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Iraq: Baghdad and Kurds strike deal to resume Kirkuk oil exports

Iraq says it has reached an initial agreement with Kurdish authorities to restart exports from the oilfields of Kirkuk, one year after flows were halted due to a standoff between the central government in Baghdad and Kurdistan’s semi-autonomous region. Asim Jihad, spokesperson for Iraq’s oil ministry, said on Friday the country’s new Prime Minister Adel… Read More

Arak distillery promotes ambitious new brand in defiance of alcohol ban

Distiller Amer ad-Doumali launched “Arak Bashiqa” in September, a new brand of the Levant’s traditional anise drink whose recipe is centered on dates. It was a bold move in conservative Iraq, where a yet-unenforced 2016 law banned the production and trade of alcohol. Doumali’s new brand is the product of his home distillery in the… Read More

Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb For Oil Markets

Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to a new crisis after this weekend. At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening… Read More

Corruption is now biggest threat to Iraq after defeat of IS, warns British envoy

Corruption has become the biggest threat to the future stability of Iraq following the defeat of Islamic State, Britain’s ambassador in Baghdad has warned. Jon Wilks said that although there were “remnants” of IS still present, the country was “settling down ahead of expectations” and starting to recover from decades of war and insurgent attacks…. Read More

US Lawmakers Visit Baghdad, Erbil, and Mosul

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, Jeanne Shaheen, and Elizabeth Warren visited Iraq July 1-4 to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and to observe Iraq’s stabilization efforts following the military defeat of ISIS. Senators Graham and Shaheen spent July 1-2 discussing Iraq’s cooperation with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS with U.S. and Iraqi… Read More