Wednesday 30 July 2014

Iraq seeks bidders on $450m monorail project

Iraq has invited foreign companies to compete for a $450 million monorail project in the southern holy city of Kerbala, which hosts millions of Shi'ite pilgrims each year. The rail line is among many road, railway, port and power projects


Iraq plans new refinery, ENI interested

Iraq is in talks with foreign oil companies to build an oil refinery near the city of Kerbala and Italy's ENI has expressed interest in the project, Iraq's deputy oil minister said on Tuesday. The project is valued at $4 billion to $4.5 bi


Iraq tightens Kerbala security as bombers strike

A roadside bomb struck a minibus packed with pilgrims bound for the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala on Friday even as Iraqi authorities deployed over 40,000 police and soldiers to avert new violence in the annual rite. Police said one pilgrim


Millions defy bombs to attend Iraqi ritual

Iraqi officials said on Thursday they had defused three car bombs aimed at some of the 7 million pilgrims visiting Kerbala for one of Shi'ite Islam's most important rituals. Guarded by 40,000 Iraqi police and soldiers backed by tanks, crow


Suicide bomber kills 25 in Iraq

A suicide bomber targeting a group of pilgrims heading to one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest festivals killed 25 people and wounded 45 others south of Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police said. The bomber struck in the town of Iskandariya hours aft


Pilgrims flee Iraq city as gunbattles rage

Police ordered hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to leave the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Tuesday as a battle raged between Iraqi security forces and gunmen near two of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines. A senior security source in Baghdad said

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