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Committee to Demarcate Iran-Iraq Border

Iraq and Iran have agreed that the Iraqi committee for demarcation of borders between the two countries should complete its mission by the end of the year, according to AKnews. Ahmed al-Shekhani, a member of the committee, told the agency that the related bodies agreed for the committee to assign landmarks on the border areas of […]

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Iraq and Libya (II)

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

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Will they, won’t they ……. US Troops in Iraq

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The US administration has declared again that it is “on track” […]

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US to Provide Iraq with Phone and Text Monitoring

The U.S. is planning to provide Iraqi authorities with technology to monitor and record telephone calls and text messages, according to a report from Mobiledia. Spokesman for the U.S. forces in Iraq, Geoffrey Buchanan, told Radio Free Iraq that a deal was signed with Iraq’s Interior Ministry to provide it with the new technology as […]

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The Last Straw? Maliki Appoints Dulaymi as Acting Minister of Defence

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

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Bulani-Mania in Iraq

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

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Iraq’s ‘Phantom’ Electricity Deal Not So Ghostly?

The latest scandal at Iraq’s ministry of electricity involves multi-billion dollar “phantom deals” with a German and Canadian company. The minister of energy has been asked to resign. But according to a report from NIQASH, the real story is not as simple as it first appears. As a long, hot summer continues to overheat the […]

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Parliament Finishes 1st Reading of Strategic Policy Council Bill

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

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Four Million More Jobs By 2015

The Iraqi Planning and Development Ministry is to create four million new jobs by 2015, minister Ali Shukri said today. Speaking to AKnews, he said the jobs would be both public and private sector and will bring down the poverty rate from 23% to 16%. Private-sector employment is hampered by limited rights, such as a lack of […]

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Who’s Behind The Dodgy Electricity Deals?

As we reported yesterday, the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has fired the electricity minister, Raad Shallal, following highly questionable energy deals conducted almost a year ago. It was thought that the sacking may be politically motivated, because the minister had been appointed by a top rival to the prime minister. Now the picture gets more […]

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Non-Oil Trade with Syria Hits $2bn

Trade between Iraq and Syria is now running at US$2bn per year, according to a spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Trade. Hashem Hatam said that this does not include trade in oil and gas, according to Aknews. At the same time, events could sour increasing trade between the neighbours. As Syria cracks down on […]

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Iraqi Electricity Minister Sacked for Deals

Iraq’s prime minister has fired his electricity minister, who is under investigation following allegations that he failed to follow government guidelines in the signing of $1.7 billion in power generation deals with two foreign companies. The minister Raad Shalal signed the deals in question with the Canadian Alliance for Power Generation Equipment (Capgent) and the […]

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