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Human Rights Lawyer Struck Off over Iraq Misconduct

By John Lee. A UK-based human rights lawyer has been struck off as a solicitor after he was found guilty of multiple professional misconduct charges, including dishonesty and lack of integrity, relating to alleged abuse by the British military in Iraq, reports The Guardian. The British Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) said it would now […]

Iraq Considers Retaliatory Ban on US Visitors

By John Lee. According to various media reports, Iraqi lawmakers have said that they might ban US nationals from entering the country in retaliation against Donald Trump’s executive order to deny Iraqis entry to the United States. The parliament’s foreign affairs committee called on the government to act after Trump controversially ordered that citizens from […]

Work Starts at Mid-Euphrates Airport

By John Lee. AFP reports that Iraqi officials laid the cornerstone of a new Mid-Euphrates Airport, 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of Karbala. The $500-million project will be carried out by the UK-based Copperchase, with work supervised by the Khayrat al-Sibtein company, which belongs to the Imam Hussein shrine (pictured). During the ceremony, Karbala Governor […]

IBBC Welcomes Five New Members

The end of 2016 saw several new members join the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), each of which are underpinned by strong reputations for innovation, reliability and a commitment to investing in Iraq. GE, Khudairi Group, Pell Frischmann, Petronas and Siemens join 51 other world- and region-leading companies that form IBBC’s Council of Members. “IBBC […]

IBBC Opens New Office on London’s South Bank

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has relocated its London office south of the river to Lambeth, a short walk from its old premises in Westminster. The IBBC team moved into the new office, which is located in Westminster Tower along Albert Embankment, in late November 2016. It shares the space with the AMAR Foundation, […]

US Firm in $210m Deal at Majnoon Field

By John Lee. According to a report from Reuters, Anglo-Dutch Shell has signed a $210-million contract with US-based Halliburton to drill 30 wells at the Majnoon field over the next three years. The contract is expected to raise output at the field from 220,000 barrels per day currently to about 400,000 bpd in three years. (Source: Reuters)

Iraq Extends Chicken Import Ban

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly extended its ban on poultry imports to three more European countries: Finland, Serbia and the United Kingdom. The ban covers live and frozen poultry imports, and comes in response to bird flu outbreaks. Iraq is the world’s fifth biggest buyer of chicken meat, with purchases of 670,000 tonnes last year, […]

UK Pharma Startup Exports Medicines to Iraq

By John Lee. CurePharma, a UK-based medicines and pharmaceuticals wholesaler and distributor, has exported the first consignment of British manufactured medicines to Iraq. The consignment of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, worth around £50,000 in current prescription and retail values, was sent to a large pharmaceutical distributor in Baghdad, from which it will be delivered to […]

IBBC Celebrates Successful Inaugural Conference in Dubai

More than 180 expert speakers and delegates from the UK, Iraq, UAE and abroad gathered in Dubai at The Address Dubai Marina on Sunday 18 December for the Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) Autumn Conference. Usually held in London, the well-attended conference marked the first time the IBBC has held an event in the UAE, […]

British Council makes award to Basrah Museum

The British Council has award £460,000 to the Basrah Museum project. This project sees the completion of three remaining galleries in the newly opened museum. The old Basrah Museum was looted in the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars and was closed in 2003. The new museum is housed in one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces. The […]