Tag Archives | Libya

Iraq Ranked Last in Good Country Index

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked last out of 153 countries in this year’s Good Country Index, placing it just behind Libya and Yemen. Iran was ranked 138th. The idea of the Good Country Index to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, […]

US Confident of Success in Campaign Against IS

With the fall of Mosul within sight, the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group will shift to other domains and areas, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a recent interview. The offensive in Mosul is just one part of the total offensive against ISIL, Marine […]

IS Sells Properties Left by Kurds in Mosul

By John Lee. BasNews reports that the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) is allegedly attempting to put residential buildings taken from civilians in Mosul on sale. A source told the news agency that IS confiscated “more than 126” (sic) houses left by Kurds and Christians in Mosul, and is now selling the houses […]

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, […]

Iraq Falls in Ease of Doing Business index

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked 161th out of 189 countries in the World Bank‘s recent Doing Business 2016 report, down from 156th place the previous year. Top of the list were Singapore, New Zealand and Denmark, with last place going to Eritrea, just behind Libya and South Sudan. The pace of business regulatory […]

From Iraq to Libya …

As many of our readers will already be aware, Iraq Business News has a sister publication, Libya Business News, and we are pleased to report that it’s going from strength to strength. Clearly the two countries are in different stages of development, politically as well as economically, but they face similar challenges, and those challenges bring […]


First Iraq, Now Libya

As many readers of Iraq Business News will already be aware, our sister publication, Libya Business News, has now been running for more than six months, and we are pleased to report that it’s going from strength to strength. Clearly the two countries are in different stages of development, politically as well as economically, but […]


Iraq Seeks Arab Debt Forgiveness

Iraq has asked its Arab neighbours to forgive its pre-invasion debts, urging them to follow the United Arab Emirates and Algeria which have already written off what they were owed, according to Reuters. “We’ve asked Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco to help Iraq in closing up its debt situation,” Iraqi […]

Libya Restores Diplomatic Ties with Iraq

Libya has restored full diplomatic relations with Iraq and plans to send an ambassador to Baghdad, according to a report from AFP. Libya announced in June 2003 that it was breaking off diplomatic ties with Iraq and closing its embassy shortly after the US-led invasion of the country earlier that year, following which foreign diplomats […]


Iraq and Libya (II)

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Weekly Security Update for 25th August 2011

The current world focus is on Libya, with AKE now ranking Tripoli as being much more hostile a working environment than Baghdad. However, conditions are still fluid and unstable in Iraq, and levels of violence have crept up in the country for the third consecutive week. Dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured in […]