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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    By John Lee. The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced new investment opportunities in Iraq: Sugar production, General Company for Food Products Hydraulic centre, Hydraulic Industries State Company (Source: National Investment Commission) (Picture: Business opportunity word cloud, from ibreakstock/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    By John Lee. Iraqi Airways has reportedly carried 9,200 passengers between Iraq and Russia in the first 12 months of operating flights. According to rusaviainsider.com, this consisted of 5,200 inbound to Russia and 4,000 outbound. The majority of those passengers flew between Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport and Baghdad, with the rest flying between Vnukovo and Basra. (Source: rusaviainsider.com) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is running out of water. Its planning ministry says about 90 percent of land is now desert and the small amount of remaining farmland is shrinking by five percent each year. Now farmers say their futures are dying with their crops. Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad: Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    The University of Northampton signed a ground-breaking MoC with the University of Babylon at the Higher Education for the Development of Iraq Conference in London on 14-15 September, the first ever Iraqi Franchise agreement with a UK university. The signing was supported by His Excellency Professor Abdul Razaq Al Issa, the Minster of Higher Education for Iraq, His Excellency Dr Salih Al Timmimi the Iraqi Ambassador in London and Mr. Nadhim Zahawi the MP of Stratford-on-Avon and Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Education. The franchise agreement will see Iraqi students completing their undergraduate degrees at the University of Northampton before returning home as graduate teaching assistants able to teach the Northampton syllabus. The partnership is not only limited to teaching and studying, but will also include research, joint PhD supervision and staff development and has the possibility to expand into other areas of joint working, such as geography, environmental sciences, English and teaching children with special educational needs. The University of Northampton has been working in numerous ways with the University of Babylon since 2012. In 2017, the University of Northampton Vice Chancellor Nick Petford became the first VC of a British University to visit Iraq since 2003. The recent signing of the MoC reinforces the work of the University of Northampton as a pioneering force in the development of Iraqi-British relations in the education sector. Professor Petford commented: “Our partnership with the University of Babylon continues to evolve and grow stronger, which is to the benefit of our institutions, our students and our countries. It was an honour to welcome such a distinguished delegation to the University of Northampton and I look forward to the first cohort of graduate teaching assistants joining us very soon.” For more information please visit: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/about-us/our-partners/partnerships-in-asia/university-of-babylon-hillah-iraq/ (Source: IBBC) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 10:48 PM
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    09-19-2018, 04:22 PM
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    The Iraqi Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The Cabinet: discussed public services in Basra, and received briefings on federal and local efforts to improve water and other essential services in the province. received briefings on delivery of essential services in other regions of Iraq, with a focus on southern provinces. discussed maintenance and upgrade works to several key bridges in Dhi Qar, Al-Muthana and Babylon provinces, and authorised the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Municipalities to take the necessary measures to complete these projects. discussed internet and telecommunications services in Iraq and voted to merge the State Company for Internet Services and Iraqi Telcommunications and Posts Company (ITPC) into one new company to be known as The General Company for Communications and Informatics. The Cabinet also discussed the draft federal budget law for next fiscal year. (Source: Iraqi Govt) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    In line with Iraq’s goal to improve the efficiency and availability of the country’s power plants, Siemens will provide inspection and upgrade services for two power generation units at Al-Sadder Power Plant. Located in Baghdad, the 600-megawatts (MW) facility is one of the country’s major power plants that currently supplies approximately 600,000 homes with power. The works will be conducted as part of a new contract between Siemens’ Power Generation Services Division and the Ministry of Electricity. Under the agreement, Siemens will overhaul two SGT5-2000E gas turbines and perform its advanced 3-dimensional turbine blades and vanes (Si3D) upgrade. The Si3D upgrade is designed to improve power output and thermal efficiency through a combination of 3D aerodynamic design, cooling improvements, and advanced materials. These will help the power assets at Al-Sadder to generate enough power to supply an additional 100,000 homes with electricity. “Siemens has been a development partner to Iraq for over 80 years. We are committed to supporting the country to strengthen its power infrastructure by offering innovative services that can be instrumental in upgrading existing facilities,” said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East and North Africa. “The latest upgrade and maintenance services at Al-Sadder, provided in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity, will bring additional power to households, public buildings and industries.” In addition to increasing the power output, the upgrade project will improve the efficiency of the turbines by up to 2 percent, resulting in significant fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions. The agreement also includes the plant’s SPPA-T3000 control system, the supply of anti-virus solutions as well as the support from Siemens’ Remote Expert Center, which is a 24/7 online maintenance support service, enabling more efficient fault diagnosis and troubleshooting. The latest project at Al-Sadder plant follows a series of service agreements with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to carry out critical service and maintenance works at six power plants throughout the country. Once completed, the upgraded units will add 1,350 MW to the national grid, enough to supply approximately 20 million Iraqis with reliable electricity. (Source: Siemens) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    In an effort to make quality secondary education more accessible in Iraq, Ericsson has partnered with Zain Iraq to bring its ‘Connect to Learn’ global education initiative to the country, with its initial deployment set for a school in Baghdad. The initiative aims to scale up quality secondary education for students and teachers by providing ICT infrastructure with mobile broadband, open source, and cloud-hosted learning solutions to facilitate connected learning in underserved schools. Ali Al Zahid, CEO, Zain Iraq, says: “Education is one of the most valuable investments we can make in society, and in our future. It is a universal human right – and in the digital era, where ICT has the ability to reach every corner of the globe, there is no excuse for quality secondary education to be inaccessible. “By partnering with Ericsson to bring ‘Connect to Learn’ to schools in Iraq, we are uplifting our communities and empowering them to reach their full potential. We look forward to introducing this initiative in Baghdad and watching it unfold as we move forward.” With the modern technology and solutions offered through ‘Connect to Learn’, ICT solutions become a cost-effective method for rural and limited-resource schools as a means of delivering quality education for students and teachers alike. Cloud technology enables support and maintenances tasks to be handled externally and remotely, which simplifies the user experience and enables teachers to focus on education. The system is also designed to be easily used and understood by teachers with limited IT competence, inspiring confidence and capability in them as educators. Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Ericsson says: “When a girl receives quality education, she will earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community.* The ‘Connect to learn’ initiative aims to ensure that girls have access to quality education, regardless of their location or other limitations. * “We look forward to continue working with Zain Iraq to leverage our technology and the expertise of our employees to make a positive impact in Iraq.” *The ‘Connect to Learn’ initiative was launched in 2010 and is currently deployed in 25 countries, benefitting more than 120,000 students and engaging 16 mobile operators. (Source: Ericsson) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    Leader of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri withdrew his candidacy for prime minister on Tuesday, putting the country one step closer to forming a government after months of political stagnation. Amiri heads the Fath (Conquest) Alliance, an electoral bloc which came in second in May’s national election. His coalition has been vying to build the largest bloc which would form the government, with him as prime minister. “I would like to announce to the dear Iraqi people the withdrawal of my candidacy for prime minister, to open the way for serious dialogue to elect a prime minister and his government according to the vision of the Supreme religious authority,” he said in a news conference, Reuters reported. Amiri’s Alliance has been in advanced talks with cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to form a new alliance in recent days. (Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Tension is rising in the*conflict*between embattled*Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU),*as the United States and Iran vie for influence in the*new government that lawmakers are struggling to form*in Baghdad. Legislators are still arguing over which coalition of political parties holds the majority of*parliament seats; the top group will select the new Cabinet. The United States would like to see Abadi appointed for a second term as prime minister, but he is strongly opposed by members of the Fatah Alliance, which includes pro-Iranian factions of the PMU. Anti-Abadi sentiment is escalating, compounded by rioting in Basra —*even as Abadi announced Sept. 13 he would immediately begin implementing*development projects*to help remedy the dire situation there. Basra, Iraq’s main port,*is suffering from a lack of basic services. Tens of thousands of citizens have filled hospitals, sickened by drinking water that is heavily polluted and high*in salinity. Abadi promised a new water-pumping system as well as filtration projects. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 11:26 AM
    The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said on Tuesday. Speaking to Pentagon reporters from Baghdad, Army Col. Sean Ryan noted that Iraqi forces are working together across the country to rid the nation of the last remnants of the terrorist group. “The various security elements — to include the , the peshmerga, counterterrorism services and the federal police — are all working together to continue securing their country,” he said. In Ninevah province, Iraqi forces continue to find and disarm improvised explosive devices and continue to root out ISIS holdouts. In the mountains of Kirkuk, the Iraqi federal police and the Kurdish peshmerga work together to secure remote villages. Out west, in Anbar province, border security forces continue to prevent ISIS fighters from streaming into the country, the colonel said. “For its part, the coalition is … enabling the efforts to secure Iraq by advising strategic leaders, training thousands of Iraqi service members and divesting equipment they need to effectively secure their country,” he said. Coalition members also continue to train Iraqi forces. Since the effort started in 2015, coalition forces have trained more than 175,000 Iraqis in basic soldier skills and specialized fields such as intelligence, law enforcement, medical support and aviation. Syria In Syria, the picture is more complex and dangerous. Ground operations for Phase 3 of Operation Roundup have begun, and Syrian partner forces continue clearance of the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Ryan said. “Hajin and the surrounding villages are the last remaining territory acquired by ISIS in the coalition’s area of responsibility, and the victory by the Syrian Democratic Forces there will mean that ISIS no longer holds territory,” he added. ISIS fighters are trying desperately to hang onto the territory, and hard fighting lies ahead, the colonel told reporters. “Despite this, we are confident that the SDF will prevail,” he said. In Tanf earlier this month, Marines conducted training to reinforce partner forces, he said. “The coalition has supported the SDF through air support, as well as training and equipment,” Ryan said. “Additionally, in liberated areas, the coalition trained internal security forces to maintain the peace and security in liberated cities, provide basic law enforcement support, as well as specialized services such as counter- and engineering.” Ryan noted changes in Iraq as Army Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve from Army Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II. Ryan said the military stabilization efforts are going well, but are not enough. “Security creates the space for rebuilding,” he explained. “Residents only gain hope for the future when their children can go to school free from harm, women go buy basic necessities in local shops, and when they can go to their jobs that allow them to support their families. Ultimately, the military cannot fight its way to stability.” The cost of reconstruction is high, with estimates of rebuilding Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — pegged at $100 billion. “We call on all nations to help those who have sacrificed tremendously fighting this global threat,” Ryan said. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-19-2018, 09:25 AM
    September 19, 2018 His Excellency the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mr. Ali Mohsen Ismail participated in the meeting of the forty-second session of the Board of Governors of Arab Central Banks and Arab Monetary Institutions in the Jordanian capital Amman and under the patronage of the Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. observers from the League of Arab States, the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, the Union of Arab Banks, Middle East and North Africa, as well as the presence of Arab executives at the IMF and the World Bank and the Director General of the Bank for International Settlements. No, the CBI will not act unilaterally. There will be coordinated action. $
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    09-18-2018, 03:24 PM
    BP, Shell, Basra Gas Company, LUKOIL, Petronas and Chevron discuss Basra’s oil and gas megaprojectsThe 5th annual CWC Basra Megaprojects Conference – Oil, Gas & Environment will be held from 9-10 October in Istanbul, Turkey chaired by the EU Ambassador to Baghdad, Ramon Blecau. In a show of support for the rebuilding of Iraq, Ambassador Blecau and industry experts will highlight the business opportunities available in the resource-rich South of Iraq with the aim of driving more investment to develop the country’s industrial infrastructure. The conference takes place under the patronage of Basra’s Governorate, Council and oil company and looks to find solutions to the challenges of Basra’s oil and gas megaprojects and increasing Iraq’s oil and gas production, as well as highlighting the upcoming infrastructure projects for: gas, water, electricity and environment. All the major operators will be participating in discussions including: BP, Shell, Basra Gas Company, LUKOIL, Petronas and Chevron. Further to these discussions, there will be a strong focus on Iraq’s environment and how to build a legislative framework to tackle Basra’s environmental issues; tackling all types of challenges including the demining projects. New technology will play a significant role in achieving operational excellence in the execution of Iraq’s projects; whilst Iraq’s new generation of workforce are eager to embrace the technologies, the conference will touch upon the training programmes that are imperative for helping Iraqis compete for job opportunities and increase the role of the Iraqi local workforce in the execution of the latest projects. Water and desalination projects will be the centre of discussion on the second day of the conference as well as the electricity requirements for such projects and ideas for renewable projects in Iraq. Gas and petrochemical projects will also be covered by industry experts, which will be instrumental in creating new jobs for Iraqis but raise further questions on how the environment can be preserved during these processes. During the conclusion of the Conference, all the available tenders for the new projects will be outlined. The interactive networking sessions will be at the centre of the conference with great number of functions including the Gala Dinner at the end of the first day of the Conference. The achievements of individuals in environmental technology projects will also be celebrated at the Environmental Awards Ceremony, which will take place during the Gala Dinner with awards being given out by the Iraqi delegation. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Intercontinental Istanbul from 9-10 of October. To download the latest programme, please visit www.cwcbasraoilgas.com/brochure-download/. Distinguished Speakers to include: Ambassador Ramon Blecua, Ambassador / Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Iraq • HE Kameran Ali Hassan, Deputy Minister of Environment, Ministry of Environment, Federal Government of Iraq •****** HE Asaad Abdulamir Abdulghafar Al – Idan, Governor of Basra, Federal Government of Iraq •****** HE Engineer Mohammed Al Tamimi, First Deputy Governor of Basra, Governorate of Basra, Federal Government of Iraq •****** Ihsan Abduljabbar Ismaael Al – Saade, Director General of the Basra Oil Company, Ministry of Oil, Federal Government of Iraq •****** HE Dara Reshid, Deputy Minister, Deputy Head of Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terroristic Operations (REFAATO), Ministry of Construction, Housing & General Municipalities, Federal Government of Iraq •****** HE Ali Dawai Lazem, Governor of Maysan, Federal Government of Iraq •****** Nafaa Abdulsada Ali Al-Hmidawi, Director General of Training & Development Office, Ministry of Electricity, Federal Government of Iraq •****** Mohammed Hashim, Director General of Electricity Distribution, Ministry of Electricity, Federal Government of Iraq MP Dr Jamal Abdul-Zahra Muhammadawi, Member of the Parliament Representing Basra, Federal Parliament of Iraq •****************** Kevin J. Kveton, Ph.D.Director, Iraq Exploration & Business Development, Chevron* Europe, Eurasia & Middle East Exploration & Production •****** Zaid Elyaseri, Country Manager, BP Iraq •****** Dr Mark Wharton, Development & JV Manager Shell Iraq, Shell EP International Ltd. •****** Abd Malik Jaffar, Iraq Country Chairman, PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. •****** Yaroslav Okulov,* Financial Director, LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd •****** Dr Jaafar Oklany, Commercial Director, Basrah Gas Company View the full list of speakers here: http://www.cwcbasraoilgas.com/speaker/ The renowned Conference will address opportunities, projects and tenders in each one of these industries through its 2 day Strategic Programme. Attendees can expect the following topics to be discussed: Current updates on Basra’s oil fields Iraq’s Environment Infrastructure for Upstream Oil & Gas Projects ( Technology Showcasing- upstream activities suppliers, pipelines suppliers, demining technologies, logistics suppliers, security suppliers ) & Training on the New Skillsets Finance, Laws & Regulations & Procurement Water Projects: Increasing Efficiency for the Oil & Gas Projects Electricity Expansion & Renewables for the Oil & Gas Projects Gas & Petrochemicals Energy Tenders Announcements; Downstream, Midstream, Petrochemicals & Electricity projects View the full programme here: www.cwcbasraoilgas.com/brochure-download/ (Source: CWC) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-18-2018, 01:20 PM
    From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis could finally be getting a working parliament. On Saturday, MPs elected a new speaker, ending months of political deadlock following May’s election. But concern is growing that control of Iraq’s politics may be swinging towards pro-Iranian parties. Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Baghdad: Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-18-2018, 01:20 PM
    Empowering women key to building a sustainable peace in IraqOver the last few years, Iraq has gone through extraordinary changes, and Iraqis faced a unique set of difficult conditions exacerbated by conflict and terrorism. Iraqi women in particular have had to bear a heavy burden, including internal displacement, economic hardship, violence and discrimination. In response to the difficult and unique situation faced by Iraqi women, the Iraqi government in partnership with civil society, women groups and international organisations have developed a set of policies to address gender inequality, and to ensure women’s unhindered and equal participation in building the peaceful and prosperous Iraq that we all aspire to. One of the most significant measures to empower women is the Iraqi National Action Plan to for women and girls (INAP), which was adopted to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The launch of the INAP in February 2014 was a milestone for Iraq, making the country the first in the Middle East and North Africa region to adopt such a measure. Resolution 1325 aims to achieve equal participation of women, and to promote gender equality in peace and security decision-making processes. Iraq’s National Action Plan, which runs through to the end of 2018, sets out several goals to strengthen legal protection for women, identifies actions for increasing women’s participation at all levels in the political process and earmarks several pieces of legislation deemed to violate women’s rights with a view to either amending or repealing them. And although the current National Action Plan does not specifically address some key areas such as women’s participation in conflict resolution and reconciliation, it remains a significant and timely policy reflecting the determination of the Iraqi government to address gender inequality in Iraq. More importantly, it paves the way for Iraqi women to play a leading role in building an inclusive and sustainable peace. (Source: Govt of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-18-2018, 01:20 PM
    Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported on Monday. Operation Roundup, which began May 1 to accelerate the defeat of ISIS in the middle Euphrates River valley and Iraq-Syria border region, has continued to gain ground and remove terrorists from the battlefield through offensive operations coupled with precision coalition strike support. Between Sept. 10-16, coalition military forces conducted 66 strikes, consisting of 102 engagements, in Iraq and Syria Strikes in Syria On Sept. 16, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS command-and-control center, an ISIS vehicle bomb facility, a fighting position and an ISIS trench system and suppressed an ISIS mortar. On Sept. 15, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS explosive hazard, an ISIS fighting position, an ISIS mortar tube, an ISIS weapons cache and an ISIS heavy machine gun and damaged five ISIS improvised explosive device belts. On Sept. 14, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 23 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS vehicle, three ISIS supply routes, an ISIS mortar tube, two ISIS defensive fighting structures, three ISIS fighting positions and an ISIS staging area and suppressed one mortar team. On Sept. 13, coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, four ISIS fighting positions, an ISIS compound, an ISIS sentry location, an ISIS staging area and an ISIS counter battery fire, damaged an ISIS compound and suppressed two ISIS mortar firing points. On Sept. 12, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven ISIS supply routes and an ISIS command-and-control center. On Sept. 11, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 11 engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS heavy weapon, an ISIS technical vehicle and an ISIS engineering equipment and suppressed an ISIS mortar team. On Sept. 10, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS crew-served weapon. Strikes in Iraq On Sept. 16, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets near Asad. The strike destroyed an ISIS bunker and an ISIS vehicle shelter. On Sept. 15, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Kisik. The strike destroyed two ISIS tunnels. There were no reported strikes conducted in Iraq on Sept. 10-14. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and ground-based tactical artillery, officials noted. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-17-2018, 11:05 PM
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    09-17-2018, 11:01 PM
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    09-17-2018, 08:00 PM
    9-17-2018 The governor of the Central Bank Ali Al-Alak, on Monday, the intention of the bank to put large amounts of currency from small groups in October next, pointing out that it is a plan to compensate for the existing small groups damaged.Al-Alak said in an interview with the official newspaper Al-Sabah that "we have small coins in appropriate quantities, but the movement, circulation, use and lack of care of them lead to rapid damage, as the Central Bank of Iraq, after 2004, Big but not accepted or popular in the local market, which caused losses, because the market was accustomed to the paper currency, which makes it difficult to market the currency. He added that "the central bank recently put in place a plan to compensate for the existing small categories damaged, as next month will be large quantities of them will meet the needs of the market completely." "The bank receives a lot of damaged banknotes and replaced them with new banknotes through an expanded committee to examine them, to make sure their validity, our doors are open to citizens to receive any amounts of currency damaged. Ending / 25
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    09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
    In May of this year, we reported claims that Iraq’s anti-corruption bodies were investigating the contract to operate the duty-free shops at Baghdad and Basra airports, following reports of corruption from Al-Ahad TV. According to a new report from Al-Ahad TV, and to documents recently received by*Iraq Business News (see below), the Iraqi Parliament has recently written to the Minister of Transport asking him to appear in parliament to answer questions in relation to a varitety of matters, including apparent irregularities in the extention of the contracts with Iraq Duty Free, which is owned by Financial Links. The report alleges that the provision of 5 busses, 200 passenger trollies and other items to the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) amounts to bribery and corruption, contrary to Iraqi Law. The Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Bureau has also written to the Inspector General for the Ministry of Transport asking him to investigate the contract. Iraq Duty Free denies any wrongdoing. We’ll report more details as the story unfolds. Additional information: New report from Al-Ahad TV (in Arabic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeoCezS5QNc Original article: http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2018/05/15/were-duty-free-contracts-illegally-granted/ * Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
    By John Lee. The new Iraqi Parliament (Council of Representatives) has selected Mohammed Halbusi (pictured) as Speaker. Aged 37, Halbusi is the youngest person to serve as Speaker. According to Anadolu Agency, he won 169 out of 298 votes, while his rival Khalid al-Obeidi, former defense minister, won 85 votes. He is a member of the Al-Hall (Solution) party, and has most recently server as Governor of Anbar province. (Sources: Iraqi Parliament, Anadolu Agency) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
    Advertising Feature By Veronica Cotdemiey, CEO of Citizenship Invest. Recently Cyprus has been recognized as the ‘super star’ of the citizenship by investment programs worldwide. The country has the most appealing second citizenship program being the only European country which grants the nationality in only 6 months without ever having to reside there. Cyprus has officially and by far, the fastest form of legally obtaining a European citizenship and passport which enables living, working and studying in any of the 28 countries members of the European Union. Moreover, Cypriot passport holders can travel to major destinations without applying for visas. It allows instant visa free travel to over 170 countries including the UK, UAE, European Union countries, Canada, Australia among other major countries and often allows a stay from 30 up to 90 days at a time depending on each country. Most importantly, the citizenship can be inherited by family members and future generations. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and beyond also have the right to obtain the citizenship and passport through a very simple process which takes only two weeks. Unlike many of the fast track citizenship programs which require a non-refundable financial contribution to a Government fund, Cyprus offers its investors the possibility of earning a good return while obtaining the citizenship. The Cypriot citizenship law requires a temporary investment of EUR 2 million in a Real Estate investment in Cyprus which is required to be held for 3 years and thereafter can be sold while maintaining a property worth 500,000 EUROS. It is certain that not everyone can afford it, but for those who can, this is potentially on of the best investment they would have made in their lifetimes, leaving their families a great legacy. The program has become so popular among HNWI citizenship applicants from all over the world especially Asia, Middle East and Russia, that the Cypriot Government has recently announced a cap of only 700 applications per annum to maintain its high standards. According to Cypriot news agencies, the Government of Cyprus has released reports of issuing passports for over 3,300 families bringing into the economy approximately USD 4.5 Billion. This has helped turning the Cypriot economy around becoming one of the fastest growing GDP’s in Europe. At the moment, Cyprus GDP levels are considerably higher than those of the Eurozone and the European Union according to a report released by the international firm KPMG. The Cypriot citizenship by investment program is one of the many incentives established by the Government to attract foreign direct investment to the country. The first amendments to the citizenship law were introduced back in 2013. Since its inception, the program has undergone various improvements to make it more accessible and attractive for investors. In September 2016, the Government of Cyprus introduced an amendment which reduced the minimum investment amount to EUR 2 million (from EUR 2.5 million) and the option to add the parents of the main applicant for an additional EUR 500,000 plus VAT investment in a property in Cyprus. According to official statistics from the Department of Land and Surveys, in 2017 Cyprus has recorded a 24% increase in real estate sales contracts, 30% of which accounted to non-nationals. Not surprisingly 31% of the real estate transactions in 2017 were properties valued at around 2 million EUROS, which indicates that a high number of investors are purchasing real estate as a mean to obtain the Cypriot citizenship. The contribution of real estate to Cyprus’ GVA amounted to EUR 2,4 Billion in 2017. Construction activities from 2013 onwards indicate to have broken through the slowdown of the financial crisis, which has been clearly left way behind, and entered into an expansion period which until 2019 is set stretch to pre-2013 levels where Cyprus recorded all-time highs in real estate transactions. From a taxation point of view Cypriot passports holders actually benefit. Non-tax residents are not liable for income tax generated outside the country. More importantly Cyprus does not impose inheritance tax on property, which gives the ability to pass it down to future generations without incurring costs. So how does all this benefit investors? Cyprus has become one the of the most attractive real estate investments in Europe. This injection of billions of Euros in luxury real estate and infrastructure is turning the Cypriot landscape around. Limassol will soon have ‘One’ the tallest residential tower in Europe, Ayia Napa is undergoing the non-stop 24/7 construction of the most luxurious marina in the region with high end international restaurants and villas worth EUR 5 million with their own private berths. The whole country is having a radical facelift with modern contemporary architecture of glass and refined design are taking over. In the next 3 years, when allowed to re-sale, investors will be able to appreciate the growth of their investments as part of this radical transformation. One can understand the excitement of savvy businessmen when considering buying property in Cyprus, after all they know that they are purchasing luxury real estate in a newly booming property market. It is clear that Cyprus has not only become the ‘super star’ of citizenship programs but also earned a prime position amongst the most profitable real estate investments worldwide. Demand translates into growth which then translates into high profits. Whether applying for citizenship or not, Cyprus seems to be the place to invest in. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Statistical Analysis of Baseline Data from Schools, UNV Online Volunteering service Country Safety and Security Manager, Mercy Corps Program Officer, IREX International Analyst, The World Bank Senior Field Assistant,*UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Information Analyst Political Affairs, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Operational Information Management (OIM) / Performance Reporting Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Field Coordinator, Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) Business Development Manager, Save the Children Migration Profile Expert, IOM – International Organization for Migration (Source: UN) (Picture: Finger pressing a new career start button, from Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-17-2018, 03:53 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: Technical Finance Officer, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Country Director, Mercy Corps Operations Director, Mercy Corps Research & Reporting Assistant, IOM – International Organization for Migration Senior Public Information Assistant, IOM – International Organization for Migration Migration Information and Analysis Officer, IOM – International Organization for Migration Associate Programme Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Associate Liaison Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Livelihoods Coordinator, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Logistics Coordinator, Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH) (Source: UN) (Picture: Success, growth, career, development signpost from 3D_Creation/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-16-2018, 02:42 PM
    Thank you for responding haggisbasher. Several months ago (February), I did the same thing you did, but I have not received any response from anyone. At least not yet and I'm not sure why. Last month I ordered another purchase of stock shares, but no one from this group of people have responded or acknowledged their receipt of the purchase order. I copied everyone on the original request to transfer shares to the ISX: Al Wasata, Mr. Issa, and the other people on the Al Warka side. Response: nothing except for a very vanilla generic statement indicating, to me at least, the equivalent of "we're still working on it", or "if we have anything to say to you, don't call us, we'll call you". That's the kind of attitude that most of the Al Warka clients apparently have to put up with. If I get one of their (Iraqi) attorneys involved, I'm afraid they'll take every last dime out of my account holdings thanks to their billings. I've already checked with one in Baghdad proper, and his fees are almost triple of what I know they charge back here in the USA. I give it another year or two before things return to the way they were before 2011. Sincerely, investindinar
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    09-16-2018, 03:57 AM
    Iraq Humanitarian Fund allocates US$5M to support nation-wide campaign to vaccinate 5M children at risk With pockets of measles outbreaks affecting both internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities, and considering the current epidemiological situation, the Iraq Federal Ministry of Health has declared an outbreak of measles and requested support from UNICEF and WHO for* an emergency measles vaccination campaign across the country. To support the nation-wide campaign, the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF) has launched a Reserve Allocation to channel up to $5 million to vaccinate 5 million children of 9-59 months. Risk management activities – including field project monitoring, financial spot checks and audits – will continue to be conducted to ensure the Fund’s effective and accountable management. Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has disbursed some $221 million to support 388 humanitarian projects of 93 partner organizations. Established in June 2015, the IHF has quickly become one of the largest country-based pooled funds in the world. The Fund supports humanitarian partners to respond to the complex and dynamic crisis in Iraq, including through direct and indirect funding to national frontline responders. Prioritizing protection, water, sanitation and health in 2018 Despite government-imposed bureaucratic impediments and persistent access constraints affecting parts of the country, humanitarian partners have expanded* their operational presence including in some newly accessible areas. Together, 105* humanitarian partners* reached 1.3 million (38 per cent) of 3.4 million people targeted under the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) in the first five months of 2018. The IHF is providing a critical lifeline to such activities. As the fund finalizes its first Standard Allocation for the year, $34 million are going into supporting 82 projects carried out by 53 partners, targeting a total of 3.3 million people with humanitarian assistance, in line with the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) Strategic Objectives. The top three sectors covered by the allocation are Protection, Water and Sanitation, and Health. The allocation focuses on assistance to vulnerable populations in areas where displaced families are returning, support to principled returns and service provision in the remaining displacement camps. Funding status The IHF has received US$18.2 million in donor contributions towards 2018. With a carry forward from 2017 of $45.4 million, which includes $43 million received from the governments of Germany and the United Kingdom in late November and December 2017, the cumulative contributions to date stand at $63.6 million. The Fund’s programmable balance available for future allocations is around $24.6 million. (Source: OCHA) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    09-16-2018, 03:57 AM
    By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s religious tourism suffers from US sanctions on Iran US economic*sanctions on Iran are stemming the flow of religious tourists to neighboring*Iraq, even as the Muslim holy month of Muharram*has already begun on Sept. 11.*Also approaching is Ashura, the*Shiite*commemoration of the death of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, on Sept.*20. Officials say the*number of Iranian religious tourists traveling to Iraq has fallen significantly*because of the penalties against Tehran,*which Washington reinstated Aug. 7. Click here to read the full story (registration required). Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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