U.S. stands by Baghdad in oil contract policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it believes any revenue generated in Iraq through oil sales should go through the central government.

Iraq government official welcomes Kurdish, Turkey energy deal

BAGHDAD, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Iraqi Deputy Energy Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said the central government welcomed an energy agreement reached with Kurdish and Turkish officials.

Iraq shoots for 9 million bpd by 2020

BAGHDAD, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it set a goal of producing as much as 9 million barrels of oil per day by the end of the decade.

Iraq to put oil potential on display in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- An energy conference in Dubai will showcase investment potentials in Iraq's oil sector, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani said.

Exxon warned on northern Iraq development

BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- It would be a "grave mistake" for Exxon Mobil to start operations in contested border regions in northern Iraq, the country's deputy prime minister said.

Iraq's fourth auction will boost oil hopes

BAGHDAD, May 17 (UPI) -- Iraq is preparing for its fourth auction of oil and natural gas exploration zones as it tries to rival Saudi Arabia as the world's leading oil producer.

Iraq sets sights on 10 million bpd mark

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Iraq expects oil production to reach 10 million barrels per day within the next six years, the country's deputy prime minister said from Washington.

Iraq sets sights on No. 1 at OPEC

LONDON, April 19 (UPI) -- Iraq has moved to the top of the list of countries with lucrative oil reserves, the country's deputy prime minister said.

Iraq gives oil assurances to South Korea

BAGHDAD, March 16 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government gave assurances to South Korea that it could cover an oil shortage if sanctions against Iran disrupted supplies, Seoul said.
U.S. warned Exxon about Iraq

U.S. warned Exxon about Iraq

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Washington had warned companies like Exxon Mobile that doing business in the Iraqi energy sector carries inherent political risk, the State Department said.

London lagging in Iraqi energy investments

LONDON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- British companies are behind European counterparts in terms of investment in Iraq's burgeoning oil sector, contracts indicate.
Iraq aims to up oil output in 2011

Iraq aims to up oil output in 2011

BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Iraq expects the output of crude oil to increase by about 400,000 barrels of oil per day by early next year, the country's oil minister said.

Iraqi oil minister slated for new job?

BAGHDAD, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani could leave his post for a new position under the prime minister, a top government official said.
Iraq raises oil reserve estimate

Iraq raises oil reserve estimate

BAGHDAD, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Iraq holds more than 140 billion barrels of extractable oil, an increase of about 25 percent, the country's oil minister announced Monday.

Iraq, Turkey expand energy ties

BAGHDAD, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A bilateral deal between Iraq and Turkey on an oil pipeline is a sign that energy ties between the two countries are expanding, a Turkish minister said.
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Hussain al-Shahristani
Iraq's Parliament speaker Hajim al-Hassani (C) is seen sitting between Deputy Speakers Aref Taifour (R) and Hussain al-Shahristani (L) April 17, 2005 duringÊ the assembly session in the heavily fortified Green Zone area in Baghdad, Iraq. (UPI Photo/Wathiq Khuzaie/Pool)

Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani is the current Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy.

Born in 1942 in Karbala, Iraq, Shahristani received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 1965, and an MSc from the University of Toronto in 1967, from where he also received a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1970. From 2006 to 2010, he was Iraq's Minister of Oil, and he served as Acting Minister of Electricity in 2010. He was a former nuclear scientist who was imprisoned in Abu Ghraib in 1980 and subjected to torture.

The reasons for his imprisonment have remained unclear. Some former Shiite leaders have stated that he used his powerful government position to make and distribute pamphlets urging Iraq's Shiite soldiers to abandon the army and fight against their fellow soldiers and officers. While other Government Defectors, including Khidir Hamza his supposed successor, have claimed that he was imprisoned for his lack of skill in handling the Nuclear program, constant problems with the IAEA, and his purposed delays in the program in order to prevent the country from constructing Nuclear Weapons (costing the Government Billions of dollars that could have been used toward the Iran-Iraq War) and was imprisoned personally by Saddam Hussein himself. "While imprisoned and tortured at Abu Ghraib prison for 11 years under Saddam Hussein for 'religious activities,' he refused to help build a nuclear weapon for the country."

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