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Posted: 24-07-2011
IRAQ. The Ministry of Oil of Iraq has signed an Implementation agreement for the construction under BOO terms of the Refinery of Karbala with RKC (Refinery of Karbala Corporation Ltd.) The new Refinery will have a daily capacity of 200,000 barrels of Crude Oil and will produce high quality, high octane gasoline (regular and premium) as well diesel fuel for the domestic market. “Karbala Refinery will be located 100km south of Baghdad on a 6 square kilometer plot of land, and will be the most advanced state of the art refinery with almost full conversion rate and with an estimated cost of
Posted: September 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. David Cameron called the attack "a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker" and "an act of pure evil;" Barack Obama offered US support for its "ally in grief".
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The one power that can effectively move against IS in a manner that would appear legitimate to other Muslims is Saudi Arabia; The capture of oil wells in Syria and Iraq has made the group financially self-sufficient. Now it's all or nothing.
Posted: September 11, 2014
IRAQ. It is unclear how rebuilding the country's army squares with repeated assertions by Kerry and other American officials that US troops will not return to Iraq.
Posted: September 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In a widely anticipated, 13-minute White House speech, Obama said he would hunt down Islamic State militants "wherever they are" in a drive to degrade and ultimately destroy the group.
Posted: September 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Barack Obama is prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria as part of a strategy to battle IS; He will lay out his strategy in a prime-time speech Wednesday evening.
Posted: September 9, 2014
EGYPT. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Arab foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia Wednesday as he bids for a broad coalition against the Islamic State.
Posted: September 8, 2014
EGYPT. "What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically," Nabil al-Arabi said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers.
Posted: September 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "US military forces attacked ISIL terrorists near Haditha in Anbar province in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha dam."
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own."
Posted: September 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff.
Posted: September 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff; Sotloff's family decries "horrific tragedy".
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The full extent of casualties is difficult to determine. Many have been killed directly; others have been besieged and deprived of food."
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Writing in the New York Times, a week before a NATO summit in Wales, Kerry urged "a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations."
Posted: August 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Obama's comment during a White House news conference before a meeting of national security advisers about how to proceed against Islamic State drew criticism.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 14, 2014
UAE. Deloitte survey: "Brand loyalty is becoming more challenging for Middle East hoteliers in this market and meeting the needs of the various travel groupings is becoming vital in winning the loyalty battle."
date:Posted: September 13, 2014
QATAR. It remains to be seen whether the new set of measures will be enough to combat the Eurozone's problems of slow growth, high unemployment and near zero inflation.
date:Posted: September 12, 2014
KUWAIT. A step towards building a regional and global financial direct investment market; The Saudi bourse is the largest in the region with a market capitalization of about US$550 billion.
UAE. Deloitte survey: "Brand loyalty is becoming more challenging for Middle East hoteliers in this market and meeting the needs of the various travel groupings is becoming vital in winning the loyalty battle."
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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