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Weekly Security Update for 16th February 2011

Overview Levels of violence have been rising in Iraq over the past four weeks. The increase has been gradual, but consistent and last week saw more than 40 attacks reported countrywide for the first time since mid-December. Recent days have seen a particularly concerning rise in militant activity and social tensions in the northern city […]

Iraq Delays Fighter-Jet Purchase to Buy Food

Iraq is delaying the purchase of 18 American fighter jets because of budget problems, and has decided to use the money to buy food for the poor instead, said the Iraqi government spokesman on Monday. Associated Press reports that Iraq, like, many Middle Eastern countries in the wake of the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, […]

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Weekly Security Update for 10th February 2011

Overview Levels of violence rose slightly in Iraq last week, although conditions have generally been quiet so far in 2011 and the number of weekly security incidents has not yet exceeded 40. The majority of violence is currently taking place in Baghdad and Mosul, although last week saw several attacks in the provinces of Anbar […]

ManTech Wins $488m Vehicle Contract

ManTech International said on Monday that it won a $488 million, 11-month, contract from the U.S. Army’s TACOM Contracting Center to continue providing logistics sustainment and support for the U.S. military’s MRAP Family of Vehicles. The company will manage, monitor and sustain equipment operational readiness for MRAP FoVs. In addition, it will provide rapid assessment […]

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Unrest in Iraq – the Risk of Contagion

With unrest in several Arab cities, many in the region are worried about the risk of contagion. The latest flashpoints are Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Algeria; but is Iraq vulnerable as well? The people certainly have a lot to complain about. Electricity The heat and increased use of air conditioning put a major strain […]

Weekly Security Update for 2nd February 2011

Overview Last week saw considerable violence in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad. There was also a spate of attacks in Mosul and two especially bloody bombings in Karbala. Over 100 fatalities and up to 250 injuries were recorded in total around the country. There was also an increase in targeted shootings in the capital, resuming a […]

Fewer Iraqi Pipeline Attacks in 2010

An official spokesman for Iraq’s Oil Ministry’s said on Wednesday that there were fewer attacks on Iraq’s oil pipelines in 2010 than in previous years. “The Oil Ministry’s Technical Department had prepared a statistic on the number of attacks against oil installations that reached 65 attacks in 2010, compared with 81 attacks in 2009,” Assem […]


Iraqi Cabinet Approves US Fighter Jet Deal

An Iraqi Government spokesman said on Wednesday that the Council of Ministers have approved the purchase of 18 F-16 Falcon military aircraft as part of a weapons deal signed with the U.S. administration. Ali al-Dabbagh said in a news conference today following the Cabinet meeting that the U.S. will deliver the aircraft to Iraq within […]


Weekly Security Update for 26th January 2011

Overview Last week was one of the most violent in Iraq for several months. Over 120 people were killed and several hundred injured in a spate of suicide attacks. The total number of attacks reported did not significantly increase, but with at least seven of the attacks involving suicide bombers in very crowded areas it […]

BACTEC International Opens Office in Basra

BACTEC International Limited, one of the world’s leading Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Mine Action companies, announced the opening of its Basra office in January. The company’s head quarters are located in the UK with branches in Australia, Cambodia, Libya, Lao, Philippines and Mozambique. BACTEC also has an office in Sulaimani to support Kurdistan operations. BACTEC […]

Weekly Security Update for 19th January 2011

Overview Levels of violence fell last week, but the past 48 hours have seen three suicide attacks in the central provinces, killing dozens and injuring over 200. As with the recent spate in assassinations in the centre of the country, the main target of the suicide bombers were state employees and members of the Iraqi […]