Tag Archives | Sulaymaniyah

Voice of America Journalist Beaten in Iraq

Voice of America (VOA) journalists were beaten and harassed by authorities in Pakistan and Iraq earlier this week. “I am appalled that these VOA journalists, who were only doing their job of reporting accurate information, were beaten and harassed by security forces,” VOA Director Amanda Bennett said. “Intimidation only generates an opposite effect. VOA will […]

Refugee Radio Station Making Waves In Iraqi Kurdistan

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. Four displaced women from Iraq and Syria, now based in Halabja, Iraqi Kurdistan, are running a radio show for other displaced people in the area. Four displaced young women are […]

$375m Financing Deal for Power Sector

By John Lee. Dimitris Tsitsiragos, the Vice President of the World Bank‘s private sector investment arm, told Reuters on Thursday that the bank had arranged $375 million in financing for an Iraqi power company. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide a debt and equity package of $250 million, with another $125 million from Lebanon’s […]

Germany Donates EUR 4m to Boost Community Policing

The Federal Republic of Germany has donated EUR 4 million to IOM Iraq to support its “Strengthening Community Policing in Iraq” project between March 2016 and December 2017. By supporting community policing in Iraq, IOM enhances overall efforts to advance democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Iraq in liberated areas. Community-policing models […]

Qaiwan secures $105m Loans for Iraq Power Plant

By John Lee. Kurdistan’s Qaiwan Group has secured two loans totalling $105 million to refinance part of the firm’s investment in the 442-MW Bazian Power Plant (pictured). According to a report from Trade Arabia, Deutsche Bank has arranged an eight-year $75-million buyer credit, along with the Dubai branch of Lebanon’s Bankmed. The finance is being […]

Qatar Winterization Project for Displaced Iraqis

Under the ongoing Warm Winter 2015-2016 campaign in several countries, and with a budget of QR 11 million, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a large-scale winterization project in Al-Anbar Governorate. The $494,000 (QR 1.8 million) project is aimed at alleviating the suffering of internally displaced Iraqis who fled the fighting in the governorate. […]

Sulaimaniyah opens New Border Crossing with Iran

By John Lee. Shafaaq reports that a new border crossing has been opened between Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, and Iran. The new crossing at Siran Bin is the third in the province, and connects with the Iranian city of Bana. At the opening ceremony, the governor of Sulaimaniyah predicted that the new crossing will ease […]

Baghdad-KRI Flights Suspended

By Simon Kent. The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has suspended flights from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq (KRI) for two days, effective from today. The move follows concern that Russian jets and cruise missiles pass though that airspace from the Caspian Sea region, to targets in Syria. It is […]

FlyBaghdad leases Jordanian 737

By John Lee. FlyBaghdad has reportedly wet-leased a Boeing 737-400 from Jordan Aviation. The company also has two A320-200s leased from South Africa’s Global Aviation Operations, and three CRJ-200s, two of which are leased from Iraq Gate (Baghdad). Launched earlier this year, FlyBaghdad currently offers scheduled passenger flights to Erbil, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Istanbul and Tbilisi. […]

“No Houses for the Arabs” in Kurdistan

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. No Houses for the Arabs: Iraqi Kurdish Council’s Controversial Ruling About Who Can, and Cannot, Buy Property Tensions between displaced Arabs in Iraqi Kurdistan and local Kurds are growing. Which […]

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Brewing Crisis

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demonstrations turned violent earlier this month as thousands of people protested the dire economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, with many demanding that Massoud Barzani (pictured) step down as regional president. Developments that brought the […]

Protests ‘Cost Sulaymaniyah About $1bn’

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region’s Syndicate of Investors [Kurdistan Investors Union] has said that recent violent protests in Sulaymaniyah have cost the province $1 billion. Spokesperson Mala Yasin Mahmoud told BasNews that many strategic projects have been cancelled and foreign investors are leaving because of the protests. “At least 15% of the foreign investments […]