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Iraq “Not an Iranian Vassal State”

By Aaron Majid, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. These days, Tehran is having trouble getting what it wants from its neighbor—a development Washington can encourage by backing off. It almost goes without saying these days that Iran […]

Will Trump Abort Iran’s Land-Bridge to the Med?

By Joe Macaron for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Will the Trump administration abort Iran’s land bridge to the Mediterranean? As the showdown between Washington and Tehran escalates elsewhere in the Gulf, Iran is giving high priority to an […]

Iraqi Factions a Wild Card in US-Iran Blame Game

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 factions a wild card in US-Iran blame game It’s hard to tell what’s really on the minds of Iranian and US officials in the flurry of words they’ve […]

US Senate confirms Tueller as Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Ambassador Matthew Tueller to be the Ambassador to Iraq. Tueller has most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen. A native of Utah, Utah, his other overseas assignments have included Ambassador to Kuwait, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Cairo; Political Minister Counselor at Embassy Baghdad; Deputy […]

US Embassy Staff to Leave Iraq

From the U.S. Embassy in Iraq: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to […]

US issues New Iraq Security Alert

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hasd advised all U.S. citizens of heightened tensions in Iraq and the requirement to remain vigilant. Actions to Take: Do not travel to Iraq Avoid places known as U.S. citizen gathering points. Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings Assistance: U.S. Embassy Baghdad Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad […]

Iraq “close to signing” $53bn deal with Exxon, PetroChina

By John Lee. At its regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday, the Iraqi Cabinet received a briefing on negotiations led by Iraq’s Ministry of Oil with ExxonMobil and PetroChina on the Southern Iraq Integrated Project. In a statement, the government describes the project as “a mega energy and infrastructure scheme consisting of building oil pipelines, […]

Pompeo makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

By John Lee. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday, meeting with Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and senior officials. The visit comes as Washington enforces sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. A transcript of Secretary Pompeo’s press conference after the meeting can be read here. (Source: US […]

US launches $5m Airport Security Program

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) officials are celebrating the launch of a $5 million Iraq airport security program. This U.S. Government-funded initiative will provide both training and equipment in close coordination and partnership with Iraq civil aviation experts. During his remarks at the launch reception, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires […]

Iraq Struggles to Distance itself from US-Iran Tensions

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq struggles to distance itself from US-Iran tensions Iraq is trying hard to dissociate itself from the rising hostilities between Iran and the United States, as it hopes to preserve its national interests without […]

US Provides Additional $100m for Iraq Stabilization

U.S. Government to Provide Additional $100 Million for Iraq Stabilization US Chargé d’Affaires Joey Hood has announced that the United States Government intends to provide an additional $100 million to help stabilize liberated areas once held by the Islamic State. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide the funds to the United […]