IRAQ IMPORTANT DATES
9 Sept 2010 End of Ramadan
24 October 2010 Iraq National Census
December 2010 DFI Account extended
December 2010 3rd Review Stand-by-agreement (IMF)
March 2011 Kurdistan Regional Elections
March 2011 Arab League Summit – Baghdad
The Al-Iraqiyah List leader Dr. Iyad Allawi just finished his trip meeting the Russian President and now he is going to Kuwait. Dr. Allawi will be meeting with the Kuwaiti’s to strengthen ties between the two countries.
A protest about electricity in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah today. They call it the “Electricity intifada” over the deterioration of the basic service where very little electricity is given to the people. Some Iraqi’s do have some relief by using there own personal generators however, the fuel to keep them going is about 1,000 dinar a liter. At that price its is very expensive for Iraqi’s.
Today, criminals managed to rob the salary of government workers in the amount of 600k US Dollars from an Iraqi bank. This is a continuing problem for the banking industry as they still can not use paper checks to pay their employees. Actually its some ministries that are not willing to use safer methods and I am sure you can figure out why?
The Iraq North Oil Company has had to stop oil production in the north from the Kirkuk oil wells to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. They do not know if the problem was the result of sabotage or technical problems. They say should be down for only 72 hours. Several times this year the oil flow has stopped. I do believe the oil exports at the end of the year will be lower than expected.
This is going to be short as it was a long day! Be back up tomorrow.
As always more to follow…
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Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline flow halted
The flow of oil through the pipeline from Iraq’s Kirkuk oilfields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was halted yesterday morning, and repairs could last up to 72 hours, sources at Iraq’s North Oil Co said.
Gunmen attack vehicle, steal Iraqi government employee salaries
Gunmen intercepted a vehicle carrying salaries of Iraqi government employees in western Baghdad and made off with nearly $600,000, police officials told CNN on Sunday. The robbers attacked the vehicle a few hundred meters from a local bank, where it had been loaded with money, police said.
Iraqis stage violent demo over power rationing
Dozens of Iraqis violently protested in the southern city of Nasiriyah to demand better power supplies, wounding 16 people including 10 policemen, witnesses and officials said on Sunday.