Author Archive | Bob Tollast

High Level Kurdish Delegation Arrives in Baghdad

By John Lee. A delegation from the Kurdish Regional Government, including Iraqi Kurdish Prime Minister Nerchivan Barzani and Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami (pictured) are in Baghdad to resolve the long running dispute over oil exports from the KRG, Reuters reports. The drive to solve the row over exports gained new urgency in 2011 when […]

Sadr's Political Exit Boosts Maliki

By John Lee. Iraqi political analyst Ali Ameer has told Reuters that radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's retirement from politics will boost Prime Minister Maliki in the forthcoming April general elections. "Sadr's decision will definitely play into the hands of Maliki one way or the other," said Ameer, echoing the thoughts of other analysts. Sadr, who […]

Underage Marriage Growing in Iraqi Cities

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. Rumors circulated that a man in his 90s who had married a girl 70 years his junior had died recently in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. This shocking news is only one part of the “uneven marriages” that have become endemic […]