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Iraqi Kurdistan’s Brewing Crisis

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demonstrations turned violent earlier this month as thousands of people protested the dire economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, with many demanding that Massoud Barzani (pictured) step down as regional president. Developments that brought the […]

Iraqi Doctors Plagued by Threats, Extortion

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Doctors in Iraq are fleeing threats on their lives and extortion attempts, adding even more danger to a country battling the Islamic State (IS). In the news and on social media, pictures are surfacing […]

Video: Journalists Persevere under Threat in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has long had the poorest record in the world for failing to prosecute the killers of journalists. A recent report says it’s not the worst offender any more – but it’s still […]

Protests ‘Cost Sulaymaniyah About $1bn’

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Region’s Syndicate of Investors [Kurdistan Investors Union] has said that recent violent protests in Sulaymaniyah have cost the province $1 billion. Spokesperson Mala Yasin Mahmoud told BasNews that many strategic projects have been cancelled and foreign investors are leaving because of the protests. “At least 15% of the foreign investments […]

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has announced the open application period for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Programs (IYLEP). The deadline to apply is December 1, 2015. IYLEP 2016 will provide 240 Iraqi high school and undergraduate students with a unique educational exchange experience in the summer of 2016. The IYLEP undergraduate and high school […]

Can Iraq meet US, Russia halfway?

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The conflicts in Iraq and Syria are becoming increasingly convoluted by the day. Russia’s engagement has been an additional complication to the overlapping battles. This international interference is undoubtedly a major challenge to the […]

Video: Eight of Ten Women Sexually Harassed in Iraq

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A survey carried out in Iraq suggests around eight out of ten women have suffered some form of sexual harassment. And an increasing number of professional women are experiencing harassment in public spaces. […]

Khudairi Group adds Hertz Equipment Franchise

Hertz Global Holdings has announced that Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) has entered into a franchise agreement with the Khudairi Group for the exclusive license to provide rental equipment in Iraq using the “Hertz Equipment” brand and proprietary system. This move will significantly add to HERC’s existing network in the Middle East, with HERC Iraq […]

KRG meets with New Zealand Business Council

KRG Minister for Foreign Relations, Falah Mustafa Bakir, this week discussed business and economic opportunities in the Kurdistan Region with senior members of the New Zealand Middle East Business Council. The Members of the Council included Vice Chairman of the Council, Michael Webb, Executive Committee Member, Deborah Schlichting, and Executive Advisor, Michelle Boag. Mr. Bakir […]

Canada to End Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq

By John Lee. In his first news conference following the Liberal victory in federal elections, Canada’s new prime minister designate Justin Trudeau (pictured) has confirmed that Canada will withdraw its fighter jets from Iraq and Syria. He did not set out a timeline for the withdrawal. Canada currently has six CF-18 fighter jets taking part […]

IWPR’s Jacky Sutton “Acted Alone”

At the request of the family of Jacqueline Sutton, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and the family release the following joint statement: Jacqueline (Jacky) Sutton, IWPR’s acting Iraq country director, was found dead at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport overnight on October 17-18. She had flown from London to take an onward flight to her base […]

Airstrikes Continue Against Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Wednesday. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Airstrikes in Syria Attack and fighter […]