From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq exports around 3.5 million barrels of oil a day.
Heightened regional tensions between the US and Iran and recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf have heightened security fears.
The government of Iraq is worried about the threat to its oil exports - and how its economy could suffer.
Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports: