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Draft Amnesty Law Passed for Detainees

By Simon Kent. In a potentially huge political development, Iraq’s Council of Representatives (Parliament) have passed draft amnesty law that would see as many as 5000 Shia Sadrist protesters released from prison and potentially thousands more Sunnis who have been detained over the years, allegedly on spurious information, in many cases. For example, at the […]

Abadi: Govt. Formation Talks “Positive”.

By John Lee. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has issued a statement saying that government formation is going well and that on the security front, all militias loyal to the government must come under government control. The remarks are another sign of the PM’s departure from the governing style of Nouri-al-Maliki, who originally appeared tough on […]

Armed Forces, Diaspora Go To Polls

By John Lee Iraqis living abroad in 19 countries have cast their votes early ahead of  the general election on the 30th of April, news agencies have reported. Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission has said that approximately 785,000 Iraqis were eligible to vote outside the country. Meanwhile attacks on polling stations, security forces and a […]

Election Campaigning Begins

By John Lee. Election campaigning began formally today across Iraq, Asharq al-Awsat reports. Perhaps optimistically, they suggest this marks the end of the crisis with the Independent High Electoral Commission, following their return to work last week. Campaign posters and billboards already adorn many parts of Baghdad, as seen in this Al Arabiya slideshow. Radio Free Iraq […]

Budget Reading Goes Ahead Amid Boycott

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In a significant move, the Iraqi parliament has completed the first passage […]

Sadr’s Political Exit Boosts Maliki

By John Lee. Iraqi political analyst Ali Ameer has told Reuters that radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s retirement from politics will boost Prime Minister Maliki in the forthcoming April general elections. “Sadr’s decision will definitely play into the hands of Maliki one way or the other,” said Ameer, echoing the thoughts of other analysts. Sadr, who […]

EU and Iraq agree Partnership Deal

The European Union and Iraq signed a partnership agreement on Friday, which in turn has opened the way for both trade and energy deals. The agreement also allowed a closer cooperation in combating terrorism, promoting human rights, and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The accord will allow continuous political discussions on bilateral, […]

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Dunia Weekly Iraq Market Tracker

Advertising Feature Iraq Business News is delighted to bring you the latest Iraq Market Tracker report from Dunia Frontier Consultants. The market tracker highlights the activities and market performance of a basket of publicly traded firms who derive a significant percentage of their revenues from operations in Iraq, but are traded on foreign exchanges: a […]

Dunia Weekly Iraq Market Tracker

Advertising Feature Iraq Business News is delighted to bring you the latest Iraq Market Tracker report from Dunia Frontier Consultants. The market tracker highlights the activities and market performance of a basket of publicly traded firms who derive a significant percentage of their revenues from operations in Iraq, but are traded on foreign exchanges: a […]

Dunia Weekly Iraq Market Tracker

Advertising Feature Iraq Business News is delighted to bring you the latest Iraq Market Tracker report from Dunia Frontier Consultants. The market tracker highlights the activities and market performance of a basket of publicly traded firms who derive a significant percentage of their revenues from operations in Iraq, but are traded on foreign exchanges: a […]

Weekly Security Update for 21st December 2011

Levels of violence fell in Iraq over the past week, with attacks concentrated in Mosul, Baghdad and Kirkuk. There was a scattering of incidents throughout the central provinces and a notable bombing attack on oil and gas infrastructure in Basrah province. Bomb attacks left at least 15 people dead and 77 injured, a decline from […]

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 […]