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US imposes Sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of IRGC

By John Lee. The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iraqi company, South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), which it is says is an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The full text of the Treasury Department’s statement is shown below: Today [Wednesday 13th June], the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office […]

Iraq “Not an Iranian Vassal State”

By Aaron Majid, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. These days, Tehran is having trouble getting what it wants from its neighbor—a development Washington can encourage by backing off. It almost goes without saying these days that Iran […]

Will Trump Abort Iran’s Land-Bridge to the Med?

By Joe Macaron for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Will the Trump administration abort Iran’s land bridge to the Mediterranean? As the showdown between Washington and Tehran escalates elsewhere in the Gulf, Iran is giving high priority to an […]

Iraq gets new Sanctions Waiver to buy Iranian Energy

By John Lee. The Trump administration has reportedly granted Iraq a further 90-day extension to the waiver exempting it from US sanctions on Iran. CNBC quotes a senior State Department official as saying on condition of anonymity: “While this waiver is intended to help Iraq mitigate energy shortages, we continue to discuss our Iran-related sanctions […]

Ambassador James Jeffrey takes new Anti-ISIS Role

Ambassador James Jeffrey Assumes Role of Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey (pictured), the current Special Representative for Syria Engagement, has taken on the additional role of the Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, effective January 4, 2019. With this additional responsibility, Ambassador Jeffrey will lead […]

Video: Trump declares end to US ‘Policeman’ Role

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Trump declares end to US ‘policeman’ role in surprise Iraq visit President Donald Trump uses a lightning visit to Iraq – his first with US troops in a conflict zone since being elected – […]

Iran Worries about Losing Ground in Iraq

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. With rising US pressure, Iran worries about losing ground in Iraq Iraqi President Barham Salih met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Nov. 17 in Tehran, where Khamenei underlined […]

Siemens may have to share $15bn Power Deal with GE

By John Lee. Germany’s Siemens may have to share a $15-billion contract to supply power-generation equipment to Iraq with US rival General Electric (GE). The Financial Times reports that although it appeared that Siemens would win the deal, the Trump administration successfully intervened on behalf of GE. Last month German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported that […]

Iran masses Troops on Iraq Border

By Fazel Hawramy for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. IRGC masses troops on Iraq border amid rising tensions with Kurdish groups Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is launching increasingly daring operations to degrade the capabilities of armed […]

Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

How Iraq Should Respond to the Strait of Hormuz Crisis

By Youssef Ali. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal and sign the executive order to reimpose sanctions on Iran has had a significant impact on the global oil markets. This move […]