Iraq Energy Roundup

Iraq, China to sign oil deal next week; Norway's DNO halts activity in northern Iraq; infighting delays Iraqi oil contracts; Shell still interested in Iraqi contracts.

Analysis: Petraeus makes Iraq energy calls

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Gen. David Petraeus is calling on "large Western corporations" to invest in Iraq's energy sector as Iraq looks outside to boost oil, gas and power production.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Analysis: Iraq oil law holdup political

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- Iraq's oil law debate is political, not technical, a top U.S. official said, adding Iraq has tagged billions of dollars to boost oil production regardless.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Civilian deaths in Iraq on the rise

BAGHDAD, March 15 (UPI) -- Civilian deaths across Iraq are back on the rise this year after dropping dramatically in late 2007, it was reported Saturday.

Greece condemns U.S. Embassy attack

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Greek officials condemned a projectile attack against the U.S. Embassy in Athens that caused minor damage to the building but no reported injuries.

Charles P. Ries is the current United States Minister for Economic Affairs and Coordinator for Economic Transition in Iraq, serving at American Embassy Baghdad. Before this he was the American ambassador to the nation of Greece.

He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and is married to Marcie Berman Ries, the former U.S. Ambassador to Albania and now serving in Iraq as Counselor for Political-Military Affairs.

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