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Provincial Elections set for December

The Iraqi Council of Ministers has reportedly set the 22nd December 2018 as the date for the provincial elections to be held in Iraq. Previously, the provincial elections were scheduled for before the national elections; however, the fight against the IS as well as the ongoing displacement crisis prevented these from being held earlier. The […]

Iraq Falls in Transparency Ranking

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Iraq’s ranking has fallen three places its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From a total of 180 countries, Iraq came in at number 169; last year’s position was 166 out of 176 countries. This result puts it behind countries such as Turkmenistan, Angola and Eritrea, and just […]

Saudis to Open Basra Consulate; Iran Opens Border To Iraqis

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. By Saleem al-Wazzan. As Saudis Prepare To Open Basra Consulate, Iran Opens Border To Iraqis Iraqis can now visit a special visa-free zone in neighbouring Iran, over the border from […]

Pentagon Stops Budgeting for Peshmerga Salaries

By Jack Detsch for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Trump administration’s budget proposal for next fiscal year does not include peshmerga salaries even as the Pentagon aims to continue training the Kurdish force. The Department of Defense had requested $365 million in stipends […]

Iraq Delegation to Visit Turkey over Water Dispute

By John Lee. An Iraqi government delegation is planning to visit Turkey to discuss environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) recently commented: “All regions of Iraq face the danger of water scarcity.” The amount of water in key Iraqi rivers has reportedly fallen by […]

Saudi Arabia to re-open Consulate in Basra

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia will reportedly re-open its consulate in Basra within two weeks. Al Arabiya says that the consulate closed in 1990 during the second Gulf war. (Source: Al Arabiya) (Picture: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi meeting Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, 19th June 2017)

Ex-Minister sentenced to 21 years for “Corruption”

An Iraqi court on February 12 sentenced former trade minister Abdul Falah al-Sudani to 21 years in prison on corruption charges. Sudani was involved in a corruption scandal connected to the country’s massive food rations programme. He was given three sentences, two for “negligence” with a 14-year jail term and a third for “misconduct” with […]

UN launches Iraq Recovery and Resilience Programme

UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched the Iraq Recovery and Resilience Programme today at the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq. The two-year Recovery and Resilience Programme is designed to fast-track the social dimensions of reconstruction and help ensure that people see tangible improvements in their daily lives at the start of the reconstruction […]

Abadi Reluctant to Lift Embargo on Kurdish Airports

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation in the Kurdistan Region reiterated that the Ministry has not received any formal approval from Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to lift the ban on international flights from the airports in the region. Asked whether Baghdad was trying to delay resolving the issue with Erbil, Omed Mohammed said that […]

Baghdad “Stops” several Kurdish Landline Services

By John Lee. Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) has reportedly ordered several Kurdish communication companies to stop providing landline services. According to a report from Rudaw, the CMC ordered that all companies licensed by them should cut communications with companies that are not licensed, including Fast Link, Newroz, Link Tech, Wego/7net-layer, Nawant, Kurdtel, Tishknet […]

Iraq-Saudi Links Enhanced

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz received in Al Yamama Palace in Al Riyadh the Iraqi Planning/Trade Minister (acting) Dr. Salman Al Jumaily, Head of the Iraqi side in the Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council, Dr. Sami R. Al Araji, Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC), Mr. Kadhim Mohamed Al Iqabi, Chairman […]

New EU Strategy on Iraq

By John Lee. The European Union has adopted a new strategy on Iraq, following the joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission on elements for an EU strategy on Iraq adopted on 8 January 2018. Among other items, the EU called on the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to engage […]