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Iraq Business News brings you the latest Iraqi politics news, keeping you up to date with the latest information and developments.

KRG High Representative to UK Talks to Iraq Business News

Iraq Business News recently had the pleasure of interviewing the Kurdistan Regional Government's High Representative to the United Kingdom, Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman. Iraq Business News: Ms Abdul Rahman, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. May I ask you firstly for your opinion about the ongoing protests in the […]

Complex Alliances in Babel

The following article was published on Sunday 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. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Relations Improving Between Kurdistan and Turkey

According to a report from Niqash, Massoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Region Government President, was invited recently to Turkey for talks on increasing economic integration between the two states. With trade between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Turkey reaching $9 billion, relations between Turkey and the Region have improved significantly. Turkey is working hard in the […]

Eni Interested in Investing in Nassiriyah Oilfield

Italy’s energy giant Eni is still interested in investing in the Nassiriya oilfield, Italy's ambassador to Iraq has said. Ambassador Gerardo Caranti was visiting Iraq to evaluate the progress of several projects and to study future suggestions. "We have several projects in Iraq at a cost of more than $2 billion," he told Aswat al-Iraq […]

Iraq and the new geopolitical calculus

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, and Founder & CEO of Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In light of ongoing socio-political changes in MENA region, Iraq's massive protests, from Zakho to al-Faw, accentuate the political astuteness and […]

President Barzani Calls for Kurdistan Reforms

Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, called on Monday for a raft of reforms after protests against nepotism, corruption and a political stranglehold by the two main parties. He urged parliament for early provincial elections and the speedy creation of an integrity commission to check corruption and nepotism in many areas, including […]

Iraqis Protest Against Bahrain's Rulers

About 7,000 Iraqis protested in the southern oil hub of Basra on Saturday against the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain, highlighting the sectarian divide in Iraq. Reuters reports that anger has been mounting among Shi'ites in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran over the movement of troops from Sunni Arab states to help Bahrain's Sunni royal […]

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Maliki Proposes Allawi for Top Arab League Post

Iraq’s State of Law Coalition, led by Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, has reportedly proposed the head of the rival Iraqiya bloc, Iyad Allawi, to run for the position of  Secretary General of the Arab League following Amr Moussa’s resignation. Moussa will stand down in order to run for the presidency of Egypt. The Iraqiya […]

Tamimi’s Challenge and Why It Will Go Nowhere

The following article was published on Monday 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. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Baghdad Clamps Down on Unlicensed Liquor Stores

Stores selling alcohol in the Iraqi capital were shut down by the Baghdad provincial council on Monday amid protests from their owners, according to a report from AKnews. Store owners were caught by surprise when police patrols arrived unannounced at their premises with orders from the provincial council to close down all unlicensed shops and […]

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Anxiety Across the Region, But Hope Too

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. It has been a momentous few weeks in the Middle East as hopes and aspirations that had lain dormant for a generation or more have stirred. British Prime Minister Cameron visited […]