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Iraq Cracks Down on Online Gun Sales

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq is upping its efforts to restrict the public’s access to weapons, which will be a daunting task given the prevalence of weapons on the market and their wide […]

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Russia begins Deliveries of T-90 Tanks

By John Lee. Russia has reportedly begun delivering T-90 tanks to the Iraqi military. According to Almasdar News, 73 of the tanks are scheduled to arrive to Umm Qasr Port this year. The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle tank that entered service in 1993. (Source: Almasdar News)

Congress Threatens to Withhold Arms from Baghdad

By Bryant Harris for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Congress is threatening to stop sending weapons to Baghdad after reports today that Iraqi forces and Iran-backed Shiite militias are shooting at US-friendly Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Iraqi federal […]

Russia to supply 73 Military Tanks to Iraq this year

By John Lee. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) will supply 73 of its T-90S/SK tanks to Iraq this year, according to information from the corporation’s 2016 annual report, published on Tuesday, According to the report from TASS, T-90S is an export variant of the Russian-made T-90 third-generation main battle tank, while the T-90SK main battle tank is designed […]

US admits Failures to Monitor $1bn+ Arms Transfers

The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. The government audit, from September 2016, reveals that the DoD “did not have […]

$22bn US-Iraq Arms Deal Agreed

The Iraqi government has received the consent of the U.S. Department of State to buy American weapons in the form of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) worth more than $22 billion over a 12 year period according to reports. The United States has been Iraq’s primary arms supplier since 2005, with arms exports in 2016 including […]

Iraq seeks to Clamp Down on Gun Ownership

By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq is working to regulate the activities of private security companies and rein in the chaotic circulation and use of weapons. On Feb. 21, a group of armed tribesmen […]

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Russian firm Stopped Armoured Vehicle Shipments to Iraq

By John Lee. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) reportly stopped deliveries of armoured vehicles to Iraq due to delayed payments. TASS, citing UVZ`s 2015 annual report, stated: “In 2015, the UVZ Corporation stopped the shipping of the defense production to the No.356 customer (Iraq) due to delayed payments.” (Source: Defense World)

Big Increase in Arms Imports from Bulgaria

By John Lee. Iraq bought EUR 159.6 millon in arms and munitions from Bulgaria in 2015 compared to EUR 80.1 million for 2014. In 2013, Bulgaria’s permits to Iraq were worth EUR 24.8 million and exports made were EUR 6.171 million, according to an annual government report. (Source: Novinite) (Arms image via Shutterstock)

Visiting Baghdad’s Biggest Illegal Gun Market

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. Baghdad’s Maridi market is one of the biggest illegal weapons markets in Iraq. Here civilians and soldiers buy everything from automatic rifles to rocket launchers to fake gun licenses. In […]

US Allows Iraq to Postpone $2.7bn for Arms Purchases

By John Lee. The US government has said it will allow the Iraqi government to postpone the payment of $2.7 billion for arms purchases. On a visit to Baghdad, US Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk (pictured) met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jibouri, and the governors of Diyala, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa […]