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Parliament Approves Prime Minister’s Resignation

dBy John Lee. Iraq’s parliament has reportedly approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. According to BBC News, it is unclear who will take over from Mr Abdul Mahdi, as existing laws do not specify how parliament should deal with a prime minister’s resignation. On Sunday clashes continued in cities including Baghdad and […]

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 […]

Denmark offers to Lead NATO Training in Iraq

By John Lee. Denmark has reportedly offered to lead a NATO mission to train Iraqi forces, replacing Canada, whose term ends in late 2020. According to AFP, the year-old NATO mission provides around 500 soldiers to advise and train Iraqi troops. It qutoes the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (pictured) as saying that they would […]

South Africa may supply Defence Kit to Iraq

By John Lee. The South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Export Council (SAAMDEC) has reportedly been invited to engage with Iraqi government on defence and security contracts. Established in 2015 by the South African Department of Trade and Industry, SAAMDEC aims facilitate exports for the defence and related industries sector. Iraq is said to have […]

Protests Spread in Basra as Death Toll Rises

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.  Protests spread in oil-rich Basra as death toll rises Repeated closures of Iraq’s key Umm Qasr port and intermittently blocked internet over the past almost two months have led to […]

Campaign to Stop Lethal Force Against Protesters

Euro-Med Monitor launches advocacy campaign to stop the bloodshed against peaceful protesters in Iraq The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has sent letters to the European Union and the French and German governments, urging them to exert pressure on the Iraqi government to stop the use of lethal force against ongoing popular protests, and to immediately […]

Swedish Prosecutors Investigate Iraqi Minister

By John Lee. Iraqi Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari is reportedly being investigated in Sweden for alleged crimes against humanity, and benefits fraud. According to The Local, an unnamed Swedish-Iraqi lawyer told Svenska Dagbladet that he had reported al-Shammari, who it said is also a Swedish citizen, to police in October for his role in the […]

Iraq on Display

By Christine McCaffray van den Toorn for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After weeks of mass protests in Iraq, there are signs that the government’s patience is waning. Its current response — a mixture of spending and reform promises combined with violent […]

Iraq’s New Republic of Fear

By Renad Mansour, for Foreign Affairs. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How Youthful Protests Provoked an Authoritarian Turn On October 1, protesters flooded the streets of Baghdad, decrying high rates of unemployment and rampant corruption. In the ensuing weeks, the protests ballooned. […]

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 […]

Iraqi Ministers Probed on Corruption Charges

Iraq’s Commission of Integrity (COI) announced today that it has summoned a third minister on charges of corruption and mismanagement. The COI said in a statement that the court investigating integrity cases in Kirkuk Governorate issued a summons against the former minister of higher education and scientific research, who it did not name. Since 2003, […]

New Scandals pour more fuel on Iraq Protests

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. New scandals pour more fuel on Iraq protests The protests are escalating rapidly in Iraq, with the players moving fast and adding more fuel to an already burning region. This increasingly complex […]