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Weekly Security Update for 25th April 2012

Levels of violence rose in Iraq last week with more incidents recorded than any other week since the March 2010 election. In total, at least 84 people were killed and 206 injured in nationwide incidents – a very high figure for the country.  The vast majority of incidents took place in the central region. In […]

Weekly Security Update for 19th April 2012

Levels of violence fell slightly in Iraq last week. At least 38 people were killed and 40 injured in nationwide incidents. However, anecdotal evidence on the ground indicated that many Iraqis felt it constituted some sort of calm before the storm. This fear was realised earlier on 19 April when a spate of bombings struck […]

Iraq Ranks Worst in Impunity Index

Iraq has ranked worst on the Committee to Protect Journalists' Impunity Index for the fifth consecutive year. The Impunity Index calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population. With more than 90 unsolved murders, Iraq's impunity rating dwarfs that of every other nation. "Most of the murders occurred as Iraq was immersed […]

Bell Helicopters Wins $15m Contract in Iraq

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), was awarded a contract by US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Alabama for the procurement of contractor logistics support for 30 Bell 407 helicopters in service with the Iraqi Army. The award valued at more than $15 million allows Bell Helicopter to provide logistics support of 24 Bell […]

Iraq Violence in the First Quarter of 2012

AKE has analysed violence taking place in Iraq over the first quarter of 2012 (January – March). At least 724 people were killed over the period, although the true figure is likely to be higher, given that AKE figures are collated on a ‘spot’ basis, i.e. they are taken within 24 hours of a violent […]

Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Military Equipment in Iraq

A former U.S. civilian contractor has pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of North Carolina to conspiring to steal military generators in Iraq in 2011 and selling them on the black market, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker for the Eastern District […]

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Rooting Out Corruption the Duty of All Honest Iraqis

The head of Iraq's Integrity Commission, Judge Ala’a Jwad Hameed, has said that rooting out corruption is the duty of all honest Iraqis, and expressed his optimism for increased  cooperation between the Commission and government agencies. At a meeting with the governors of Najaf, Karbala and Babel, he emphasised the need to create a culture […]

Israel Concerned at US Sale of F-16s to Iraq

Israel is said to be particularly concerned about the Pentagon’s approval for the sale of 36 Lockheed Martin F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” an IDF officer told the Jerusalem Post. “The possible developments there are not immediate, but since the US withdrawal from Iraq we do […]

Minister Criticises Security and Insurance Companies

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. Without doubt the security situation has improved significantly since I was last in Iraq, and made great strides in the south, where the first time I worked in Basra in 2007 we were never allowed into the city of Basra […]

Cost of Clearing Iraq's Landmines: $12bn

Aswat al-Iraq reports that the cost of clearing the estimated 25 million mines from Iraq will be around $12 billion. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had highlighted the work of United Nations mine action personnel around the world in preventing landmines and unexploded ordnance from causing harm long after conflicts have ended, and transforming danger zones into […]

Weekly Security Update for 12th April 2012

Levels of violence rose in Iraq last week. Security measures were gradually relaxed following the conclusion of the Arab League Summit which appeared to grant militants slightly more opportunity to conduct attacks. At least 29 people were killed and 19 injured in nationwide incidents. Tactics A total of 20 bomb attacks left 10 people dead […]