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Iraq’s Turkmen want Kirkuk to become a Separate Region

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. The spokesperson for Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk tells NIQASH that his people don’t want to be part of Kurdistan, that they do want a semi-independent region and they hope […]

Iraqi Activists, Journalists Terrorized by Armed Groups

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On May 8, in al-Batawin area in central Baghdad, gunmen stormed into the apartment of civil activists who have been advocating for political reform for two years. The gunmen captured seven activists, mostly students, and […]

Religious Militias Push Back against Communist Revival

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. Last week’s kidnapping of seven activists in Baghdad could be another sign of increasing tensions between secular parties in Iraq and the country’s ruling religious groups. Is history repeating? Last […]

Fmr Iraq Reconstruction Chief Resigns over Govt “Lobbying”

By John Lee. The former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) has reportedly resigned from his job following allegations that he was also working for a private firm that provided services for the government of Iraq. Stuart Bowen was most recently employed as the inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, […]

New Zealand names New Ambassador to Iraq

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has today named Bradley Sawden as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Iraq. New Zealand established an Embassy in Baghdad in 2015 to support New Zealand and Australia’s joint ‘Building Partner Capacity’ mission. “This mission has trained over 20,000 Iraqi police and army personnel who are on the frontlines […]

Muqtada al-Sadr Presents his Political Successor

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s firebrand Shiite cleric presents his political successor In a meeting with the ministers of defense and interior in Muqtada al-Sadr’s Najaf office May 3, Sadr’s nephew Ahmed al-Sadr […]

Iraq to Loosen Purse Strings?

By John Lee. A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts more government spending in the current year. In its Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East, the IMF says: “In Iraq, the fiscal stance is expected to loosen somewhat as the receipt of previously delayed donor financing relaxes the cash constraint faced […]

UK Parliamentary Report Opposes Kurdish Independence

By John Lee. A new report from the British House of Lords’ Select Committee on International Relations has recommended that the United Kingdom should not support Kurdish independence. Describing the Iraqi Kurds as “a valuable ally“, the report — The Middle East: Time for New Realism — says that while the UK should support the Kurdistan […]

Can Iran stop Iraqi Kurdistan Independence?

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As talk of an independence referendum for Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) grows, Iran’s role is becoming more visible, especially that of Qasem Soleimani (pictured), the powerful commander of […]

New Iranian Ambassador calls for Strong Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, has received a copy of the credentials of the new Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi. The new Ambassador described the two countries as “friends and brothers“, adding, “we should do our best to improve ties between the two countries.” “Iran wants an advanced, […]

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IMF Revises Down GDP Forecast

By John Lee. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its forecast GDP growth for Iraq from 0.5 per cent to a contraction of 3.1 per cent this year, due to the oil production cuts agreed within OPEC. Forecasts for 2018 and 2019 are 2.6 percent and 1.6 percent growth respectively. Consumer price inflation […]