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Iraq to Merge Industrial and Trade Ministries

The economic commission of the Iraqi parliament has proposed merging the Ministries of Trade and Industry to support the Iraqi economy through improving the local production and enhancing Iraq’s abilities. Ahmed al-Alwani, Chairman of the Committee told AKnews that the integration of these ministries is done in all international economically and commercially developed countries. In […]

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When Will Iraqi Govt be Completed?

As we go to press, and after many rumours and false reports, Iraq’s parliament has still not agreed on the key ministries of defense, interior and national security, more than three months after the creation of Nouri al-Maliki’s government. Our expert blogger John Drake reports that the number of attacks in Iraq has been rising […]

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Republicans Slam Obama Strategy of Contractors in Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham (pictured) said on Sunday that the Obama administration’s plan to replace troops in Iraq with private security contractors — what the South Carolina Republican referred to as a “mini State Department army” — puts hard-won American progress in that country at risk. “The State Department has come to Congress and said, ‘We’re […]

A Sadrist Minister of Planning

The following article was published on Tuesday 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. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Trump: US Should Stay in Iraq Taking Oil

Billionaire real estate tycoon and potential Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has said that the United States should stay in Iraq in order to take Iraq’s oil and cover the cost of the war, reports the Washington Post. “In the old days when you had wars, you win, right? You win. To the victor belonged […]

Iraq Appoints Planning Minister

Bloomberg reports that Iraq has named its new planning minister, but has yet to agree on top security posts, three months after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet was formed. Lawmakers in Baghdad voted unanimously to appoint Ali Youssef Abdel Nabi, according to the website of his political party, the Sadr Trend, which is led by […]

KRG High Representative to UK Talks to Iraq Business News

Iraq Business News recently had the pleasure of interviewing the Kurdistan Regional Government’s High Representative to the United Kingdom, Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman. Iraq Business News: Ms Abdul Rahman, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. May I ask you firstly for your opinion about the ongoing protests in the […]

Complex Alliances in Babel

The following article was published on Sunday 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. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Relations Improving Between Kurdistan and Turkey

According to a report from Niqash, Massoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region Government President, was invited recently to Turkey for talks on increasing economic integration between the two states. With trade between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Turkey reaching $9 billion, relations between Turkey and the Region have improved significantly. Turkey is working hard in the […]

Eni Interested in Investing in Nassiriyah Oilfield

Italy’s energy giant Eni is still interested in investing in the Nassiriya oilfield, Italy’s ambassador to Iraq has said. Ambassador Gerardo Caranti was visiting Iraq to evaluate the progress of several projects and to study future suggestions. “We have several projects in Iraq at a cost of more than $2 billion,” he told Aswat al-Iraq […]

Iraq and the new geopolitical calculus

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, and Founder & CEO of Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In light of ongoing socio-political changes in MENA region, Iraq’s massive protests, from Zakho to al-Faw, accentuate the political astuteness and […]