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Weekly Security Update for 1st December 2011

As the US military withdrawal continues, levels of violence rose in Iraq over the past week. Incidents were concentrated in Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk, while the southern city of Basrah also saw a bomb attack the day before an international oil and gas conference opened in the city. Otherwise there has been a countrywide rise […]

Joint Statement by US and Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee

The United States of America and the Republic of Iraq are committed to forging a strong partnership based on mutual interests that will continue to grow for years to come. Our two nations are entering a new phase in our relationship. We have a historic opportunity to strengthen our ties beyond security and build a […]

Iraqi Military to get 740 US Trainers

Reuters reports that about 700 U.S. trainers, mostly civilian, will help Iraqi security forces when American troops leave, far less than the several thousand troops and contractors once under discussion between Baghdad and Washington. The number of U.S. troops and trainers to remain in Iraq was the subject of months of informal talks before President Barack […]

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Weekly Security Update for 24th November 2011

Levels of violence rose in Iraq over the past week, particularly in Mosul and the central provinces. There was a rise in bomb attacks, a steady number of shootings and at least two injuries caused by indirect fire (rockets and mortars). At least one person was kidnapped in the north of the country. The head […]

KRG "Giving Out Land to Phantom Investors"

To encourage investment in Iraqi Kurdistan, state authorities are able to gift land to important projects. However the process is plagued by corruption and injustice and has resulted in empty plots, unfinished projects and some undeservedly wealthy locals, according to this article from Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author and interviewee, and […]

Time to Keep your Head Down in Iraq

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. Last week hundreds of people were arrested all over Iraq in […]

Trade Bank of Iraq recovers $400m

The Iraqi state-run Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has recovered around $400 million of a $900 million default on loans handed out with little or no security by the previous management, the bank's new chief has said. Former TBI president Hussein al-Uzri fled Iraq in early June after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered a judicial […]

Weekly Security Update for 17th November 2011

Last week saw a notable decline in attacks in Iraq, but incidents have worsened once again over the past three days. Activity was concentrated in the central provinces, although Baghdad itself remained unusually quiet until Sunday. Conditions now appear to be returning to an unfortunate level of normality. Roadside bombings are currently the most commonly […]

EODT Receives Iraqi Mine Action Accreditation

EOD Technology, Inc. (EODT), a leader in stability operations support services worldwide, has received its Mine Action accreditation from Iraq’s Ministry of Environment. With this accreditation in place, EODT will expand its current operating footprint in Iraq to support the country’s infrastructure reconstruction and development initiatives. EODT has been operating in Iraq continuously since 2003 […]

ARINC Delivers New Air Traffic Control for Iraqi Air Force

ARINC Engineering Services, LLC today announced it has completed the procurement, integration, testing, and installation of new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) systems and equipment for two bases of the Iraqi Air Force. The new technology will allow Iraq’s Air Force to establish efficient operational control with modern equipment in the control towers at Tikrit […]