CoolClownFish’s Blog – Renewable Energy Opportunity in Muthana

<p>The Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq (the MOE) herby announces issuing a Request for Proposal (PFP) in connection with the following tenders no. MOE/HQ/19/2016 for renewable Energy of 50 MW SAWA PV Power Plant Project on a (BOO) basis, Build, Own, Operate, at Al-Salman District, Al Muthana Governorate, Iraq.</p>
<p>Tender Rules against non refundable amount of 250.000 ID, two hundred fifty thousand Iraqi Dinar, to be paid against a receipt from the following address.</p>
<p>The Ministry of Electricity, Office of Investment and Contracts – Tenders Section, Ministry of Electricity Headquarters, Al Niqabat Street, Al Mansour District, Baghdad, Iraq.</p>
<p>Interested parties should note the following:-</p>
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<li>The MOE will enter into a power purchase contract with the winning bidder.</li>
<li>The term of power purchase contract will be 20 years.</li>
<li>Further details are laid out in the (RFP)</li>
<li>Authorized representative should have an authorization letter to buy the Tender Rules.</li>
<li>Any further questions can be referred to: <a href=”mailto:32-contracts@moelc.goc.iq”>32-contracts@moelc.goc.iq</a> or contact cell no. 07901935786.</li>
<li>Closing time at 12 pm Baghdad local time on 20<sup>th</sup> of July 2016.</li>
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<p>Ra’ad Qassim</p>
<p>Director General</p>
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<p><em>(Source: National Investment Commission)</em></p>
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Renewable Energy Opportunity in Muthana

The Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq (the MOE) herby announces issuing a Request for Proposal (PFP) in connection with the following tenders no. MOE/HQ/19/2016 for renewable Energy of 50 MW SAWA PV Power Plant Project on a (BOO) basis, Build, Own, Operate, at Al-Salman District, Al Muthana Governorate, Iraq. Tender Rules against […]

CoolClownFish’s Blog – Yazidis Return Home to Face Economic Blockade

<p lang=”en-GB”><em><a href=”http://www.niqash.org/en/articles/security/5296/Iraq%E2%80%99s-Yazidis-Return-Home-To-Face-Cruel-Economic-Blockade.htm”>Thisarticle</a> was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of<a href=”http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2013/11/09/”> Iraq Business News</a>.</em></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong><em><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home To Face Cruel Economic Blockade</span></em></strong></p>
<p>Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Islamic State group have returned home – but now they are threatened by an economic siege caused by political infighting.</p>
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<p>It has been eight months since the extremist group known as the Islamic State was pushed out of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The area had become well known because of the way that the Islamic State, or IS, group treated the ethno-religious minority group living there, known as Yazidis. In the months since the IS group has gone, many Yazidis have returned to the area, hoping to rebuild their lives at home despite risks, because it was better than remaining in displaced persons’ camps.</p>
<p>But the situation back home is not necessarily a happy one either. In some new ways, political and military power struggles in the area are making life difficult, and may be a sign of worse troubles to come in Iraq, after the security crisis caused by the IS group.</p>
<p>For the past two months there has been what may best be described as an economic siege affecting Sinjar. Aid for Sinjar from humanitarian organizations and rations sent by the federal government in Baghdad are not being distributed to local families and even commercial shipments of all kinds of other goods have hardly been allowed to enter the district. This is all because of extremely tight security being implemented by troops at the Fish Khabour crossing, also known as the Rabia crossing.</p>
<p>These troops are affiliated with one of nearby Iraqi Kurdistan’s dominant political parties, the Kurdistan Democratic Party, or KDP.</p>
<p>The main reason why KDP-affiliated troops are preventing food and goods from getting to Sinjar lies in an ongoing conflict between the KDP and the Kurdish Worker’s Party, or PKK, a group that has been fighting for independence in Turkey for years, in an ongoing conflict that has seen tens of thousands of both Turkish and Kurdish people die; the PKK is categorised as a terrorist organisation by some Western nations.</p>

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Yazidis Return Home to Face Economic Blockade

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s Yazidis Return Home To Face Cruel Economic Blockade Many of the Yazidis who were so brutalised by the extremist Islamic State group have returned home – but now they […]

CoolClownFish’s Blog – Coalition Strikes Target ISIL in Iraq, Syria

<p>U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.</p>
<p>Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.</p>
<p><strong>Strikes in Syria</strong></p>
<p>Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:</p>
<ul>
<li>Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed three ISIL oil wellheads.</li>
<li>Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL vehicles.</li>
<li>Near Mara, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.</li>
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<p><strong>Strikes in Iraq</strong></p>
<p>Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 16 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:</p>
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<li>Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system and denied ISIL access to terrain.</li>
<li>Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel entrance, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL bulldozer.</li>
<li>Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL logistics facility and an ISIL bed-down location.</li>
<li>Near Beiji, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL vehicles, an ISIL tactical vehicle, two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL mortar system.</li>
<li>Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL boats and an ISIL staging area.</li>
<li>Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.</li>
<li>Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle bomb factory and destroyed an ISIL assembly area and an ISIL tunnel and denied ISIL access to terrain.</li>
<li>Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade system.</li>
<li>Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike destroyed an ISIL trench.</li>
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<p>Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.</p>
<p><strong>Part of Operation Inherent Resolve</strong></p>
<p>The strikes were conducted as part of <a id=”anch_82″ href=”http://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0814_Inherent-Resolve”target=”_blank”>Operation Inherent Resolve</a>, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.</p>
<p>Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.</p>
<p><em>(Source: US Dept of Defense)</em></p>

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Coalition Strikes Target ISIL in Iraq, Syria

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Attack, bomber, fighter and […]

CoolClownFish’s Blog – Video: Forces flushing IS out of last Fallujah Pocket

<p><em>From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of <a href=”http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/”>IraqBusiness News</a>.</em></p>
<p>Iraqi forces have retaken more than 80 percent of Fallujah from the Islamic State group, the commander of the month-long offensive on the jihadist bastion said.</p>
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CoolClownFish’s Blog – Remembering the Jews of Dhi Qar in City’s Architecture

<p lang=”en-GB”><em><a href=”http://www.niqash.org/en/articles/society/5297/Remembering-The-Jews-of-Dhi-Qar-In-Architecture.htm”>Thisarticle</a> was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of<a href=”http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2013/11/09/”> Iraq Business News</a>.</em></p>
<p>The Iraqi Jews of Dhi Qar were once an important part of the province’s social fabric. Despite controversial claims on land they left behind, older locals still remember their neighbours fondly.</p>
<p>The old man was sitting out in front of the Al Batha cinema in Nasiriyah, basking in the sun just under the star of David that was painted on the cinema’s walls. “This cinema was part of a lot of Jewish-owned property in the city,” the 78-year-old man, who wished to be known only as Abu Jamal, told NIQASH. “But it was taken over by the state and rented out to others, who were not aware of the history and value of the building. They have misused it and they haven’t preserved its history.”</p>
<p>“The old days here were good days,” Abu Jamal continued, before listing the names of his Jewish friends. “We used to spend a lot of time with them, sharing meals and sad and happy occasions.”</p>
<p>There are more than 150 Jewish heritage sites around the province of Dhi Qar, says <a href=”https://twitter.com/sumeruruk”>Abdulamiral-Hamdani,</a> an Iraqi archaeologist who is currently a visiting researcher at the State University of New York in the US. “There are houses, markets, motels and cultural and religious centres, many of which were built in the early 19th century. Some of them are decorated with the star of David, which indicates their original ownership.”</p>
<p>A man called Jacob Cohen was apparently the last Jew to leave Nasiriyah. In the early 1970s he moved to Basra and was eventually buried there. Another retiree, Haj Salem al-Tuwaili, 80, remembers Cohen, whose nickname was Abu Meer, and says he left behind property where he used to sell and buy wool as well as another building where local goldsmiths used to prepare materials for cleaning gold.</p>

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Remembering the Jews of Dhi Qar in City’s Architecture

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi Jews of Dhi Qar were once an important part of the province’s social fabric. Despite controversial claims on land they left behind, older locals still remember their neighbours […]

CoolClownFish’s Blog – KRG, Iran make Progress on Oil Pipeline Deal

<p><em>By John Lee.</em></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.iran-bn.com/”target=”_blank”>Iran </a>and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have reportedly agreed the technical details of a plan to build a pipeline that could transfer as much as 250,000 bpd of Kurdish oil to Iran.</p>
<p>Taha Zangana (pictured), the KRG’s deputy minister of natural resources, told <em>Al Jazeera</em>:</p>
<p style=”padding-left: 30px;”><em>“We [the KRG and Iran] have an understanding on how to do this [exporting KRG oil and gas to Iran]. The technical aspects have been talked about and are clear to both sides. What remains is the political and commercial side of it.”</em></p>
<p>Zangana added that a high-level Kurdish delegation is expected to visit Tehran after Ramadan to finalise and sign the deal, which could also include natural gas.</p>
<p><strong><em><a href=”http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/iraq-kurds-iran-eye-oil-deal-160621072705742.html”target=”_blank”>More details here.</a></em></strong></p>
<p><em>(Source: Al Jazeera)</em></p>

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KRG, Iran make Progress on Oil Pipeline Deal

By John Lee. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have reportedly agreed the technical details of a plan to build a pipeline that could transfer as much as 250,000 bpd of Kurdish oil to Iran. Taha Zangana (pictured), the KRG’s deputy minister of natural resources, told Al Jazeera: “We [the KRG and Iran] have an […]

BH Defense wins $31m Iraq Order

By John Lee.
BH Defense, of Jacksonville, Florida, has been awarded a $30,933,730 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, foreign military sales contract with options for equipment, training, sustainment, and support to the Iraq International Academy.
One bid wa…