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Weekly Security Update for 2nd November 2011

Levels of violence rose in Iraq over the past week, with the highest number of weekly attacks recorded since mid-August. At least 80 people were killed and 197 injured nationwide, with incidents concentrated in Baghdad, Mosul and Babil province. There was also sporadic violence in towns such as Kut, Fallujah and Ba’qubah.   North Turkish […]

Christopher Hill and the Iraq War Legacy

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. […]

US Forces to leave Iraq by Christmas

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The U.S. and Iraq have failed to reach an agreement on […]

Weekly Security Update for 26th October 2011

Levels of violence did not change in Iraq last week, but there was a drop in the number of casualties reported. The previous week had seen a number of bombings in the capital which left dozens dead but last week’s terrorist attacks were less devastating in terms of the number of casualties inflicted.  Furthermore, Baghdad […]

Subsea Team Secures Crucial Pipelines

Subsea excavation specialists Marin Group recently played a key role in clearing unexploded ordnance from the route of three new pipelines crucial to Iraq's future oil exports, according to an article in Maritime Journal. Operating company Marin Subsea Ltd was contracted by UK based Maritime and Underwater Security Consultants (MUSC), which had been awarded overall […]

Former Innospec Exec in Court on Corruption Charges

Dr David Turner appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, England, on Tuesday. He is charged with alleged offences of conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials in Indonesia and Iraq to secure contracts for Innospec Ltd for the supply of its products. He is also charged with conspiring to defraud a competitor company […]

Sadr Demands Resistance against the US Embassy in Baghdad

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. […]

Ex-CEO Charged with Iraq Billing Fraud

Reuters reports that the former head of a New Jersey-based engineering consulting firm was charged with leading a scheme to overbill the U.S. government by hundreds of millions of dollars for international reconstruction contracts, including work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Derish Wolff, former president and chief executive of Louis Berger Group Inc is reported to […]

Five "Directors" Accused of Corruption

Five unspecified "directors" are suspected of corruption in electricity contracts, the parliamentary Investigative Commission said today. According to the report from AKnews, the Committee did not say if these "directors" are employed by the government, nor did it specify what exactly the "directors" are directing, but committee member Uday Awwad said that the "directors" received […]

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Weekly Security Update for 19th October 2011

At least 76 people were killed and 184 injured in nationwide attacks in Iraq last week. This is a rise from the previous week and largely attributable to a series of attacks in Baghdad. A series of bombing and suicide attacks targeting the police in the capital left numerous people dead on 12 October. The […]

The NGO that Wasn’t: Bogus Charities Collecting Billions

Previously NGOs were seen as critical to Iraq’s reconstruction efforts. But numbers have dwindled. And not everyone is sad to see them go – many were fakes, siphoning funds, engaged in corruption and deceiving locals, according to this report from Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the […]

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