By John Lee.
New Zealand-owned fast food outlet BurgerFuel has reportedly suspended its operations in Iraq.
The company had only one store, in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, and before the insurgency it had given its partners approval to re-locate to Baghdad, with a re-opening planned for later this year.
According to TVNZ, CEO Josef Roberts told shareholders:
"The Middle East in general has experienced major ongoing turmoil and brutal separatist activity in the past 12 months ... Whilst we are in general away from the primary areas, we cannot escape what is happening in Iraq.
"However, given what is happening in Iraq - we have suspended all further activity in that country and will review at a later date."