iraq: Only 50,000 U.S. Troops In The Country – DM

August 12, 2010
There are currently only 50,000 U.S. troops stationed in Iraqi territory, AKnews reported Aug. 12, citing a statement from Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul-Qader Jassim. According to Jassim, the 50,000 soldiers are not combat troops; rather, they are back-up troops there to train Iraqi soldiers. The planned U.S. withdrawal led Iraqi policymakers to conduct a thorough review of the country’s military, including administrative aspects of naval, land and air forces.

Source : STRATFOR

Iraq to produce natural gas in 2 years

09 August 2010

BAGHDAD – Iraq will produce natural gas in two years, and will become one of the most important gas exporters to Europe.

“Iraq will allow international firms to bid on investing in three gas fields by Oct. 2010,” a source from the Iraqi Oil Ministry told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Monday.

He noted that measures such as production levels and costs will be employed to evaluate bids.

“Iraq will use only 1-50% of the produced gas to generate electricity, while the rest will be exported,” the source added.

© Aswat Aliraq 2010