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More Protests in Iraq

Thousands protested throughout Iraq on Friday in anti-government demonstrations, despite security checkpoints and a vehicle ban in at least ten cities. Baghdad: About 2,000 people demonstrated in and around Liberation Square [Tahrir Square], surrounded by hundreds of security force personnel. Mayor Saber al-Issawi has resigned. Basra: About 1,000 people gathered at the Basra provincial council […]


Weekly Security Update for 3rd March 2011

Overview Conditions continue to worsen in Iraq, with civil unrest gripping cities from Arbil in the north to Basrah in the south over the past week. As well as demonstrations in Kurdistan there has also been a lesser reported rise in ethnic tensions around the city of Kirkuk. The past week has also seen a […]

Demonstrations and Deadlines in Iraq

Iraq has seen its share of demonstrations over the past week, with number of fatalities reaching into double figures, public offices being burned, and the governors of Basra and Babil being forced to resign; the governor of Ninewa, a brother of the parliamentary Speaker, has rejected calls from Nouri al-Maliki and others to follow suit. […]

Govt Responds to Demands; Possible Strike in Sulaimaniya

A representative of the protesters in Sulaimaniya said the anti-government campaigners have given the Kurdistan Regional Government 48 hours to respond officially to their demands or they will stage a general strike in Sulaimaniya city. The parliament sent a 12-member delegation to hear the demands of the marchers on Monday, almost 12 days after the […]


Reidar Visser on Iraq's Day of Protest

The following article was published on Friday by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq […]

Iraq Protests Continue on Saturday

Al Jazeera reports that at least 12 protesters were shot dead by security forces during Friday's 'day of rage', during which at least 17 demonstrations were held throughout Iraq. Iraqi security forces detained hundreds of people, including prominent journalists, artists and intellectuals, according to a report from the Washington Post. Four journalists described being rounded […]


Friday's Day of Rage in Iraq

Friday, billed as a 'day of rage' in Iraq, saw protests throughout the country despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urging people to not participate in the protests for security reasons. Baghdad: The center of the city was 'virtually locked down' on Friday. Demonstrators trying to get across a bridge going from the square to the […]


A Week of Surprises

With popular uprisings sweeping across the Middle East in recent weeks, Iraq too has seen its share of protests, but the focus here is different. Rather than trying to bring down the (elected) government, the people are expressing their anger at problems such as unemployment, sub-standard public services, scarcity of food, and the corruption and […]


Protester Killed, TV Station Torched

Hundreds of protesters inspired by unrest around the Arab world took to the streets of the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Sunday and at least 48 people were injured, according to Reuters. Associated Press reports at least one person killed overnight. A source told Iraq Business News that a massive demonstration is planned for […]

Violent Protests Break Out in Iraq

Violent protests have broken out at various locations in Iraq, with anti-government protesters rallying against corruption, poor basic services and high unemployment. Basra: In the country's second largest city, about 1,000 people protested on Friday, demanding better services, jobs and improved pensions. They called for the provincial governor to resign, and blocked a bridge for […]

Iraqi Stability: A Year in Review

Iraq Business News has been shedding light on the investment climate in Iraq for a year. Over that period there have been numerous improvements in conditions. However, security has continued to play a major role in the business sector. Attacks and instability have persisted despite a significant reduction in overall violence in recent years. The […]