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Smugglers Easily Cross Iraq’s Border

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. Khurshid, the khajakji (the local word for a smuggler), smiled when he spoke of the border. “It’s a fairy tale for domestic consumption only, not a reality, at least for us,” […]

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Conference on Countering Antiquities Trafficking in Iraq

A delegation of nine American specialists in the fields of federal law enforcement, justice, and cultural heritage protection visited Baghdad from December 17 to 20, 2012, to attend a conference on Countering Antiquities Trafficking. At the conference the delegation trained Iraqi Ministry of Interior police investigators representing 15 provinces on methods of identifying Iraqi cultural […]

Vitol "Apologises" for Kurdish Oil Purchase

By John Lee. Reuters reports that top oil trader Vitol has apologised to the Iraqi government for buying Kurdish oil that was exported via Turkey without Baghdad's permission. Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul-Kareem Luaibi [Elaibi] said on in Vienna: "In terms of Vitol, they have cancelled the Kurdish amount and they apologised officially ... As for […]

Ministry of Oil: Chevron "Should be Ashamed"

By John Lee. The Iraqi Oil Ministry has re-confirmed that Chevron is barred from contracts with the Federal Goverment in Baghdad, and says the company "should be ashamed of their action" in dealing with the Kurdistan Regional Government, which it accuses of smuggling. The Ministry issued the following statement on Wednesday: Chevron Oil Company announced […]

Iran "Seeks to Sabotage Iraq's Oil Drive"

According to a report from UPI, global security consultancy Stratfor says Iran is systematically stealing Iraq's oil, either by siphoning it off from pipelines to boost its own exports, or by extending its control over Iraq's southern oilfields in Shiite-controlled Basra province: "Iran's deep political, economic and militant links in Iraq -- particularly in the […]

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Trailing Iraq's Cigarette Smugglers

Bandits, border guards and big profits NIQASH’s correspondent follows the illegal nicotine trail, as he joins local smugglers taking cigarettes into Syria. Dodging border guards and bandits, he meets the locals risking their lives to deliver millions of profitable packs to smokers every day. Several days ago, two soldiers and a member of the public […]

Soldier Jailed - 'Smuggled' Iraqi Dinars

A U.S. Army officer who approved supplies contracts in Iraq was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison for lying about contents of a package he sent to the United States containing more than $100,000, according to a report from Associated Press. Maj. Charles E. Sublett pleaded guilty in July to sending almost $108,000 in […]

Kurdistan's Fuel Allocation Cut - Why?

Reuters reports on Sunday that the cut in Baghdad's allocation of fuel to Iraqi Kurdistan is related to the admission last month that the region is has been exporting petroleum products through Iran. We reported at the weekend that the cut was in response to the new gas agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) […]

KRG Denies US-Iraq Probe into Oil "Smuggling"

The spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has dismissed reports that a U.S.-Iraqi delegation will visit Kurdistan to investigate allegations of oil exports to Iran. Kawa Mahmoud, the KRG spokesman, told AKnews that even if the U.S. delegation arrives in the Region, the visit will be limited to issues concerning the formation of the […]

Smuggled Cars Seized at Basra Port

A source in the Iraqi Ports Company said on Monday that Acting Transport Minister and Minister of Oil, Hussein al-Shahristani, visited several ports in Basra in a surprising visit on Sunday evening, while the security forces seized a number of smuggled cars in one of the ports in the province. "Oil Minister, Hussein al-Shahristani, arrived […]