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Can US-Sunni Alliance lure Baghdad away from Tehran?

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.  There are strong indications that Gulf states want to keep Iraq away from Iran‘s influence by including Iraq under the banner of a US-backed Sunni Arab alliance. The […]

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Why is Iraq Challenging Human Rights Reports?

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report Jan. 31 about the abduction and murder of dozens of Sunnis living in a town in the center of Iraq. “Members of [Shiite] militias, who […]

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Video: Sunni Civilians ‘Under Threat’ in Diyala

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In eastern Iraq, Sunni civilians are fearing revenge attacks from Shia militias following a suicide bombing by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group. The targets were senior members of a […]

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Can Iraq Separate Religion and State?

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Several groups appear to be vying to control Iraqis’ social lives and liberties: organized crime, religious factions and even armed security forces. Motives range from money to fundamentalism, but the situation […]

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Video: Can Govt Stem Rising Sectarianism?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s top Shia cleric Ali al Sistani has called on the government to curb the activities of armed groups. At least seven Sunni mosques were bombed in eastern Iraq earlier this week, allegedly […]

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Sunnis, Shiites show Unity in Najaf

By Wassim Bassem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. For displaced Iraqi citizen Saad al-Jabouri, this year’s Ramadan has been a good one. He left Kirkuk with his family of four on July 20, 2014. They were generously welcomed in the city of […]

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Iraqis Demand Better Security for Pilgrims

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On May 15, the Shiite Endowment issued a statement that in one week, around 12 million Shiite visitors flew to Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district to commemorate the death of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, who died in […]

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Video: Sunni Leaders Pledge Allegiance to IS

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Several Sunni tribal sheiks and tribes in Anbar province have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS, ISIS, ISIL). They met in the city of Fallujah on Wednesday, […]

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Video: Iraq Enlists more Sunni Fighters

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Earlier this week Iraq enlisted more Sunni fighters to join the battle against ISIL in the Sunni-dominated Anbar province. But despite this, many Sunnis are still suspicious and angry and say the government […]

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Shiite Militias must be Invited to Fight in Ramadi

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. Tough Choices: Everyone Agrees, Shiite Militias Must Be Invited to Fight in Ramadi, Iraq Early in the morning on May 15, the extremist group known as the Islamic State launched […]

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Restrictions on IDPs Worsen Shiite-Sunni Divide

By Shelly Kittleson for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Restrictions on Iraq’s displaced people worsen Shiite-Sunni divide Shiite Turkmen who fled Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) beheadings in northwestern cities have traveled several hundred kilometers to places of pilgrimage and […]

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