Iraq

Middle East Food Crisis Grows With Conflict

July 13 - As early harvests of grain come in from the fields in the Middle East, Iraq is facing shortages because of war-related problems farmers had in obtaining seed and also in distribution problems that began at the storage silos and continued through the supply chain to the point of household rations dispersals, according to press reports and UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports.

A July 12 Wall Street Journal story quoted the FAO's country brief on Iraq, which said "Food prices in Anbar are the highest of all governorates, around 58 percent above the prices in Baghdad."

Iraq's Oil Fields in the Southeast


Iraq hosts major oil fields, including the super-giant Rumaila, in the southeast. Pipelines carry the crude and the natural gas to export terminals at the northern tip of the Persian Gulf.

Iraq Oil Exports Hit Record in June; Output Climbing

Iraq exported 3.187 million barrels of oil a day in June, its oil ministry said. It was a 1.37 percent increase over May. The ministry also reported that at the end of June Iraq was pumping 4.388 million barrels per day.

The Iraqi exports, as a whole, increased even though flow through Ceyhan, Turkey, fell from 451,000 barrels per day in May to 167,000 bpd in June, Reuters reported. A payment dispute within Iraq has cut back the shipments.

UN: Iraq Casualties Rise to 1,466 in June

Deaths in Iraq due to fighting rose to 1,466 in June, the United Nations reported, higher than the 1,031 recorded in May. The UN said that increased deaths among soldiers and militia accounted for much of the rise.

Western Iraq has been a battleground between the IS caliphate and the Baghdad government in the southeast and the Kurdish autonomous forces in the north. IS forces have overrun much of the western desert provinces, and have captured Ramadi, 63 miles west of Baghdad, and the major oil refinery at Baiji, 117 miles up the Tigris River from Baghdad.

Basra, Iraq

An important oil industry town in southern Iraq on the Shatt al-Arab River. Basra is close to Iran and the northern tip of the Persian Gulf.

Mosul

Nineveh Province town in north on banks of Tigris River. The IS caliphate took the town in 2014.

Ramadi

IS fighters control this town in Anbar province.

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