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Saddam’s Superyacht to become Sailors’ Hotel

By John Lee. The 82-meter yacht built for Saddam Hussein in 1981 is to be turned into a hotel for the pilots who guide shipping in and out of the port of Basra. The Iraqi government re-gained posession of the ‘Basrah Breeze‘ in 2010 following a legal battle in the French courts. It subsequently failed […]

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Tikrit turns Saddam’s Palaces into Tourist Attractions

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. By Ghazwan Hassan al-Jibouri. The despised ex-leader of Iraq built luxurious palaces with hundreds of rooms in Tikrit, near his hometown. Now the local council wants them turned into money-making […]

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Iraq to begin Seizing Assets of Saddam Hussein & Cohorts

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 authorities have been given the green light to begin confiscating the assets of late President Saddam Hussein, along with the assets of many of his relatives and […]

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Iraq to Seize Assets of Saddam Hussein and his Officials

By John Lee. Iraq’s Commission for Accountability and Justice has reportedly completed the list of the relatives and associates of the late President Saddam Hussein (pictured), who are to have their assets confiscated. According to a report Asharq al-Awsat, the confiscation involves 52 senior officials from his former regime, and over 4,000 ex-ministers and officials […]

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Should Baathists have Role in Post-IS Iraq?

By Joseph Briefel for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraqi security forces arrested Saddam Hussein’s cousin Nizar Hammoud Abdul Ghani, who was one of the Iraqi president’s personal guards, on Oct. 25 for his alleged involvement in the Islamic […]

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Iraq Struggles to Stop Antiquities Smuggling

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.  On Aug. 30, the Iraqi Integrity Court announced the recovery of the head of the statue of King Sanatruq I, who reigned from roughly 140 to 180, which […]

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British Jets Bomb ex-Saddam Palace in Mosul

Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado jets have participated in a major coalition air strike on Saddam’s former palace in Mosul, used by Daesh as a headquarters and training establishment for foreign terrorists. In Mosul, extensive surveillance had established that Daesh were using a palace, built by the former dictator Saddam Hussein, as a major headquarters […]

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Iraq to Jordan: Extradite Saddam’s Daughter

By Simon Kent. Iraq has made another plea to the Jordanian government to send Raghad Hussein, daughter of the late dictator Saddam, to Baghdad and face justice for crimes against humanity. The Iraqi government also accuses Raghad of financing terror, and she has made a number of statements against Iraqi governments since 2003. The terror […]

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Iraq to sell Saddam’s Properties?

By John Lee. The Iraqi government is reportedly considering the sale of more than 600,000 state-owned properties, including around 1,000 that formerly belonged to Saddam Hussein. The sale could potentially yield $150 billion, helping to bolster the country’s finances as it struggles to cope with lower oil prices. But according to a report from The […]

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Rif’at al Chadirji Wins Tamayouz Award

By Robert Tollast. Iraqi architect Rif’at al Chadirji has been awarded the 2015 Tamayouz Architectural Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at the University of Coventry, UK. Michael Fitzpatrick, the Dean of Engineering and Computing at the university, presented the award which was announced on line in English and Arabic (video.) The architect and author was […]

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PM’s Spox Resigns over pro-Saddam Song

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s spokesman, Rafid Jaboori (pictured), has resigned after a video showing him singing the praises of former President Saddam Hussein circulated across social media. The former BBC journalist admitted taking part in the video more than 15 years ago, but described it as a mistake and apologised. “I was […]

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Video: 10Yrs on, Saddam Legacy Looms over Iraq

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A decade after Saddam Hussein’s arrest, the now-executed Iraqi dictator’s legacy of conflicts, sanctions and repression still exact a heavy toll on the country:

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