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US Combat Troops in Iraq?

By Robert Tollast. According to a report in Asharq al Awsat, later re-reported in Britain’s Daily Mail and The Times of Israel, 160 US combat troops have been sent to the base of Al Assad in Anbar province. Al Assad is a vast military complex in dangerous, contested territory west of Ramadi, and according to reports, the troops […]

North Oil Company: ISIL Burned 2 Wells

By John Lee. As Kurdish Peshmerga forces have continued their advance, capturing  Batana mountain near Zumar, along with recent gains in Makhmur, they have announced ISIL is following a “scorched earth” policy. An official from Iraq’s North Oil Company recently confirmed that after ISIL retreated from the Ain Zalah oil field, they set fire to […]

Obama: A Opportunity Squandered

In an interview with Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, US President Barack Obama has said that a residual U.S. troop presence in Iraq would never have been needed had the Shiite majority not “squandered an opportunity” to share power with Sunnis and Kurds. “Had the Shia majority seized the opportunity to reach […]

Video: Obama’s Balancing Act over Iraq Crisis

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. US President Barack Obama is warning that the fight against the Islamic State group may take time. Speaking before US fighter jets carried out a new round of air strikes, Obama blamed Iraqi […]

Video: US Ready for Military Action

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. US President Barack Obama has announced Washington is ready to send up to 300 military advisors to Iraq and would take “targeted” and “precise” military action if necessary following the swift advance of radical […]

Paul Bremer: Obama to Blame for Iraq

From CNN. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Paul Bremer talks to Erin Burnett about what he thinks are the options for the U.S. military in Iraq to help stop ISIS:

Joint Statement by Maliki, Obama

In their recent meeting at the White House, President Obama and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and the Republic of Iraq and pledged to advance common interests to support a stable, secure, and prosperous Iraq and Middle East. They also discussed their shared commitment to enhance cooperation under […]

Video: Baghdad Divided over Obama Re-Election

The news of Barack Obama’s re-election as US President did not quite bring the world to a stop on Wednesday. But in the heart of Baghdad, there were plenty of ordinary Iraqis willing to take a minute out of their day to express an opinion on it: (Source: AFP)

Obama Accuses Iraqi Bank of Aiding Iran

By John Lee. President Barack Obama has said that Iraq’s Elaf Islamic Bank carried out “transactions worth millions of dollars” on behalf of Iranian banks that had been blacklisted because of their to Iran’s nuclear programme. “We will expose any financial institution, no matter where they are located, that allows the increasingly desperate Iranian regime […]

No Obama Response yet to Iraq Plea on Exxon deal

Reuters reports that the White House confirmed on Tuesday that President Barack Obama received a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to intervene to stop ExxonMobil‘s deal with the Kurdistan region. “We’ve received the letter but are going to decline comment until we respond to Prime Minister Maliki,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. […]

President KRG President Barzani Meets President Obama

The President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Masoud Barzani was officially received by President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House on Thursday. During their talks, both sides emphasized the necessity of a prolonged and deepened relationship between the United States and the Kurdistan Region within the framework of a democratic, pluralistic […]

President Obama Comments on New Iraqi Government

The following is a statement from US President, Barack Obama, on the formation of the new Iraqi government: Today’s vote in the Council of Representatives is a significant moment in Iraq’s history and a major step forward in advancing national unity. I congratulate Iraq’s political leaders, the members of the Council of Representatives, and the […]