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Iraq gets new Sanctions Waiver to buy Iranian Energy

By John Lee. The Trump administration has reportedly granted Iraq a further 90-day extension to the waiver exempting it from US sanctions on Iran. CNBC quotes a senior State Department official as saying on condition of anonymity: “While this waiver is intended to help Iraq mitigate energy shortages, we continue to discuss our Iran-related sanctions […]

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US-Iraq Security Partnership: Avoiding the Pitfalls

A U.S.-Iraq Security Partnership: Avoiding the Pitfalls Just Ahead The dust of last year’s final campaign to destroy the Islamic State “caliphate” had hardly settled before talk of expelling U.S. forces began to circulate in Iraq’s newly seated Council of Representatives (COR), according to a report from The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: “This […]

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Iraqi boosting Arab Ties while Balancing Relations with Iran

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi officials stress need to boost Arab ties while balancing relations with Iran The Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah hosted the sixth-annual Sulaimaniyah Forum on March 6-7, where discussions focused on Iraq’s strategic significance in […]

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Rouhani in Baghdad seeks Outlets against US Sanctions

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on March 11 amid his government’s efforts to expand ties with Iraq to reduce the impact of US sanction on Iran’s economy. Prior to departing Tehran, Rouhani remarked, “[Iran’s ties with Iraq] […]

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Video: Will sanctions affect Iran-Iraq Economic Relations?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How will US sanctions affect Iran-Iraq economic relations? The Trump administration is giving Iraq a few more months to continue buying oil and electricity from neighbouring Iran before the United States enforces sanctions […]

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Iranian President visits Baghdad

By John Lee. Iran‘s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday as the head of a high-ranking political and economic delegation at the official invitation of the President and Prime Minister of Iraq. Barham Salih, President of Iraq, officially welcomed President Rouhani at Baghdad’s as-Salam Palace. Dr Rouhani will have meetings with the President […]

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Govt denies Cutting Internet during Exams

By John Lee. Iraqi media reported on Thursday that an agreement was signed between the Iraqi Ministries of Education and Communication to cut internet service during the period of the next “ministerial examinations” (sic). The Ministry of Communications denies the reports, adding that it wishes to assure the Iraqi public that there is no intention […]

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Women’s Empowerment “Contributes to National Stability”

International Women’s Day was celebrated today at an event organized by the Directorate for the Empowerment of Iraqi Women at the Council of Ministers. The event, which was supported by UN Women and the International Medical Corps, was attended by senior Iraqi government officials, including the two Deputy Speakers of the Council of Representatives, human […]

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“Draconian” Cybercrimes Law threatens Freedom of Expression

A new cybercrimes law that would impose heavy prison sentences and hefty fines against peaceful critics who express themselves online would be a devastating setback for freedom of expression in Iraq, Amnesty International has said. The organization has highlighted its serious concern over the draft “Law on Information Technology Crimes” in an open letter signed […]

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KDP-PUK Deal paves way for New Kurdistan Govt

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have reportedly signed a four-year political agreement which includes measures to speed up the formation of the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). According to a report from Rudaw, KDP deputy president Nechirvan Barzani and the PUK’s acting leader Kosrat Rasul Ali […]

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Iran’s President to Visit Iraq in March

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Iraq on March 11 for an official visit. Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Iranian president will be visiting the Arab country at the official invitation of Baghdad. It will be Rouhani’s first official visit to Iraq during his tenure. On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met […]

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