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Libya Restores Diplomatic Ties with Iraq

Libya has restored full diplomatic relations with Iraq and plans to send an ambassador to Baghdad, according to a report from AFP. Libya announced in June 2003 that it was breaking off diplomatic ties with Iraq and closing its embassy shortly after the US-led invasion of the country earlier that year, following which foreign diplomats […]

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Basra’s Unfair Share: Wealthy in Oil, Poor in Every Other Way

The citizens and authorities in what is potentially Iraq’s wealthiest oil boom town are upset. They say oil companies are causing environmental problems and Baghdad is getting rich while they’re missing out, according to this article from NIQASH. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

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Separatism and Sectarianism in Barzani Speech

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Iraq Hopes Arab Summit Will Boost Its Role

This article was written by Abeer Mohammad, and was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, iwpr.net. It is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi officials are hoping that hosting the […]

Iraq Resolves Long-Running Disputes With Kuwait

Iraq announced on Wednesday that it had finalised several agreements with Kuwait on long-running disputes, including the issue of of compensation to Kuwaiti Airways from Iraqi Airways. Under the deal, Iraq will pay Kuwait $300 million in cash and will invest another $200 million in a joint Iraqi-Kuwaiti airline venture, to settle a claim by […]

Kurdistan President Tasks New PM to Form Cabinet

Kurdistan Region's President Masoud Barzani on Wednesday, 7 March, confirmed Nechirvan Idris Barzani as the new Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government and tasked him to form the 7th Cabinet. This follows the decision on February 17 by the Kurdistan Parliament to nominate Nechirvan Barzani for the post of prime minister and Imad Ahmed […]

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Signs of Progress for Women in Kurdistan

By Chris Bowers, British Consul General in Erbil. This article was originally published by Rudaw, and is re-published with permission by Iraq Business News. Can any government reach its full potential without using its entire people? Of course not. That is why the UK worldwide considers the role of women to be so important. A […]

Disputed Territory: Talabani Tries to Create Another Article 140

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Triumph for Maliki as Iraq Passes the Annual Budget

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

Iraq Approves $100.5bn Budget for 2012

After months of  wrangling, the Iraqi House of Representatives has finally approved the $100.5 billion budget for 2012, according to AKnews. The budget is based on an average oil price of $85 per barrel and 2.6m barrels per day in crude oil exports, up from last year's budget of $82.6b, which was based on an […]

Iran vs EU: Iraq Plays Go-Between in Oil Export Crisis

Iraq is demonstrating its unique position in the Middle East again, flexing its new diplomatic muscle to resolve an oil exporting crisis between the West, OPEC and Iran, according to this article from NIQASH. But who’s behind these efforts: Iran, the US or Iraq itself? Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do […]