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Parliament Approves 3 Key Ministers

By John Lee. The Iraqi parliament has approved Prime Minister Adil Abul-Mahdi’s nominees to three key ministries, according to Associated Press: Defense: Najah al-Shammari; Interior: Yassin al-Yassiri; Justice: Farouq Amin Othman. The positions have been vacant since October. A nominee for the position of Minister for Education — Safana al-Hamdani — however, failed to receive […]

Gulf Tensions: Iraq worried about Economy

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq exports around 3.5 million barrels of oil a day. Heightened regional tensions between the US and Iran and recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf have heightened security fears. The government […]

Iran Offers to Fulfill Iraq’s Air Defense Needs

A top commander voiced Iran’s readiness to provide neighboring Iraq with whatever means necessary for air defense. In comments on Sunday, Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Anti-Aircraft Base of the Iranian Army, Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard, said the Iranian Air Defense is fully prepared to satisfy Iraq’s air defense demands in all areas. By relying […]

Iran “turning Iraq into Battleground against US”

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. Iran already turning Iraq into battleground against US As tension intensifies between Washington and Tehran, attacks against US interests in Iraq are increasing quickly and significantly. A short-range Katyusha missile on June 19 hit the […]

GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

Rocket attack on Oil Workers’ Camp

By John Lee. A rocket has hit a residential and oil operations headquarters near Basra city, wounding three workers at an Iraqi drilling company. The short-range Katyusha missile hit a compound in Burjesia which is used by several international oil companies (IOCs), including ExxonMobil. Oil production and exports are not expected to be affected. (Sources: […]

GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK supporting Explosive Hazard Management in Iraq

By John Lee. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq would like to highlight the role of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) as a key facilitator of stabilization and humanitarian efforts through the support of explosive hazard management and risk education activities in the retaken areas of Iraq. More than […]

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 […]