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Iraq Bans Poultry Imports due to Avian Flu

By John Lee. Iraq has banned the importion of frozen and live poultry products from two dozen countries. According to a report from Reuters, Baghdad restricted poultry imports from France last month, following a reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu. The ban now extends to Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, […]

US Dismisses KRG Tanker Case

By John Lee. An American court has dismissed an attempt by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to overturn a previous decision against its planned sale of oil to a US-based customer. The case arose when Iraq’s central government sued to seize a tanker loaded with crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan -- the United Kalavryta (pictured) […]

Video: Israel Imports 77% of its Oil from Kurdistan

A new report suggests that Israel has bought more than three-quarters of its oil from the government of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. According to the Financial Times, Israeli firms and refineries imported over 19 million barrels of oil worth one billion dollars between May and August 20-15. That’s almost 77 percent of the crude exported […]

Iraqi MP Calls for Embassy in Israel

By Patrick Schmidt. A Sunni member of the Iraqi Parliament, Mithal Al-Alusi, called for the opening of an embassy in Israel during an interview with the Kuwati Al-Rai. "Yes, Israel is a state and I support peace with it," he said, when asked if he supported "normalization" with the Jewish state. "I want to see […]

United Kalavyrta Unloads in Israel

By John Lee. The tanker which was blocked for months by a Baghdad legal challenge from unloading its 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude oil in Texas, has reportedly delivered its cargo to Israel. The United Kalavyrta [United Kalavrvta, United Kalvrvta] (pictured) spent several months off the coast of Texas after Baghdad tried to have […]

Iraq Contributes $28m to Palestinian Authority

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly donated $28 million to the Arab League (pictured) as part of its contribution to support the Palestinian Authority. According to Maan News Agency, Iraq's representative to the Arab League, Diya al-Dabbas, said that the payment highlights Iraq's commitment to the Palestinian cause. (Source: Maan News Agency)

Why Islamic State has No Sympathy for Hamas

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Most of today's Salafist jihadist movements have no interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for the time being regarding it as irrelevant. Instead, their call is to engage in intense, bloody confrontations involving bombings, executions, and […]

Israeli PM backs Kurdish Independence

By John Lee. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) has expressed his support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appears to clash with the US preference to keep Iraq united. In a speech to a Tel Aviv thinktank on Sunday, Netanyahu called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader […]

Rebuilding Bridges to Iraq's Jewish Heritage

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi elite see the issue of Iraq's Jews in two ways: Nostalgia about a beautiful past, and a continuing tragedy of forced displacement which is not over yet. Although the expulsion […]

Iraq Calls on Arabs to "Use Oil as Weapon"

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq's representative to the Arab League said that Arab states should use oil as a weapon to put pressure on the United States and Israel over the attacks on Gaza. Qais al-Azzawy told reporters in Cairo on Friday: "Iraq will invite (Arab) ministers to use the weapon of oil, […]

Israel Concerned at US Sale of F-16s to Iraq

Israel is said to be particularly concerned about the Pentagon’s approval for the sale of 36 Lockheed Martin F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” an IDF officer told the Jerusalem Post. “The possible developments there are not immediate, but since the US withdrawal from Iraq we do […]