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How their Enemies get by with Killing Iraqi Journalists

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his […]

Switzerland sells $98m Encrypted Telephones to Iraq

By John Lee. Switzerland last year authorised a $98-million order for the sale of encrypted telephones to Iraq, according to a report from Swissinfo. The devices, which could be used for both civilian or military purposes, were received by an Iraqi civilian government ministry. They can be disabled remotely if they fall into the wrong hands. […]

Zain to pay $94m to settle Iraqna Tax Case

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Zain Iraq is to pay $94 million to settle a tax case related to the 2007 acquisition of rival operator Iraqna from Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. Iraq’s General Commission of Taxes (GCT) claimed Zain Iraq owed $187 million in capital gains tax due on its $1.2 billion purchase of the […]

The Growth of the Iraqi Tech Ecosystem

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. It might be surprising to know that the region of the Middle East has become a blossoming entrepreneurial, tech startup hub. From Jordan to Lebanon and Iran to Egypt, the region has made significant progress with innovation driving tech startup growth. Israel has more startups per capita than anywhere else […]

The Young Iraqi Behind ‘The Better Facebook’

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sajad Saadi has dreams of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, the now-seriously wealthy American who helped found Facebook while he was at university. And to get that particular party started, […]

WFP Launches WiFi System In Iraqi Refugee Camp

The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an innovative project that provides wireless internet access to Syrian refugees living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, the largest refugee camp in Iraq which is home to 31,000 Syrian refugees. Syrian refugees forced to flee the conflict in Syria can now use the internet through the […]

“Dysfunctional Banking System” affects Asiacell Business

By John Lee. In its results for the first nine months of the year, Qatar-based Ooredoo said this morning that business at its Iraqi subsidiary Asiacell is still affected by the political and economic situation in the country, a “dysfunctional banking system“, and VAT impact. Despite these challenges, Asiacell maintained its revenue leadership in the […]

JLT Mobile Computers Supplies BGT

By John Lee. Sweden’s JLT Mobile Computers has announced that it has successfully delivered a total of 50 JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers to the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT). BGT, a container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility at the port of Umm Qasr, is operated by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI); it opened […]

Union of Iraqi Publishers joins International body

By John Lee. National publishers associations from Iraq, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal became provisional members of the International Publishers Association (IPA). The General Assembly of the Geneva-based IPA agreed that the five applicants had met the conditions to become provisional members. After a period of up to three years, these publishers’ associations will […]

Sales Tax continues to hamper Zain Iraq

By John Lee. Zain Iraq has said that the exceptional socio-economic circumstances in Iraq have hampered the company’s financial performance, with revenues for the period reaching $804 million and EBITDA reaching $284 million. Net income amounted to $29 million, with the EBITDA margin standing at 35.3 percent. Data-related revenues formed 9 percent of overall revenues […]

Cisco Helps Rebuild Iraqi National Backbone

US-based internet technology company Cisco has announced its role in restoring and rebuilding the Iraqi National Backbone, a multi-layer IP and optical network that spans the long terrestrial route from Iraq to Turkey. The Iraqi National Backbone is a joint venture between Symphony and EarthLink JLT, reaching most major Iraqi cities. It will be available […]