Tag Archives | Saudi Arabia

Abadi: Qatari ‘Ransom’ Money with Us, not Armed Groups

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s prime minister has rejected Saudi and UAE media claims that a $500m ransom was paid by Qatar to Shia Muslim armed groups in Iraq to secure the release of 26 kidnapped Qatari […]

Iraq Reinforces its Border with Saudi Arabia

By John Lee. AINA reports that a large convoy of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has been seen moving towards the Iraqi-Saudi border. This comes following increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the Iraqi government has expressed support for Qatar in its conflict with Saudi Arabia. (Source: AINA)

Saudi Arabia, Iraq discuss Economic Cooperation

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi received the Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid bin Abdul Aziz al-Faleh, and his accompanying delegation in his office on Monday. During the meeting, they discussed boosting cooperation in the oil sector, industry, petrochemicals, electricity, minerals, trade and banks, as well as reviewed cooperation to support OPEC […]

Washington sees Iraq as front for Iran Pushback

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. After the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun on April 4, followed by the US airstrike on a Syrian air base April 7, tension between Iraq and the United States […]

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 […]

Saudi Foreign Minister in Landmark Visit to Iraq

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir has met senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad, in the first such visit by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990. Last year, the Saudis appointed an ambassador in Iraq for the first time in a quarter of a century, but later demanded his removal after he made […]

Will Iraq succeed in bringing Iran, Saudi closer?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On Jan. 14, Iraqi and Iranian media reported that Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (pictured) offered to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia in order to overcome their disputes and […]

Controversial General Appointed as Iranian Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly appointed General Irij Masjidi as its new ambassador to Baghdad, replacing Hassan Dana’i Fer [Danaeifar]. According to some sources, General Masjidi was previously a senior advisor to Qassim Sulaimani, Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC). Al Arabiya quotes Saudi minister of state for the Gulf region Thamer Al-Sabhan […]

Iran, Iraq in Joint Naval Exercises

By Sara al-Qaher for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iran, Iraq seek to send a message with joint naval exercises In conjunction with the military maneuvers of the Iranian-backed Shiite Popular Mobilization Units along the Iraqi border with Saudi Arabia on Jan. 4, former Iraqi […]

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 […]