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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, […]

Budget 2015 “Needs Serious Revision”

Iraqi State Budget 2015- It Deserves Careful Reading But Needs Serious Revision By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. The first reading of the draft law for budget 2015 by the Federal Parliament was done on 25 December at a presence of only 229 members of the Parliament. According to the parliamentary procedure the first reading entail reading […]

A Year of Iraq’s Best Bloggers

2014 has been a stellar year for our dedicated panel of Expert Bloggers. As we draw the year to a close, our newsletter this week highlights just some of their contributions from the previous twelve months. We’d like to thank all of them, and our Guest Bloggers, for their expert analysis and comment, and we […]

No Excuse for Excessive Holidays

By Padraig O’Hannelly. A recent report from Al Monitor highlights the shocking number of official and unofficial holidays in Iraq, and the affect that this is having on commercial activity and education. But that’s just part of the picture. Due to its plentiful oil reserves, many would consider Iraq to be an example of a […]