Key Iraq field to go to state, not Russia

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Iraq disappointed Russian oil officials hoping to revive the West Qurna-2 deal by saying the field will go to the state oil company.

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Turkey, Iraq to cooperate on energy

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey said Tuesday it would work with Iraq to transport Iraq’s natural gas to Europe.

Russia: Debt not tied to move for Iraq oil

MOSCOW, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A top Russian finance official said Iraq’s debt could be settled after a visit this week by Iraq’s oil minister, though a swap for oil fields isn’t needed.

Iraq blackouts blamed on fuel shortage

BAGHDAD , Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Iraq’s electricity ministry is blaming the oil ministry for current electricity shortages, saying the nation’s power generators don’t have enough fuel.

Iraq oil minister to Russia for oil talks

BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Iraq's oil minister will visit Moscow this week to discuss energy cooperation with a country still interested in reviving a Saddam Hussein-era deal.

Steelworkers: Congress back Iraq workers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The main U.S. union representing oil workers has called on Congress to stop pressing Iraq to pass its oil law and support the rights of oil workers.

Iraq unions may strike over Oil Ministry

BASRA, Iraq, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Oil workers in Basra, Iraq, say they'll respond to the Oil Ministry's anti-union rhetoric with protests and possibly strikes.

U.N.'s pick to lead Iraq declines job

BAGHDAD, May 27 (UPI) -- The scientist and humanitarian tagged by the United Nations to be Iraq's interim head of state beginning June 30 has declined the job.

Potential Iraqi PM found

BAGHDAD, May 26 (UPI) -- A Shiite scientist once jailed by Saddam Hussein for opposing Iraq's nuclear weapons appears to be a top contender for the job of prime minister.

U.S. unprepared for chemical attack

Almost 18 months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, along with the anthrax-tainted letters that followed, the United States remains unprepared to respond to victims of an attack involving chemical agents, experts told Unit
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent
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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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