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Iraq Considering Compulsory Military Service

By John Lee. The Iraqi Defence Minister is reportedly working on a draft law to make military service compulsory. According to BasNews, the ministerial council has recently suggested the bill, and the governmental advisory committee is now working on it before presenting it to the council of ministers. If the draft law is approved by the […]

New Army to Defend Oil and Electricity Facilities

By John Lee. Iraq is committing 27,000 security personnel to protect its oil and energy infrastructue from attacks by the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL). Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi (pictured) announced the new force following the latest round of meeting with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). According to a report from The […]

Fraudsters Promise Army Jobs in Karbala

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. An Officer but No Gentleman: Fraudsters Promise Army Jobs in Karbala Criminals in Karbala are exploiting the security crisis and expectations about military corruption by promising young men a job […]

Abadi Fires over 300 Army Officers

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (pictured) has "[sent] more than 300 officers in the ministry of Defense into retirement. This comes within a plan to reorganize the hierarchy of the Iraqi Army and make it more active and efficient to confront the dangers that face Iraq and to protect its national security. " […]

Are Shiite Militias More Powerful than Army?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Better Pay, Better Weapons: Are Shiite Militias Growing More Powerful Than Iraqi Army? Iraq’s unofficial Shiite militias are an essential part of the fight against the extremist Islamic State group. […]

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Is New National Guard the Key to Unifying Iraq?

By Mushreq Abbas for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A wide range of armed forces beholden to different authorities outside the defense and interior ministries are spread across Iraq. This reality was not spawned by the occupation of Mosul by the Islamic State (IS) […]

Video: Executions, Atrocities on Both Sides

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Two new reports detail alleged atrocities in Iraq. Arwa Damon reports on alleged executions of Iraqi forces.

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Weekly Security Update for 30th March 2012

Levels of violence rose in Iraq last week despite heightened security measures put in place ahead of the Arab League Summit. It was the worst week since a series of terrorist attacks targeted Shi’ah pilgrims during Arba’een at the beginning of January and the fourth-worst week recorded over the past six months. At least 73 […]

Weekly Security Update for 12th October 2011

Levels of violence fell slightly in Iraq over the past week, with incidents concentrated in Baghdad, Mosul, and an arc stretching from Taji in Salah ad-Din province to Ba’qubah in Diyala province. Ta’mim province also saw a scattering of incidents while there was at least one successful attack and one prevented in Basrah province. The […]

ManTech Wins $488m Vehicle Contract

ManTech International said on Monday that it won a $488 million, 11-month, contract from the U.S. Army's TACOM Contracting Center to continue providing logistics sustainment and support for the U.S. military's MRAP Family of Vehicles. The company will manage, monitor and sustain equipment operational readiness for MRAP FoVs. In addition, it will provide rapid assessment […]

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Weekly Security Update for 2nd February 2011

Overview Last week saw considerable violence in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad. There was also a spate of attacks in Mosul and two especially bloody bombings in Karbala. Over 100 fatalities and up to 250 injuries were recorded in total around the country. There was also an increase in targeted shootings in the capital, resuming a […]

Weekly Security Update for 26th January 2011

Overview Last week was one of the most violent in Iraq for several months. Over 120 people were killed and several hundred injured in a spate of suicide attacks. The total number of attacks reported did not significantly increase, but with at least seven of the attacks involving suicide bombers in very crowded areas it […]