Iraqi pipeline attacks raise fears of threat to oil

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were in an attack this week on a northern army base guarding an oil pipeline, the first assault to involve such high casualties amid concerns that an al-Qaida insurgency in western Iraq is spreading to vital oil-producing regions.

Baghdad waiting for Kurdish response on oil plan

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Iraq's deputy prime minister called on the government in the Kurdish north to respond to a proposal from Baghdad on oil sales from the region.

Iraq mulls $620B energy strategy

BAGHDAD, June 28 (UPI) -- Iraq's Oil Ministry is expected to finally decide in the months ahead what its energy strategy for the next 17 years is going to be, while building up the infrastructure it will need for vastly expanded oil and gas production aimed at transforming the country into a major energy power.

Iraq slashes production plan, but doubts remain

BAGHDAD, June 14 (UPI) -- Iraq has formally lowered its controversial oil production target by one quarter, apparently recognizing it was way too ambitious. But industry analysts say that even the scaled-down plan may still be beyond Baghdad's reach because of shale oil.

Iraq threatens to blacklist oil companies

BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it would cut ties with any oil company that is taking action that runs counter to national laws, an official said.

Baghdad, Kurds square off in oil dispute

IRBIL, Iraq, March 16 (UPI) -- The simmering dispute between Iraq's central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region over oil has been ramped up a couple of notches amid a swelling political crisis in which some provinces are demanding self-rule.

Iraq miffed at Exxon's deal with Kurds

BAGHDAD, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Iraq accused U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil of jumping the gun by signing an exploration deal with semiautonomous Kurdistan.
Oil blitz 'Iraq's most dangerous moment'

Oil blitz 'Iraq's most dangerous moment'

BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Iraq's drive to expand its oil and gas industry is becoming dependent on the government's ability to ensure security and that looks to be a serious problem.

UPI Energy Watch

IEA warns of an oil supply crunch; China National Petroleum Corp., North Oil, sign a deal; Putin wants some control over oil prices.

UPI Energy Watch

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Iraq Fadhila Party blames Oil Ministry

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Iraq's Fadhila Party says the country's oil sector is in "crisis" and lays the blame on the oil minister.

Iraq's parties agree on presidency council

BAGHDAD, April 5 (UPI) -- The main Shiite and Kurdish political parties in Iraq agreed in a Tuesday meeting of the new national assembly to appoint a president and two vice presidents.

U.N. uncouraging Iraqi national dialogue

BAGHDAD, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The top U.N. envoy to Iraq is meeting with Iraqi leaders across the political spectrum, pledging the world body's support for broad-based national dialogue.

Top U.N. Iraq envoy meets nation's PM

BAGHDAD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The top United Nations Iraq envoy has discussed with the interim prime minister the role the world body will play in supporting Iraq's political process.
Hussein al-Shahristani
Iraqi Minister of Oil Hussein al-Shahristani answers reporters' questions at a joint press conference with the U.S. Energy Department Secretary at the Energy Department in Washington on July 26, 2006. The bureaucrats spoke of reestablishing Iraq's crude oil production to prewar levels and of establishing strategic partnerships between the two countries' energy sectors. (UPI Photos/Eduardo Sverdlin)

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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