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Iran chooses Quds Force stalwart as Ambassador to Iraq

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. Iran has reportedly appointed Brig. Gen. Iraj Masjedi as its new ambassador to Baghdad, replacing Hassan Dana’i Fer, according to Iranian media reports on Jan. 15. Masjedi is a prominent leader of the Islamic Revolutionary […]

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Video: Demonstrations turn Violent in Baghdad

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Seven people, including a police officer, have been killed during a large anti-government rally in the Iraqi capital. What started as an orderly protest, called by Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr, soon turned […]

Video: al-Sadr Supporters demand Electoral Reform

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Hundreds of supporters of Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrate in Baghdad to demand electoral reform ahead of a planned provincial vote in September:

PM calls for New Electoral Commission

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the parliament to form a new electoral commission, as the expiration of the legal term of the current commission is nearing. Abadi made his call during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.  A group of Iraqi MPs had submitted a petition to the speaker of parliament requesting […]

Visa Ban Amended to Allow Iraqi Interpreters enter US

By John Lee. The United States has amended its visa ban to allow emigration by the families of Iraqi interpreters who served the United States government and military forces deployed in their country According to the New York Times the change, recommended by the Pentagon, eased some of the anger generated in Iraq by President […]

GE’s Iraq deals in at Risk over US Tavel Ban

By John Lee. US diplomats, citing a senior Iraqi government official, have said that the US travel ban could jeopardise General Electric (GE)‘s business in Iraq. According to a memo obtained by Politico: “[The Baghdad government] was preparing to sign two more deals with U.S. company General Electric that could be negatively affected, and that the […]

Parliament Approves two Cabinet Posts, Rejects two others

The Iraqi parliament has approved the appointment of Irfan al-Hayali to the Ministry of Defence and Qasim al-Araji to the Interior Ministry. Inam al-Obeidi, who had been nominated for the Ministry of Commerce, and Najam Ali, who had been nominated for the Ministry of Industry, were both rejected by the parliament. As such three cabinet […]

KRG calls for Urgent Help to avert Humanitarian Catastrophe

KRG Minister of Interior calls for urgent direct assistance to avert humanitarian catastrophe The KRG is calling for immediate, direct assistance to minimize a humanitarian catastrophe as a result of a lack of proper shelter and medical care for civilians fleeing Mosul. The KRG has not only supported and hosted fleeing IDPs, but also provided […]

New Funding for Economic Reform in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project document today in Baghdad with the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq to establish a Funding Facility for Economic Reform (FFER). Through the Facility, UNDP will support the Government of Iraq to address key economic challenges and invigorate the reform agenda. Diversifying the economy, increasing […]