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Curfew Fails to Clear Iraqi Protest Squares

By Shelly Kittleson for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Coronavirus curfew fails to clear Iraqi protest squares Anti-government protests that began in October and raged through Iraq for months were officially suspended in late March as part of efforts against the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Major squares, however, remain occupied. Some protesters say they have to stay amid continued ...
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The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq

By Seth J. Frantzman, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq In January, Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Iraq's largest political party, traveled to Iran's holy city of Qom to meet with representatives of several Iraq-based paramilitaries from the hugely influential Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). That visit was part of an attempt by Sadr to position ...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, United States, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iraq Business News, Saraya al Salam, Muqtada al Sadr, Sadr, Qom, Suleimani, Iraq Sadr, Seth J Frantzman, Qassem Suleimani Sadr


How is IBBC adapting to the COVID Challenges?

By Ashley Goodall. How is the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) adapting to the COVID challenges, as a Trade Council? There is never a more important time to engage our members than now. Not only are Iraqi based businesses facing lockdown in Iraq, but the oil price, on which many are dependent, has crashed by half, putting pressure on everyone's budgets. To support members we have increased all forms of communication via phone, video and newsletters, to ensure they are not forgotten, and t...
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Glock 44 .22LR Success? First Rounds – Review

Glock 44 U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- December is always a tricky time to launch new products.  In one aspect it's nice to build hype just prior to January's annual SHOT show.  It's also true that announcements dropped during one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year can sometimes go unheralded.  The latter option seems to have been the case when Glock announced the G44, their first handgun chambered in .22 LR, during 2019's final month.  Many people have clamored for Glock to produ...
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NATO Enhances Training Mission in Iraq

By John Lee. The coronavirus pandemic dominated a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels last week, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. "We addressed a number of issues, including our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and our support for Georgia and Ukraine, but our response to the COVID-19 was at the top of our agenda," the secretary general said. In a joint declaration, the 30 foreign ministers expressed sympathy for victims of the virus, and paid tribute to the health care worke...
Tags: News, Iraq, Georgia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Nato, Brussels, Iraq Business News, Jens Stoltenberg, John Lee, Global Coalition, Stoltenberg


Market Review: "Iraq, Oil Prices and the Coronavirus"

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. "The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers" -- Edgar Fielder The crash in oil prices, brought on by the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the collapse in consumption due to COVID-19, seems like the perfect storm to hit Iraq given its vulnerabilities to such exte...
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Iraq Produces COVID-19 Laboratory Supplies

Iraq produces COVID-19 laboratory supplies to more rapidly test cases In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 Crisis Cell of Basrah University in southern Iraq has successfully produced urgently needed laboratory supplies to speed up testing of suspected cases. The global demand on supplies and equipment to fight COVID-19 has created a worldwide shortage of supplies. In particular, stocks of virus transport medium (VTM) - a gel-like substance used to preserve na...
Tags: News, Iraq, University, Who, Iraq Business News, PRC, Wasit, VTM, Basra University, Adham Ismail, COVID, Basrah University, Basra Muthana Karbala, Basra University WHO, Saad Shahin, Basra University The Basrah Crisis Cell


OPEC+ set to agree 4.3mln bpd in output cuts -JP Morgan | ZAWYA MENA Edition

OPEC+ set to agree 4.3mln bpd in output cuts -JP Morgan | ZAWYA MENA Edition:OPEC and Russia this week are likely to agree to cut oil output by about 4.3 million barrels per day (bpd), JP Morgan analysts said in a note on Tuesday, a big increase on their recent cuts of 1.7 million bpd but only a fraction of the demand lost due to the new coronavirus. * Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for cuts of 10 million bpd or more, OPEC+ are expected to agree on a "soft cut" of around 4.3 million...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Iraq, Russia, Opec, United Arab Emirates, Jp Morgan, Moscow, Donald Trump, Kuwait, Riyadh, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Christyan Malek


Iraq: FinTech Comparative Guide - Aljad Law

FinTech Comparative Guide for the jurisdiction of Iraq, check out our comparative guides section to compare across multiple countries
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Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team.
Tags: News, Iraq, Baghdad, Health Ministry, Najaf, Mohammed al Dulfi, Dulfi


Middle East and Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on business aviation

Africa & Middle East Algeria March 19, 2020 All passenger flights into and out of Algeria are suspended from Mar 18 and until further notice due to COVID-19. Angola March 19, 2020 Angola closed its borders through April 3 for now Only exceptions are cargo, humanitarian and state flights. Bahrain March 18, 2020 The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain announces that all international arrivals will be subject to the enhanced border control measures outlined below with effect fr...
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New Instructional Video from Panteao with New Instructor ~ VIDEO

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Panteao announces the release of a new video title with instructor Rick Hogg. Rick recently joined Panteao's cadre of instructors. Rick is a 29 year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran that has taken his 13 combat deployment, both Iraq and Afghanistan, and teaching experience as a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat instructor and harnessed them into a proven training methodology service company, War HOGG Tactical, Inc. War HOGG Tactical, Inc. offers professiona...
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New Instructional Video from Panteao with New Instructor

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Panteao announces the release of a new video title with instructor Rick Hogg. Rick recently joined Panteao's cadre of instructors. Rick is a 29 year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran that has taken his 13 combat deployment, both Iraq and Afghanistan, and teaching experience as a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat instructor and harnessed them into a proven training methodology service company, War HOGG Tactical, Inc. War HOGG Tactical, Inc. offers professiona...
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Rocket Attack Targets Halliburton in Basra

By John Lee. At least three rockets are reported to have hit near Halliburton's site in the Burjesia area of Basra early on Monday morning. It is understood that the incident caused no casualties or damage. It is the first attack to target US energy interests in Iraq in recent months. (Sources: S&P Global Platts, AP, Sputnik) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Halliburton, Iraq Business News, Basra, John Lee, Burjesia


Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden give $5m to Iraq COVID-19 Response

Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden commit $5 million to tackle COVID-19 outbreak The governments of Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden have collectively committed US$5 million to support the Government of Iraq's response to the COVID-19 crisis, in partnership with UNDP Iraq. The funds, which were originally pledged under UNDP's Funding Facility for Stabilization to help rehabilitate infrastructure damaged by ISIL, are now being urgently redirected to support UNDP Iraq's initial $24 million COVID...
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IBBC Members Rise to Coronavirus Challenge

By Ashley Goodall. At this challenging time what kind of activities are businesses undertaking in Iraq and how are they doing things differently? In canvassing Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) members, we found a consistent pattern of adaptation and response across the membership which can be summarized in three headings: Firstly, taking care of staff and looking after their well-being and income. Members recognize that employees are the most valuable element in a business, and for those who...
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When Coronavirus Is Over, Middle East Chaos Will Only Be Worse

For a time the Middle East seemed like it just froze, the conflicts of yesterday put in quarantine—as so many of us have been—while various countries strive to contain an epidemic of biblical scale. Don’t expect that to last. The coronavirus outbreak is not the great equalizer, nor is it the crisis in which past rivalries will be forgotten.Trump’s Most Vital Mideast Allies Are Trending Fast Toward TyrannyLike an earthquake, the coronavirus is magnifying the foundational weaknesses of the least p...
Tags: UK, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Israel, America, Iran, Egypt, Gaza, Middle East, Shiite, Algeria, Lebanon, Gulf


Japan provides an additional $3.6m for Housing in Iraq

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) welcomes an additional contribution of USD 3.6 million from the Government of Japan to support reconstruction and peacebuilding in Iraq through the rehabilitation of war-damaged houses and construction of low-cost housing units in Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate. Under the new phase of this project, UN-Habitat will improve living conditions in Sinjar through a comprehensive urban recovery approach, including (a) rehabilitation of public spac...
Tags: Japan, News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, Sinjar, UN Habitat, Republic of Iraq, Ninewa Governorate, Hashimoto Naofumi, Sinjar Ninewa Governorate


Iraq Suspends Reuters over COVID-19 Report

Iraqi regulator suspends Reuters' license for 3 months over COVID-19 report Iraqi authorities should immediately reinstate the license of the Reuters news agency, and allow all media outlets to cover the COVID-19 pandemic freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Communications and Media Commission (CMC), Iraq's media regulator, suspended Reuters' license for three months and fined it 25 million Iraqi dinars ($21,000) for a news report published the same day, whic...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Middle East, Iraq Business News, North Africa, Reuters, Baghdad Operations Command, Joint Operations Command, CPJ, Committee to Protect Journalists, Iraqi Communications and Media Commission, the Communications and Media Commission CMC Iraq, Ignacio Miguel Delgado, Yemen Oman Jordan Morocco, Press Freedom Advocacy Association


Soleimani's Successor visits Iraq

By Bryant Harris for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Soleimani's successor visits Iraq, then Trump tweets warning to Iran President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to warn Iran against further attacks on US forces in Iraq - the same day that Iraqi officials told the Associated Press that the new head of the Quds Force had recently visited Baghdad. "Upon information and belief, Iran or its...
Tags: News, Iraq, US, Iran, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Iraq Business News, Baghdad, Trump, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iraq BusinessNews com Post, Quds Force, Soleimani, Qasem Soleimani, Bryant Harris, Baghdad Click


Masks, meals and Skype: self-isolating in Sicily - a photo essay

World Press Photo-winning Italian journalist Alessio Mamo talks about his experience of living in isolation in Sicily with his partner Marta, who tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19 has been living in my apartment for the past 15 days. It falls asleep inches from my head and wakes up beside me. I breathe its breath. I’ve always been reluctant to call my apartment “home” here in Catania. Over the past 10 years I’ve traversed the Middle East, photographing cities, their inhabitants and the co...
Tags: Europe, Iraq, World news, Syria, Italy, Middle East, Tehran, Skype, Catania, Sicily, Sinjar, MartA, Alessio Mamo, Coronavirus outbreak, Baghdad Mosul Kabul Amman Khartoum


Govt calls on Civil Society to fight COVID-19

By Lujain Elbaldawi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi government calls on civil society to fight COVID-19 Despite the Iraqi government's intensive efforts to fight the novel coronavirus, it seems unable to accommodate the difficult circumstances due to its limited resources, not to mention the political crisis that has been plaguing it since protests erupted in October 2019. The Iraqi governmen...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, Civil Society, Iraq BusinessNews com Post, Lujain Elbaldawi, COVID


Oil Production Flat in March, but Revenues Slide

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Oil has announced preliminary oil exports for March of 105,102,927 barrels, giving an average for the month of 3.390 million barrels per day (bpd), essentially the same as the 3.391 million bpd exported in February. These exports from the oilfields in central and southern Iraq amounted to 101,395,907 barrels, while exports from Kirkuk amounted to 3,287,439 barrels, and from Qayara 129,041 barrels. Exports to Jordan were 290,540 barrels. Revenues for the month were...
Tags: News, Iraq, Jordan, Iraq Business News, Ministry of Oil, Kirkuk, John Lee Iraq, Ministry of Oil Source, Qayara


Covid-19: Iraq Announces Key Measures

Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety. The Committee was established to direct and coordinate Iraq's national efforts to combat Covid-19. The Committee agreed a number of measures, including: Exempting all medicines, medical supplies and devices, diagnostic and laboratory equipment from import license regulationsTransferring 50 million US dollars to the General Company for Marketing Medicines and Medical SuppliesEst...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, Committee, Adil Abd Al Mahdi, General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, Council of Representatives Parliament, COVID, Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, Central Bank of Iraq the National Security Adviser


COVID-19 in Iraq: The Virus of Social Inequality

By Maurizio Coppola for openDemocracy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. While the Iraqi government imposes a curfew and some cities close schools, universities and malls to limit the spread of the coronavirus, living conditions are getting more and more precarious due to lack of social and health protection. Social protests are shrinking due to risk and fear of contagion, but tens of thousands of people continue to...
Tags: News, Iraq, Middle East, Iraq Business News, North Africa, Maurizio Coppola


Iran hits back after Trump claims it is planning Iraq attacks

US president accuses Tehran or its proxies of planning ‘sneak’ assault on US basesIran’s military and diplomatic leadership has hit back at Donald Trump’s claims that its proxies were planning a sneak attack on US bases in Iraq, claiming Tehran only ever acts in self-defence and has no proxies in Iraq, only allies.The US and Iran are already at loggerheads over the impact of US sanctions on Tehran’s ability to fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the threat of a military attack on the US is likel...
Tags: Iraq, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Donald Trump, Trump, Mohammad Bagheri


Oil prices surge after Trump claims Russia and Saudi Arabia agree deal - business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news as oil prices jump by more than 30% and the US jobless report reveals scale of coronavirus damageUS president claims oil production cut deal; Russia denies agreement US initial jobless claims hit record; 6.6m people signed on last weekEarlier: One in four UK firms cut staff levelsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.15pm BST Oil prices are really volatile. Iraq, another member of Opec alongside Saudi Arabia,...
Tags: Business, UK, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, US, Economics, Opec, Spain, UK News, Stock Markets, Sunderland, Ftse, Eurozone, Nissan, Us Unemployment And Employment Statistics


Intelyse provides Extraction Flights from Iraq

Intelyse, a Sicuro Group company, has announced that it is will provide extraction flights for clients to get them home from Iraq during the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It will fly people from Baghdad and Erbil to Doha, using a 150-seat Boeing 737-700. The first flight goes into Iraq next week with a further two flights to follow. (Source: Sicuro) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
Tags: News, Iraq, Iraq Business News, Boeing, Doha, Baghdad, Erbil, Sicuro Group, Intelyse


America is battling a pandemic. Why is Trump talking about war with Iran?

Because an economy-wrecking pandemic isn't enough to deal with, the Trump administration is making aggressive noises at Iran."Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq," President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!"The White House didn't provide any additional information about Trump's tweet or his claim of a "sneak attack" being planned. But it should go witho...
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EU court rules three member states broke law over refugee quotas

Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland failed to comply with 2015 programme, ECJ saysPoland, Hungary and the Czech Republic broke European law when they failed to give refuge to asylum seekers arriving in southern Europe, often having fled war in Syria and Iraq, the EU’s top court has ruled.The three central European countries now face possible fines for refusing to take a share of refugees, after EU leaders forced through mandatory quotas to relocate up to 160,000 asylum seekers at the height of th...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Iraq, Eu, European Union, World news, Syria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Refugees, Court of justice of the European Union, Poland, Czech Republic Hungary