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Iraq Receives $156m Russian Helicopters

Iraq has received the last two in an order of eight Russian-made multi-purpose helicopters which cost 156 million dollars, the US army has said. The purchase is Iraq’s latest effort to bolster the capacity of its armed forces ahead of a complete withdrawal of US forces by the end of next year, as the US […]

Weekly Security Update for 18th Nov 2010

Overview Security measures are currently heightened in Iraq for ‘Eid ul-Adha, and this will likely remain the case until the weekend. Checkpoint searches will be tighter while many official offices will be closed. Public discussions on the government-formation process will also be interrupted until 21 November. Despite the increased security measures, however, militants will still […]

Weekly Security Update for 4th November 2010

National Overview The national total number of officially reported hostile incidents remained at 119. There was no change to the modus operandi of assassinations in Baghdad during the reporting period; however the seniority of the targets increased and included senior figures in key government ministries. Attacks against the United States Forces – Iraq were minimal; […]

Sweden’s Scania Accused of Corruption in Iraq

Swedish truck maker Scania paid $5 million in kickbacks through the U.N.’s oil-for-food program in Iraq, possibly violating both U.S. and Swedish laws, an anti-corruption investigator said on Friday, according to a report from Associated Press. Swedish prosecutor Nils-Eric Schultz told the agency he is preparing to file charges in Sweden against several company officials […]

Iraq: “Risky but Full of Opportunity”

There is money to be made in Iraq for companies that wish to invest in correct security measures, according to leading project management specialists Parsons Brinckerhoff. Speaking during the fourth annual Construction Week Conference in Abu Dhabi, the company’s Iraq country manager Jeff Larkin told delegates that security remained a real issue for staff working […]

Czech Republic to Sell Fighter Jets to Iraq

The Czech Republic might sell up to 25 Aero L-159 ALCA (Advanced Light Combat Aircraft) subsonic fighter aircraft to Iraq, according to Prague Monitor. The deal requires approval from the U.S., which supplied avionic equipment to the planes. According to some information, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg discussed the issue on his visit to the […]

Weekly Security Update for 27th Oct 2010

National Overview The national total number of officially reported hostile incidents increased slightly from 116 to 119. Although the Baghdad region accounted for most of hostile incidents it was for a smaller number than the three previous weeks. The modus operandi of assassinations utilising under vehicle improvised explosive devices and small arms fire continued unabated. […]

$3bn Iraq/US F-16 Deal at Risk?

The Iraqi government announced on Monday that it no longer has the authority to contract for the major F-16 aircraft deal that we reported on just two weeks ago, according to Alsumaria News. While stressing the need for Iraq to have a strong air force to protect its sovereignty, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told […]


US to Hire Another 7,000 Security Contractors in Iraq

The US government will hire an additional 7,000 security contractors once Congress approves the 2011 budget. Speaking at the annual Arab-US Policymakers conference in Washington, Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for State for Iraq said security contractors will help “the Iraqi government improve its police department and other civil agencies.” Corbin stated that State Department […]

Olive Group to Present at Iraq Mega Projects

Olive Group, one of the global providers of integrated security solutions, and a regular contributor to Iraq Business News, is a Silver Sponsor at the forthcoming Iraq Mega Projects event in Istanbul, Turkey this October 26 – 28th. Olive Group will be speaking at this reputable event, and will host several networking opportunities throughout the […]

Weekly Security Update for 21st October 2010

National Overview The total number of officially reported hostile incidents nationally decreased slightly from 123 to 116. Baghdad again accounted for the largest proportion of incidents with hostile activity being characterised by assassinations of Iraqi Security Forces and Government of Iraq personnel rather than indiscriminate attacks. There was a notable decline in attacks from Shia […]

At Least 9 Killed in Iraq Gold Shop Robbery

With gold recently hitting highs of nearly $1,400 per ounce, an armed raid on a row of goldsmiths’ shops in Baghdad has left at least nine people dead. The gunmen used hand grenades and small arms to kill three gold shop owners in a market in the Mansour district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry […]