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Prison for Bribery in Iraq War Contracts

A former business partner of a U.S. military contractor was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his role in a years-long scheme to bribe U.S. Army contracting officials stationed at a U.S. military base in Kuwait during the Iraq War. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special […]

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Sectarianism, Governance, and Iraq’s Future

By Ranj Alaaldin. The June 2014 takeover of Mosul by the Islamic State group (ISIS) was described as an existential threat to the Iraqi state and the post-2003 political order. Yet, its emergence was only a symptom of a broader series of crises that had engulfed Iraq over the past decade. While militant groups dominate […]

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Janus opens Operations Center in Mosul

By John Lee. Janus Global Operations (JGO) has reportedly opened an operations center in the east of Mosul. According to PRNewswire, the center will provide mobile and static security support for its commercial clients, coordinate the company’s demining and explosive ordnance disposal teams, and perform other tasks to help restore stability to the area. The […]

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Giving Tuesday: Choose Iraqi Kids!

It’s here! #Giving Tuesday!  Make a high impact gift to Iraqi orphans and vulnerable children today. How? $40,000 is available in matching funds for education, nutrition, legal protection, medical care, and psychosocial support for orphans, street kids, and displaced children. Donate $25, $50, $100, or more and get a 100% match PLUS, for every $25 donated, a girl or boy gets a gift […]

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7m Sq Meters cleared of IS Explosives

Over seven million square meters in areas liberated from ISIS cleared of explosives The Iraqi Kurdistan Mine Action Agency (IKMAA) has cleared 7,414,199 square meters in areas liberated from ISIS of explosive devices and difused 43,057 IEDs and UXO pieces, said Siraj Barzani, Head of IKMAA, in an interview with the Kurdistan Regional Government website. […]

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Iran-backed PMU Militias Raising Profile

By Shelly Kittleson for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  In Iraq, tension between the US-led coalition and armed groups linked to Iran has risen in recent months. For example, the United States sanctioned key representatives of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on […]

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Putting an End to Violence against Women in Iraq

In Iraq, women and girls from different backgrounds remain at risk of violence, in their homes, at school and in public spaces. According to a recent joint survey by the Government of Iraq and UNICEF, 37 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Iraq think that violence towards women is […]

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Iraq to remove Impediments to Infrastructure Investment

By John Lee. Iraqi President Barham Salih has told an international conference in Rome that Iraq will remove any impediments to Iraqi and foreign private sector companies, as well as international financial institutions, donor countries and sovereign wealth funds, to invest in major infrastructure projects in the country. He added that these projects may include […]

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Iran-Iraq Relations in light of US Sanctions

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The reimposition of US secondary sanctions has compelled Tehran to look for ways to reduce their negative impact. According to Iranian officials, one of the strategies is to increase trade […]

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Can Iraq’s new Leadership Win (and Keep) the Peace?

By Ranj Alaaldin. Iraq now has a new government in place, six months after holding elections against a backdrop of a long period of political instability and social unrest. With the new leadership of Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Salih—both widely touted as reformist, progressive, and Western-leaning—there are high hopes that the […]

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Iran Worries about Losing Ground in Iraq

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. With rising US pressure, Iran worries about losing ground in Iraq Iraqi President Barham Salih met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Nov. 17 in Tehran, where Khamenei underlined […]

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