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For an Iraq Free of Landmines by 2018

Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the United Nations calls for an Iraq free of all landmines by 2018, and reaffirms its commitment to support the country’s Mine Action programme. “Each year on 4 April, countries around the world raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication. In […]

Proposed Laws in Iraq “Threaten Online Speech”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has issued the following statement regarding proposed new law on “information technology crimes”. (Please click here to download an English translation of the bill by the Centre for Law and Democracy): More than a year after the start of the “Arab Spring,” large portions of the Middle East remain in […]

Weekly Security Update for 6th April 2012

Levels of violence fell last week amid the extensive security measures implemented for the Arab League Summit. Nonetheless, some attacks still took place, highlighting the fact that the measures at the disposal of the Iraqi authorities remain far from exhaustive. Normal patterns in militancy are also likely to resume once the security measures currently in […]

Qatari Jets, KRG and Iraqi Airspace Sovereignty in the Hashemi Case

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. […]

Weekly Security Update for 30th March 2012

Levels of violence rose in Iraq last week despite heightened security measures put in place ahead of the Arab League Summit. It was the worst week since a series of terrorist attacks targeted Shi’ah pilgrims during Arba’een at the beginning of January and the fourth-worst week recorded over the past six months. At least 73 […]

Min. of Transport: “We’ll Stop Iranian Planes”

Iraq’s Minister of Transport Hadi al-Amiri (pictured) talks to NIQASH about Iraq’s role in alleged Iranian weapons smuggling into Syria as well US spy drones over Iraq monitoring Iranian activities. “It’s a lie,” al-Amiri says. Al-Amiri also talks about how a recent visit to Iraq’s neighbour, Kuwait, could see Iraqi Airways flying again. And he […]

US Under Secretary of the Treasury Visits Iraq

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced today that Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen is traveling to Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates this week to discuss international sanctions against Iran and Syria as well as the United States’ continued efforts to combat global terrorism. Continuing the Treasury Department’s […]

Weekly Security Update for 21st March 2012

As security measures are heightened ahead of the Arab League Summit in Baghdad levels of violence fell in Iraq last week with 26 people killed and 22 injured in nationwide incidents. This was a drop by half from the previous week and a very low figure in general for the country. However, a spate of […]

Violence Overshadows Summit

After a long series of attacks against the police, it is the Iraqi government which appears to have been the primary target in the latest bout of attacks in Iraq.  A spate of at least 26 bombings and shootings around the country left dozens of people dead on 20 March. Incidents were recorded in Abu […]