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KRG “could Suspend” Erbil Domestic Flights

A Kurdistan 24 press quoted Talar Faiq, the Director-General of Erbil International Airport (EIA) as saying that the KRG could suspend domestic flights between the Kurdistan Region’s airports and the rest of Iraq due to financial issues and Baghdad’s international flight ban. “Since the Iraqi government’s ban went into effect late September 2017, Iraqi Airways […]

NATO Secretary General visits Iraq

NATO Secretary General visits Iraq, praises Allied trainers and Iraqi forces Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg began an official visit to Iraq on Monday (5 March 2018), paying a visit to NATO’s training facilities in Besmaya. For over a year, NATO has conducted training and capacity building activities for hundreds of Iraqi security forces, helping them […]

Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 23-March 1, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Strikes in Syria Yesterday in Syria, coalition military […]

91 Iraqi Civilians Killed in February

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 208 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in February 2018*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The figures include ordinary civilians and others who can be considered civilian at the time of […]

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 […]

“Iranian Interference” in Iraqi Election Angers Iraqis

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. Iranian Interference in Iraqi Election stirs Anger among Iraqis Ali Akbar Velayati (pictured), Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s top adviser on international affairs, paid an official visit to Iraq from Feb. 15-18. He made statements on […]

Baghdad extends Air Blockade over KRG-held Areas

By John Lee. Daily Sabah reports that Iraq has extended its ban on international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan by three months. The Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) reportedly told Erbil International Airport (EIA) that the ban on international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports has been extended to the end of May. (Source: […]

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 […]

Iraq Denies Deal to buy Russian S-400 Missiles

The Iraqi government has denied concluding any deal with Russia to supply Baghdad with S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, but confirming Iraq’s right to import weaponry from any country in the world. “So far, Iraq has not concluded any deal with Russia to import the S-400 air defence system” government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi stated on February 26. […]

Iraqis Continue Security and Clearance Operations

Iraqis Continue Security, Clearance Operations In Territory Once Held by ISIS With U.S.-led coalition forces in a supporting role, Iraqi security forces continue security and clearance operations in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the director of Pentagon Press Operations, Army Col. Robert Manning told reporters today. “In Baghdad, [Iraqi] […]

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 […]