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Leaked Intelligence about Iraq only Part of the Story

By C. Anthony Pfaff, for the Atlantic Council. Leaked Iranian intelligence about Iraq only tells part of the story The recent story in the New York Times on leaked Iranian intelligence reports about Iranian influence operations in Iraq elicits a couple of possible reactions. If one works for the United States government, particularly in any […]

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Video: Iraq Businesses Hurt by Protests

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Weeks of anti-government protests in Iraq are damaging trade. Some shop owners are struggling to stay in business because of roadblocks, port closures and internet interruptions. While many say they are sympathetic towards […]

Iraqi Protesters Block Major Port

By John Lee. Protesters in Iraq have reportedly blocked the country’s second-largest commercial port on Tuesday. According to Fox News, they halted operations at the Khor al-Zubair port as oil tankers and other trucks were unable to enter or exit. They have also obstructed access to Umm Qasr port. (Source: Fox News)

Leaked Iran Spy Docs reveal Grip on Iraq

Leaked Iran spy documents reveal extent of grip on Iraq Ground-breaking documents detailing staggering evidence of Iran’s espionage operations, bribery payments and efforts to expand influence within Iraq have been leaked to the US-based media organisation The Intercept in collaboration with the New York Times. Together they reveal the huge extent of Iran’s grip on […]

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The Future of Iraq’s Oil Is Russian

By Vera Mironova and Mohammed Hussein, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. With ongoing protests making other investors nervous, Moscow is charging ahead. Despite ongoing protests in Baghdad, which have seen the departure of many foreign diplomats for […]

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 […]

The Subtle Power of Sistani

By Harith Hasan, for Carnegie Middle East Center. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On November 11, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani received Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the representative in Iraq of the United Nations secretary general. Sistani welcomed a reform plan proposed by Plasschaert […]

Security Forces Attack Medics Treating Protesters

By John Lee. Iraqi security forces have attacked medical workers for treating protesters since protests began on October 25, 2019, firing on medical workers, tents, and ambulances with teargas and live ammunition, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The attacks have left at least one medic dead. “Medics have become another victim of the […]

Is Iran trying to Hijack Protesters’ Demands?

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Is Iran trying to hijack Iraqi protesters’ demands? In reaction to continuing mass protests that began Oct. 1, the Supreme Judicial Council is reviewing the Iraqi Constitution and will submit proposed amendments to parliament […]

Pompeo calls on Iraq to Enact Reforms and Tackle Corruption

The following is attributable to US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke [on Tuesday] with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi. Secretary Pompeo emphasized that peaceful public demonstrations are a fundamental element of all democracies. The Secretary deplored the death toll among the protesters as a result of the […]

US Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq The unprecedented protests in Iraq underline the reality that Iraq is slowly failing as a state. […]

Can Iraqi PM weather ongoing 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. Despite several proposals to solve the crises in Iraq and in spite of using different tactics such as promises and threats, the Iraqi government is unable to stop the protests and is […]