Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

The US withdrawal from Iraq by the Numbers

The US Pullout from Iraq by the Numbers – RTE World Report Based on the terms of a 2008 security agreement signed by the United States and Iraq, all American forces must withdraw from the country by the end of this year. Though Iraqi politicians have said they will open negotiations with Washington on keeping [...]


Where Iraq stood in August 2010

Where Iraq Stood in August 2010 – RTE World Report August 2010 was a busy month in Iraq. Along with US forces gearing up to declare an official end to combat operations, and get troop numbers below 50,000 (from a peak of around 170,000 during “the surge”), a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a [...]


US deaths in Iraq a bid to torpedo troop stay: experts

Prashant’s note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 7, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao BAGHDAD (AFP) – An attack that killed five American soldiers Monday was the deadliest in an increasing spate of bids by insurgent groups to ensure Iraq and the US do not agree [...]


Facebook on the Frontline (Part II)

Prashant’s note: The following article was originally published in the latest issue of Correspondent, the bi-monthly magazine of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. It is reproduced here in full with the permission of the magazine. by Prashant Rao How is social media changing the role of today’s correspondent? All I know is that for [...]


Baghdad match a triumph for security

Baghdad match a triumph for security

by Prashant Rao NOTE: This article was originally published by AFP on July 15, 2009. It can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) — Standing alongside the pitch at Baghdad’s Al-Shaab stadium as more than 50,000 rabid fans cheered on their national side, Mohammed Raed spelt out his own measure of the city’s improved security. “The [...]


Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 9, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – Known across the region for its fine texture, the Najafi abaya is worn by all manner of VIPs from officials to oil-rich sheikhs. But the men who produce the hand-made cloth, [...]


Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 15, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – A half-billion-dollar effort to showcase Iraq’s holiest Shiite city to the world is coming down to the wire as many contracts remain unsigned and funds are being hastily re-allocated. Preparations for [...]


Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 13, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – The holy Shiite city of Najaf in central Iraq, home to the shrine of a revered cleric, is in the midst of a hotel building boom in a bid to dramatically [...]