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Oman to open Embassy in Baghdad

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi received Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi on Wednesday in Baghdad. During the meeting they discussed strengthening the relations between the two countries and the opening of air routes, facilitating entering visas, as well as their joint role in maintaining security and stability in the region. The […]

US imposes Sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of IRGC

By John Lee. The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iraqi company, South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), which it is says is an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The full text of the Treasury Department’s statement is shown below: Today [Wednesday 13th June], the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office […]

Nechirvan Barzani tasks Masrour Barzani to form new KRG Cabinet

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, has tasked Masrour Barzani, as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to form the ninth ministerial cabinet, in the presence of the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Ms. Vala Farid and the Head of the Judicial Council of the Kurdistan Region Judge Bangin Qasim. It was […]

The Plight of Displaced Female-headed Families

By Amnesty International. Nobody wants us: The plight of displaced female-headed families in Iraq Amnesty International and other organizations have continuously documented the collective punishment of displaced families, especially female-headed families. Many are perceived as supporters of the Islamic State armed group (IS) due to factors outside their control – such as being related, however […]

New US Ambassador takes up Post

On June 9, 2019, Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller presented his credentials to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to President Barham Salih and Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim. Ambassador Tueller thanked President Salih and Minister Alhakim for their warm reception and commented: “The United States is committed to our Strategic Framework Agreement which defines our bilateral […]

PM meets with German Foreign Minister

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi has met with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his accompanying delegation during a visit to Baghdad. The Prime Minister expressed his desire to deepen relations with Germany, and cited in particular the signing of a road map for the electricity sector with Siemens. Minister Maas expressed […]

Reshuffling Iraqi Generals: Who Benefits?

By Michael Knights and Alexandre Mello, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Three top commanders have been replaced in northern areas where Iran-backed militias are trying to outmuscle the regular security forces. Washington should find out why. Full report here. (Source: Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Stability in Iraq: On a Knife’s Edge

By Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, for The Hill. The progress achieved in Iraq was evident to me on the drive from the airport. As a diplomat serving in post-war Iraq from 2005 to 2007, I traveled often from the airport to the U.S. embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone, riding in an armored vehicle with […]

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“Invaluable Steps” to Cement Ties with Iraq

Iran Has Taken Invaluable Steps to Cement Ties with Iraq: Envoy Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi highlighted the importance of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries and said Tehran has taken major strides to strengthen ties with Baghdad. “We are trying to boost our relations with Iraq in all areas,” Masjedi said, addressing […]

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Iraq’s Oil Sector caught in crossfire between US, Iran

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ExxonMobil evacuated dozens of its non-Iraqi employees from Iraq on May 18. The evacuation follows a US State Department decision to withdraw its non-essential staff from the US Embassy in Baghdad and its consulate […]

Kurds not coming together over New president

By Al Monitor staff. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How Iraq’s Kurds are failing to come together over their new president Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), was elected president by the semi-autonomous region’s parliament […]