Middle East Times

By: Nick Griffith, Jacy Jones, and Ethan Clark

The huge problems of Iraq. (And possibly other countries.)

Monday, January 14, 2013 9:56AM EST. Bad Weather cuts oil export from Iraq's Basra ports to 960,000 barrels per day (BPD). On Sunday from 2.35 million BPD a day earlier, A shipping source said,"High winds in the gulf are preventing the load ships from leaving on Sunday," Iraq exports the bulk of its crude from the western ports at the gulf. January 13, 5:35AM EST. Baghdad (AP)-An explosive packed vehicle driven by a suicide bomber blew up outside offices for the party of a key kurdish leader early Wednesday. In the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk, The largest in a wave of morning strikes that at least 24 dead and scores wounded across the country. The attacks made for Iraq's bloodiest days in two weeks. They come amid rising tensions among Iraq's ethnic and sectarian groups that threaten to plunge the country back into chaos nearly a decade after the U.S. -led invasion. January 13, 2013 Iraq, on the first anniversary of US withdrawal, is struggling to cope with, not merely a raging sectarian crisis between the Shia-led Central Government and an increasingly resentful Sunniminority, but more alarming an ethnic crisis with a heavily armed and increasingly defiant Kurdish Regional Government.

Afghanistan Troubles.

The US accused of the killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages entering plea to charges that could bring the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Has 16 counts of premeditated murder and other charges. An explosion on sunday killed 7 Afghan villages, After a nighttime raid NATO and Afghan Troops. Last winter, more than 100 Children died in the cold weather in the numerous refugee camps that surround the afghan capital the the small mud shelter covered only tarpaulin roof is typical of the conditions that families in the camp have to endure.

Iranian Local News

Iran is a path to be able to produce material for at least 1 n nuclear bomb by 2014. Iran growth in there stock piles of enriched uranium and number of center fuges. Eco is a large regional organization which accounts for 5% of the area, Eco members states have increased by 1/3. Iran is one of Assad's main allies. There was fighting in Taftanaz air base and the britan based syrian observatory for human rights, rebels did enter the air base in diib province late wednesday.