Archive for March, 2013

Iraq’s people yet to feel benefit of oil boom

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s economy is expanding and government coffers are swelling, but Sabah Nuri, like many Iraqis who still struggle with poverty and poor services, has yet to see the benefits of rising oil exports. Nuri is lucky: he has a job, albeit a relatively menial one, and a roof over his head. But [...]


Decade on, Iraq far cry from pre-war vision

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The US-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein aimed to enshrine a liberal democracy in the heart of the Middle East but instead unleashed sectarian violence and endless political disputes. Launched a decade ago with the stated goal of wiping out Saddam’s stores of weapons of mass destruction, which were never [...]