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'Misappropriated' Computers for Children Recovered

AFP reports that 90 percent of the $1.9m batch of US-purchased computers destined for schoolchildren but allegedly sold off on the cheap have been recovered. As we reported on Saturday, an unnamed senior official at Umm Qasr port had reportedly misappropriated the gift and auctioned the computers for just $45,700. But customs chief Nofal Salim […]

US-Donated Computers for Children Missing

The U.S. military is demanding to know what happened to $1.9 million worth of computers purchased by American taxpayers, and intended for Iraqi schoolchildren, that have instead been auctioned off by Iraqi officials for less than $50,000. Reports from Associated Press and al Jazeera say the shipment of computers intended for schoolchildren in the central […]

Iran to Claim $1 Trillion War Reparations from Iraq?

Debate is raging in Iran regarding the issue of claiming reparations from Iraq in relation to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Earlier this month, a member of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament), Eivaz Heidarpour, who is also a member of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that Iran could claim compensation from […]

Weekly Security Update for 26th Aug 2010

National Overview The total number of hostile incidents reported nationally increased for the third week in a row, seeing a significant rise in the number of recorded incidents in Baghdad and slight rises in the north and north central regions. The west and south east regions remained the same, in terms of numbers of incidents, […]

Refinery Boss Resigns Following Threats

Dr. Ali al-Obaidi, who has been in charge of Iraq's Baiji refinery since 2007, has reportedly resigned from his position, having successfully slashed the level of theft from the facility. He had initially been installed as part of a joint U.S.-Iraqi corruption crisis team. According to Iraq Oil Report, the man credited with reducing theft […]

The Next Baghdad Boom

By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch In hopes of making good on a campaign promise just months before the November elections, President Barack Obama successfully oversaw the last of combat troops depart from Iraq just a few weeks shy of the 31 August deadline. While 50,000 soldiers will remain in Iraq as ‘advisors,’ […]

Iraq Ready to Resolve Debt Dispute with Kuwait

Iraq has intensified efforts to resolve its debt problems with neighboring Kuwait, in order to end the international restrictions imposed on the country following the invasion of Kuwait two decades ago, said Iraq’s deputy foreign minister. Iraq was placed under United Nations’ Chapter 7 status in 1991 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Speaking to AKnews, […]

Mine Advisory Group's Iraq Report, July 2010

MAG (pronounced "Mag") – Mines Advisory Group – is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide. Summary of outputs: MAG teams released 632,966 m2 of land through a combination of electronic, hand mechanical, MDD clearance and area reduction as well as minefield cancellation; MAG […]

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Iraq Investors Wary but Optimistic

A survey of more than 300 senior executives by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) found that foreign investors are still put off by violence in Iraq, but most companies believe the security situation will improve, despite the withdrawal of international troops. The EIU surveyed 367 senior executives from 52 countries about their perceptions of investment […]

$42m Fine For Security Company

Xe Services, the private security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has reached an agreement with the State Department for the company to pay $42 million in fines for hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations, according to a report in the New York Times. But by paying fines rather than facing criminal […]

JOBS IN IRAQ - Our New Free Service Starts Today!

We launch our new Jobs in Iraq page today on the IBN web site in response to reader demand. This is a free reciprocal service for Recruitment Agencies and Employers with jobs on offer in Iraq. For readers it provides a welcome source of employment options in a country crying out for skilled labour and […]

Weekly Security Update for 19th August 2010

National Overview This reporting period saw the levels of incidents rise by approximately 20% compared to the previous week. There was a significant rise in the number of recorded incidents in the North, North Central and Western Regions of Iraq, with the rest of the country experiencing no real change or slight reductions in the […]