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 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
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
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
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
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