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Israel “Lifts Ban on Trade with Iraq”

By John Lee. Israel has reportedly lifted a ban on trade with Iraq, despite the fact that the two countries do not have official relations and are technically at war. According to Middle East Monitor, citing Israeli newspaper Maariv, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (pictured) signed an official directive on Monday allowing trade with Iraq. Maariv […]

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Will the Jewish Archive Return to Iraq?

By Saad Salloum for Al Monitor. Any opinions here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The US State Department announced Sept. 10 that the United States would return the Iraqi Jewish archive to Iraq next year. The archive had been shipped to the United States […]

Iraqi Sentiment may be Softening toward Israel

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi Citizens’ Sentiment may be Softening toward Israel Some Iraqis are calling for closer relations with Israel, feeling a common bond of past persecution and a desire for […]

What role will Iran-linked militias play once IS leaves Iraq?

By Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said recently that any group taking up arms in Iraq outside the state’s official framework will be considered outlaws. However, it seems at least […]

Iraq to sue Israel for Destroying Nuclear Reactor

By John Lee. The first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament has reportedly said that Iraq plans to sue Israel for monetary compensation for bombing the Osirak nuclear reactor in Baghdad in 1981. Homam Hamoudi called on the UN to implement Security Council Resolution 487 from 1981 which gives Iraq the right to ask for […]

Iraq Bans Poultry Imports due to Avian Flu

By John Lee. Iraq has banned the importion of frozen and live poultry products from two dozen countries. According to a report from Reuters, Baghdad restricted poultry imports from France last month, following a reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu. The ban now extends to Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, […]

US Dismisses KRG Tanker Case

By John Lee. An American court has dismissed an attempt by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to overturn a previous decision against its planned sale of oil to a US-based customer. The case arose when Iraq’s central government sued to seize a tanker loaded with crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan — the United Kalavryta (pictured) […]

Video: Israel Imports 77% of its Oil from Kurdistan

A new report suggests that Israel has bought more than three-quarters of its oil from the government of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. According to the Financial Times, Israeli firms and refineries imported over 19 million barrels of oil worth one billion dollars between May and August 20-15. That’s almost 77 percent of the crude exported […]

Iraqi MP Calls for Embassy in Israel

By Patrick Schmidt. A Sunni member of the Iraqi Parliament, Mithal Al-Alusi, called for the opening of an embassy in Israel during an interview with the Kuwati Al-Rai. “Yes, Israel is a state and I support peace with it,” he said, when asked if he supported “normalization” with the Jewish state. “I want to see […]

United Kalavyrta Unloads in Israel

By John Lee. The tanker which was blocked for months by a Baghdad legal challenge from unloading its 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil in Texas, has reportedly delivered its cargo to Israel. The United Kalavyrta [United Kalavrvta, United Kalvrvta] (pictured) spent several months off the coast of Texas after Baghdad tried to have […]

Iraq Contributes $28m to Palestinian Authority

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly donated $28 million to the Arab League (pictured) as part of its contribution to support the Palestinian Authority. According to Maan News Agency, Iraq’s representative to the Arab League, Diya al-Dabbas, said that the payment highlights Iraq’s commitment to the Palestinian cause. (Source: Maan News Agency)

Why Islamic State has No Sympathy for Hamas

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. Most of today’s Salafist jihadist movements have no interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the time being regarding it as irrelevant. Instead, their call is to engage in intense, bloody confrontations involving bombings, executions, and […]