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Kirkuk’s Oil to play big role in Kurdish Independence

By Kamal Chomani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After decades of waiting, the Kurds are finally set to hold a referendum on independence in the fall. Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, met June 7 with Kurdish political parties to discuss the […]

As Extremists Lose Power in Iraq, Militias Loyal to Iran Gain it

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 Iraqi government’s next big problem is coming into view: The group of powerful Shiite Muslim militias loyal to Iran seem to want to keep the country enmeshed in regional […]

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Abadi: Qatari ‘Ransom’ Money with Us, not Armed Groups

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s prime minister has rejected Saudi and UAE media claims that a $500m ransom was paid by Qatar to Shia Muslim armed groups in Iraq to secure the release of 26 kidnapped Qatari […]

Many Obstacles to Kurdistan Independence Referendum

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. Iraqi Kurdistan faces many Obstacles to Independence Referendum Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention […]

Kurds to hold Independence Referendum in Sept

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is to hold a referendum on independence on 25th September. According to BBC News, there was no immediate comment from Iraq’s central government, but it has urged Kurds not to hold a referendum. Moves towards outright independence have historically been opposed by the governments of neighbouring Iran, […]

Iraq Reinforces its Border with Saudi Arabia

By John Lee. AINA reports that a large convoy of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has been seen moving towards the Iraqi-Saudi border. This comes following increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the Iraqi government has expressed support for Qatar in its conflict with Saudi Arabia. (Source: AINA)

IMF reaches Agreement on Stand-By Arrangement with Iraq

IMF Team Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on Second Review of Stand-By Arrangement with Iraq The Iraqi authorities and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team reached a staff-level agreement on the second review of the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) that was approved by the IMF Executive Board on July 7, 2016 (See Press Release No. 16/321). The SBA […]

Calls for Govt to approve Deal for Iraq-Jordan Highway

The Head of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Mohammed al-Halboussi, has reportedly requested that the Iraqi government expedite the approval of the protection and security contract for the International Highway between Iraq and Jordan and allow the re-opening of the border-crossing between the two countries. Halboussi stated that the project was considered an exceptional one, which […]

Iran, US set for proxy clash on Syrian-Iraqi Border

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  As the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) continue their operations in the western areas of Mosul, some PMU factions reached the Syrian border May 29 and were met by Syrian […]

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US mulls how best to Control pro-Iran Factions

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  US mulls how best to Control pro-Iran Factions in Mideast As the administration of US President Donald Trump looks ahead to a post-Islamic State (IS) status in the […]

Academic says Visiting Iraq caused Problems entering US

By John Lee. A British academic has said that visiting Iraq has caused him to have problems entering the United States. Writing in Times Higher Education, Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “My forays [into Iraq] have not been without consequence. In March this year I fell foul of Donald Trump’s travel restrictions […]