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Abadi’s Reforms Welcome, but Vigilance Needed

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Dramatic moves this week by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to tackle corruption and bureaucracy have been widely welcomed, both within Iraq and internationally. Abolishing senior positions such as those of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister — there were three of each — scrapping sectarian and party quotas for state positions, and […]

Another New Service from Iraq Business News

At Iraq Business News, we are committed to providing our readers with the very best business information on Iraq. To that end, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Reference pages, which will support our news service by giving all the background information that our readers need about the country. We are […]

Baghdad’s “Irrational Optimists”

By Robert Tollast. An interview with Mohamed Ridha, of the Baghdad entrepreneurial tech collective Fikra Space. So what on earth is a hackerspace? Since the essence of the concept is open source, it seems apt (although not so professional!) to quote Wikipedia, which has the most succinct definition. According to the page a hackerspace is, […]

Time for Change in Iraq

By Padraig O’Hannelly. It’s nearly a year since the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) seized control of Mosul. Almost as significantly, it is also roughly one year since the price of crude oil began its latest descent, severely limiting Iraq’s ability to fund its defence and development. Many expect these two phenomena to be with […]

The Foundations of Thi Qar

By Robert Tollast, Iraq analyst with The Brecon Group. Standing on the Ziggurat, an impressive religious temple from the Sumerian period which was largely restored in the 1980s, you can still see solidified tar seeping out from the several thousand year old brickwork. In fact “qar” in the province’s name refers to tar that was […]

Iraq Business News Improves User Experience

Iraq Business News takes another step forward today with the launch of its fresh, new, fully-responsive website. As the leading source of business news for Iraq, IBN has seen mobile and tablet use increase steadily, to where it now accounts for over a third of the site’s traffic. Our new site means that people visiting […]


Iraq in 2015 …

The year just gone by has been a exceptionally difficult one for Iraq, as it attempts to tackle the misery being spread by the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL), while at the same time managing the effects of a dramatic fall in the price of oil. But without diminishing the enormity of these challenges, […]